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Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Opened Newly-Renovated Emergency Department


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Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Opens Newly-Renovated Emergency Department

Grant from Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation helped fund emergency department redesign

Shelbyville, Ky. (February 27, 2018) – Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, part of KentuckyOne Health, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, February 27 for its newly-renovated emergency department. The recent emergency department renovations were made possible by a $200,000 gift from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation, which was presented to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation in September 2017.

“This investment to improve the emergency department at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will benefit patients in several counties, by enhancing the quality and speed of emergency care,” said Leslie Smart, president, St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. “This is an exciting milestone for the hospital, which will help improve its capacity to meet the ever-growing demand for medical services.”

More than 90 percent of the patients that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville serves enter through the emergency room. The emergency department redesign helps creates a more effective and patient-friendly registration area, and allows for expanded and improved patient access areas. The renovations began in early October and were completed at the end of December.

“These renovations were vital, as the emergency department at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville experiences heavy patient traffic on a daily basis,” Ron Waldridge, MD, chief medical officer, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. “We are grateful for the support of the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation for making this possible.”

Funding from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation and other community donors has allowed Jewish Hospital Shelbyville to grow and continuously improve care on a local level. The Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation currently supports 28 projects in Canada and the United States.  

“This project was personal for us, as Jewish Hospital Shelbyville was, without a doubt, Colonel Sanders’ first hospital choice,” said Shirley Topmiller, a director of the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation. “We are thrilled to fund this critical emergency room enhancement to help others in the Shelbyville community, where the Colonel once lived.”

The newly-renovated emergency department at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is now open to patients, and is located at 727 Hospital Drive in Shelbyville. For more information on the facility, visit

For photos of the renovation and ribbon-cutting, click here

About Jewish Hospital Shelbyville
Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, part of KentuckyOne Health, is located on the Colonel Harland D. Sanders Medical Campus. For more than 110 years, the community hospital has served as a vital resource to residents of Shelby, Henry and Spencer counties. The hospital offers a full range of comprehensive services, including 24/7 emergency care, transitional care, diagnostic imaging, rehab therapies, general surgery, endoscopy, gastroenterology, orthopedic care, sleep medicine and more.

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018