Indianapolis hospital campus serves as an example in sustainable building

Annie Garau
March 22, 2015
Indiana Daily Student
 
Sidney Eskenazi grew up on the south side of Indianapolis during the Great Depression. His father died when he was 13 years old and, one week later, Eskenazi started his first job. Even during these hard times, he grew up watching his father, and later his uncle, donating food to charitable causes. This generosity inspired the young boy so that today he, along with his wife Lois, continue the trend of giving back, though on a much larger scale.
 
In 2011 the IU alumni, who met while attending college on the Bloomington campus, gave a $40 million donation to the Eskenazi Health Foundation, which financed the building of the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.
 
The public hospital campus was built as a replacement for the Wishard Memorial Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. It opened in December 2013 and today it is on track to becoming a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified campus.
 
This certification, which is given by the United States Green Building Council, is reserved for buildings that have a positive influence on the health of their occupants while saving resources and promoting the use of clean energy and sustainable practices, according to the council’s website.
 
The certifications are classified as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Should the campus attain a certification of Silver or higher, it would be the first ever hospital campus in the country to do so.
 
“There is a significant economic benefit to a LEED-certified building due to its decreased energy costs, but there are also measured improvements in employee retention and satisfaction, care and health outcomes and recovery time in LEED certified hospital settings,” Todd Harper, the media and public affairs manager for Eskenazi health, said.