Starke Hospital reveals new name: Northwest Health-Starke

KNOX — Today, Starke Hospital announced it has changed its name to Northwest Health - Starke as part of a new healthcare system, Northwest Health, which will help residents look forward to more doctors, more locations and easier access to healthcare in Northwest Indiana. 

The new Northwest Health system combines the resources of the Starke, Porter and La Porte hospitals in a comprehensive system of in-person and telehealth services in more than 30 primary and specialty locations across the area. 

Currently, the system includes 30 physician office locations, five emergency departments, six urgent cares, three outpatient surgery centers, occupational medicine centers, an ambulance service and an inpatient rehabilitation unit – and telehealth services. More than 3,000 employees work together with the 700 physicians on the hospitals’ medical staffs.

“For many years we’ve been closely aligned with the hospital in La Porte and more recently, Porter Regional Hospital.  Formally combining in a single-branded healthcare system is a logical step that allows us to expand more traditional and non-traditional care,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO for Northwest Health - Starke and Northwest Health - La Porte. 

“The residents of our region can look forward to a strong health partner that will continue to grow in response to the needs of our community.”

Northwest Health includes:

• Northwest Health – Starke, formerly known as Starke Hospital

• Northwest Health – Porter, formerly known as Porter Regional Hospital

• Northwest Health - La Porte, known as La Porte Hospital until the new replacement hospital opens on October 24

• Northwest Medical Group, combining La Porte Physician Network and Porter Physician Group

• Northwest Health Urgent Care, formerly known as either CareEXPRESS Urgent Care or La Porte Physician Network Urgent Care 

All programs and services of these hospitals are also part of the Northwest Health family. In 2019, the combined entities cared for more than 17,000 inpatients, 85,000 emergency patients and 430,000 outpatient visits, and almost 400,000 patients visited physician offices in person or “virtually.” 

The next biggest step for the Northwest Health system is the October 24 opening of the replacement hospital in La Porte.

The ownership and leadership at the hospitals are not changing. More information about Northwest Health is available at and