In 1992, Indiana’s first trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons opened at Eskenazi Health as a joint program of the hospital and the IU School of Medicine. The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health remains one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in the state of Indiana, with the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health exceeding 100,000 visits a year. In 2003, the state-of-the-art Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health opened, replacing the original unit. Regarded as one of the finest and most progressive burn centers in the United States, it is one of only 58 in the nation verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.
A longtime champion of diversity, Eskenazi Health was the first hospital to admit African-American patients and the first to allow African-American physicians to practice within its facilities. Eskenazi Health also started a model Hispanic Health Resources program in 1995 to help provide care for Central Indiana’s growing Hispanic population. In recognition of Eskenazi Health’s commitment to creating a culture of true diversity within the fabric of the entire organization, in January 2008, Eskenazi Heath was honored in the areas of leadership, development, community relations and workplace diversity with the “best of the best” Sam H. Jones Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award.
In 2009, Eskenazi Health’s path was forever changed when 85 percent of Marion County voters overwhelmingly approved the construction of a new Wishard just west of its 10th Street location. More than 60 community leaders broke ground for the new campus on May 12, 2010. In 2011, Eskenazi Health received a $40 million gift from Indianapolis’ Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, in honor of whom Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County has named the new hospital facilities. The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opened its doors on Saturday, Dec. 7, and ranks among the most advanced in energy efficiency and environmental design.
Today, Eskenazi Health cares for nearly 1 million outpatient visits a year at its hospital and network of 11 community health centers. There are over 15,000 adult admissions annually, and nearly 3,000 little Hoosiers a year are born here. While Indiana’s oldest and largest public health care system has continued to innovate – creating nationally renowned services, the most advanced medical care and strong community alliances – its ongoing purpose and guiding principle remain the same. Eskenazi Health dedicates itself – as it has for over 150 years – to advocate, care, teach and serve, with a special emphasis on the vulnerable populations of Marion County and without regard to a person’s ability to pay.
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