Purdue University Fort Wayne and Lutheran Health Network Announce New Health Clinic Collaboration

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2019

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Lutheran Health Network are announcing an expansion of their current relationship that now includes management of the university’s on-campus health clinic.

The new collaboration includes greater convenience and improved experiences related to access to high-quality health care and mental health services for the university’s campus community. It evolved from a request for proposals by Purdue Fort Wayne last fall for a health care provider who would operate the university’s current on-campus health clinic. Following a competitive process, Lutheran Health Network emerged as the finalist.

“Our university community is at the core of this decision. We are delighted to be working with Lutheran Health Network on this important initiative that will ensure the highest quality of health care for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as for our neighbors in the surrounding community,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, Chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne. “We look forward to building on the solid relationship that currently exists between the university and Lutheran Health.”

As part of this new agreement, Lutheran Health Network will further develop its presence and impact on campus and will become the provider of health care and mental health services for the Purdue Fort Wayne community.

“We are very excited to continue to grow Lutheran Health’s relationship with Purdue Fort Wayne through this expansion of care,” said Lorenzo Suter, chief executive officer, Dupont Hospital. “It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity to serve those who are playing such a key role in shaping the future of northeastern Indiana.”   

This is the second major collaboration announced between Lutheran Health Network and Purdue Fort Wayne during the past two years. The two organizations announced in July 2018 that Lutheran Health Network would become the exclusive provider of comprehensive health care for the university’s student-athletes. Services and resources were expanded to help provide comprehensive health care in the fields of sports medicine and sports performance—providing student-athletes with unprecedented access to this kind of specialized care.

“We’ve had a front row seat to Purdue Fort Wayne’s positive transformation over the past 15 months,” said Lorie Ailor, chief administrative officer, The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network. “Helping expand health care options for the entire university, not just those student-athletes who already benefit from our services provided through Optimum Performance Sports and Fort Wayne Orthopedics, is an effort we believe will lead to bigger and better things.”   

The contract for clinic management by Lutheran Health became effective September 1.

About Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is an experienced team of more than 7,000 employees working together with the more than 800 physicians who make up its medical staffs. The network’s more than 100 access points in northern Indiana include physician offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient centers, and eight hospitals consisting of 973 licensed beds — 797 in Allen County alone. For more information, visit lutheranhealth.net.

About Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in Northeast Indiana and is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue Fort Wayne is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement. Rigorous academics are combined with a focus on student success across prestigious degree programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty. More than 10,000 students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 700-acre campus. A majority of the university’s 61,000 alumni live and work in Indiana contributing significantly to the state’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength. Purdue Fort Wayne has an $11 billion annual economic impact in Indiana. For more information, visit pfw.edu.

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