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BCTC breaks ground on newest project at Newtown Campus, renovation of former Eastern State laundry

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a groundbreaking ceremony last week to mark the beginning of the newest building on the Newtown Campus, a renovation of the historic Eastern State Hospital laundry building. “The Den will repurpose and restore an icon of the past into a place where students can start the pathway to their better lives,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, BCTC president....

Chrysalis House opens new facility, expands capacity; joins with state and community partners

Chrysalis House has expanded its capacity from 46 beds to 62. A grand opening celebration was held at the new facility located at 1374 Bull Lea Rd., Lexington on Thursday, December 20. Unique to this venture is the state and community partnerships. The building is located on the grounds of Eastern State Hospital, made available through a lease facilitated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,...

Harmonica-playing surgeon hits right note with patients, family, staff; honored nationally

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   When presented with a national award for his contributions to music therapy, Dr. Jay Zwischenberger showed his appreciation with a felicitous expression of music. He concluded a short acceptance speech at the American Music Therapy Association’s annual conference with an impromptu performance of “Old Joe Clark” on his harmonica.   “I’m...

UK HealthCare expands art, music therapy options for patients at Markey, Eastern State

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   More patients are benefiting from the healing effect of creative art therapies as University of Kentucky HealthCare expands the presence of art and music therapy at the Markey Cancer Center and Eastern State Hospital.   This summer, a music therapist and an art therapist joined the staff at UK HealthCare to serve patients at Eastern State Hospital...

Great Black Kentuckians: Dr. Thomas T. Wendell was pioneer in care of menatlly ill

In recognition of Black History Month:   Dr. Thomas T. Wendell (1877 – 1953) was a pioneer in the care of Kentucky’s mentally ill. As a staff physician at Eastern State Hospital, Wendell worked for 20 years to upgrade care of African-American patients. The Wendell Building of the hospital was named in his honor. He was a graduate of Meharry College in Nashville with degrees in both...

Eastern State opens door to first patients
with relocation of 100 from previous site

The new Eastern State Hospital building is located on the campus of UK’s Coldstream Research Park. (Photo from UKNow)   By Vikki Franklin Special to KyForward   The new Eastern State Hospital has opened its doors to patients, relocating 100 patients from the previous hospital to the new $129 million, 300,000-square-foot facility located off Newtown Pike at the University of Kentucky’s...

Ribbon cut for new Eastern State facility, once nation’s second-oldest psychiatric hospital

The new Eastern State Hospital facility is located at UK’s Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington. (Photo from UKNow)   By Kristi Lopez Special to KyForward   Lexington leaders, state officials and representatives from University of Kentucky HealthCare were on hand today for a ribbon-cutting at the new Eastern State Hospital facility. The new hospital is located at UK’s Coldstream...

Ky. Historical Society wants to connect dots on Dr. Wendell’s life, Lexington’s narrative

Dr. Thomas Tyler Wendell is shown with his son, John, in his Lexington medical office. (Photo from Kentucky Historical Society)   By Molly Crain KyForward intern   A practicing physician in Lexington from 1904 until his death in 1953, Dr. Thomas Tyler Wendell was hailed for improving health care for African-Americans at Eastern State Hospital, as well as recognized as a humble servant of...

Dr. Peggy Stephens returning to home state
to lead new 239-bed Eastern State Hospital

Dr. Peggy Stephens will be chief administrative officer/chief medical officer of the new Eastern State Hospital, which is projected to open in August, UK HealthCare has announced.   Dr. Stephens will oversee the opening of the new 239-bed Eastern State Hospital facility, which will be managed by University of Kentucky and is located on UK’s Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington. The 300,000-square-foot...

Reinterment service held for remains
of people found, exhumed at Eastern State

A ceremony of remembrance today marked the reinterment of the remains of 178 individuals that were exhumed in 2011 on the Eastern State Hospital Campus in Lexington, now home to a new Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) education facility.   A short graveside memorial, given by Sister Clara Fehringer, of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, followed the ceremony in the existing...

UK HealthCare will operate and manage newly constructed Eastern State Hospital

The new Eastern State Hospital on UK's Coldstream Research Campus. (KyForward file photo)   The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and University of Kentucky HealthCare have signed a letter of intent under which UK will operate and manage the newly constructed Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. The agreement will not only maintain and improve...