Eskenazi Health hospital set to open Saturday

Eskenazi Health hospital will officially open for business in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday while nearby Wishard Memorial Hospital will begin to close.

The new $754 million hospital is scheduled to begin accepting patients at 7 a.m. Saturday, which is one minute after Wishard will stop accepting patients. Moving patients from Wishard to Eskenazi Health also is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Hospital officials say the move will be the first new complete public hospital campus relocation since Chicago's Stroger Hospital opened in 2002 to replace Cook County Hospital. The move will involve Naval Reserves, the Indiana National Guard, hundreds of volunteers and ambulance services from throughout central Indiana.

Construction on the art-filled, 315-bed hospital began four years ago.

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