May 2011: New Chandler Hospital pavilion opens to patients, staff and community
Open house guests mingle in the spacious atrium lobby.
Open houses welcome thousands to new pavilion
May was an exciting month at UK HealthCare with four days of open houses at the new Chandler Hospital pavilion, a dedication ceremony and the opening of two floors of public spaces and two patient care floors.
Almost 7,000 employees, students and community members attended the May 13-16 open houses at Pavilion A, the new 12-story patient care facility.
Rain doesn't dampen spirits
On a chilly, rainy afternoon, hundreds of faculty, staff and community members attended the May 15 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance.
The hospital’s senior leadership along with Governor Steve Beshear and other dignitaries braved the rainy weather to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, Gov. Steve Beshear, state Senate President David L. Williams, state Rep. Bob Damron and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr., UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf and Chandler Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Ann Smith for the festivities.
"Health care is about people taking care of people and not bricks and mortar," Dr. Karpf said. "But, if we are going to be an academic medical center comparable to the best in the country, we have to have the facilities to support the people we recruit. This hospital puts us on that level."
More than major employment opportunity, project about "first-class medical care"
Groundbreaking for the new pavilion was held in 2007 and has resulted in more than 2.5 million paid work hours, equivalent to
Governor Steve Beshear proudly displays the UK HealthCare ribbon.
employing 300-plus full-time people, during the duration of the construction project. However, the dedication was about more than those who physically built this "iconic representation of a healthier future," Gov. Beshear said. "It is about the people of the Commonwealth and those beyond our borders in need of first-class medical care."
The pavilion also means continued expansion of health-care-related job opportunities in Central Kentucky. The number of full-time employees at UK HealthCare, including Chandler Hospital and the UK College of Medicine, has increased by more than 2,100 people in the past seven years.
New patient care floors operational
Following the open houses and dedication, two patient care floors with 128 intensive, progressive and acute care beds began serving patients on May 22, after a move from pavilions H and HA of Chandler Hospital that began at 5 a.m.
Over the course of four days, nearly 7,000 guests toured the new facility.
A few days earlier, on May 19, the ground and first floors had opened to the public, showcasing the atrium lobby, Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel, Surgery Waiting (serving families of all Chandler surgery patients), gift shop, Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center and a 305-seat auditorium.
The new hospital's design inspires a sense of calm and comfort in a place that bridges the art and science of medicine. Patients will feel assured they are receiving the most advanced care by some of the most highly recruited and well-trained physicians and health care providers anywhere in the country.
Surroundings help reduce stress for patients and visitors
In addition to its many innovative patient care features, the pavilion incorporates art, music and landscaping that reflect the spirit of Kentucky, including a spacious, light-filled atrium lobby with a stainless steel and mesh fabric sculpture suspended beneath a three-story skylight.
Kentucky Blue entertains the crowd.
The chapel features walls decorated with art glass inspired by spring in Kentucky, the health education center serves as a gallery for a Kentucky folk art collection, and Surgery Waiting showcases artwork of some of Kentucky's most renowned artists.
"These features help make it an empathetic building, and the glass and the light are absolutely spectacular," Dr. Karpf said. "People can walk in and say, 'I can relax here for a second. I can get my thoughts together before I have to go deal with all the complexities I'll have to worry about when I get up on the floor to see my loved one or my friend.'"
Next phase to feature even more leading-edge technology
Pavilion A, which will be completed in phases over the next six to 10 years, will eventually replace the original Chandler Hospital.
The sounds of the UK HealthCare Employee Choir fill the air.
The next phase of construction, which will open in early 2012, will feature eight state-of-the-art operating rooms and one of the country's largest hybrid operating rooms combining advanced, high-quality imaging technology with surgical operative capabilities.
"We hope the people of this state are reassured and proud to have a world-class hospital and a world-class medical team ready to meet their needs and those of their loved ones," Dr. Karpf said.
A video of the dedication remarks by Ann Smith, chief administrative officer of Chandler Hospital, can be viewed on UK HealthCare’s YouTube channel. A video of the entire May 15 Pavilion A dedication ceremony will be available in the near future.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Karpf, MD, and U.S. Representative Ben Chandler enjoy the ceremonies.