Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces $3.2 Million for New Access Road to Covington Medical Arts Campus Project

Press Release Date:  Sunday, November 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Shaunee Lynch

Commitment means construction will begin soon

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A vital link to new economic opportunities and improved access to health care is now in the fast lane toward completion thanks to Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Today, Governor Fletcher announced a commitment of $3.2 million in state highway construction funds to build a new access road to the proposed Medical Arts Campus in Covington. Construction on the access road should begin early next year.

“My administration is committed to helping meet the health care needs of Kentuckians, and today’s announcement is another example of how we are doing just that,” said Governor Fletcher. “Thanks to the efficiency efforts of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, we are able to visit communities and provide them with funding for projects like this – projects which are important to meeting the needs of the community.”

The economic impact of the new Medical Arts Campus is estimated to include 350 to 450 new jobs, with an average yearly salary of more than $45,000.

“Governor Fletcher is again recognizing the leadership, importance and needs of Northern Kentucky,” added Sen. Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park). “He is following through by supporting growth, spending our tax dollars where they get the greatest return on every dollar. It is such a pleasure working with Governor Fletcher and knowing that we have the opportunity here in Northern Kentucky to bring needed infrastructure due to our exceptional growth.”

“This is great news for the citizens of Kenton County,” said Sen. Jack Westwood (R-Crescent Springs).  “St. Elizabeth will use these funds to further expand their excellent service to the community.  I appreciate Governor Fletcher's support for this important project." 

The location of the new Medical Arts Campus is on a 10.7-acre tract of land just to the east of I-75 and south of the 12th Street exit.  The future campus will be accessed by this new $3.2 million road from the intersection of Main and 12th  St.

“This road construction project will allow for easier access to the complex and will improve overall traffic flow in and around this area,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “The Governor should be commended for having the vision to move this project forward.”

With the road access now assured, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and HealthPoint Family Care will continue to work with the city of Covington on a development plan to build a 120,000 square foot medical building on the property. St. Elizabeth would transfer its 24/7 emergency department as well as other outpatient services from the north unit on 20th Street in Covington. The building would include space for HealthPoint services as well as additional physician offices. St. Elizabeth’s 20th Street building would continue to be used for office space and support functions of the medical center.  St. Elizabeth North serves about 60,000 patients per year, including more than 30,000 in the emergency department.

HealthPoint Family Care plans to offer a full range of primary care medical and dental services in the new 12th Street facility, including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, podiatry and dental.

When the 12th Street medical campus opens, HealthPoint will consolidate two of its current Covington offices, at 1132 Greenup St. and 1100 Pike St., into the new, larger facility. The new location will have several advantages for patients: All of HealthPoint’s services will be in one location and onsite referrals will be available for diagnostic and specialty services.

HealthPoint Family Care is a private, nonprofit medical and dental practice serving 35,000 patients in Northern Kentucky at eight locations.