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The Commonwealth

UK HealthCare plans to build new hospital

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Corinne Boyer
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On Friday, the University of Kentucky’s board of trustees approved an initial move that will allow UK Healthcare to purchase land for a new hospital.

Before UK HealthCare builds a new hospital a few things need to happen. For the next three to six months, the health care provider will continue property due diligence. That’s making sure the property will work for the buildings that are planned.

Dr. Mark Neman is the UK executive vice president for health affairs. He says the next step is formally buying the 27 acres off of Winchester road. One reason for building another hospital Newman says is to help alleviate the pressure on Albert Chandler Hospital.

“We stay pretty much at capacity every day at Chandler," Newman said.

Newman says plans include medical offices and they will not be alone. Baptist Health is currently building a hospital next door to the empty land.

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