Baptist Health Hardin announces $225 million expansion

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Baptist Health Hardin recently received approval for a $225 million plan to build a new outpatient medical pavilion. The expansion would be behind the hospital’s existing facility.

The building will be 282,000 square feet, which is around 75% of the current hospital’s size. Construction will be done in phases over the following three years. Detailed plans and schematics will be available in the coming months.

When the deal was made between Baptist Health and Hardin County for the hospital’s sale, the health system promised to invest $235 million over a decade.

“We know the vital role that Baptist Health Hardin plays in its region, caring for more than
400,000 Central Kentuckians, and the community’s need for this critically important outpatient medical pavilion,” said Baptist Health CEO Gerard Colman. “We want to send a clear message that we want to strengthen and fuel Baptist Health Hardin’s tremendous growth.”

“Hardin’s increase in patient volumes over the last 10 years, experienced across the system in everything from surgeries, outpatient registrations, emergency department visits and more, shows no signs of slowing down, underscoring our need for updated facilities and equipment. This outpatient medical pavilion will offer patients the latest and best in one convenient location and aid in recruiting the best medical talent,” said Dennis Johnson, hospital President and CEO.

The expansion will include a new comprehensive cancer care center, 12 new surgical suites including a hybrid operating room, a multidisciplinary outpatient medical office building to accommodate new physicians and specialists and patient-centric spaces designed to promote emotional and spiritual healing.

The majority of Baptist Health Hardin’s existing locations will stay as is across its service area, while a few, such as the current cancer center, will be repurposed for other specialties once the pavilion is complete.

“Hardin Memorial Health performed well financially year after year, but our Board of Trustees grappled with how to accommodate the rapidly growing number of patients, to finance the latest equipment, the best and very expensive Epic electronic medical record system and with how to meet all the health system’s need for capital improvements,” said Harry L. Berry, Judge/Executive, Hardin County and current Chair of the Baptist Health Hardin Board. “Our former hospital Board worked hard to negotiate the best possible future during the sale negotiations and Baptist Health promised $361.4 million in payments and investments total. Just since September 2020 when the sale closed, Baptist Health has invested more than $275 million in the healthcare of our community. I think that shows true commitment to Hardin patients. We are off to a very good start in less than a year.”

The new facilities will break ground soon, with detailed plans in the coming months. The project is expected to be finished by 2025.

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