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Franciscan Health to repurpose old Michigan City hospital

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Franciscan Health says it is investing approximately $20 million to repurpose the former Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital.

The health system says plans are to tear down much of the original building on Homer Street but keep the 2001 patient tower, emergency department and parking garage.

Franciscan intends to renovate the patient tower and use it for its PACE (Program for the All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) program.

They also want to relocate the 14-bed inpatient Behavioral Medicine Unit from the new campus to the original site.

An ExpressCare clinic will continue to operate out of a portion of the previous emergency department.

“When we are finished, the new and improved Homer Street campus will be thriving once again with existing and new programs and services to meet the needs of the communities we serve for many years to come,” said Franciscan Health Michigan City President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Mazzoni.

Franciscan moved into its new medical campus in Michigan City about a year ago.


Elton John, sick with pneumonia, cuts New Zealand show short

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.

John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early.

“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

Video clips posted online by fans who were at the performance showed John breaking down in tears as he told the cheering crowd that he could not go on any longer.

The New Zealand Herald reported that John, 72, told his fans earlier that he had walking pneumonia and his voice was shot, but that he didn’t want to miss the show. At one point, after performing “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” John slumped on his stool and required medical attention, the newspaper reported. But John recovered and continued to play. Later, as he he attempted to sing “Daniel,” he realized he had no voice left and was escorted off stage.

The concert was part of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The tour lists additional performances at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday; there’s no word on whether those shows will go on as scheduled.

John had just returned to New Zealand after performing at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. He won an Oscar for best original song for his theme song for the movie “Rocketman.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, walking pneumonia is an informal term for a milder form of pneumonia that isn’t severe enough to require hospitalization or bed rest. It affects the respiratory tract and is most often caused by bacteria.