EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – St. Vincent Hospital has a new teammate. Number 18 is used to winning in blue and white, but this victory is as big as they come.
From the football field to the medical field, Indianapolis Colts legend Peyton Manning put his name in the building, Wednesday.
“We don’t want to turn anybody away,” Manning said at the ribbon-cutting. “We don’t want to tell anybody we don’t have room.”
The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has 70 beds and an ER for children. The hospital offers specialized care for kids which many families had to travel to Indianapolis to find.
“Many of them from far away, from Cincinnati, from Kentucky, that have driven there and that’s stress,” Manning said.
Under his name, St. Vincent doctors and nurses will advance care already more than 100 years in the making.
The children’s emergency room opens on Thursday. It is attached to the adult ER on the backside of the St. Vincent campus.
From intensive care and trauma to cardiology and neurology, Manning hopes kids across the Tri-State will heal close to home.
“The doctors, the nurses, the behind the scenes support staff, the patients, the families, I mean those are the heroes.”
The hospital in Indy has helped thousands, and it takes a team effort. Manning has no doubt Evansville’s team is a born winner.
“We want to keep growing and keep getting better.”
This story was originally published on August 14, 2019