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Ambulances transport patients to new Eskenazi Hospital

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Patients were transferred to the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital Saturday morning. The hospital opened its doors after a highly coordinated moving effort. Ambulances transported patients from Wishard Hospital to Eskenazi Hospital.

Wishard Hospital was officially closed as of 6:59 a.m. Saturday morning marking a historic day as the new hospital opens. It was a huge effort to move all the patients to their new rooms. The move started at 7 a.m. during very cold conditions, temperatures were only in the teens.

Several agencies helped with the move including 320 volunteers. Assistance was provided by Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the U.S. Navy Reserves, the Indiana National Guard, MESH and ambulances services from across Indiana.

A doctor, nurse, volunteer and member of the military all accompanied a patient during the transport. Additional staff or volunteers helped patients on ventilators or those who have special medial needs.

“We have been building toward this exciting moment for more than four years, and today we are elated and filled with gratitude to take this path down 10th Street, to move all of us together, hand-in-hand with our patients and our community from Wishard to our new Eskenazi Health Campus,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health.

Families and friends of patients currently hospitalized at Wishard are asked not to visit on December 7th until their loved one has been moved to the new hospital. A move day hotline has been established to help families stay informed about the location of their hospitalized loved one. The hotline number is 317-630-6300 and it is available Saturday until 9 p.m.

The $754 million dollar hospital Officials with Eskenazi Health are proud to say the hospital opened on time and on budget. Marion County voters approved the project during the November 2009 election.

Wishard Hospital will be decommissioned and ownership will be transferred to Indiana University.