King’s Daughters Medical Center was notified Wednesday, Feb. 25, by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Health Policy that it had been approved to license 80 additional acute care beds. This will allow the medical center to increase licensed inpatient bed capacity from 385 to 465, making it the largest hospital in the Tri-State and the 9th largest hospital in Kentucky in terms of licensed acute care beds.
“This is very good news for the medical center,” said Fred Jackson, KDMC president and CEO. “It allows us to continue to serve our local communities while increasing our licensed bed capacity to accommodate more new customers throughout the region.” Jackson said the medical center receives approximately 400 patients transferred each month from 26 outlying community hospitals in a 20-county area, and its Emergency Department is the third busiest in the state, treating approximately 75,000 patients annually. He said KDMC has a documented average acute care occupancy rate of nearly 80 percent, and for four consecutive years has exceeded the occupancy rate required by the cabinet to justify adding more beds. “The additional beds will greatly help us manage patient flow, reduce wait times, and improve our services,” Jackson said.
The certificate of need will be officially issued in 40 days, unless a reconsideration hearing is requested or an opposing party files a judicial appeal. Once the certificate of need is issued, the medical center will convert some of its observation beds into licensed acute care beds for an additional 70 medical/surgical beds and 10 ICU beds.
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