Courtesy/Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network is currently owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, but a group of Northeast Indiana doctors wants to buy it from the multi-state health organization.

Lizette Downey

If patients needed to have work done on their arteries at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, they would need to go to the emergency room. But a $2.1 million renovation will give those patients and nurses a room of their own.

It’s called a catheterization lab, where patients can go if their arteries are blocked.

That lab can be used for preventative procedures, like troubled breathing, or on emergency procedures like heart attacks.

Cath lab manager Nicole Buonomo says the renovation will provide patients and nurses with more space in a calmer environment.