University of Kentucky Hospital Emergency Room Opens

At 4:00 am this morning (July 14, 2010), the brand new, 45,000 square-foot University of Kentucky Hospital Emergency Room opened to the public. It is anticipated that there will be an increase of 8 - 10% in emergency business due more to curiosity about the new facility and its capability as an advanced trauma center, than because of more emergencies overall.

GBBN is part of the design team providing full architectural services for the over 1,000,000 square-foot expansion of the new Patient Care Facility.

"We are thrilled to be involved with such a landmark project, and have the new emergency room open to patients," said Ken Greene, firm principal and project manager. "Patients will continue to receive world-class, healthcare services, and now in a world-class, healthcare facility.

In addition to many sophisticated, high-tech innovations such as stations where surgeries can take place, in-room electronic labeling stations for patient specimens are also part of the design. The new emergency center includes separate entrances for adult and pediatric patients, as well as a pediatric waiting room designed with children in mind. "A shadow wall is incorporated in the design to allow children to play with shapes, colors and illuminated butterflies," added Greene.

Also part of the new facility's design:

  • A new ambulance bay that can accommodate a dozen ambulances, versus the existing bay that holds two vehicles.
  • 20 standard exam rooms, four "crisis rooms", and four secure rooms to serve psychiatric patients.
  • A Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest level of care for severe injuries, which includes three major trauma rooms capable of caring for up to eight patients.
  • An "Express Care" area that includes a "chair-centric" room for patients who might be discharged quickly.
  • A pediatric emergency center with 10 standard exam rooms, two "crisis" rooms and two triage rooms.

The new emergency room facility is part of the overall 12-story hospital expected to be completed in 2016, versus the originally projected finish date of 2020. The accelerated timeframe is due to UK needing to finish the hospital sooner than planned to meet the increasing demand for medical care in the Lexington community and region.