FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Parkview Health in Fort Wayne opened the doors of its new $536 million Parkview Regional Medical Center March 17 on the north side of the city.

“We are excited as this once-in-a-generation facility will be committed to providing excellent health services,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, of United Methodist-related Parkview Health. “Together with our physicians, Parkview will blend the latest in technology with the best possible patient-centered care and provide improved healthc are access to the region.”

The new regional medical center features more than 400 beds in all private rooms. It features specialty centers for heart, orthopedics, cancer, women’s and children’s services, plus outpatient services. The new Parkview medical facility also features adult and pediatric trauma centers, Samaritan medical flight services and a full-service 24-hour emergency room.

“We are committed to making the hospital feel like a home that is warm and inviting,” said Sue Ehinger, chief operating officer at Parkview. “The design includes color schemes, flooring, windows, low sound, natural lighting, and outdoor spaces that create a healing environment for patients and families. We have built a regional medical center that focuses on patient care and incorporates best practices from across the country.”

The Chapel at the new medical center will have a prominent role as it complements Parkview’s commitment to being a place for healing, hope and opportunity. Daily services are available in the chapel, and chaplains are available to serve patients and their family members on a 24-hour basis. The Chaplaincy Service department, led by the Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz, a clergy member of the Indiana Conference, is a vital part of the life of the hospital.

Parkview is pleased to be an affiliated hospital of The United Methodist Church. Its history and philosophical roots with United Methodism date back to the 1900s.

The eight-story facility with ground level and roof-top helipad includes: everything medical from laboratory, pharmacy, kitchen, ER, imaging, dining, outpatient services, Ronald McDonald House, operating room, intensive care units, Heart Institute, radiology, pathology, dialysis, patient rooms, and rehabilitation areas to a chapel where chaplains can give spiritual care.

In addition to the new regional medical center, Parkview will maintain a significant presence at its Randallia Drive hospital.

Also, several area educational institutions, along with Parkview Hospital, have an understanding with a commitment to establish the Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana. Partners include Fort Wayne Community Schools, Huntington University, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Trine University and the University of Saint Francis.

According to a Parkview news release, “This consortium would utilize existing space on Parkview Hospital’s Randallia campus, on the near northeast side, and serve as a regional initiative to align and leverage education, applied research, business incubation and economic development resources focusing on life sciences and health care. The Consortium is committed to generating a world-class center with a focus on rehabilitation, senior care and behavioral health. Each educational institution is working collaboratively on programs and services that each entity will offer.”

United Methodist-related Parkview Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health system that serves northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Its mission is to provide quality health services and improve the health of the communities it serves.

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United Methodist-related Parkview Regional Medical Center opened its doors on March 17 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Parkview Regional Medical Center by the numbers

  • Six acres of roof area
  • 900,000 square feet
  • 54,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 2,050 plumbing fixtures
  • 19 miles of interior walls
  • 32 miles of ventilation ductwork
  • 400 miles of fiber optic cable
  • 1,200 miles of copper wire
  • 3,550 parking spaces