The chief medical officer of Eskenazi Health says the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus have “exceeded expectations” in their first year of operation. Chris Weaver says hundreds of thousands of patients have received care in the Indianapolis facilities since they opened last December. He says private rooms and an abundance of natural light have improved the atmosphere and care at the hospital. The campus was made possible by a $40 million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, announced in 2011.

December 8, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — This week, Eskenazi Health marks its one-year anniversary in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, with hundreds of thousands of patients having received care in the year following the historic move.

Since opening, there have been more than 21,000 inpatients in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital; nearly 2,000 babies born in the Sablosky Family Labor & Delivery Center, including 27 sets of twins; nearly 100,000 patient visits to the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department; nearly 800 patients seen in the Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center; more than 1,000 trauma and burn patients cared for through the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center and Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center; and more than 800,000 outpatient visits, including patient visits to Eskenazi Health Center and Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health locations.

“Our physicians and staff are now serving patients in facilities that are as extraordinary as the care they provide,” said Lisa Harris, M.D., CEO of Eskenazi Health. “We've been delighted to feel the new campus come alive with patients – those for whom we've had the privilege of caring for many years, as well as those who are choosing Eskenazi Health for the first time.”

Marion County voters approved construction of the new hospital campus in the Nov. 3, 2009, election, with 85 percent support for the measure, and work began immediately. More than 10,000 individuals worked on the construction site and contributed to the development of the Eskenazi Health campus, with 90 percent of construction contracts going to Indiana firms, including nearly 400 companies from the Indianapolis/Marion County metropolitan area. Eskenazi Health's construction also outperformed local, state and national averages for work site safety. The new Eskenazi Health campus opened on Dec. 9, 2013.

“As we mark the one-year anniversary of completing the construction project on time and on budget, having exceeded our goals for awarding contracts to businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and engaging our community and its leaders in every step of the process, we continue to be deeply grateful for all of the support in making the new Eskenazi Health campus possible,” said Matthew R. Gutwein, president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Marianne Tobias, Ph.D., a resident musicologist, pre-concert lecturer and program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will perform holiday music with special guest Steven Stolen on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse at Eskenazi Health. The event is free and open to the public. Through her gift to endow the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health and her donation of the concert grand piano at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Tobias has brought the joyful and soothing strains of music to Eskenazi Health. The Eskenazi Health Campaign has raised more than $87 million in philanthropic support.

“The Eskenazi Health Foundation is tremendously thankful for the outpouring of support from more than 3,500 contributors to the Eskenazi Health Campaign,” said Ernest Vargo II, CFRE, president and CEO of the Eskenazi Health Foundation. “Not only are people contributing financially to the campaign, but also giving in ways we never imagined. We are delighted to have Marianne and Steven join us in celebrating this special anniversary with our patients, employees, physicians, and our entire community.”

The 1.3 million square foot downtown Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital facility includes a 315 inpatient-bed hospital with 19 operating rooms and four interventional labs, 12 labor and delivery rooms, a 100-bed treatment room emergency department, including a 16-bed clinical decision unit, more than 200 ambulatory clinic exam rooms, one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in the state, and the only adult burn center serving Central and Southern Indiana. The hospital links functionally and operationally to the adjoining Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center, which houses primary and specialty care.

The Fifth Third Bank Building at Eskenazi Health also connects with and supports the hospital and outpatient care center, housing faculty and support functions as well as related entities serving and supporting Eskenazi Health. The campus also includes a 2,700-car parking garage, the second largest parking garage in the state, which also serves as the canvas for the “May/September” public art installation.

The Eskenazi Health campus features a number of unique and sustainable elements, including an extensive art collection, a one-of-a-kind sky farm on the rooftop of the Outpatient Care Center, which produced more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in its first year, and the The Commonground at Eskenazi Health – an open-air outdoor plaza designed in partnership with some of the world's most prestigious design and architecture firms as a place accessible to and supportive of the health of the Indianapolis community. The Eskenazi Health campus continues to be 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 the Eskenazi Health campus the first such health campus in the United States registered publicly in the national LEED database.

Eskenazi Health One Year Statistics

The following is a glimpse of patient activity at Eskenazi Health during the first year in the new facility*:

–Inpatients: 21,680

–Babies born: 1,981

–Visits to the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health: 95,096

–Inpatients at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health: 336

–Visits to the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center: 748

–Patients seen in the Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center: 792

–Specialty Care visits: 100,644

–Outpatient visits, including patient visits to Eskenazi Health Center and Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health locations: 821,264 (Estimate as final numbers for November 2014 are still pending).

–Pounds of food harvested from the Eskenazi Health Sky Farm: More than 2,200

*Preliminary figures from Dec. 7, 2013 to Nov. 30, 2014.


For 155 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women's and children's services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physician

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