Your support will aide upcoming updates, including a new Outpatient Service Center and patient room renovations.
Lexington Regional Health Center broke ground on April 17, 2014 on a new outpatient service center. Along with the new construction the current facility will undergo major renovation. The improvements will allow the hospital to better meet its core mission of providing high quality, accessible and cost-effective health care.
All aspects of the patient and visitor experience will be enhanced through the following:
- Complete transformation of the dining area
- Conversion of all patient rooms to private rooms
- Construction of a new hospital wing that will house the Outpatient Service Center.
The Outpatient Service Center will:
- House outpatient services
- Have plenty of clinic space for visiting specialists
- Hold three state-of-the-art surgery rooms, with the option of a fourth room.
The project also includes substantial and necessary upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and air-handling systems.
Since 1976, Lexington Regional has taken pride in serving the medical needs of the area. Yet rapid changes in medical technology and ever-evolving patient expectations have rendered the existing facility inefficient and insufficient to meet the community’s current and future health needs. In 2010, the hospital selected HDR, Inc., an Omaha-based architectural, engineering, and consulting firm with a strong global presence in health care construction. They have worked with hospitals such as Mayo Clinic, St. Jude, and Cleveland Clinic. Lexington Regional also chose HDR because of their commitment to using local sub-contractors and vendors when possible.
In order to fund this project LRHC and the Board of Directors worked diligently to find the best options for our community. LRHC was able to partner with a local financial institution, Great Western Bank, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Direct Loan Program; the utilization of state and federal new market tax credits and funded depreciation helped fund this $25 million project. While the hospital district has the statutory taxing authority, it remains committed to not levying any tax to fund this project.
These renovations will serve as the foundation for community health services in the foreseeable future. The Board of Directors pursued a diligent, thorough review before deciding to embark on this endeavor. By its nature, health care construction requires specialized contractors and equipment, which can be time consuming. Therefore, the updated projected timeline includes: renovation of patient rooms, dining area, and exterior construction of the surgical center began in spring 2014. Construction on all phases should be completed by early 2016.
Having a strong health care facility is vital to a community’s economic well-being. Through LRHC’s normal operations the hospital directly contributes nearly $30 million to the local economy. The economic impacts will continue to increase as new opportunities arise and LRHC continues.
Thank you for choosing Lexington Regional as your health care provider of choice. We look forward to meeting and exceeding your needs both now and in the future because together we are building for a brighter future.
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