One year later: Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 7, 2014) -- It has been one year since staff and patients were moved out of the old Wishard Hospital and in to the new Eskenazi Health.

Today, it's a state of the art success with more private rooms and has a more modern look, much different than what there was.

"We had facilities that were older and didn't have windows that allow natural light in, so it's like night and day," said Lee Ann Blue, Chief Nursing Officer for Eskenazi Health.

Since Eskenazi Health opened last year, they've seen a huge increase in the number of patients that are able to be seen. In the last year at Wishard, there were 20,266 inpatients and 1,858 babies born. In the first year at Eskenazi, there were 21,680 inpatients and 1,981 babies born.

People aren't getting sicker, Blue says the hospital can handle more.

"And now you have a beautiful place and all private rooms which really allows the patient's family and loved ones to enter in to the healing experience with them," she said.

Getting to this point was a difficult job, but amazing as some would describe. 320 volunteers and multiple agencies, like the National Guard, all helped move patients from one place to the other. A fleet of ambulances were used, and it was all done in one day.

"It was a once in a lifetime experience and it went extremely well," Blue said.

Marion County voters approved the project during the 2009 election, it cost $754 million.

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