UK HealthCare coming to Turfland area
UK HealthCare has announced plans to lease and renovate the former Dillard's location at Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and outpatient clinics.
The new facility will be approximately 85,000 square feet and will consolidate patient services of UK Family & Community Medicine, which currently sees patients at both the Kentucky Clinic on the UK campus, and at Kentucky Clinic South, located on Harrodsburg Road. The site will offer up to 900 parking spaces.
Convenient access to quality care
University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto said the project is about providing "convenient access to quality patient care in our community." An additional benefit is the revitalization the project will bring to the area.
In addition to Family and Community Medicine, patient services relocating to the new site will include the UK Orthopedics & Sports Medicine clinic currently located at Perimeter Drive. UK Occupational Medicine & Environmental Health and the UK Travel Medicine clinic, both currently located at Kentucky Clinic South, will also relocate to the new facility.
Other outpatient clinics and services may be added in the future.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, January 29, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray noted the importance of the project:
Health care is one of the largest sectors of our local economy and one of the fastest growing, thanks in large part to UK’s leadership in the field at the local, state and national levels.
In addition to good jobs, UK provides excellent health care services for Kentuckians, while nationally it is a leader in research. And with this announcement, UK is also making health care services more convenient for Lexington citizens, while bringing new life to Turfland Mall.
Open to patients in early 2015
Night rendering of new facility.
The renovation is targeted to be completed and clinics open to patients in early 2015. "Renovating and utilizing the former Dillard's building is a great opportunity for both UK HealthCare and the Lexington community," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "Not only are we revitalizing and redeploying a large vacant building in the community but we will be providing a convenient, easily-accessed location for our patients."
Patients to be notified before transition
Patients currently seeing physicians and health care professionals who are relocating to the new facility will be receiving information about the transition during the coming weeks and months as details are available. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to continue to meet the needs of our patients and our health care providers, in a functional, aesthetically pleasing, convenient location," said Dr. Marcus Randall, chief of Ambulatory Services at UK HealthCare and professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine at UK.