Wishard-Eskenazi Health Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Eskenazi Health West 38th Street

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, October 23, 2013 – Just weeks before opening the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus in downtown Indianapolis on Dec. 7, Wishard-Eskenazi Health officials joined community leaders to open the new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street. The new health center opens as the largest and most comprehensive in Wishard-Eskenazi Health’s network of nearly 30 primary and mental health care delivery sites throughout Indianapolis.
“Wishard-Eskenazi Health focuses intently on helping our patients and our community live and enjoy healthy lives, and the opening of this new health center is a major advancement in our ability to fulfill that commitment,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director at Wishard-Eskenazi Health. “Eskenazi Health is much more than a new hospital. And with this new facility today – and the new Eskenazi Health campus in a few weeks – our warm, caring staff and physicians will have even more tools to provide the highest quality care for our patients.”
Joining Wishard-Eskenazi Health leaders for the ribbon-cutting event were Megan Sims, district director for Congressman André Carson; Mayor Greg Ballard; State Representative Cherrish Pryor; City-County Council President Maggie Lewis; Rev. Wayne Moore of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church; Mary Clark of the International Marketplace Coalition; and Paul Halverson, dean of the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.
“Wishard-Eskenazi Health continues to exemplify the highest commitment to ensuring the health of our community, and the new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street is a great new resource for the people of Indianapolis to be able to live, work and enjoy the quality of life Indianapolis can offer,” said Congressman André Carson.
“Our city is on a remarkable path of progress, and Wishard-Eskenazi Health has played a vital role in that journey – from the new Eskenazi Health campus downtown, the thousands of jobs and opportunities for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, to this amazing new health center in the heart of the International Marketplace,” said Mayor Ballard.
Officials cut a ceremonial Eskenazi Health ribbon for the 70,000-square-foot health center, which opens to provide care for patients on Monday, Oct. 28, and will hold a community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the new center.
“This new health center is the latest major development in a continuous path of revitalization and community enhancement for the Lafayette Square area, all of which collectively contribute to a better neighborhood and better lives for all of the members of our community, here on the northwest side and across Indianapolis,” said Representative Pryor, whose district includes the new health center.
“Wishard-Eskenazi Health continues to demonstrate a focus on its mission and on improving the health of our neighbors and our city,” said Lewis, Indianapolis City-County Council President and councillor for the 7th District, where the new primary care center is being constructed. “This new health center furthers that commitment, providing a resource and community space that improves our environment and our health.”
The new health center was designed to represent a community center that also offers health care. The new facility will bring comprehensive health care to the International Marketplace in a way that is environmentally friendly, culturally focused and available for all.
“With the opening of the new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, and with the remarkable support of our community’s greatest leaders, Wishard-Eskenazi Health continues to move forward in creating a brighter future for the health of our community,” said Matthew R. Gutwein, president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County.
The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street will offer comprehensive care through a range of services including prenatal care, primary care for all ages, health and wellness programs, physical therapy, radiology, and other diagnostic testing services.
“The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street advances our ability to provide the greatest possible access to quality primary care for our community through community collaboration,” said Dr. Mark Bustamante, CEO of Eskenazi Health Center. “We continuously strive to expand our ability to care for all of the people of Indianapolis, especially our community’s most vulnerable, and this new center will be a tremendous resource.”
The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street was constructed through reuse of former retail property at the site, and Wishard-Eskenazi Health incorporated expansive natural landscaping to create a community space that promotes wellness.
“Meaningfully providing for public health involves a coalescence of care, education, health services and environments of wellness that are challenging to develop in urban areas, yet the new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street brings together all of these components, creating a truly unique hub for public health here in the Lafayette Square area,” said Halverson.
"The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street and the new Eskenazi Health campus downtown are built to facilitate collaboration and maximize the collective impact we can have on good health. Working together, we are here for you," said Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department.
The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street is part of ongoing development in the diverse International Marketplace area near Lafayette Square, which has attracted attention for its revitalization, including an array of restaurants and small businesses offering fare from around the world.
“The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street not only serves the health of our residents but also represents the type of community-centric development that makes our area attractive to businesses and other organizations, and we’re excited to open it and continue to build even more toward the remarkable area that is the International Marketplace,” said Mary Clark, founder and former board president of the International Marketplace Coalition.”
The new Eskenazi Health West 38th Street opens Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, to provide comprehensive primary care for Eskenazi Health patients. For more information about Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, please call 317.880.3838.