UKHealthcare to transfer 35 beds from Good Samaritan Hospital to Chandler

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comMay 14, 2014 

UK hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 11, 2012.

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UKHealthcare will be shifting 35 acute-care beds from Good Samaritan Hospital to the UK Chandler Medical Center by the end of the year.

UK has filed a certificate of need application with the state to shift the 35 beds. In 2012, UK requested that the 35 beds be designated as acute-care beds at Good Samaritan. They had been previously used for nursing home care at Good Samaritan. UK bought Good Samaritan in 2009

Jim Zembrodt, director of strategic planning at UKHealthcare, said there were "excess licensed acute beds" at Good Samaritan. The beds needed to be relocated to UK Chandler's campus "due to a growing volume of high-complexity cases," he said.

Those cases include advanced cardiac procedures such as heart transplants.

Over the past several years under the direction of Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs, UK has been expanding its ability to care for the sickest patients in an effort to become a regional medical center that draws the most complex cases from Kentucky and surrounding states. In addition to adding nine operating rooms, and a planned expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit, UK completed a $592 million patient tower in 2010.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: bluegrassmoms.com.

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