Clark Regional Medical Center on Friday had a ribbon-cutting for its new $60 million, 79-bed facility in Winchester.
Clark Regional is one of nine Kentucky hospitals that are part of the LifePoint Hospital group. LifePoint bought Clark Regional in May 2010.
Clark Regional CEO Kathy Love said the new hospital would be able to lure patients from other area hospitals, including those in Lexington, with the sophistication and amenities of some of its services, including its Center for Women and Babies, which offers Tempur-Pedic mattresses and whirlpool tubs.
Some long-term patients will move into the new hospital March 23; the rest of the hospital will open March 31. An open house will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24.
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"The hospital in its finished state really exceeds the expectations of what everyone thought it was going to be," Love said. "It's a very warm environment, and it doesn't feel like a sterile hospital. ... It strikes the right balance."
The 131,000-square-foot hospital has a one-level design and will include bedside computer charting, an emergency department with 22 private exam and treatment rooms, five operating rooms and two endoscopy suites, an eight-bed intensive-care unit, a 36-bed medical surgical unit with all private rooms, and a 25-bed skilled nursing facility and therapy gym.
LifePoint said the new hospital was the first in Kentucky with a completely geothermal heating and cooling system.