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UK Health Care announces plans to build new medical campus

June 18, 2022 GMT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — UK Health Care plans to buy 27 acres of land in central Kentucky to build a new medical campus, the University of Kentucky announced.

Plans for the medical campus include a new regional hospital facility, medical office building and other clinical facilities, with a focus on providing acute and outpatient care, media outlets reported. The property is expected to cost $20.3 million, the university said.

The location is ideal for new facilities, located along Interstate 75 and giving patients from across Kentucky easier access to health care, said Mark Newman, executive vice president for health affairs.

UK announced plans for the new location at a health care committee meeting on Friday, with the finance committee later voting to approve the land purchase. The full board of trustees approved the land purchase later in the day.

The vote on Friday was to enter into a purchase agreement, and UK will complete a period of due diligence, including additional approval from Kentucky’s secretary of Finance and Administration. After the purchase is complete, a master plan for the new facilities will be developed and presented to the board for final approval, Newman said.