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The new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opens Dec. 7

Dec. 5, 2013

After four years and 13 days, thousands of jobs created and 421 Indiana contractors, vendors and suppliers engaged and nearly $81 million in philanthropic funds raised, the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus is ready to open.

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All patients and services will complete their transfer to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus on Dec. 7.

The health care system, which replaces the Wishard Memorial Hospital campus just blocks away in the heart of downtown, will transition all services, including patient care, to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health Downtown Campus on Dec. 7. A closing ceremony event will be held for the old Wishard Hospital at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the main entrance to the building on Wishard Boulevard.

"We are inspired and deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from across our community as we celebrate the opening of this transformational new health campus," said Lisa Harris, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and CEO for Eskenazi Health, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new hospital on Dec. 16. "This is an exciting moment for our staff, physicians and the community, and we are thankful to all who have made this moment possible."

"The partnership between the IU School of Medicine and this hospital extends more than a century," added Anantha Shekhar, M.D., vice president for university clinical affairs at IU and associate dean for translational research at the IU School of Medicine. "After more than 100 years working together, we stand together in this exciting moment at the dawn of the next century of partnership with an extraordinary new facility to support our faculty, our students and most importantly the patients, the men and women of Central Indiana."           

The new Eskenazi Health campus encompasses 37 acres at the western end of the IUPUI campus, between Michigan Street and 10th Street in downtown Indianapolis. The 1.3 million-square-foot facility includes a 315-inpatient bed hospital with 19 operating rooms and four interventional labs,12 labor and delivery rooms, a 90-bed treatment room emergency department with a 20-bed clinical decision unit, and more than 200 ambulatory clinic exam rooms and an Adult Level I Trauma Center. The hospital links functionally and operationally to an adjoining Outpatient Care Center, providing entry for inpatients, outpatients and visitors and approximately 110 exam rooms in a clinical setting. The Fifth Third Faculty Office Building also links with and supports the Outpatient Care Center and hospital, housing faculty and support functions, as well as related entities serving and supporting Eskenazi Health. The Project also includes a 2,654-car parking garage adjacent to the Ambulatory Care Building.

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The rooftop of the Outpatient Care Center will features a "sky farm" to grow fresh produce for patients and visitors.

The campus will also feature a first-of-its-kind sky farm on the rooftop of the Outpatient Care Center. The sky farm will grow fresh produce which will be made available to patients and visitors through campus dining options. Eskenazi Health’s design heavily incorporates natural light and utilizes a rainwater landscape irrigation system, among many environmental and energy efficient components. The campus features an array of employee- and visitor-focused amenities to encourage environmentally responsible transportation, recycling and other sustainable practices. 

The construction project also includes a new community health center, called Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, which boasts many design and energy efficiency components, large rain garden and walking track. The center and health campus are on pace to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a distinction that would make it the first such health campus in the United States registered publicly in the national LEED database.

“Our community has come together in an extraordinary way to make this new health campus possible, and we are grateful,” said Matthew R. Gutwein, president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. “We undertook this project with a number of core goals — to complete it on time and on budget, to contract with minority-, women- and veteran- and individuals with disabilities-owned businesses, to engage fully our community and its leaders in every step of the process, and to deliver a new health campus that meets the needs of our community while delivering expanded health and wellness offerings — and we have successfully achieved those goals."

In addition to completing the new campus on time and on budget, Eskenazi Health completes construction ahead of goals for minority-, women- and veteran-owned business participation, with 17 percent of construction contracts going to minority-owned businesses; 8 percent going to women-owned businesses; and 6 going to veteran-owned businesses. Additionally, 90 percent of construction contracts went to Indiana firms, including nearly 400 companies from the Indianapolis/Marion County metro area. The Eskenazi Health campaign has also raised nearly $81, according to Mike Smith, chair of the Eskenazi Health Foundation board of directors.

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Community visitors tour the new Eskenazi Hospital during a recent open house.

Other Indiana leaders who joined Eskenazi Health for the ribbon-cutting ceremony included U.S. Congressman André Carson; U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks; representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and U.S. Senator Dan Coats; Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard; City-County Council President Maggie Lewis; State Representative Greg Porter; former U.S. Senator and Indiana Governor Evan Bayh; Virginia Caine, Ph.D., director of the Marion County Public Health Department; Bruce Siegel, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals; Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, who contributed $40 million to the project and in whose honor it is named; and an array of Central Indiana’s elected and appointed leaders including members of the City-County Council, the Indiana General Assembly and more, as well as business, nonprofit, faith and community leaders.

The decision to approve construction of new facilities to replace the current Wishard Memorial Hospital was made by Marion Counter voters on Nov. 3, 2009, with 85 percent support for the measure. The new hospital was named the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and the campus and health system renamed Eskenazi Health following Sydney and Lois Eskenazi's $40 million contribution to the project's capital campaign in June 2011.

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