The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Health Policy has approved Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center's certificate of need request for 20 additional acute care beds. The additional beds bring the medical center's capacity to 222 beds, which will be available once the expansion project is completed in late 2007.
"We are very pleased that our request for these additional beds has been granted," said L. Clark Taylor Jr., chief executive officer of Ephraim McDowell Health. "We need these additional beds to respond to a continuing and increasing need for sufficient beds to treat the acutely ill patients who seek medical care from our hospital."
Currently, the medical center has a state-approved capacity of 187 beds. The addition of 15 beds that it was granted in 1999 has been on hold pending moving forward with either an expansion or an expansion and renovation of existing facilities.
Taylor said the hospital often finds itself in need of additional beds, especially considering the high occupancy of its acute beds has reached critical, emergency proportions during recent years and is not expected to improve.