Rendering shows the proposed new expansion of the Memorial Hospital campus on Sept. 29 in South Bend. PROVIDED/SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
Rendering shows the proposed new expansion of the Memorial Hospital campus on Sept. 29 in South Bend. PROVIDED/SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
SOUTH BEND — Memorial Hospital is planning a $300 million expansion project — including a new patient tower, apartments, a hotel and a health club — that promises to change the north side of downtown South Bend. 

The hospital laid out its plans in an application for state money through the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). They include an estimated $240 million expansion at Memorial, as well as construction of a $60 million "Integrative Health and Lifestyle District" just south of the hospital. 

According to documents submitted to the state, the hospital expansion could get underway almost immediately, with a target completion date of June 30, 2026.

Officials at Beacon Health System, the parent of Memorial Hospital, did not respond to multiple requests for comment, so it's unclear if the project could indeed get underway soon. The system, though, indicated in documents that most of the financing for the project is in place.

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The application says the expansion would create 588 new jobs at the hospital, and 600 indirect jobs at local businesses that would benefit by the expansion.

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