UK HealthCare Announces Plans for Hybrid Operating Room

Published 02-02-2011 2:14 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

It has been some time since I posted, but I'm back on the wagon and will be back to more frequent posts! In an effort to continue sharing stories and experiences that you may be interested in, I couldn't resist posting the recent operating room story. You may have, however, already seen these pictures and the story that ran in the Lexington Herald Leader. The advances that UK HealthCare is experiencing are truly changing the landscape of healthcare in the Commonwealth.

Directly from our press release- As the only Level I Trauma Center in this part of the state, UK HealthCare announced recently that we will have eight state-of-the-art operating rooms and one of the country's largest hybrid operating rooms. They are planned as part of the first installment of the next phase of construction of the new University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The $35 million project is expected to be completed in November 2011.

According to Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs, we are right on target. The first phase of the project - a new parking garage, emergency department, and public areas on the ground and first levels and two patient care floors of the hospital - has been completed on budget and on schedule. We will open these areas to patients and the public in May 2011. The emergency department and parking garage were completed in 2010.  He also says, "The hybrid operating room helps us fulfill our mission and dedication to the health of Kentuckians and beyond by providing the most advanced patient care that is comparable with the leading academic medical centers across the country. It will be large and outfitted with the latest equipment and able to accommodate any surgical discipline that should have a need for it, supported by space organized and equipped to facilitate the management of highly complex surgical procedures."

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