Date: 6/20/2000

Community Hospital breaks ground for new Outpatient Centre in St. John

Until 6 p.m., Tuesday June 20, 2000

Community Hospital Breaks Ground for
New Outpatient Centre in St. John

At a special ceremony and celebration picnic, officials broke ground Tuesday for the new Community Hospital Outpatient Centre on U.S. 41 immediately south of 97th Lane in St. John, Ind. The event marks the beginning of an exciting expansion of services as The Community Hospital reaches out to meet the healthcare needs of Northwest Indiana’s growing communities.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2001, the $15 million, 69,000 square foot Outpatient Centre will offer nearly every outpatient and urgent care medical service a family may need - all at one location and all without a hospital stay.

Specialists in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics will provide urgent care, full lab and X-ray services, and testing using state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, such as MRI, CT and ultrasound. As the services of the Outpatient Centre are fully developed, specialists in cardiology, general surgery, urology, dermatology and neurology will further broaden the scope of medical services available to the local community, said Edward P. Robinson, Administrator of The Community Hospital.

“The construction of the new Outpatient Centre is reflective of the evolution that’s taken place in healthcare over the past 30 years,” Robinson said. “We can provide a higher level of care in the outpatient setting as medical advances enable us to detect, treat and rehabilitate many more illnesses and diseases without the cost and the disruptions of hospitalization.”


The Outpatient Centre to be built at 9550 Wicker Avenue will serve as a satellite facility of Community Hospital’s main campus located about nine miles north in Munster, Ind. This new facility will enable the hospital to better service the growing communities in southern Lake County as well as address shortages of physicians and outpatient point-of-service medical care there, said John Gorski, Division Director of Ancillary Services at The Community Hospital.

“The Outpatient Centre and our new primary care physician network are being developed as part of an overall effort to extend access to the high-quality medical services provided by The Community Hospital,” Gorski said. “It adds another important link through which we can build healthy communities.”

Until the new building is complete, tri-town residents can utilize the primary care services of the new Community Care Center at 2001 U.S. 30 in Schererville. This Community Hospital physician’s group will relocate — along with other physicians — to the St. John facility when it is completed. The core physicians who will treat patients in St. John will be Medical Affiliates from the Community Care Centers operated by the hospital: Pedro Bukata, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology; Robert Cornwell, M.D., Internal Medicine; Mark Feldner, M.D., Family Practice; and Mark Greenberg, M.D., Pediatrics.
In addition to the primary health services, A Women’s Diagnostic Center offering mammography, bone density scanning and other services will also be included and fashioned after the home-like model of the hospital’s main campus in Munster.

When the St. John Outpatient Centre is completed next year, it is expected to create an estimated 50 additional permanent jobs. The building will be developed in stages, responding to the medical needs of the tri-town area. Anchored in St. John’s main business district, the 11-acre site will be beautifully landscaped to create a park-like campus for the new medical facility.

Marshall Erdman & Associates, a full-service design and construction firm specializing in outpatient healthcare facilities will build the new facility for the hospital. Founded in 1951, the company headquartered in Madison, Wis., has built more than 2,500 medical buildings nationwide. The construction of this facility will provide an estimated construction jobs.

In addition to hospital staff, Tuesday’s crowd of more than 100 people included town officials and chambers of commerce members from the southern Lake County communities of St. John, Schererville, Cedar Lake and Dyer. The event was catered by Schererville’s own B.J. Comfort’s Hoosier Café.