Nearly 150 patients moved in hospital transition

Medical workers, military personnel and hundreds of volunteers have transferred nearly 150 patients from one Indianapolis hospital to another as part of the opening of Eskenazi Hospital in the city's downtown.

Eskenazi admitted its first patients and the hospital it's replacing, Wishard Memorial, discharged its last Saturday as part of the transition between the two hospitals.

A spokeswoman says 149 patients were transferred from Wishard to Eskenazi, located about four blocks apart, with the help of the U.S. Navy Reserves and the Indiana National Guard. With new patient admissions, Eskenazi had 179 patients Saturday evening after opening at 7 a.m.

Wishard's last patient, a newborn baby boy, was discharged to go home Saturday afternoon.

Construction on the art-filled, 315-bed, $754 million Eskenazi Hospital began four years ago.

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