Fayette County

UK’s health care panel approves budget, capital projects

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky Health Care Committee Thursday approved a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017, three capital projects and a lease for additional space at the Turfland clinic.

The capital projects are:

▪ Renovation to the Chandler Hospital basement to relocate a treatment space for advanced radiology known as brachytherapy.

▪ Renovation and expansion of the space occupied by the otolaryngology department, commonly referred to as ear, nose and throat.

▪ Outfitting of the 12th floor of Pavilion A, improvement of the radiation department and other improvements.

The budget and capital projects must be approved by the UK board of trustees at their Friday meeting.

The committee’s long-range capital plan totals $240.5 million in approved and anticipated capital spending for the 2017 fiscal year. UK HealthCare earned $2,085,620 in total net revenue and incurred $1,924,088 in expenses over the last fiscal year.

The board approved the sublease of administrative and support space from the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation for use associated with clinical services at UK HealthCare at Turfland, the former mall on Harrodsburg Road. The current rent for the space is $1,181,250 annually.

According to the facilities report, UK HealthCare has spent $920 million in construction on its Pavilion A project at Chandler Hospital, which is about 96 percent complete.

Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs, gave an overview of construction and changes in the Chandler Hospital project and outlined the ideas behind a new project.

A proposed Pavilion B would be a replacement of Good Samaritan Hospital and would provide additional parking. The new facility would be in the center of the current campus with a bridge connecting the pavilion and the parking structure with the Roach Cancer Care Facility located in the UK Markey Cancer Center in between.

“This is just a proposed plan for four to five years down the road that the committee can be thinking about,” Karpf said after the meeting.

Karpf told the committee that the quick growth of UK HealthCare’s hospitals after every expansion was a cause for continued updates and construction.

“In this industry, there is no end to construction,” Karpf said. “You have to make sure you have the facilities to care for your patients.”