NICU Bed Count Likely To Increase In Kentucky

Jun 17, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A May revision of the state’s health care plan by the Department of Health and Family Services will allow for the addition of more neonatal intensive care beds and provide a new designation for the most intensive level of care.

The state regulates the number and type of hospital beds by way of a certificate of need process meant to prevent an overabundance of any specific type of medical care. Diona Mullins, policy advisor for the state office of health policy told the Lexington Herald-Leader the state previously had three levels of NICU beds and now there are four.

In Lexington, Central Baptist Hospital and St. Joseph East have both applied to upgrade some of their Level II beds to Level III while UK has applied to upgrade 20 of its Level III beds to the new Level IV designation.