$9 million renovation and expansion celebrated with unveiling and tours
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2016) — Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has completed a $9 million renovation and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, which is one of the busiest in Louisville. The changes more than double the size of the emergency department, bring new technology to patients’ bedsides, and improve the overall workflow of the department, which will help reduce patient wait times. The new emergency department opened today with an official unveiling and tours for guests.
“This expansion is part of our investment to improve wellness in south Louisville, and the entire Louisville community,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “As our city has grown, we needed to grow and expand as well, ensuring that patients will have the best care and technology available to them in the community where they live.”
During the opening celebration, two new panels for the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital history wall were also unveiled, which show hospital achievements, such as the formation of KentuckyOne Health in 2012, the chapel renovation in 2013, the addition of the Healthy Lifestyle Center in 2014, the first intragastric balloon procedure in 2016, and the completion of the emergency room renovation.
“This is a historic day for Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, and KentuckyOne Health,” said Lisa Shannon, chief operating officer, KentuckyOne Health. “This expansion and renovation will help provide top quality emergency care for local residents, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped make this project possible.”
The renovation also includes a dramatic redesign of the facility’s footprint and changes the front entrance of the emergency department. As part of the renovation, the number of beds have increased, and modular walls were added for increased comfort and privacy of patients.
“It’s exciting to see local businesses make this kind of investment to the city of Louisville, and our residents,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This expansion will benefit patients for years to come. Congratulations on this successful expansion.”
Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is the only acute care hospital serving the people of south Louisville, an area with a population upwards of 176,000. More than 75 percent of all patients admitted to Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital come first through the emergency department, compared to a national average of more than 50 percent.
The project was funded by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation and made possible by generous donations from the community.
Stengel Hill Architecture was the design partner for the project, and Whittenburg Construction served as general contractor.