UK Hospital Expansion Approved by State

State approves University of Kentucky hospital expansion plan

by Mary Meehan, 2.19.15,

With the approval of state health officials, the University of Kentucky can begin a 120-bed expansion, the next step in a $1 billion construction project.

The expansion project was approved Wednesday under the state’s certificate of need process, which requires the state to review the expansion plans of hospitals to make sure they fall in line with the overall state health plan.

The state tracks health resources to ensure access to care without glutting the market.

With the addition of 120 beds, UKHealthCare — which includes UK hospital and Good Samaritan — will have 945 beds, an increase of 14.5 percent. The 120 beds are the next phase in the patient tower project that began in 2004 with an estimated cost of $400 million and an original completion date of 2009…Read more at


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