For 90 years, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington has brought hope and healing to children and teens at their iconic spot on Richmond Road. In April 2017, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington will return to its downtown roots and open as Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center. The complex will be located on South Limestone across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center, owned and operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children and designed to better meet the orthopaedic needs of children and their families well into the future.
“The quality care children and families have experienced at our facility since 1926 will continue,” said Tony Lewgood, administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington. “Relocating to the UK HealthCare campus will bring together the pediatric orthopaedic expertise Shriners Hospitals for Children is known for, with the top-rated specialty and subspecialty pediatric care at Kentucky Children's Hospital – a benefit to children with complex conditions. Close proximity to a first-rate medical center will also enhance the education and research aspects of our mission.”
Achievements and advances in orthopaedic care for children have changed since the current Lexington Shriners Hospital was built in 1988. Fewer children require inpatient care while the number of children receiving outpatient care has increased significantly. This year, 80 percent of the hospital’s surgical cases have been performed without the child requiring an overnight stay.
In 2016, approximately 11,000 children from Kentucky and the surrounding states will come to the Lexington Shriners Hospital to see their physician specialist and receive related services. The new facility will expand capacity to over 13,000 children.
The pediatric orthopaedic surgeons currently on staff at the Lexington Shriners Hospital are also on staff at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Children who require inpatient hospital care will be admitted to Kentucky Children’s Hospital and cared for by the same physicians they are familiar with and trust.
The estimated cost of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington is $47 million. The top two floors of the five-story building will be leased to the University of Kentucky for ophthalmology services. The new Lexington Shriners Hospital facility will include a motion analysis center (one of only three in the state), 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork.
Construction on the new medical center is scheduled to be complete in January. The Lexington Shriners Hospital will begin seeing patients at the new facility on April 17, 2017. The dedication ceremony will be held on May 21, 2017, at 1 p.m.