This year, the arrival of spring signals a new season and beginning, and the completion of the first phase of the Indianapolis Campus Expansion (ICE) project.
But before the doors officially open to patients in mid-April, three key events will give hospital employees and their families, the community and Archdiocese and civic leaders an opportunity to celebrate and participate.
Employee Open House
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 2
A range of activities are planned for hospital staff and their families with CEO
Bob Brody on hand to greet visitors. Guided tours will take visitors through the new emergency department, operating suites, new cafeteria, patient rooms and other areas.
The halls will be alive with the sound of music, featuring Barometer Soup and the strolling eight-member Mariachi Sol Jalisciense. Lunch, beverages, desserts and other treats will keep the family fueled for such activities as Dance Your Way to Health, Dance Dance Revolution, carnival games and a craft area for youngsters.
Employees attending the event also can participate in raffles and take home some seriously cool gifts.
Blessing and Dedication
2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5
Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will officiate the formal blessing of the entire six-story facility.
As the hospital looks to its future, its rich heritage will be recalled at this event. Representatives of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration will sound the Angelus bell for the first time in nearly four decades. Attendees also will receive a hand bell to commemorate the event.
Among the many dignitaries expected to be on hand are Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Greenwood Mayor Charles Henderson. Both are expected to present proclamations touting the campus expansion.
Other invited guests and speakers include Central Indiana Regional Board Chair Dr. Gerald Walthall, Franciscan Alliance Board Chair Sister Jane Marie Klein, and Franciscan Alliance President/CEO Kevin Leahy.
The Marian University Sacred Choir will provide special music during dedication events.
Public Open House
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9
From folk to funk and soon appearing at Franciscan venue, local entertainers Dave and Rae will bring their special blend of tunes to this community-focused event. And though St. Patrick’s Day will already be a memory, the Celtic Dance in Motion troupe will step out with traditional Irish dance steps.
Want to go dancing with some local stars? Visitors can meet the Pacemates, who will partner up with youngsters in a kids-only dance room, or rally round the Pacers Fan Van located near the main entrance. There are many activities – crafts, games and raffle drawings throughout the day for all ages.
Adults can check out their “vitals” and wellness at health screenings inside the new emergency department, or stroll through the 12-foot-tall MegaHeart to learn how the heart works and what you can do to take care of it. Food and prizes also are on the menu, and tours led by hospital staff will give the community a sneak-peek of the new facility.