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Construction under way on new Dunlap, Nappanee outpatient facilities

Beacon Health has embarked on two construction projects in Elkhart County as part of an ongoing effort to better meet the needs of patients as the health system continues to expand its regional footprint.

The Beacon Dunlap Outpatient Center is currently under construction at 2222 Reith Blvd., at the site of the former Elkhart General Health and Education Center. The $11 million, 23,000-square-foot outpatient center will offer true state-of-the-art services, including urgent care, specialty care, a Class I imaging center, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, mammography and physical therapy.

“As care continues to shift to the outpatient setting, it is very important for us to provide our patients convenient access to healthcare,” said Diane Maas, Beacon’s Chief Strategy and Digital Growth Officer. “Dunlap is a great location where we can offer our patients expanded services in a convenient location, which is important for our continued growth.”

The Beacon Dunlap clinical areas will adjoin a spacious central atrium that features natural lighting for the patient experience. South Bend-based Panzica Building Corp. will incorporate state-of-the art planning and interior design using evidence-based design principles to create functional, efficient and welcoming patient-centric healing environments in both of these projects. The outpatient center, which will employ 23, is expected to open in spring 2022.

In Nappanee, a new $4.4 million, 18,000-square-foot outpatient medical clinic is under construction on six acres located at 2102 N. Main St., across from NorthWood High School. The building will house about 30 Beacon Medical Group WaNee associates and clinicians.

“This project helped us consolidate two smaller clinics, allowing us to upgrade technology and services for our teams to provide the best care for patients in these communities,” said Tim McGovern, Beacon Medical Group executive director.

Beacon WaNee will consolidate the offices currently located at 357 N. Nappanee St., Nappanee and 207 N. Elkhart St., Wakarusa. The new building will feature a spacious glassed-in, 60-seat main waiting room with ample area for social distancing and pleasant views of the surrounding countryside. The clinic will contain 27 exam rooms, telemedicine services, a radiology suite, two procedure rooms, a vaccination center, a laboratory and a pharmacy with a separate outside entrance and a drive-thru pickup window. Beacon WaNee is expected to open this fall.

The outpatient clinic will provide a full range of clinical services, including adult medicine, newborn and infant care, pediatric care, immunizations, preventive health care, school sports and camp physicals, minor surgeries, fracture care, obstetrics and gynecology services, and an on-site employee clinic. There will also be parking for 103 vehicles in addition to space for buggies.

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