Its been a fixture in the Tri-State for more than one hundred years, but its safe to say Deaconess Health System has more than outgrown its first hospital.
“It really goes back to the midtown campus back in the early 2000s, we saw we were going to have a facility issue we just didn’t have enough beds,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO of Deaconess Health System.
The health system’s new inpatient rehabilitation hospital, with construction set to begin in April, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to expansion.
The new facility will replace the current Healthsouth Deaconess on Covert Avenue in Evansville.
Officials say lack of space was a factor in the decision to move locations.
“We couldn’t go up, and we couldn’t convert our semi-private rooms to private rooms where we are,” said Healthsouth Deaconess CEO Blake Bunner,” this property allows us to build a hospital that we own outright and can control the future growth and expansion.”
Much of that growth is happening in Warrick County.
“When we started the Gateway campus it was originally 116 beds, we thought that that would be enough for the next 20 years, and so in 2018 were adding our third addition to that campus so far, exceeding our expectations,” said McCoy.
A new orthopedic and neuroscience hospital is set to open in just a few months on the campus in May.
Officials say its safe to say Deaconess is nowhere near slowing down.
“The last 15 years have been very exciting with all we’ve been able to do in this community, really showing our dedication to the community reinvesting our money here,” said McCoy.
Construction on the new hospital will begin in April.
The facility is expected to be operational by fall of 2019.
(This story was originally posted on March 7, 2018.)