The HCD 10: Matthew Gutwein and Dr. Lisa E. Harris, Provider
Who they are: While it took a coalition of community and business leaders to bring a new public safety-net hospital to Indianapolis, two individuals stand at the forefront of that movement: Matthew Gutwein and Dr. Lisa Harris. Gutwein serves as president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County, the parent organization to Eskenazi Health; Harris has been practicing medicine at Eskenazi Health for more than 30 years and was named CEO in 2004. The two joined forces in 2009 to lead a campaign seeking voter approval for a new hospital campus. The odds were stacked: The seven previous referendums on public spending in Indiana all failed and the economy was still poor. Gutwein and Harris took to the streets speaking to more than 200 civic and community groups to build their case for a new facility. Voters passed the referendum with 85 percent approval. Throughout the four-year project, the duo stayed involved, guiding the campus design, updating the community on the project’s progress, and providing tours to federal, state, and local lawmakers and community leaders. They also played active roles in the Eskenazi Health Capital Campaign, working with its foundation to raise more than $87 million in philanthropic funds for the project.
Year in review: December 2013 brought the opening of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, a 1.2 million-square-foot replacement facility, which also serves as a teaching hospital for the Indiana University School of Medicine and is home to a Level 1 trauma center and the state’s largest burn unit. Gutwein and Harris spent the last year watching the campus come to life. In its first 12 months, total inpatient visits increased by more than 1,400 to 21,860. The number of babies born at the facility as well as inpatient visits at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center and the Smith Level 1 Shock Trauma Center were also up. In addition, the 37-acre health campus is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
What’s next: Addressing changes related to healthcare reform and population health management will remain top of mind at Eskenazi Health. Harris says she’ll stay focused on transitioning from volume- to value-based care and the shift from treating disease to promoting health.
The HCD 10:
- Architect: Paul Strohm, senior vice president and director of healthcare, HOK (St. Louis)
- Researcher: Upali Nanda, vice president and director of research, HKS (Houston); executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research and Education (CADRE)
- Interior designer: Christine Hester Devens, associate principal and interior project designer, AECOM (Minneapolis)
- Association/foundation executive: Jennie Evans, 2013-2014 president, Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design (NIHD)
- Facility manager: Sean Gouvin, director of facilities planning and engineering operations, Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.)
- Educator: George Mann, Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
- Provider: Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO, Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County, and Dr. Lisa E. Harris, CEO, Eskenazi Health (Indianapolis)
- Building professional: Sam Moses, superintendent, Balfour Beatty Construction (Dallas)
- Rising star: David Grandy, associate vice president and managing director of strategic innovation, HDR (Omaha, Neb.)
- Organization of the year: ZGF Architects LLP