Big Weekend For Big Hospital

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The unveiling of a $754 million hospital project in Indianapolis is set for this weekend. It has taken four years to build the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital to replace the Wishard Memorial Hospital campus. The effort took in approximately $80 million in private donations. In an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County Chief Executive Officer Matt Gutwein says a ribbon cutting is set for tomorrow and patient care will begin next month. November 15, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After four years and 13 days; thousands of jobs created and 421 Indiana contractors, vendors and suppliers engaged; and more than $80 million in philanthropic funds raised, the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus is ready to open. A large crowd, including elected officials and community leaders, is expected to join Eskenazi Health on Saturday to hold a ribbon-cutting for the project.

The new campus replaces the Wishard Memorial Hospital campus just blocks away in the heart of downtown. Following the ribbon cutting, the new Eskenazi Health campus will undergo final preparations before opening to care for patients on Dec. 7. The project to build the new campus will conclude at that time, with Eskenazi Health completed 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 percent going to veteran-owned businesses.

Additionally, 90 percent of major contracts went to Indiana firms, including nearly 400 companies from the Indianapolis/Marion County metro area. The new Eskenazi Health campus is also on pace to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the entire campus. This distinction would make it the first such health campus in the United States registered publicly in the national LEED database.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Where: Eskenazi Health Campus, 720 Eskenazi Ave.

Who:

1. Hon. Andr? Carson, U.S. Representative

2. Hon. Susan Brooks, U.S. Representative

3. Hon. Gregory Ballard, mayor, City of Indianapolis

4. Hon. Maggie Lewis, City-County Council President

5. Hon. Evan Bayh, Former U.S. Senator

6. Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO, Eskenazi Health

7. Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County

8. Dr. Anantha Shekhar, associate dean of the IU School of Medicine

9. Dr. James Miner, chairman of HHC Board

10. Bruce Siegel, president and CEO, America's Essential Hospitals (formerly NAPH)

11. Hon. Gregory Porter, State Representative

12. Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis

13. Dr. Virginia Caine, director, Marion County Public Health Department

14. Ernest Vargo II, CFRE, president and CEO, Eskenazi Health Foundation

15. Mike Smith, Eskenazi Health Capital Campaign

16. Deborah Daniels and John Thompson, Capital Campaign co-chairs

17. Len Betley, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

18. Nancy Huber, Fifth Third Bank

19. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, capital campaign donors

20. Rabbi Sandy Sasso

Grand opening events planned for Saturday, Nov. 16: The Eskenazi Health Stride 5k and 1-mile races kick off the activities at 8 a.m. at the historic fa?ade at Wishard (10th Street and Indiana Avenue), finishing with a view of the new Eskenazi Health campus. Following the run/walk, a special Public Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting will take place. The activities will conclude with open tours for the entire community from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Source: Wishard Eskenazi Health