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KDMC Now Licensed for 465 Inpatient Beds

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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