ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Members of the Baptist Health Board of Directors approved a $225 million business plan from Baptist Health Hardin to build a new outpatient medical pavilion behind the hospital’s existing facility at 913 North Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown.
The new 282,000-square-foot building, about 75% of the existing hospital in size, will be constructed in phases over the next three years. Detailed plans and schematics will be available in the coming months. When Baptist Health and Hardin County struck a deal for the hospital’s sale, the health system promised to invest $235 million in the hospital over a decade, with $150 million to be spent in the first five years.
With this project, coupled with the new electronic medical record system launched last month, Baptist Health has far exceeded its promised investments to date. The outpatient medical pavilion will house a new comprehensive cancer care center with all patient services together for the first time, 12 new surgical suites including a hybrid operating room, a multidisciplinary outpatient medical office building to accommodate new physicians and specialists, and even patient-centric spaces designed to promote emotional and spiritual healing.
Most of Baptist Health Hardin’s existing medical offices, diagnostic centers, and locations will remain as is across the 10-county service area and a few, such as the existing cancer center, will
be repurposed to house other specialties after the pavilion’s completion.
Baptist Health Hardin will break ground on the new facilities and release detailed plans in the coming months. The project, which will be constructed in stages, is anticipated to be complete