About Eastern State Hospital

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Eastern State Hospital - Mission, Vision and Values


We provide excellent mental healthcare that instills hope, inspires recovery and improves overall well-being for Kentuckians.


Wellness in mind/body/spirit is attainable for everyone.


  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork

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. 


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

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