Vacant Winona Memorial Hospital Demolished In Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis owns the property and plans to develop it into residential and commercial space.

Winona Hospital

Photo: Kyle Pearson (Flickr)

The vacant Winona Memorial Hospital has not been used for seven years.

Demolition crews began tearing down the Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis on Monday. The hospital had not been used for seven years, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which owns the property and two adajacent pieces of land, is now working with the city of Indianapolis to redevelop the property.

The Museum’s Director of Community Initiatives Anthony Bridgeman says the Museum will combine its properties to give it more space for development projects.

“There are parcels on the Winona campus that the Museum actually has ownership of, so we will be evaluating those parcels as part of the overall reuse of the Winona campus,” he says.

Bridgeman says the organization plans to oversee the new construction, which includes the development of both residential and commercial areas.

“We have a pending agreement with the city of Indianapolis to redevelop the site into housing reuse, a green space, as well as identifying a commercial space for the site as well,” he says.

The demolition is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year and new construction will begin soon after.

  • Karon

    For those of us who worked there for so many years, this is a sad day. Winona never really recovered from the change in government reimbursement — Diagnosis Related Groups, or DRGs as they’re better known.  The days of billing for any and everything, and being reimbursed for whatever was billed stopped in the early eighties.  It was never the same afterwards. We held on for several years, but the census continued to fall.  Someone from the nursing office would post the census on the bulletin board outside the cafeteria, and every employee looked at it when they started their shift.  There was a pall hanging over the place, a sense of impending doom.  People started losing their jobs, and those left behind were sad, but relieved it wasn’t them.  Until there was barely anyone left.  We’ve all scattered to other places and other jobs, but sometimes I remember some of my friends, and wonder where they are and what they’re doing today.  What seemed like a tragedy when my entire department was eliminated turned into a wonderful opportunity for me to go on to more interesting jobs.  I hope all my colleagues have fared as well.

  • dale miller

    my wife had a gastrix bybass surgery ther in 1996 you all were wonderful,sad to hear it’s gone

  • Shawn Gipperich

    Just look and see why this Hospital closed. It’s was operated by Tenet health systems, which alone explains why it failed. Here in Missouri we have a few hospitals owned by tenet, and I wont name them, but have visited them both, and they are DUMPS inside, and out, not to mention service there stinks, and the staff there has no feelings, and were not very friendly in any way what so ever. The reason I am attached to this Winona Hospital is because I got the electric meter from it, as I collect electric meters. After seeing the photos on Flickr, I am disgusted with how this hospital fell into disrepair so quick. I wished I could of purchased it, and reopened it as a hospital for low income people. Also it’s so sad to see all the medical equipment, and beds go to waste, as I am sure many in foreign countries would of loved to have this equipment. Goes to show you how wasteful America is. So sad.

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