October 2003

Flaget in Bardstown Breaks Ground for New Facility

The staff of Flaget Memorial Hospital invited the entire community of Bardstown to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, $38 million hospital building October 14. The event marked the official start of a construction project that will nearly double the space available in the current hospital. The new, 120,000-square-foot hospital, being built on a 32 acre campus, is expected to open by the summer of 2005. “This new, state-of-the-art facility will allow us to keep pace with the projected population growth of the area and with growing demand for health care services,” said Bruce Klockars, president and chief executive officer of Flaget. “In short, this new building will be the realization of a dream.” The new hospital building will accommodate expanded emergency, ambulatory care and surgery services as well as enhanced obstetrics and gynecology services. All patient rooms will be private, and the campus will include a new physician office building. Norma Rapier, chair of the hospital’s Board of Directors, noted that the natural beauty of the site will help the staff create a healing environment. “We examined 17 properties before the final selection was made,” said Rapier, one of a group of citizens whoserved on the site selection committee. “We know this site will serve the community’s needs for decades to come.”

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Representatives of Catholic Health Initiatives, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the community of Bardstown and the staff and board of Flaget Memorial Hospital joined in breaking ground for a new, $38 million hospital building October 14.