The opening of UK HealthCare's $20 million clinic at the old Dillard's department store at Turfland Mall has been delayed.
The clinic space, which is expected to serve about 34,000 people over the next two years, was scheduled to open in November 2014, then in February. The opening has now been pushed into March.
Dr. Marc Randall, UK's chief of ambulatory services, said he thinks the delays are connected to some limitations in construction supplies, specifically windows. Earlier this week, plastic tarp was in place on the building where windows should be.
Randall deferred questions about construction matters to the developer of the property, Ron Switzer of Switzer Development.
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Switzer said there was a problem in getting windows from the manufacturer. There also were various problems in converting the department store into a clinic, he said.
The 85,000-square-foot building comes with 900 parking spaces. Services provided at four locations — the main hospital campus on Limestone, Good Samaritan Hospital, Kentucky Clinic South off Harrodsburg Road and a sports medicine clinic on Perimeter Drive near New Circle Road and Alumni Drive — will be affected.
The offices that are scheduled to move to the Turfland site are open and seeing patients, so patient care is not a concern, Randall said.
When the Turfland clinic opens, he said, there will be minimal disruption to patients. Those with appointments on days immediately after the move will be contacted by phone when possible to let them know where to go.
The change is part of a domino-like effect that has some services being moved so space at the UK HealthCare main campus on Limestone can be renovated, then refilled for expanding fields of care.
It is part of a $1 billion construction project that centers on adding a patient-care tower at UK's hospital. That project began in 2004 and is about two-thirds complete.