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New Eskenazi facility rises above old Wishard campus

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The new Eskenazi Hospital rises 12 stories. The new Eskenazi Hospital rises 12 stories.
Light fills a hallway at the new facility. Light fills a hallway at the new facility.
Patient rooms at the new hospital are identical, allowing caregivers to become familiar with the room. Patient rooms at the new hospital are identical, allowing caregivers to become familiar with the room.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Wishard Hospital officially becomes Eskenazi Hospital Saturday. The major undertaking means changes for patients, medical staff and the community.

The new facility rises more than 12 stories into the air - a gleaming, efficient and elegantly-designed complex that took four years to build. At a cost of $754 million, The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital stands in unmistakable contrast to the hospital it replaces.

Wishard Hospital has buildings that are 100 years old.

"This facility is actually 30 percent smaller than our current constellation of buildings on the old Wishard campus. We will be able to care for 20 percent more patients," said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director of Eskenazi Health.

"It is the most modern efficient and functional hospital in America," said Matt Gutwein, Health & Hospital president and CEO.

Like Wishard, Eskenazi will serve the city's poor and underinsured.

There are 327 rooms in all, 110 of those rooms are in the emergency department which features 17 operating rooms. Eskenazi serves as a Level One trauma center, one of only two in the state. It is also home to the region's only burn unit.

There has been great attention paid to the most basic of features to provide the best medical care possible.

In many hospitals, the layout of a patient room is different, but at Eskenazi Hospital, each patient room is exactly the same, so in an emergency, a caregiver can come in and find the same thing in the same place at a most critical time.

But aside from the state-of-the-art design, there is a soft touch for patients and families who, in many instances, suddenly face the harsh realities that come with a hospital visit. The main hallway is filled with light, there is artwork just about everywhere you look, and even a Skyfarm that will allow patients to enjoy fresh air and a spectacular view of downtown.

"We think that it's critically important to have a design that uplifts people's spirits, that is a place of hope and inspiration, because those aspects heal people," said Gutwein.

With the hospital's opening, the architects say they can't wait to begin treating patients.

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