This Tuesday, August 23, Methodist Hospital celebrated the opening of one their first immediate care centers in NWI, Methodist Care First, with a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility can be found at the grounds of the Sportsplex facility in Crown Point and has been open since July 5.
Methodist Care First was designed by Johnson and Lee Architects and was constructed by The Pangere Corporation. It provides care for patients with illness or injuries including the cold, flu, cuts and minor burns, rashes, fractures, sprains, ear infections, food poisoning and so much more. They also provide laboratory services, x-rays, immunizations and they will soon have sports medicine services.
Mamon Powers, Jr., Chairman of the Methodist Hospitals Board of Directors gave the opening remarks during the presentation thanking all those involved and making a promise to the Crown Point community.
“Methodist Hospitals has made a commitment to providing the very best programs, technology and facilities to the people of Northwest Indiana,” said Powers. “We’ve also brought our top flight physicians, technicians, nurses and other staff members of the Methodist Hospital to the Crown Point facility. We want to make this one of the best facilities we can and make you all very proud.
The facility provides services for the people of Crown Point and surrounding areas for illnesses and injuries without needing to go to an emergency room. The Methodist Care First also provides a convenient location for nearby neighborhoods and the athletes who use the Sportsplex facility.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with the City of Crown Point to really add another dimension of services to help support this phenomenal sports complex which really reflects such great credit on this community.” said Ray Grady, President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals.
Grady thanked several people who helped with the Care First project including the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support.
Sue Reed, CEO of the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, also spoke during the presentation thanking Methodist Hospitals for all the support in return that they have given as a partner of the Chamber and the support given to the community as a result of the investment in Crown Point and all the jobs they created by adding the facility to the complex.
According to the Mayor of Crown Point, Dave Uran, the 95 acre complex brought nearly three quarters of a million people through Crown Point in 2015. “It is our economic driver of our community. It provides resources and opportunities for other areas outside this campus to thrive through business.”
Uran said that the new Methodist Care First will also provide immediate care to all of the athletes and other members of the community who use the Sportsplex daily. “This facility will probably have a lot of activity from those people because if you play sports with passion and heart, unfortunately sometimes that gets in the way of an injury.”
David Howe, Manager at Methodist Physician Group, said that the move to Crown Point was part of Methodist’s mission to broaden their footprint and to bring care to the community beyond the hospital’s main campus.
“You’re taking healthcare to the patient, rather than having the patient seek it out.”