Construction of the new $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center began in March 2015. The new, state-of-the-art ambulatory facility will be constructed at the University of Kentucky campus across from the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Construction will take about 22 months with completion in 2017. Shriners Hospital, based in Lexington since 1926 and at the current Richmond Road location since 1955, will own and operate the new ambulatory care center. Shriners will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the bottom three floors for pediatric orthopedic care. UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services. The new medical center will include a motion analysis laboratory (one of only three in the state), 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 and controls.


UK HealthCare continues to undergo an impressive physical transformation of the Lexington campus and beyond:

  • Pavilion A of Albert B. Chandler Hospital opened in 2011 with two complete patient floors, adult and pediatric emergency departments, and a 30,000-square-foot atrium
  • The 8th floor opened for cardiology patients in 2014
  • Final work on the 9th and 10th floors began in 2015, adding 128 beds dedicated to neurology and advanced technologies
  • In March 2015, the Board approved completion work for the 11th floor, which will house 64 patient beds
  • UK HealthCare at Turfland, an outpatient services center conveniently located on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, opened in March 2015
  • A new six-story research building planned near South Limestone and Virginia Avenue will bring together scientists and physicians from multiple disciplines to address diseases – including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes

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