More than 50 years ago a vision was realized when ground was broken for the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. Immediately, the University and academic medical center became a cornerstone for educating the best physicians, providing outstanding care in both urban and rural communities, and conducting breakthrough research.
Five decades later, UK is building upon that legacy as construction proceeds with UK HealthCare’s new $762 million, 1.2 million square-foot hospital. Located in the heart of Lexington, the hospital will be a landmark architectural statement that will allow the university to continue providing state-of-the-art patient-centered care from nationally recognized experts.
The advanced subspecialty care provided by the university is among the best in the nation and the new hospital’s design will allow it to adapt to the changing needs of patients. Although the flexible design is a key component to the future success of the hospital, the focus still remains on groundbreaking and forward-thinking research and practices.
The new facility’s advanced equipment and modern space are vital to continue the institution’s legacy allowing it to combine the finest patient-centered care with strong academic and research programs that have an effect in the community reaching far beyond hospital walls. Looking toward Top 20 status, the building merges the foundation of commitment from the past with the future vision of renewed dedication to build on success.
In the summer of 2010, the first phase of the new hospital will be complete. The University of Kentucky will open the doors to the state-of-the-art emergency department—a facility of soaring caliber that offers unlimited possibilities for the future of health care in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Click here to view a video of the digital rendering of the new hospital.
The University of Kentucky is one of few universities in the nation to have all six health science colleges (Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health) on one campus and is well-positioned to pursue interprofessional health care education and collaborative research. In an effort to make this vision a reality, UK has developed a 20-year, $2.5 billion plan to construct an innovative academic medical campus to advance the growth of research and health education university-wide.
At the center of the plan is the Health Sciences Learning Center which will be shared by the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. This facility will provide state-of-the-art simulation labs and assessment facilities, an integrated library, bookstore, classrooms and auditoriums which will present unprecedented opportunity for educational and research experiences.
In addition to the Health Sciences Learning Center are the individual college buildings, including the College of Pharmacy, that was completed in December 2009. The new 286,000 square-foot Pharmacy building is currently the largest academic building in Kentucky and among the largest in the nation. It includes a five-story atrium, two 219-seat auditoriums, a 110-seat classroom, a 54-seat classroom, a teaching laboratory with compounding laboratory and patient assessment rooms along with nine group learning rooms that will allow the college to build upon its strong, previous growth pattern.
In efforts to achieve Top 20 status, the medical campus of the future also includes the newly constructed University Health Service building that will further UK’s ability to provide health care and education to the growing student population as well as screenings and immunizations for employees. Construction began in 2006 and the 43,000 square-foot building was completed in the summer of 2008.
These substantive steps toward the Medical Campus of the Future drive home the message that the University of Kentucky is reaching beyond to positively impact future health care, education and research for the Commonwealth.