Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center expansion breaks ground
Misty Thomas Reporting
(Leitchfield, KY)-In 1947 concerned citizens decided to take on a project that would serve the medical needs of Grayson County and by 1951 the building the Grayson County War Memorial Hospital was completed with 20 beds and 10,000 sq ft. The hospital employed 124 people and was a 40-bed facility with a total of 14,000 sq ft by 1976 it was apparent the needs of the community was greater than the space the hospital had to offer. In 1979, the hospital relocated to Wallace Avenue to a new two-story, 75-bed facility and was renamed the Grayson County Hospital.
The hospital again was faced with space issues in their 56,000 campus. By the 1990’s, the hospital’s medical staff had more than doubled and its primary service area had grown beyond the borders of Grayson County. It was no longer just a “county” hospital—it had come to be recognized as a regional healthcare provider, according to TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing Bill Oldham. The board of directors decided to rename the hospital, “Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center,” to represent its growth.
The hospital currently is a 75-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services to resident of a six county area and is 175,000 sq ft. The hospital broke ground Monday afternoon to expand that space another 55,000 sq ft.
The expansion will not only include the added square footage but will renovate 55,000 sq ft of existent structure. There will be an addition of 25 new private patient rooms and making 18 current semi-private rooms, private. The Radiology area will be expanded to house new MRI, CT and Ultrasounds equipment. The Laboratory, Business Office, Pharmacy, Cardiopulmonary, Dietary and Registration areas will expand. There will be two new private pediatric rooms and renovations to make eight OB rooms private and renovate five double rooms. The Medical/Surgical and OB units visitor waiting areas will be expanded as will two nurses stations. The current Emergency Room waiting area will be improved as will the Haz-Mat storage and setup area. There will be upgrades to the nurse call system and improved access to the 2nd floor will be established with two new elevators. There will also be a gift shop provided that will be operated by the TLRMC Volunteer Auxiliary.
The price tag for the expansion is $15 million. The Estopinal Group architectural firm has designed the project and Abel Construction will be the general contractors. The construction is anticipated to begin in November 2009 and should take between 18 – 24 months to complete.