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University of Kentucky HealthCare

Lexington, KY

The Patient Care Facility (PCF) project represents the initial project relating to the implementation of the UK HealthCare Master Facility Plan. The project includes: 1) development of the infrastructure and core/shell to substantially replace the current Albert Chandler Hospital over the next 10 -15 years; 2) connections to the Critical Care Tower, and Gill Heart Institute; and 3) completion of approximately 550,000 SF of the initial core and shell building including:


  • Emergency Department -replacement and expansion (48 Acute, 6 Trauma)
  • 2 Bay Helipad
  • Critical & Acute Care Bed replacement -192 beds (6 Units) (64 ICU, 128 Acute)
  • Replacement of 2 MRI Units
  • Imaging to support Emergency & Phase 1 A Beds (2 CT, 2 General Radiology, panorex)
  • Lab satellite to support Emergency and Surgery area
  • 8 Operating Rooms
  • 2 Interventional Rooms
  • 12 PACU Beds
  • 12 Surgery Intake Beds
  • Central Sterile Processing Replacement
  • Kitchen Replacement
  • Cafe to serve patients, visitors, staff in the PCF
  • Public Space including Garage Concourse, Patient Library, Chapel, Lobby, Gift Shop, Waiting areas
  • New Entry serving PCF, Gill, Critical Care and Chandler Hospital
  • New Dock and Materials Mgt. Support
  • Offices for Admitting, Registration, Customer Service, Pastoral Care
  • Support Facilities: information systems server room, environmental services, maintenance, security


The entire project, with parking garage, infrastructure, and concourse, is slated to open its doors to patients in 2010. The facility serves the area between Frankfort, KY and the eastern state line, as it is the only level 1 trauma center in the region.



  • Christmann, J. A. (2011). A new design in Kentucky’s emergency care. Healthcare Design, 11(11), 32–40.
    “The University of Kentucky HealthCare team is embarking on a research project to document the results of the design of the chair-centric component of the department’s Express Care operational model, as well as to share some of the lessons learned about the design of both operations and the space.”