LEXINGTON Dedication ceremony of the new Lexington Shriners Medical Center was held on Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 pm. The new medical center is located at 110 Conn Terrace, across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The Shriners Medical Center is connected to the UK HealthCare campus via a pedestrian bridge. A crowd of more than 1500 patients, medical center staff, Shriners, civic leaders, and donors attended the ceremony. All came together to dedicate the new facility that is home to 13,000 pediatric orthopedic children and teens.
“We are immensely enjoying caring for children at this new medical center – simply because it is state of the art in every way. Taking care of a child in the clinic, or before, during, and after surgery requires the right facilities – and we are grateful to partner with the leadership of Shriners Hospitals for Children to provide for our patients and families during the really challenging process of surgical intervention,” said Henry J. Iwinski, MD, chief of staff and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Medical Center. “As a medical staff, our goal is to provide world class, innovative pediatric orthopedic care to all children – regardless of their families’ ability to pay. We love to do our work at Shriners because if a patient comes to us without insurance it shouldn’t matter – and it doesn’t matter!”
Lexington Shriners has been a place of hope and healing for 90 years, opening in 1926. After being located on Richmond Road for the past 60 years, the brand new state-of-the-art facility has opened on the UK HealthCare campus. The move brings new technology and advanced medicine. The Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission remains the same as it continues to be a place of hope and healing to all that enter their doors, regardless of their ability to pay.
“UK HealthCare and Shriners have come together, as always, as partners to put patients and families in Central Kentucky first … It’s what we have done for years together. Physician specialists have long served on the medical staffs of both organizations. That’s the power of advanced medicine. And it’s the power of partnership. It’s the idea that together, we can – and we will – do more for those we help and heal, and for those we serve,” said Britt Brockman, MD, chair, UK Board of Trustees.
“All in attendance could strongly feel that the future is bright for Shriners Medical Center,” said Morgan Hall, public relations for Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center-Lexington.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center-Lexington serves a five-state area including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.