“It’s just an exciting day to be here,” said Scott Gabriel, president of Parkview Whitley Hospital and soon-to-be-constructed Parkview Warsaw. “I know it’s a little brisk, but what an exciting time to be able to break ground and start a new endeavor in this community.”
Back in July, Parkview Health petitioned the Warsaw Plan Commission to construct a medical facility north of Mariners Drive, adjacent to the soon-to-open YMCA, in Warsaw. The proposal spent the last few months making the rounds through local government, and with today’s groundbreaking ceremony the project is underway.
“This has really been in the works for a long time,” said Parkview Health President and CEO Michael Packnett. “We’re going to spend $20 million in this first phase of the project. For that, we’ll have an 86,000 square-foot building. It’s going to have physician offices for both primary care and specialty. I think one of the neatest things: it’s going to have is a 24/7 ER. I think that’s going to be a great asset for the community.”
“We’ll have a lot of outpatient services as well,” continued Packnett. “We’ll have labs, we’ll have imaging, we’ll have X-rays, and CTs, and ultrasounds and more. We’ll have an outpatient rehab center – so a lot of things that, I think, will be able to serve the community very well for generations to come in Warsaw and in Kosciusko County.”
“On behalf of Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer and the Warsaw Common Council, I want to welcome Parkview to Warsaw, Ind.,” Cindy Dobbins of the Warsaw Common Council said. “We’re thrilled beyond belief about their partnership with the YMCA. I think a lot of services will be offered that folks are currently traveling back and forth to Columbia City or Fort Wayne for, and it will make it much more convenient.”
The project is expected to be completed in approximately a year, and should generated around 100 new jobs. For additional information see this news release. A rendering of the Parkview Health facility is below: