WINCHESTER, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 16, 2012-- Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) today celebrated the grand opening of its new $60 million, 79-bed facility in Winchester, Ky. The grand opening, which marks the first newly constructed community hospital to open in Kentucky in 2012, coincides with the hospital's 95th anniversary. The Honorable Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky, joined local officials and hospital leadership to mark the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility.
CRMC is one of nine community hospitals in Kentucky that are part of LifePoint Hospitals, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. CRMC is also part of the network of LifePoint Central Kentucky hospitals, which also includes Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles, Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris and Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown. The opening of the new, state-of-the-art replacement facility fulfills a commitment LifePoint made to the community when it acquired CRMC in May 2010.
"This truly is a momentous occasion for the state of Kentucky. The new Clark Regional Medical Center is cutting edge and shines a bright light on this community's commitment to its people for nearly a century," said Governor Beshear. "Developing strong healthcare infrastructure throughout the state remains a priority of mine, and I'm honored to be here today to celebrate this milestone and highlight Clark County as a model community for healthcare advancement." Designed by Louisville-based Stengel Hill Architecture, the new 131,000 square-foot CRMC hospital features a forward-thinking, one-level design configured around a "central spine," from which each department of the medical center stems. This enhances patient flow and eliminates the vertical congestion found in many multi-floor facilities by creating an easily navigable floor plan that funnels through a single, main entrance.
"Opening a brand new facility as we celebrate 95 years of serving Winchester and the surrounding areas is quite profound," said Kathy Love, CEO of Clark Regional Medical Center. "Throughout the construction process, we worked very closely with the architects at Stengel to examine how every aspect of the building would positively impact our patients and enhance our healthcare capabilities. Our exceptional new hospital facility will advance our services and technology, arming our talented staff with the tools they need to respond to the evolving healthcare needs of our community." Among the advanced features of the new hospital are: -- Enhanced healthcare information technology capabilities, including electronic medical record systems with bedside computer charting at all patient care locations; -- Emergency Department with 22 private exam and treatment rooms; -- Radiology Department with cutting edge diagnostic capabilities including a Wide Bore MRI and 64-Slice CT Scanner; -- Surgical Department with five state-the-art Operating Rooms and two Endoscopy Suites; -- Eight-bed Intensive Care Unit; -- 36-bed Medical/Surgical Unit in which all rooms are private; -- Center for Women and Babies with luxurious Labor/Delivery/Recovery Suites featuring Tempur-Pedic(R) mattresses, whirlpool tubs and tranquil post-partum rooms and nursery; -- 25-bed Skilled Nursing Facility and therapy gym; -- Private admitting and registration suites; and -- Community dining room, meeting rooms, outdoor patio and chef's garden.
CRMC's new facility is the first hospital in the state of Kentucky with a 100 percent geothermal heating and cooling system, which will be 33 percent more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than the traditional HVAC system in CRMC's old building. The new, three-story medical office building being constructed on-site also will have a 100 percent geothermal heating and cooling system.
"Today is a very proud moment for LifePoint. Opening this new, state-of-the-art facility is a direct advancement of our mission to Make Communities Healthier," said LifePoint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. Carpenter III. "We could not be more pleased with the facility and are extremely grateful for our team at CRMC, Stengel and all others who made this grand opening possible." A three-story, 45,000 square-foot medical office building also is being constructed on the hospital's campus. The $10 million facility will house Clark Regional's Women's Health Center and Rehab/Physical Therapy Center. The building will have additional capacity for up to 17 practitioners and affiliated staff including the Clark Clinic, a subsidiary of CRMC focused on Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The medical office building is slated to open in August of 2012.
The new hospital and medical office building are located on One Hospital Drive, a highly visible and easily accessible location adjacent to I-64 and the Bypass in Winchester. A Community Open House will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during which community members are invited to tour the new facility. The hospital will be fully operational with all patients transferred by March 31.
About Clark Regional Medical Center Part of LifePoint Hospitals(R), Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is an acute care community hospital which has served the residents of east central Kentucky since 1917. The hospital has more than 100 physicians, 400 employees, and 75 volunteers and operates a family medicine and immediate care center in Winchester and a rural health clinic in Powell County. CRMC is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
About LifePoint Hospitals LifePoint Hospitals(R) (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home.
Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 54 hospital campuses in 18 states, including nine hospitals in Kentucky: Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles, Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris, Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville, Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, and Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. With a mission of "Making Communities Healthier(R)," LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the company, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found at www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Hospitals" or the "Company" used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.
CONTACT: LifePoint Hospitals@ Diane Huggins, 615-476-2667 firstname.lastname@example.org or Clark Regional Medical Center Tiffani Stafford, 859-745-3692 email@example.com or Seigenthaler Public Relations Nicole Cottrill, 615-327-7999 firstname.lastname@example.org KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA KENTUCKY INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH HOSPITALS SOURCE: Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 03/16/2012 11:00 AM/DISC: 03/16/2012 11:00 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120316005521/