University of Kentucky transitioning indoor football facility into temporary hospital
The University of Kentucky is opening the doors of its athletic facilities to help provide aid during the public health crisis.
Friday, UK HealthCare announced that a 400-bed temporary hospital will be housed at the football program’s indoor practice facility — Nutter Field House. The building is located next to Kroger Stadium.
“As the Commonwealth’s health care provider for advanced and critical care, it is essential that we are prepared for any scenario to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and the Commonwealth,” executive vice president Dr. Mark F. Newman said in a statement. “We need to do whatever is necessary to ensure that highest quality of care is provided to meet the challenges associated with this unprecedented public health crisis.”
Per the release, the hospital is expected to be up and running within two weeks and will include partitioned rooms, shower units, laundry serve and temporary generator system for water and food services.
It was also announced recently that the state fairgrounds in Louisville will be the site of a 2,000-bed hospital.