Baptist Health hospital construction changes traffic patterns

ctruman@herald-leader.comMarch 2, 2014 

Baptist Health Lexington is changing its traffic pattern because of construction.

Visitors to the medical complex at 1740 Nicholasville Road are urged to take the appropriate turn-off for the area of the Baptist Health campus they will be visiting.

Baptist Health Lexington was formerly called Central Baptist Hospital.

The turn near the 1760 building — the "main entrance," opposite Cherokee Park — leads onto the main hospital, office buildings, valet parking and a garage.

The 1720 turn — opposite Arcadia Park — leads toward Building E, an office building that also has a parking garage with valet parking.

The road that connected the two entrances is being closed so that construction on an underground parking garage can go full-steam, said Baptist Health spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers.

The new garage will have more than 300 spaces and will open when the hospital's new bed tower opens in late 2015, Childers said.

If visitors to the under-construction complex take a moment to figure out which end of the hospital development they're visiting, they will be able to easily park and access their appointment or visiting opportunity, Childers said.

Taking the wrong turn into Baptist Health could mean a visitor unfamiliar with the layout might have to turn around and get back onto Nicholasville Road, known for its congestion during peak periods.

The hospital's $230 million expansion and renovation was announced in 2010. Among the items included in the new hospital are a more spacious intensive care unit, a labor and delivery suite and the garage. All patient rooms in the new hospital will be private.

The first building for Central Baptist, as the hospital was then known, opened in 1954 and cost $2.5 million for 173 beds.

Cheryl Truman: (859)231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.Cheryl Truman: (859)231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.

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