Owensboro Medical Health System has several events planned around the start of construction on its new hospital on Daniels Lane, which figures to take place within the next two weeks, depending on the weather and ground conditions.
On April 14, OMHS will hold a gathering at Meadow Lands Elementary School to acknowledge the construction kickoff on Daniels Lane. The Meadow Lands event will include OMHS representatives as well as the school’s staff and students, the project building team, elected officials and health officials, according to Gordon Wilkerson, the hospital’s spokesman.
Also at that time, OMHS will announce a community challenge for a walk-run competition leading up to its June 5 community event. On April 14, OMHS and Meadow Lands will recruit teams to log minutes walking or running between April 19 and May 30.
The June 5 community event at the new hospital site will be open to the public. Details of that day’s activities are still being worked out, but it will include a walk-run.
“The walk-run and training program is another way to improve the health of our community and promote health and wellness,” Wilkerson said. “In addition to providing medical care, the new hospital will be designed as a place people can utilize in other ways to improve their health.”
The new hospital is expected to cost $385 million for a nine-story core facility with 447 patient beds on a 160-acre site. Completion is slated for 2013.