Five years after Indianapolis/Marion County residents voted 85% in favor of building it; after spending $750 million to construct it; the successor to the old City Hospital and Wishard Memorial Hospital is set to open. The new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital opens for business December 7, 2013. Public tours occurred on November 16th. But AM1310 The Light and Afternoons with Amos are bringing you your own personal tour of the highlights of this new hospital on West 109th Street on the IUPUI campus. The new Eskenazi Hospital features a 315 bed inpatient hospital, more than 200 exam rooms, a 90-bed treatment room emergency department, a woman’s health center and a 110 exam room multi-specialty outpatient care center. There’s room for 2,700 cars in the parking garage and for bus riders the hospital has its own IndyGo stop. Eskenazi Hospital, fueled by a $40 million donation by the Eskenazi’s, along with $2 million in donations from hospital employees, also includes an office tower for doctors, nurses and staff, funded by a donation from Fifth Third Bank. The Eskenazi Hospital features plenty of natural light, glass and a sense of openness, friendliness and welcoming. All patient rooms are individual rooms. The hospital features a “team” concept with doctors, nurses and medical support staff working together as a team for improve patient care. Every patent room is open and airy, with windows and natural lights The new Eskenazi Hospital is LEED Certified and will save millions in energy costs. The hospital met its goals for including minority and women owned businesses in constructing the new facility. African-American owned businesses were awarded contracts totaling over $104 million dollars. Minorities comprised 16% of those actually working on the construction site. The hospital features scores of original art work, including art created by African-American artists and artisans. The Photo Gallery above features a inside look at Eskenazi Hospital during a special tour in early November. Including photos of some of a great art that adorns the walls of the hospital. During a special Afternoons with Amos broadcast, the first live media broadcast from the hospital, some of the key individuals that helped build and create the hospital talked with Amos and listeners. Guests included: Matt Gutwein, president and CEO of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County; Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director of Wishard-Eskenazi Health; Christia Hicks, Vice President of Human Resources at Wishard-Eskenazi Health; Kimberly Curry, director of specialty care services at Wishard-Eskenazi Health. Gloria King, director of Wishard-Eskenazi Health Multicultural Affairs; Lee Ann Blue, chief nursing officer and executive vice president of patient care services at Wishard-Eskenazi Health. Greg Porter, vice president of external affair at Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County; Barbara Holder, diversity manager for the new hospital construction project. Local artists Tim Ryan and Rick Prout; Tyler Henderson of Growing Places Indy, operator of the Eskenazi Health Sky Farm; David Rubin of Land Collective, a world renowned landscape architect, who designed the hospital’s outside main entrance landscape at the main entrance; Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Public Health Department; and Aileen Morris, Danny Pollom and Linda Linn from Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health. Click the Arrows to Hear the special Afternoons with Amos broadcast from Eskenazi Hospital. Part 1 Runs 59 Minutes. Part 2 Runs 38 Minutes. ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.
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