The New Pavilion
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Photo of Architect rendering, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A.

Architect rendering, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A 

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The opening of the lobby, concourse and two patient care floors of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A marks a historic milestone in achieving UK HealthCare's mission of meeting the health care needs of Kentucky and beyond. The new centerpiece of UK Chandler Hospital bridges the art and science of medicine, assuring Kentuckians access to the very best advanced subspecialty care, close to home.

The following features contribute to a healing environment that supports the best medicine has to offer. These warm, beautiful surroundings convey the unique spirit of Kentucky.

About the building

The new Pavilion A is designed to support patient care for the next 100 years. The long-awaited patient care facility is paramount in UK HealthCare's plan to become a premier regional medical center concentrating on cancer, trauma, neurosciences, organ transplantation and pediatric subspecialties.

Pavilion A is being built in phases, and when fully fitted out in six to 10 years, it will replace the original Chandler Hospital building.

Phase 1A openings

The first areas to open after completion of the $532 million, 550,000-square-feet Phase 1A of construction are the following:

  • 1,600-space UK Chandler Hospital Garage (opened in November 2007) with free shuttle service.
  • UK Chandler Emergency Department on ground floor (opened July 14, 2010).
    • UK Level I Trauma Center.
    • Adult Emergency Center.
    • Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center.
    • Express Care.
  • Concourse bridge connecting the UK Chandler Hospital Garage with the new pavilion.
  • Two patient floors with 128 beds (48 ICU, 80 acute care) - Neurosciences Services, Trauma and Surgical Services.

Public Spaces

  • Atrium Lobby - Use of glass, wood and natural finishes bring elements of nature indoors. Comfortable seating areas allow visitors to rest and have quiet conversation. Public walkways connect to other UK Chandler Hospital pavilions as well as to the UK Chandler Emergency Department.
  • Gingko sculpture - The focal point of the lobby atrium is a stainless steel and mesh fabric sculpture suspended beneath a three-story skylight. The integral parts of artist Warren Seelig's commissioned work represent the collaborative nature of health care. The piece was donated by the James F. Hardymon Family Foundation.
  • Water feature - Artistic use of water sets a tranquil tone and offers a soothing oasis. This feature was donated by Sarah Healy in memory of her husband, Jerry.
  • Courtyard - A lush garden setting provides intimate seating areas and benches built into the natural limestone wall.
  • Auditorium - A 305-seat auditorium serves as a medical education center as well as a recording-quality acoustical setting for performing arts. (In the future, performances can be broadcast to patient rooms if they would like to listen in.)
  • Dining options - Two cafés offer visitors a chance to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
  • Chapel - The Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel, open 24 hours a day, is a beautiful space for prayer, meditation or just some time alone. Pastoral care offices are located just across the hall.
  • Concourse Bridge - The enclosed bridge crosses South Limestone, providing a pedestrian walkway (with golf cart transportation if needed) between the UK Chandler Hospital Parking Garage and Pavilion A.
  • Surgery Waiting - Families and visitors have convenient access to this area with seating for 200 (double the size of the previous waiting area). Located just past the concourse bridge, this thoughtfully designed area provides varying degrees of privacy and opportunities for people to sit together. It is also home to the work of artists with a Kentucky connection.
  • Health Education Center - The Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center serves as a central source for health-related information and patient education materials and programs. There are computers, printers, video viewing areas and free Internet service. The space also is a gallery for UK's Kentucky folk art exhibit. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Gift Shop - The Pavilion A Chandler Auxiliary Gift Shop features Kentucky artisan merchandise and other specialty gifts along with essential items such as sundries, flowers, periodicals, candy, greeting cards and more. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. (Pavilion H Gift Shop is also open these hours.)
  • "Celebrate Kentucky" – A wall of photography is always changing through slow dissolves on video monitors. Familiar Kentucky images and expressions represent faces, landscapes and words of comfort and hope.
  • Outdoor Terrace - Located next to the Terrace Café, this outdoor retreat has ample seating and a great view of the courtyard on the Ground Floor below.
Patient Room Photo

Patient rooms were designed for efficiency and comfort. 

Innovative features

The new pavilion includes many innovative features designed to support the people who provide care, people who receive care, and people who wish to appreciate a place that reflects the art and beauty of Kentucky. For example:

  • Each patient care floor is focused on a specialty service, such as neurosciences or trauma and surgical care, allowing staff with special skills and experience to be focused in a particular area.
  • All patient floors are designed to accommodate acute, progressive and intensive care patients, minimizing the need to transfer patients to other areas.
  • All patient rooms are the same size and design, improving staff efficiency.
  • Rooms are built to accommodate future technology.

Focus on patient safety and quality

Features that support patient safety and quality of care include:

  • Dedicated areas in each patient room for staff, patients and family.
  • Provider workstations outside patient rooms, giving nurses line-of-sight patient views.
  • Bedside computers enabling nurses to spend more time with patients.
  • Patient lifts in each room, with some lifts extending into bathrooms for patients with special needs.
  • Sinks conveniently located for hand washing to prevent spread of infections.
  • Dialysis capability in all ICU and progressive care rooms.
  • Interactive TVs for patient education (to come).
  • Improved access to supplies and equipment.
Rosenthal Family Plaza

Architect rendering, Rosenthal Family Plaza 

Not your typical hospital

From the moment you arrive, you'll notice that the new pavilion is not your typical hospital:

  • Thoughtful consideration given to the details that set the tone of a healing, tranquil environment.
  • Strategically placed information desks and kiosks to assist in wayfinding.
  • Natural setting that is uniquely Kentucky with water features and native plantings.
  • Donor-supported UK Arts in HealthCare Program recognizing the arts and artists as powerful and positive forces in the healing process.
    • Includes art in all forms.
    • Works of commissioned artists in key public locations.
    • Core collection of art with a Kentucky connection.
    • Music therapy and performing arts program benefits all UK HealthCare patients. 

New pavilion is a centerpiece

Pavilion A illustrates the vision for all UK HealthCare facilities. Significant upgrades have been under way in recent years at all facilities. As services move into the new Pavilion A, vacated patient care areas in Pavilion H of Chandler Hospital will be renovated with a goal of creating more private patient rooms as needed. Those services and caregivers remaining in existing pavilions at UK Chandler Hospital and at UK Good Samaritan Hospital will continue to play a role in UK's overall care continuum.

Next construction phase

The next phase of construction for Pavilion A has already started, with opening set for January 2012:

  • Eight advanced operating rooms.
  • Hybrid operating room.
  • 600,000 square feet.


Details of the building when fully completed will include:

  • 1.2 million square feet.
  • 12-story building (four-story podium topped with two eight-story patient care towers).
  • 512 beds - all private patient rooms.
  • Wireless network and cell phone access throughout.
  • 27 operating rooms in the surgical suite.
  • Diagnostic and interventional centers.
  • "Green" features following LEED guidelines.

To find out more about the new pavilion at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, call 1-800-333-8874 or visit

About art / science / healing

The new pavilion at UK Chandler Hospital is uniquely Kentucky, incorporating elements of nature and art representative of the state and its people. Art in all of its forms and the science of medicine for which UK HealthCare has long been recognized work in concert to create a comforting, welcoming and healing environment. To learn more about the UK Arts in HealthCare Program or other exciting initiatives advancing health care, please visit

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