Kentucky’s major hospital systems are going big, making high-profile, technology-forward capital investments across the commonwealth. Josh Shepherd of The Lane Report writes that every sector of the state is part of the hospital boom. The state's cumulative total of investment since 2010 is roughly a billion dollars, notes Shepherd, and has meant hundreds of construction and, soon, medical and other hospital-related jobs. Here's the list of the most notable construction projects now under way:
- Owensboro Medical Health System, $385 million, a new complex (pictured, above) that will allow expansion for the next 50 years, completion date: summer 2013.
- Norton Healthcare System, Louisville, converting Suburban Hospital into Norton Women's Hospital and Kosair Children's Hospital, $120 million, completion date: 2013.
- Pikeville Medical Center, new office building and parking facility, $130 million, completion soon.
- Baptist Health, Lexington, expansion of Central Baptist Hospital medical services complex with parking structure, $200 million.
- University of Kentucky Healthcare, Chandler Medical Center, $750 million, includes new plans for Shriners Hospital for Children.
- Frankfort Regional Hospital, $8 million expansion, emergency department.
- Trigg County Hospital, $7 million, surgery and rehabilitation unit.
- Lifepoint Hospitals-owned Clark Regional Medical Center, $60 million, 79-bed hospital. (Read more)