SHELBYVILLE, Ky. – UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital is now offering a higher level of inpatient care through a newly opened intensive care unit.
“Having an intensive care unit at UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital will allow people to stay close to home as they recover from more significant illness,” said Aaron Garofola, CEO of UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital.
The intensive care unit opened on Monday, June 14 and admitted the first patient within hours. The unit has six beds, with a focus on pulmonary care, and is staffed with experienced registered nurses who have specialized training to treat patients of a higher acuity. The ICU team has expertise to provide care for advanced pulmonary disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF), as well as other conditions.
So far, UofL Health has invested $650,000 in the Shelbyville Hospital ICU.
Since joining the UofL Health network, Shelbyville Hospital has brought otolaryngology (ENT), pain management and vascular care to the community and is expanding gastroenterology services. According to Garofola, efforts will continue to add more primary care and specialists to meet the community’s health care needs.