Lutheran Hospital, 1980-1999

1981
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the first coronary angioplasty in Fort Wayne.

An outpatient renal dialysis center opens.

1982
A birthing center, which allows mothers the opportunity to labor, deliver and recover in the same setting, is developed

An on-site heliport opens.

1983
The area's first infant car seat loan program is launched.

1984
An oncology unit for inpatients and outpatients is established.

1985
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform northeastern Indiana's first heart transplant surgery.

The first heart institute in the region is created.

The regional sleep studies laboratory opens.

1986
The Children's Cancer Center opens.

1987
Lutheran becomes the first hospital in northeastern Indiana and only the second in the state at which physicians implant a Jarvik 7-70 total artificial heart.

A pediatric intensive care unit specializing in the treatment of critically ill children is created.

1988
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the first stress echocardiogram in the area.

Physicians at Lutheran Hospital become the first in the region to perform an artificial heart implant.

1989
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital conduct the first heart lung transplant and the first lung transplant in northeastern Indiana.

A neonatal intensive care unit to care for the sickest of newborns opens.

1990
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital conduct the first dobutaine stress echocardiogram in the community.

Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform a heart transplant in a patient older than 70, a regional first.

Physicians at Lutheran Hospital become the first in the world to perform a heart transplant from a donor older than 55.

Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the first video cholecystectomy in the area.

1991
The first dedicated outpatient cath lab and the first heart center in northeastern Indiana opens.

1992
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the first radio-frequency catheter ablation for heart rhythm.

1993
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital conduct the first coronary flex-stent and the first coronary intravascular ultrasound.

1994
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the first coronary transluminal extraction catheter.

1997
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital conduct the first PerClose heart cath in the area.

1998
Plans for the creation of Lutheran Children's Hospital are announced.

1999
Phase I of Lutheran Children's Hospital, which includes the award-winning tree house elevator and pediatric outpatient clinic, is completed.

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LUTHERAN HEALTH NETWORK
BLUFFTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER | DUKES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL | DUPONT HOSPITAL* | KOSCIUSKO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL*
LUTHERAN HEALTH PHYSICIANS | LUTHERAN HOSPITAL* | MEDSTAT | THE ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL* | REDIMED | REHABILITATION HOSPITAL*
ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL*

*A physician owned hospital.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
*ER wait times are door to clinical professional and can change quickly depending on the urgency of patients that arrive by ambulance. Lutheran Health Network provides care to patients with life-threatening illnesses first.
Lutheran Hospital is owned in part by physicians.
Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment...