Beginning Transfer of Patients

149 patients were transferred from Wishard to the Eskenazi Hospital. Many patients were discharged to home starting yesterday; we also slowed down elective procedures on Thursday and Friday. The current number of patients admitted to Eskenazi Hospital is 179 (30 new patients admitted today). The Emergency Department has seen 123 patients since opening at 7 a.m.

Completion of Operation Go WEST

Ahead of schedule, at 2:01 p.m., the final patient being transferred from Wishard Memorial Hospital arrived to their room at the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. At 2:50 p.m., the last remaining patient at Wishard, a newborn baby boy, was discharged to home. This concludes the patient move known as Operation Go WEST and the closure of Wishard. The U.S. Navy Reserves and Indiana National Guard have been decommissioned. The new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus is fully operational.

Movement to Michael and Susan Smith Emergency Department

As of 1:25 p.m., 121 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

The move is now complete for the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center. The move is also complete for the Wishard Emergency Department, with that area’s last patient being discharged to home at 12:20 p.m. There have been 63 new patients seen in the new Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health since it opened at 7 a.m. this morning.

Arrival of Medical/ Surgical patients from Wishard

As of 12:15 p.m., 115 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. All patient units are now in the process of being moved.

The move is complete for the general Medical/Surgical patient units at Wishard. These floors, which include 4, 5 and 6, are closed.

The first baby to be born at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, a girl, was delivered at just past noon.

Transfers from Burn Center and Family Beginnings arrive 

As of 11 a.m., 68 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. In addition to the previously mentioned units, patients are now also being moved from the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center and Family Beginnings (labor and delivery).

The last baby to be born at Wishard Memorial Hospital, a boy, was delivered at 10:38 a.m.

Only one patient remains in the Wishard Emergency Department at this time. The medical staff will determine if this patient will be discharged to home or admitted to the hospital, in which case the patient would be transferred over to Eskenazi Health.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transfers 40 patients to new hospital 

As of 9:35 a.m., 40 patients have been transferred from Wishard to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. These patients have been transferred from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the adult Intensive Care Unit and the general Medical/Surgical unit. The average transport time is six minutes.

Only four patients remain in the Wishard Emergency Department at this time. The medical staff will determine if these patients will be discharged to home or admitted to the hospital, in which case they would be transferred over to Eskenazi Health.

Families and friends of patients currently hospitalized at Wishard are asked not to visit until their loved one has been moved to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi 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 today until 9 p.m.

Many community members have asked how they can assist on this historic day. Wishard-Eskenazi Health encourages those wanting to help to donate blood at any Indiana Blood Center location to help patients in need all across Central Indiana.

First 911 Transport to Eskenazi 

The last 911 patient transported to Wishard occurred at 6:52 a.m. The first 911 patient from the community transported to the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health occurred at 7:13 a.m.

The first patient to arrive in their new room at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital was a baby boy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at 8:09 a.m. We will provide an update on the number of patients moved so far at 10 a.m.

Families and friends of patients currently hospitalized at Wishard are asked not to visit on Dec. 7 until their loved one has been moved to the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi 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 today until 9 p.m.

CONTACT: Todd Harper
Phone: 317.630.7808
Pager: 317.310.5972