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Wishard Memorial Hospital

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Wishard Memorial Hospital

The William N. Wishard Memorial Hospital, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, was one of Indianapolis' oldest hospitals. It was replaced after more than 150 years of service on Saturday, December 7, 2013, by the new $754 million Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, less than 1/4 mile to the west of the original campus.

The hospital was founded in 1855 in response to a smallpox epidemic in the city. During the Civil War, Wishard was used by the Union Army to treat soldiers. The hospital reverted to community control after the war.

Throughout the 20th century, the main facility, located at 1001 West Tenth Street on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, had several names, including Marion County General Hospital. The name Wishard Memorial Hospital was selected to honor Dr. William N. Wishard, a leading physician in Indianapolis.

The hospital was operated by the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County,[1] a Municipal Corporation of the State of Indiana[2] that serves Marion County, Indiana.

The main hospital campus included the Myers Building (Intensive Care, Labor and Delivery, OB/GYN, Surgery, and General Medicine Wards) as well as other buildings housing the Level I Trauma Center, Level I Burn Unit, Psychiatric Care, Prisoner Care, Outpatient Surgery, Therapy, Long Term Care, and various clinics.

Wishard's medical staff was provided by a mix of faculty, residents, and students of the Indiana University School of Medicine.

On June 22, 2011, Wishard announced that the name of the new hospital would be "Eskenazi Health", in order to honor Indianapolis real estate developers and philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, who donated $40 million to the new hospital.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Indiana Code 16-22-8

External links

  • Wishard Health Services website
  • Indiana Medical History Museum- Wishard Scrapbook

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