By Robbie Clark
New healthcare services and facilities are on the rise in Lexington, literally. A $47 million Shiners Hospitals for Children Medical Center is under construction on South Limestone Street across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital with which it will link by pedway.
The five-story facility is expected to be complete in spring 2017. The medical center, owned and operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children, will be a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center. Shiners will occupy the bottom three floors, more than 60,000 s.f., for pediatric orthopaedic care, while UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services.
The fourth and fifth floors, combining for 50,000 s.f., are custom designed to meet UK Ophthalmology’s growing clinical needs. Its comprehensive vision care ranging from general eye exams to advanced subspecialty treatment will be provided in one location.
The new Shiners Hospitals for Children Medical Center will include a body motion analysis laboratory, Kentucky’s first EOS imaging center, 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork. Energy efficiency was a priority in the design stage – the building will have geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, and automated equipment controls.
Meanwhile, in spring 2015 UK HealthCare opened a new outpatient care center southwest of downtown in the former Turfland Mall property on Harrodsburg Road. UK HealthCare at Turfland leased and renovated a former Dillard’s location to relocate and consolidate some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. As the 85,000-s.f. anchor tenant on the first floor of the building, service include UK Family & Community Medicine, UK Sports Medicine and UK Sports Rehabilitation, UK Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health and UK Travel Medicine, as well as radiology and laboratory services, a pharmacy and an eye care clinic.
“The renovation and relocation to this site has been a unique opportunity for UK HealthCare and for the community, and I believe it has been a win-win for both of us,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK vice president for health affairs.
New clinics, urgent care
Nearby, Baptist Health of Lexington opened two new clinics in summer 2016 in a $1.5 million, 12,000-s.f. facility on Harrodsburg Road. It houses Baptist Health Urgent Care and Baptist Health Medical Group Primary Care plus a retail pharmacy. The seven-days-a-week urgent care facility treats patients with immediate medical needs – such as minor headaches, minor back pain, animal bites, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sprains, cuts requiring stitches, ear or sinus pain, mild asthma. It includes X-ray service.
The new Baptist Health facility comes on the heels of a five-year $246 million expansion project at the massive Baptist Health Lexington hospital on Nicholasville Road, which was completed in spring 2016. The project included the construction a new north tower along with renovations of the original hospital area.
For the first time in the 62-year-old hospital’s history, all cancer services are under one roof. The Cancer Center occupies the lower and first floors of the new tower and includes: Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife; an expanded medical oncology and gynecologic oncology area – home to the center’s multidisciplinary clinic and palliative care clinic; a spacious Infusion Center; a wellness center; a retail pharmacy; a new café and dining area; and other amenities, such as a 31-foot water feature and a garden waiting area.
The remainder of the tower is occupied by critical care on the second floor; labor and delivery and antepartum on the third; mother-baby and newborn nursery on the fourth; neonatal intensive care unit and gynecology medical and surgical care on the fifth; and other medical and surgical care and offices on the sixth and seventh.
Both UK HealthCare and Baptist Health Lexington are celebrating recent recognitions and accomplishments. Early in 2016, UK HealthCare regained Magnet Status, the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence from the ANCC, and the organization’s Chandler Hospital was ranked No. 1 in the state in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital Rankings. Baptist Health Lexington came in at No. 3, just behind Baptist Health Louisville.
With the U.S. News & World Report, the UK Chandler Hospital was the only facility in the state rated as high performing in cancer, thanks in large part to the success of the UK Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center, the state’s premier cancer research and patient care facility. The center receives more than 1,800 new patients each year, and sees more than 60,000 patient visits annually.
Doctor’s triathlons raise funds
Dr. Jonathan M. Feddock is a radiation oncologist with UK HealthCare who specializes in breast and gynecologic cancer, and has had much success administering radiation using brachytherapy. To pursue a state-of-the-art treatment room that will improve the way brachytherapy can be delivered – a $3.5 million project – Dr. Feddock, also an avid triathlete, founded the Ironcology fundraising organization.
Feddock first began taking pledges on behalf of the Markey Cancer Center as he competed in various triathlon events. In 2014 he started Survive the Night – an overnight triathlon relay race in which the course can be broken up among members of a team – and the event raised over $20,000. The Survive the Night triathlon relay in June 2016 raised over $35,000 and attracted more than 200 participants.
“That race has actually been incredibly successful,” Feddock said. “It’s growing, and I think I’m going to have a lot more next year.”
Between Survive the Night races and other pledges he has raised, Dr. Feddock contributed upwards of $350,000 in fundraising toward the new treatment room. And he’s got a number of patients interested in the athletic competition.
“Since I did those races,” Feddock said, “I’ve had a lot of patients come back to me and say, ‘Hey I want to do one of these triathlons. How do I do it?’ ”
Patients are understanding that getting healthy and recovering from cancer treatments is sometimes up to their own ambitions.
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