Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.

Starke Hospital Renamed

Starke County's hospital, located in Knox, has a new name along with other health entities operating 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.

Today, 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


About Northwest Health

Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs. Northwest Health - Porter is owned in part by physicians. For more information, visit