Update 4:50 p.m.:
The final patient was transferred from Wishard Memorial Hospital to the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital just after 2 p.m. today.
Wishard-Eskenazi Health officials say the last patient, a newborn boy, was discharged from Wishard at 2:50 p.m.
After weeks of planning, Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis is moving its last patients to the new Eskenazi Health facility this morning.
Hospital staffers have been drilling for months for the transfer of about 200 patients from the old hospital to the new one about a half mile to the west of Wishard.
Prior to the move, Wishard-Eskenazi Health CEO Lisa Harris said the winter storm wouldn’t disrupt anything.
“We’ll have all the routes salted and prepared and plowed,” she said. “They’ll pretty much go from a sheltered area into a vehicle and then unload in an ambulance bay.”
Patients received fleece blankets for some added warmth, and to commemorate their place in hospital history.
The Wishard emergency room accepted patients right up until 6:59 a.m. At 7 a.m. Wishard‘s ER closed and Eskenazi‘s opened. Patients who arrive before that time are being moved to Eskenazi once they are stable enough to go.
At 9:35 a.m., hospital officials reported only four patients were still in the Wishard Emergency Department and 40 patients had been transferred from Wishard to the Eskenazi Hospital.
Wishard-Eskenazi Health planned for a 12-hour transition period in which both hospitals are being fully staffed.