• Eastern State Hospital
    Managed by UK HealthCare

    The new Eastern State Hospital provides recovery-focused, individualized inpatient acute care mental health services in a modern, comfortable setting. Managed by UK HealthCare, the state-owned facility opened in 2013.

    • We provide acute psychiatric care for adults (age 18 and over) with severe and persistent mental illness who live in the 50 counties surrounding and including Fayette County, Ky.
    • Our campus includes a Long Term Care Facility, which houses a Geriatric Unit and an Acquired Brain Injury Unit, and the Central Kentucky Recovery Center for individuals with mental illness who are transitioning to the community.
  • Our staff promotes an individual’s recovery, wellness and transition to the community. Individuals are evaluated in our Admissions Department, and those who meet the legal criteria for hospitalization are admitted.


    Eastern State Hospital is managed by UK HealthCare through a contract with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

    Recovery Mall

    Programs and classes are offered on the units as well as in our Recovery Mall, located on both the first and second floors of the hospital. The Recovery Mall is the hospital’s recovery and rehabilitation program. It’s an exciting, cheerful area designed to help people change, grow, and recover from the effects of mental illness and substance abuse. We also offer both music and art therapies that use hands-on experiences, along with therapist interaction, to improve mental, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.


    The original Eastern State Hospital opened in 1824 and cared for individuals for 189 years, making Eastern State Hospital the second oldest continuously operating psychiatric facility in the country. The previous facility is located on Newtown Pike and is now the site of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Newtown campus. 

  • The 300,000-square-foot Eastern State Hospital includes three three-story patient care towers – Allen, Gragg and Wendell. We operate up to seven acute care units of 27-28 beds each in a mix of private and semi-private rooms. View the Floor 1 floor plan (PDF, 86 KB).

    The Recovery Mall, where patients have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, is located on both the first and second floors. The first-floor Recovery Mall includes the gym/auditorium, the retail shop, beauty shop and library. The second-floor Recovery Mall features a crafts room, pottery equipment and a social activity area.

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

    Long Term Care Facility

    Opened in 2014, Eastern State Hospital’s Long Term Care Facility provides specialized care to meet the unique needs of older people with mental illness, as well as adults with an acquired brain injury. The ESH Long Term Care Facility consists of two units:

    • A Geriatric Unit for adults age 55 or older who exhibit a disturbance in functioning that requires both 24-hour supervision and management and intense, skilled nursing care and stabilization.
    • An Acquired Brain Injury Unit that provides individualized, holistic, compassionate rehabilitation for individuals age 18 and over who have suffered an acute brain injury.

    Central Kentucky Recovery Center

    Located on the Eastern State Hospital campus, the Central Kentucky Recovery Center consists of personal care homes that offer less restrictive care that promotes residents’ return to a community setting.

Page last updated: 4/4/2016 12:28:37 PM

    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. 


    The Resource Library offers books, periodicals, computers and audio equipment.


    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.