Total capacity will be 945 beds
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2015) — UK HealthCare has received approval from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Certificate of Need to add 120 patient beds. The application for the Certificate of Need to increase the number of licensed beds was filed in October 2014 and notice of approval has been received.
UK HealthCare’s previous licensing was for 825 beds but after experiencing consistently greater than 80 percent occupancy of its patient beds—the industry standard for efficiency— it was determined that a total bed capacity of approximately 945 beds will be required to meet future needs at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.
In addition to adding 120 beds, also approved was a plan to convert four acute care beds to Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds. Overall, Kentucky Children’s Hospital’s NICU will increase from 66 to 70 beds with a breakdown of 20 Level IV beds (for the most advanced newborn care); 38 Level III beds (for severely ill newborn care); and 12 Level II beds (for intermediate newborn care).