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May 29, 2014

Clarksville hospital hosts grand re-opening

Privately owned medical center promotes its heart care

CLARKSVILLE — Kentuckiana Medical Center commemorated its grand reopening Thursday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kentuckiana Medical Center, managed by the national health care development firm Galichia Hospital Group, was recently obtained by Rialto Capital in November.

Michael Phillips, CEO of KMC, is excited about the growth of the hospital saying, “Over the last six months, KMC has invested over $13 million in the hospital expansion and has created over 170 jobs so far and is still growing.”

The 80,000-square-foot facility houses 46 patient beds, three operating rooms, 10 intensive care unit beds and eight telemetry beds.

The second phase will see the opening of three more operating rooms as well as the 16-bed medical/surgical floor. The physical design of the building features a flow that directly reflects the working needs of physicians. The physical distance and relationships between areas of the hospital are meticulously thought out, according to a press release.

“KMC provides high quality patient care in Southern Indiana, reducing the need to drive to Louisville,” Phillips said.

The hospital’s reputation is attributed to its Consumer Reports rating as the No. 1 hospital in Louisville area for patient safety. KMC is known for avoiding medical mortality, which is based on how likely patients are to die within 30 days of being admitted for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia. KMC’s better patient survival rate is credited to its heart doctors, the release says.

“KMC’s foundation is in providing the best heart care in the area,” Phillips said. “The consumer reports data demonstrated that patients who had heart attacks and went to KMC had better survival rates than all other hospitals in the Louisville area.”

Phillips added that physicians practice at KMC because they believe patient care comes first.

“All of the physicians who work at KMC are passionate about taking care of patients and feel that patient care comes first,” said Phillips. “We find that high quality physicians like to come to KMC because they feel they are empowered and provided the tools they need to allow them to provide the highest quality patient care.”

During the ceremony, KMC presented automated external defibrillators to area high schools. The devices automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and uses defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, which allows the patient’s heart to reestablish a normal rhythm.

These schools will receive the AEDs: Clarksville High School, Jeffersonville High School, Charlestown Senior High School, New Albany High School, Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School and Silver Creek High School.

Physicians and hospital officials marked the occasion with leaders from One Southern Indiana, Indiana State Sen. Ron Grooms and town of Clarksville Council President Bob Polston.

“I’m about the biggest champion for Clarksville,” said Polston. “I’m glad Kentuckiana Medical Center is here.”

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