The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health main campus provide a community of health and healing for patients, visitors and the people of Indianapolis. Made possible by a generous $40 million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi in June 2011, the hospital opened in December 2013, beginning a new chapter of Eskenazi Health history with some of the most progressive health care facilities in the United States.
Understanding that well-being involves more than physical health, the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus were carefully designed to nurture the whole person – mind, body and spirit. The hospital is full of light from its ceiling-to-floor windows, and fine artwork covers the spaces in between. A concert grand piano, a gift from Marianne Williams Tobias, is often played by patients, physicians, staff and visitors, including performances by artists brought in by the Marianne Tobias Music Program.
The hospital features private patient rooms and easy signage for visitors. Patients enjoy healthful and tasty meals prepared in-house, often with local produce. All services and care are provided in a holistic manner to improve the health of the whole person. The integration of mental health care and physical well-being is perhaps embodied best in the Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center, an inpatient facility for individuals struggling with serious mental illness.
Inspired and committed physicians and nurses staff the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center, the first adult Level I trauma center in the state, and the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, among the best burn centers in the country. The Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department is equipped to evaluate and manage any type of acute illness or injury and is one of the busiest emergency departments in the state.
To lift spirits and promote healthful living, the Eskenazi Health campus features gardens and natural settings, including The Commonground at the main entrance and The Sky Farm on the roof of the Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center.
Eskenazi Health’s main campus achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification in 2015, making it the first in Indiana and one of the largest new campuses in the United States to receive this recognition. Eskenazi Health has built a reputation for its commitment to creating a cleaner, healthier and more energy-efficient environment. The campus was recognized for its use of green space, a parking program for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, water-efficient fixtures, emphasis on commuter carpooling, green materials used during hospital construction and more. Other criteria that led to the Gold certification include improved indoor air quality and the stewardship of resources and their impact.