Eskenazi Health Opens, Connects Medicine and Inspiration
The recent opening of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital marks a new chapter of health care in downtown Indianapolis, including the closing of Wishard Memorial Hospital, which operated for over a century just east of the new Eskenazi Health campus. Of the more than 1,000 public hospitals in America, Eskenazi Health is the first new, complete, public hospital campus relocation since Chicago’s John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital opened in 2002.
The new Eskenazi Health campus completed construction on pace to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first such health campus in the United States registered publicly in the national LEED database.
The hospital is focused on creating a welcoming environment of health and healing through an extensive art collection, which studies show contributes to improved health outcomes. The chosen artists, representing the rich diversity of the Indianapolis community, include native Hoosiers and others born or living in Indianapolis, as well as women, minorities, seniors and people with disabilities.
“Everyone deserves to receive care in facilities that are modern and efficient but also inviting and inspiring,” says Dr. Lisa Harris, Eskenazi Hospital’s chief executive and medical director. “We wanted to create an environment that elevates the soul while we are caring for the body. This is a place that is vibrant and uplifting and inspiring—for our patients and also those who care for them.”