Proudly wearing hardhats, gloves, safety glasses and bright yellow vests, all of the employees of Sandor in Indianapolis visited the construction site of the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital today. Each Sandor employee was delighted to see the progress of the hospital, which began construction about a year and a half ago. Sid and Lois Eskenazi (or Mr. and Mrs. E, as the Sandor employees know them) donated $40 Million to Wishard Hospital in 2011 to help the Central Indiana community, where Mr. E was born and raised.
The Eskenazis live in the Indianapolis area. Mr. E attended Manual High School before graduating from Shortridge High School in downtown Indianapolis, and both Sid and Lois Eskenazi are Indiana University graduates. Mr. E started Sandor in 1963 from the ground up and this year marks its 50th Anniversary.
Sandor employees ventured through 14 floors, learning about all the new technologies the new hospital has to offer, including lifts mounted above each bed in every patient room to minimize patient and staff injury while moving patients. The Sidney and Lois Hospital will also be the first hospital in the country to receive at least a Silver LEED certification. The hospital is filled with natural lighting, energy efficient technologies and even a "Sky Farm", where fresh vegetables will be grown and used in the hospital cafeteria. The Sky Farm, which has a panoramic view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline, also features rain barrels to reuse the water for the rooftop gardens. The Sky Farm is a place where not only patients and staff, but the public will be able to visit. The hospital is scheduled to open on December 7, 2013.
To learn more about Eskenazi Health please visit http://www.eskenazihealth.org/donor-video.
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