Louisville, Ky. – Norton Healthcare has announced plans for a $107 million expansion and major renovation of its Norton Audubon Hospital.
The design of the growth plan will focus on enhanced patient privacy, patient satisfaction, efficiency and clinical value, according to a release.
Highlights of the plan include:
- a two-story addition to house 74 new private patient beds
- remodeled existing patient rooms
- major upgrades and expansion of the emergency department, Intensive Care Unit and Open Heart Unit
- addition of three operating rooms, renovation of the main OR as well as an expanded recovery area
- new front entrance with improved patient registration areas and featured amenities like a retail pharmacy, café and gift shop
- a general overhaul of the existing infrastructure from top to bottom.
Work on Norton Audubon Hospital is expected to begin in the spring of 2016 and will take approximately three and a half years to complete, according to John Cooper, chief administrative officer for Norton Audubon Hospital.
“Our 1300 employees will work diligently to make sure our hospital remains open and completely functional during this process,” Cooper said in the release. “We will continue to meet the needs of the many patients we serve as we work to build upon Norton Audubon Hospital’s long-standing history of caring for our community in a new, state-of-the-art health care facility.”
Norton officials selected Laughlin Millea Hillman as the architects for the expansion project. They also expect to name a construction management firm within the next few weeks. Plan elements for the new facility include the use of sustainable construction principles, Energy Star Certification and a project plan that results in minimal impact to the surrounding community.
In 2014 Norton Audubon had more than 145,000 patient encounters and is among the most active facilities in the Norton Healthcare system. The 35 year-old building was once owned by Humana, and was subsequently owned by Galen, Columbia, Columbia/HCA and Alliant Health System. Norton acquired the facility in 1998.