Eskenazi Hospital

Eskenazi Hospital - The New Wishard


During the mid-1990's, Wishard Hospital was selected for three consecutive years as one of the Top 100 Performing

Hospitals in the nation, and was the only hospital in Indiana to have received this designation three years in a row. That study ranked hospitals on eight measures which indicate high value to consumers through effective use of resources, efficient provision of care and high-quality outcomes. The addition of Wishard as a training site for our program in 2001 has proven to be most enriching.

Eskenazi Emergency Department

ED annual census for 2006: 108,863

  • Admissions: 11,786
    • Critical care admissions: 4,409 (58% from ED)
    • Burn Unit Admissions: 378
    • Pediatric patients in ED: 5,497
    • Patients seen in the Pediatric Urgent Care: 34,545
    • Patients seen in the Womens’ Visit Center: 17,953
  • Total Rooms: 79
  • Urgent Visit Center: 11
  • Holding Room (prisoners): 13 (4 monitored)
  • General exam rooms: 17
  • Ortho rooms: 1
  • Ambulance Triage (“AT”): 20
  • Observation Area (monitored): 14
  • Shock Rooms: 4    

Hospital Statistics

  • ACS Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center
  • Inpatient Beds: (licensed) 473 and (staffed) 26
    • Adult ICU: 12
    • Surgery/Trauma ICU: 8
    • Burn Unit: 8
    • Progressive ICU (step down): 29
    • Special Care Nursery: 16
  • 22,293 annual admissions (5,200 ICU admissions)
  • Voted 3 years "Top 100 Acute Care Hospitals" by Row Mercer/HCIA Group
  • Co-sponsors Indianapolis EMS System
  • Sponsors largest hospital based EMT-P's system in the nation
  • Currently our EM residents do orthopedics,  labor triage and delivery, and an oral surgery rotation as their off service rotations here.  

Resident / Faculty Offices

  • 14 private offices
  • 2 large shared faculty space (2 computer terminals per space)
  • 2 fellow offices
  • Residency office space and lockers
  • Shower facilities
  • Administrative conference room and break area

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The largest safety net health system in Indiana. Wishard Health Services has had a profound role in caring for the Indianapolis community for more than 150 years.

Wishard's history can be traced back to 1855 when a smallpox epidemic prompted Indianapolis to begin building a hospital. The hospital opened its doors in 1859 with its first building northwest of the city at what is Today Tenth Street and Indiana Avenue. City Hospital served the military until 1865, and an estimated 13,000 sick and wounded soldiers were treated there over a five-year period.drbabies.jpg

The city of Indianapolis began administration of the hospital in 1866, and, under Dr. William N. Wishard during the 1880s, City Hospital constructed state-of-the-art, three-story brick buildings on the hospital grounds to better care for the city’s residents.

By the late 19th century, the hospital was one of the few health care facilities in the state offering such specialized services as neurology, obstetrics-gynecology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and urology.

Milestones in the 1940s and 1950s included two name changes, first to Indianapolis General Hospital and then to Marion County General Hospital, devoted to caring for the area’s underserved residents. Midtown Community Mental Health Center was established at Wishard in 1969, becoming Indiana’s first community mental health center and the site of nearly three-quarters of a million patient visits per year today.

In 1975, the hospital changed its name again, to Wishard Memorial Hospital, and it became more closely affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose faculty physicians, to this day, provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care to Wishard patients.

nurses2.jpgOver a 40-year period, from the mid 1970s, the Wishard-Regenstrief Partnership for Healthcare Quality has conducted groundbreaking work that provides the foundation for electronic medical record systems in use around the globe.

In 1992, Indiana’s first trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons opened at Wishard as a joint program of the hospital and the IU School of Medicine. The IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center remains one of only two adult trauma centers in the state of Indiana, with Wishard’s Emergency Department exceeding 100,000 visits a year. In 2003, the state-of-the-art Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard opened, replacing the original unit.

Today, Wishard Health Services handles over 1.2 million outpatient visits a year at its hospital and network of 10 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. Wishard 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.

1701 N. Senate Blvd, B401 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | (317) 962-5975