• Eastern State Hospital
    managed by UK HealthCare

    The new, approximately 300,000 square-foot facility opened September 10, 2013, at 1350 Bull Lea Road near Newtown Pike in Lexington, Ky. The phone number is 859-246-8000. 

    UK HealthCare manages recovery-focused Eastern State Hospital

    The new Eastern State Hospital opened in September 2013, providing recovery-focused, individualized care in a supportive environment that features the latest in mental health treatment. The original Eastern State Hospital opened in 1824 and cared for individuals for 189 years, making it the second-oldest psychiatric hospital in the country until the opening of the new Eastern State Hospital. Building on that legacy, the new 300,000-square-foot, 239-bed facility provides an extensive range of inpatient mental health services to adults living within the 50 counties surrounding and including Fayette County. Prior to the opening of the facility on UK's Coldstream Research Campus, UK HealthCare and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) embarked on an innovative partnership under which UK operates and manages Eastern State Hospital. Directions » 

    Building Facts

    • 27-28 beds per patient care unit; total capacity is 239 beds.
    • Up to six acute care units of 27 beds each in a mix are currently operating. In addition, the Long Term Care Facility includes a Geriatric Unit and an Acquired Brain Injury Unit.
    • Each patient care unit features a dining area, reading or sensory room, team station, medication room, charting room, conference/treatment planning room, open air porch, living room with TV, and laundry room.
    • One wing of the building (on the first and second floors) houses a Recovery Mall.
    • A first-floor cafeteria is available for staff and visitors.
    • Ancillary services include a laboratory, radiology, EKG, phlebotomy and pharmacy, among others.
    • A library, courtroom, chapel, retail space and other occupational therapy and support services are part of the new facility.
    • The building is LEED certified


    UK HealthCare brings clinical, research and administrative expertise to the hospital and is in a unique position to draw on expertise from across multiple departments, including Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Pharmacy, among others, to deliver recovery-focused care. UK also will leverage the new Eastern State Hospital to train the next generation of mental health professionals to care for people across the Commonwealth.

  • Facility details

    The approximately 300,000-square-foot facility provides a modern setting for:

    • Inpatient psychiatric treatment, both acute and long-term, to adults living n the 50 counties surrounding and including Fayette County
    • Specialized services for individuals with acquired brain injuries (2014)
    • Long-term care for those with psychiatric disabilities requiring nursing facility level of care (2014) 

    This addition complements the excellent psychiatric care already provided by UK HealthCare in outpatient and inpatient settings.

    Floor plans

    The new 300,000-square-foot Eastern State Hospital includes a main corridor and three, three-story patient care towers - Allen, Gragg and Wendell - extending from them. Part of the Recovery Mall, including the gym/auditorium and the library, as well as offices and patient rooms, are located on the first floor. View the Floor 1 floor plan (PDF, 503 KB) 

    Designed with a focus on convenience and safety, the nine patient care units have their own dining areas, living rooms, screened-in porches, laundry rooms and tub rooms. View the Patient unit floor plan (PDF, 739 KB) 


    Central Kentucky Recovery Center  
    In addition to the hospital, the new campus includes four 11,000-square-foot personal care homes, each with the capacity to serve 16 people. Two of the homes are currently operating. These homes offer less restrictive care that promotes patients' return to a community setting. 

    Four personal care homes form the adjacent Central Kentucky Recovery Center, supporting patients' return to the community. 

  • Eastern State Hospital
    1350 Bull Lea Road
    Lexington KY 40511

  • Volunteer at Eastern State Hospital

    Eastern State Hospital Volunteer Services offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities across its state-of-the-art campus. We provide community volunteers with an opportunity to use their skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the patient and family experience. Volunteers are needed in the visitation process, Recovery Mall, Retail Shop and all across the ESH campus.

    Men, women and teens who are at least 14 years of age are welcome and encouraged to join us in caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

    Interested in becoming a volunteer at ESH?

    Apply here, call Volunteer Services at Eastern State Hospital at 859-246-8067 or e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator to receive information and set up an interview. During the interview, we will discuss your paperwork, areas of interest, volunteer guidelines/requirements and schedules.

    Interested in working at ESH?

    Apply for Eastern State Hospital careers at careers.esh.ukhc.org.

Page last updated: 1/7/2016 10:49:34 AM

    Facility photos


    A dining area is located on each patient care unit. 


    Patient care units each have a living room like this equipped with a television and overlooking green space. 


    Team stations on the units have good visualization of the unit’s hallways and patient gathering areas. 


    A dining area for staff and visitors is located on the first floor of the Recovery Mall overlooking an outside courtyard. 

      recovery mall 

    The Recovery Mall includes programs to increase wellness and help patients successfully transition back to their community. The retail shop is on the first floor of the Recovery Mall.