ASHLAND, KY — King’s
Daughters Medical Center now is officially licensed as a 465-bed
medical center. KDMC received the final notice in late July from
Kentucky’s Office of the Inspector General within the Cabinet for
Health and Family Services. This enables the medical center to
increase licensed inpatient bed capacity from its previous 385 to
465, making it the largest hospital in the Tri-State region and the
9th largest hospital in Kentucky in terms of licensed acute care beds.
King’s Daughters will not construct space for additional beds; it will
transition 80 existing outpatient beds throughout the medical center
to inpatient status. Several beds can be adjusted for use as either
an observation or inpatient bed. This will allow greater flexibility
and improved efficiency concerning the placement of patients.
King’s Daughters receives approximately 400 patients transferred each month
from 26 outlying community hospitals in a 20-county area. Its
Emergency Department is the third busiest in the state, treating
approximately 75,000 patients annually. 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 Office of the Inspector General within the Cabinet for Health and
Family Services is responsible for ensuring that hospital
construction, renovation and/or relocation in the state of Kentucky
is in compliance with facility specification regulations.
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