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Central Baptist Hospital announces $200 million expansion project

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

One of Central Kentucky's largest hospitals will be getting a lot bigger in the coming years.

But its expansion plans are different than what some people expected.

Central Baptist Hospital had been planning to build a new facility off Polo Club Boulevard in Hamburg.

However, that's been delayed, in favor of building at its current campus on Nicholasville Road.

We first told you about the plans to build a new hospital in the Hamburg area in 2006.

Back then, officials were hoping to have the work finished by 2012.

Central Baptist officials still want a hospital there, but the timeline has changed.

"We will definitely be at Hamburg, Central Baptist Hospital President & CEO Bill Sisson said. "I just can't tell you what it will look like and when it can happen."

Sisson says when the new hospital is built, it will have the latest technological advances in medicine.

But he says now is not the time to spend $450 million on it.

Instead, $200 million will be spent on an addition to the current hospital on Nicholasville Road. The expansion will include a cancer center a women's center focusing on the needs of pregnant moms-to-be and newborn care. It was also have a private room for every patient.

Sisson says it's simply a better way to spend money right now.

According to Mayor Jim Newberry's spokesperson, the road and sewer improvements were built by private developers, meaning no tax dollars have been spent at the Hamburg location yet.

Sisson says tax exempt bonds will be used to build the $200 million expansion project at the current hospital.

Construction will begin in the summer of 2010 and is expected to take two and a half years to complete.

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