LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/5/13) – Governor Steve Beshear joined local leaders, state officials and representatives from University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare for a ribbon-cutting at the new Eastern State Hospital facility. The new hospital is located at UK’s Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington and will open this month.
The Eastern State Hospital project involves a unique agreement between UK, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), the state and the city of Lexington. Under the agreement, Eastern State moves from its campus on Newtown Pike to the Coldstream Research Campus location; BCTC moves from UK’s Lexington campus to the current Eastern State location; and UK takes over BCTC’s location on Cooper Drive, which provides the university with additional parking.
Construction on the facility began in late 2010 and was overseen by D.W. Wilburn, construction manager for the replacement project. The facility is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified, meaning it meets the highest green building and performance measures.
“This facility will offer us the ability to provide improved and expanded services to better meet patient needs,” said CHFS Secretary Haynes. “The advances we’ll be making in patient treatment simply cannot be overstated. I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has worked so tirelessly to make the new Eastern State Hospital a reality, and to our new partners UK HealthCare, who I know will continue to work hard every day to provide the best patient care possible.”
Eastern State Hospital serves an average of 2,000 patients per year from 80 Kentucky counties. The primary counties served include Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Kenton and Madison, ranging from 65 to 279 patients annually.
Information provided by Kristi Lopez
Photos provided by the University of Kentucky
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