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UK Hospital seeks to add 120 beds

ER wait times are longest in state

UK HealthCare maintains relatively good financial health with a 7-8 percent cash flow by focusing on its niche as a regional provider for patients needing high-end treatment such as organ transplants, severe-case cancer care and complex neuroscience.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — UK Hospital, which currently has 825 beds, submitted a letter to the state for an additional license for 120 beds, UK HealthCare Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Karpf wrote in a column in Sunday’s Lexington-Herald Leader.

More beds are needed to compensate for long wait times at UK. The hospital has the longest average wait times in the state, at more than 10 hours, which is more than four hours longer than the national average.

UK Hospital has 569-short term beds, 100 intensive care beds, a post-anesthesia care unit, 17 operating rooms,14-bed labor and delivery, and 26 mother-baby rooms, according to the UK HealthCare website.

The hospital has seen a significant increase in patients, from 19,098 discharges in fiscal year 2003 to 35,180 in fiscal year 2014, which ended on June 30, Karpf said. He said the hospital expects 36,000 to 37,000 discharges in fiscal year 2015.