All patients have been moved from Wishard to Eskenazi Health Hospital
Update: Saturday 3:38pm
Ahead of schedule, at 2:01 p.m., the final patient being transferred from Wishard Memorial Hospital arrived to their room at the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. At 2:50 p.m., the last remaining patient at Wishard, a newborn baby boy, was discharged to home.
This concludes the patient move known as Operation Go WEST and the closure of Wishard. The U.S. Navy Reserves and Indiana National Guard have been decommissioned. The new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus is fully operational.
Update: Saturday 1:25 p.m.
As of 1:25 p.m., 121 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.
The move is now complete for the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center. The move is also complete for the Wishard Emergency Department, with that area's last patient being discharged to home at 12:20 p.m. There have been 63 new patients seen in the new Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health since it opened at 7 a.m. this morning.
Update: Saturday: 12:15 a.m.
As of 12:15 p.m., 115 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. All patient units are now in the process of being moved.
Update: Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
As of 11 a.m., 68 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. In addition to the previously mentioned units, patients are now also being moved from the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center and Family Beginnings (labor and delivery).
The last baby to be born at Wishard Memorial Hospital, a boy, was delivered at 10:38 a.m.
Only one patient remains in the Wishard Emergency Department at this time. The medical staff will determine if this patient will be discharged to home or admitted to the hospital, in which case the patient would be transferred over to Eskenazi Health.
Update: Saturday at 9:35 a.m.
As of 9:35 a.m., 40 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. These patients have been transferred from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the adult Intensive Care Unit and the general Medical/Surgical unit. The average transport time is six minutes.
Only four patients remain in the Wishard Emergency Department at this time. The medical staff will determine if these patients will be discharged to home or admitted to the hospital, in which case they would be transferred over to Eskenazi Health.
Many community members have asked how they can assist on this historic day. Wishard-Eskenazi Health encourages those wanting to help to donate blood at any Indiana Blood Center location to help patients in need all across Central Indiana.
Update: Saturday at 9:06 a.m.
The last 911 patient transported to Wishard occurred at 6:52 a.m. The first 911 patient from the community transported to the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health occurred at 7:13 a.m.
The first patient to arrive in their new room at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital was a baby boy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at 8:09 a.m. We will provide an update on the number of patients moved so far at 10 a.m.
Update: Saturday at 7:37 a.m.
In a highly coordinated process involving Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the U.S. Navy Reserves, the Indiana National Guard, MESH (formerly known as Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare), and hundreds of volunteers and ambulances from across Central Indiana, patients currently receiving care at Wishard began moving to the new Eskenazi Health campus at 7 a.m. this morning.
The Wishard Emergency Department is now closed and the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health is now open.
Families and friends of patients currently hospitalized at Wishard are asked not to visit on Dec. 7 until their loved one has been moved to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. A move day hotline has been established to help families stay informed about the location of their hospitalized loved one. The hotline number is 317.630.6300 and it is available today until 9 p.m.
Eskenazi Health hospital will officially open for business in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday while nearby Wishard Memorial Hospital will begin to close.
The new $754 million hospital is scheduled to begin accepting patients 7 a.m. Saturday, which is one minute after Wishard will stop accepting patients. Moving patients from Wishard to Eskenazi Health also is scheduled to begin 7 a.m. Saturday.
Hospital officials say the move will be the first new complete public hospital campus relocation since Chicago's Stroger Hospital opened in 2002 to replace Cook County Hospital. The move will involve Naval Reserves, the Indiana National Guard, hundreds of volunteers and ambulance services from throughout central Indiana.
Construction on the 315-bed hospital began four years ago.
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