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Lutheran pediatric ER to open in October

Lutheran Health Network will invest $2.4 million in a pediatric emergency department at its southwest Fort Wayne hospital, officials announced today.

The 7,100-square-foot addition, which will be adjacent to the Lutheran Hospital’s main emergency department, is scheduled to open in October.

The area designated to treat children who need urgent medical treatment will have seven beds in private treatment rooms.

“You try to segregate children (in the emergency department), but it doesn’t always happen that way. There can be something scary going next door,” Lutheran Hospital CEO Brian Bauer said during a 1 p.m. news conference.

Dr. Susan Frayer will be medical director of pediatric emergency services.

Lutheran Children’s Hospital was created in 1999, using the “hospital-within-a-hospital” concept. Pediatric services are not limited to one contiguous space within Lutheran Hospital. Instead, pediatric areas decorated with colorful, whimsical designs are spread throughout the facility.

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