LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Norton Audubon Hospital expansion and renovation in Louisville is now more than halfway complete. The project began in spring of 2016 and is projected to open in spring of 2018. The expansion will give patients private rooms and help the flow and efficiency of the emergency department.
The budget for the project is $107 million, with Laughlin Millea Hillman in Louisville as the architects on the project, and Messer Construction Co. in Louisville serving as the construction manager. Audubon had more than 145,000 patient encounters in 2014, which makes it one of the busiest Norton facilities, and is a large part of what influenced the idea for this expansion, according to statement by the hospital.
The expansion includes a two-story addition that will include 74 new private patient rooms, as well as the renovation of existing patient rooms. “When [patients are] sick or when they’re coming in after surgery, people want to be by themselves and with their family,” said Jon Cooper, chief administrative officer of Norton Audubon Hospital in a recent statement.
Upgrades and expansion of the emergency room, ICU and open-heart unit are underway, and there will be an addition of three new operating rooms. The main operation room is being renovated, as well as a newly renovated lobby. There will be a new entrance to the facility in addition to a pharmacy, gift shop and cafe, with overall aesthetic improvements being made across the entire campus.
“We will continue to meet the needs of the many patients we serve as we work to build upon Norton Audubon Hospital’s long-standing history of caring for our community in a new, state-of-the-art health care facility.”
A new underground parking lot will also be added, with the addition of close to 250 new spaces.