New hospital opening in downtown Mishawaka

There will be no down time in downtown Mishawaka where one hospital is leaving, but another has already set up shop.

Although St. Joseph’s Hospital will leave downtown Mishawaka when a new medical center opens on the city’s north side—A new tenant (Triumph Our Lady of Peace Hospital) will be operating at the downtown location by the end of this week.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies today put the finishing touches on an $11-million renovation project that will keep the red brick landmark from becoming a white elephant.

“This is the new opening of Triumph Our Lady of Peace, we’re a long term acute care hospital here in the Michiana community,” said Sara Mathews-James, of Triumph Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

Triumph Our Lady had no choice but to move. The hospital is now located on the soon-to-be vacated campus of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend.

However, Our Lady did get to choose--where—it would move.

“We’re very excited to be moving to the Mishawaka community. It’s a great location for us in the future if we’re able to expand, this location will offer the possibility of expanding right here on site,” Mathews-James said.

For now, Our Lady will occupy the second floor of the five story building. “We always knew that either there would be some sort of medical presence or St. Joe would follow through on their commitment to tear down the building and the facilities here,” said Mishawaka Mayor Jeff Rea. “We're excited that the investment that's happened now, in our mind, sends a message that there will be medical here for quite some time.”

Our Lady will be the sole occupant of the downtown Mishawaka building once St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is operating at its new facility on Douglas Road.

That means downtown Mishawaka will be losing a public emergency room that’s now operated on the site by St. Joseph’s Hospital. In exchange, Mishawaka will be gaining an acute care facility designed for patient stays of 25-days or more.

“We have 32-private beds, 12 intensive level care beds for patients who are ventilator dependant,” said Mathews-James.

Our Lady patients will be moving to the new downtown Mishawaka facility on Thursday of this week.

Our Lady will employ about 100 people at the new facility.

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