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Wishard to Build New Hospital with Sky Farm: New Hospital, New Roof, New Life.


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Wishard Health Services will continue to enhance its ability to augment community health in the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opening December 2013. Eskenazi Hospital, to replace the current Wishard Memorial Hospital and use 45 percent less energy, will feature a first-of-its-kind sky farm, where organic foods will be grown and offered to patients, visitors and staff as healthful diet options.

A planned green and white roof design will incorporate plant life, which will lessen the solar heat impact on the urban heat sink, make for a more comfortable campus, and create energy savings. The 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden will also include non-food plants and shrubs. The new facility will also support employees who embrace green transportation options with bike racks, showers and designated parking for alternative fuel, high occupancy, carpool and vanpool vehicles.

“Wishard recognizes the importance of the connection between healthful food options, a healthy diet and a healthy community,” says Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director. “For the last several years, we have passionately served as an advocate and community resource for advancing awareness and adoption of healthy lifestyle and diet choices to support improving health outcomes for patients and community. I’m very pleased that we have the opportunity to expand our commitment, broaden Wishard’s already vast role and positively affect even more lives.”

Wishard Health Services, 1001 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis. For more information, visit
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