A ceremony has marked the transition of historic Wishard Hospital to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and the Eskenazi Health campus in Indianapolis. The $754 million project has taken more than four years to complete. The old hospital will officially close tomorrow. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County Chief Executive Officer Matt Gutwein outlines features of the new campus. December 6, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – One day before moving to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, community and hospital leaders will celebrate and bid farewell to Wishard, the sprawling campus that has been home to Marion County's safety net health system and its partners for nearly a century. Wishard, parts of which date back to 1914, and its location at the corner of West 10th Street and Indiana Avenue, which dates back even farther, will close on Saturday, Dec. 7, as the new health campus opens. Eskenazi Health officials, staff, physicians and community members will hold a goodbye event for the soon-to-close hospital campus.

Why: After four years and thirteen 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 opening. The new campus replaces the Wishard Memorial Hospital campus just blocks away in the heart of downtown.

Eskenazi Health opens on time and on budget. Eskenazi Health is 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.

Source: Eskenazi Health

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