Wishard selling non-medical items Jan. 11, 12

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Today marks one month since Eskenazi Hospital's first full day as Indianapolis' public hospital. When the 149 patients were transferred from Wishard in December, much was left behind.

Imagine all that would accumulate in business that dates back 100 years. All of the medical equipment is being sold in Chicago, but in Indianapolis, a massive sale is planned for this weekend to get rid of everything else.

"Anything we couldn't take to the new hospital is here," said Brian Carney, Health & Hospital Corporation.

Office equipment collected over 100 years and once scattered over 1.7 million square feet now lines the hallways of the first two floors of the closed Wishard Hospital.

File cabinets - nearly obsolete after the conversion to electronic medical records - are everywhere. Half stacks go for $10. The bigger ones are $100.

There are rooms full of chairs, an old wheel chair and even a newer leather couch. A freezer is being sold for $80; a refrigerator for $50 and computers from $75 to $100.

"All of the computers, the hard drives have been removed and destroyed. So if you were to get a computer here you would have to go buy another hard drive and install it into that computer to have a functioning computer. But the other parts and pieces work," said Carney.

In the cafeteria we found dorm-size refrigerators, toasters, microwaves, water filtration units, even a washer-dryer.

The first pick goes to Health & Hospital workers who are loading up selections for area offices first, before the public sale Saturday.

"With all the mess and snow it's been kind of rough getting things moved but it's got to be done," said Tony Borowicz, Health & Hospital Corp.

If you plan on coming, keep in mind it's cash only and you must be able to haul whatever you buy on the day of sale. It's recommended you bring you own dolly and remember that it's a sale, not an auction. There is no bartering or negotiation.

"I think there are some good bargains here. There are people who know that we are trying to move this furniture out of here and I do believe early on there is going to be a lot of lines and we are going to have a crowd in here!" said Carney.

More info:

A two-day public sale at Wishard Memorial Hospital, 1001 W. 10th St., will take place Saturday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 12.

Thousands of non-medical items will be available for purchase, and only cash will be accepted. Purchased items must be carried out at the time of purchase, so please come prepared to haul items away. The only entry point for the sale is the main entrance of Wishard Memorial Hospital on Wishard Blvd.

Items to be sold include: furniture, office chairs, desks, recliners, file cabinets, artwork, flat-screen TVs, computers, laser printers, microwaves, refrigerators, kitchen equipment, and more. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 12. On Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. not-for-profit organizations will have a chance to take anything that is left free of charge. Non-profits must pre-register by calling 317.880.4789 and will need to show proof of 501(c)(3) status upon arrival.

Wishard Memorial Hospital officially closed on Dec. 7 with the opening of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, located just blocks away in the heart of downtown.

The public sale is being conducted by Centurion Service Group, LLC, the world's largest medical equipment auction house. Centurion Service Group works with hospitals, health systems, surgery centers, radiology centers, and other medical facilities to sell their surplus medical equipment and other assets.

"We have thousands of items for sale at prices that are really low. Our objective is to clean out the building, not to maximize profit; so bring a big truck and your wallet because it's cash and carry and we don't hold the merchandise," said Erik Tivin, CEO, Centurion Service Group, LLC.

Parking is available in any of the nearby parking garages at the rates posted. Any questions can be directed to Centurion Service Group, LLC, at 708.761.6655 or info@centurionservice.com.