Construction teams are working on a $190 million expansion at the University of Louisville Hospital, which will provide more beds, several new rooms, and hundreds of new jobs.
The project has been in the works for nearly a year, and it is now starting to take shape. They intend to open the tower’s first floor in January 2025. They will then continue to grow.
How many beds the University of Louisville hospital expansion will have
UofL Hospital will have 360 private beds and 20 operating rooms. Additionally, it will have a new 24-bed observation unit after the seven-story structure is completed. The “West Tower” is part of the hospital’s planned expansion and upgrading. According to officials, the expansion will allow the hospital to handle more patients while decreasing wait times. Furthermore, there will be a new lobby, and a waiting room. There will also be upgrades to the hospital’s gift and coffee shops will also be included in the expansion.
According to UofL Health Chief Operating Officer Ken Marshall, the additional space is in great demand because every bed in their hospital is now occupied.
“Our mission here has always been to take care of the community that we have,” Marshall explained. “This will allow us to do that, and it will allow us to do it in a facility that is cutting-edge and meets the needs of what people really expect of us here.”
Marshall stated that the new tower has been in the works for roughly a decade. Crews have already relocated city water lines, installed new piping and begun laying the foundation for the lift shafts. Floors 3, 5, 6, and 7 will include patient rooms. The second floor will be dedicated to surgeries, while the first floor will be dedicated to observations.
The good news, according to Marshall, is that they are not opening all of the positions at once, which should allow them ample time to fill all of them.