Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OMHS receives approval to move forward with construction of new hospital


The Owensboro Metropolitan Board of Adjustment granted two conditional use permits to Owensboro Medical Health System on Thursday, November 5th, a significant legal and regulatory step to construct a replacement hospital.  The new facility will provide medical treatment to patients living in more than 11 counties in Kentucky and Indiana and employ a growing workforce now at 3,200.

The permits provide official authorization to construct a 477-bed hospital on a 147-acre tract of land owned by OMHS on the city’s east side—bordered by Daniels Lane, Pleasant Valley Road and the planned US 60 East Bypass extension.

“Getting the go-ahead from the Owensboro Metropolitan Board of Adjustment allows us to move forward with building the new OMHS hospital,” said Jeff Barber, president and CEO. “We have obtained the necessary approvals from local, state and Federal authorities to begin the development process, and remain fully committed in every way to constructing and operating our region’s new home for quality care.

 “Over the last three years, thousands of patients, employees, physicians and members of the community have attended forums, sent emails and participated on patient experience teams to help us develop the ideal environment for patient care,” Barber said. “We also want to thank our board of directors, and all local, state and Federal officials who have labored with us to arrive at this point.”

OMHS has also built mock-up patient rooms and operating room suites in its Business Center at 2511 Frederica. Architects and other members of the New Hospital Design Team will use them to adjust and refine design elements with the input obtained from community feedback.

“The project is rolling,” said David Carter, of KLMK Group—the project manager for hospital construction. “Our entire design team is working daily toward a March 2010 groundbreaking with a projected opening in 2013.”