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LOOK: The Nutter Field House is now a temporary field hospital

Photo: @UKAthletics

Photo: @UKAthletics

On April 3, the University of Kentucky announced plans to transform the Nutter Field House, the football team’s indoor practice facility, into a 400-bed field hospital to prepare for a potential surge in coronavirus patients. That transformation is now complete. Yesterday, UK posted pictures of the temporary field hospital, which will be ready to roll once the patient care staff finishes training.

Photo by Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

The field hospital includes partitioned rooms and heavy-duty cots, nurses’ stations, showers and sanitization areas, and a nebulizing station to aid patients with breathing trouble. UK HealthCare released this video about the field hospital with comments from UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman and Governor Andy Beshear.

“Preparedness is vital. Waiting until a field hospital is needed is too late,” Newman said. “If additional capacity is needed and we aren’t prepared, the effect on patients could be catastrophic.”

For more on the field hospital, visit click the link below.

[UK HealthCare]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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35 Comments for LOOK: The Nutter Field House is now a temporary field hospital



  1. Han
    1:08 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully it ends up not being needed.



  2. big cat
    1:22 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    What a TOTAL waste of money! This is what our tax dollars pays for…..what a joke! BTW, why are churches and schools closed, yet abortion clinics and liquor stores remain open? Go ahead, censor the comments like you did last night.



    • channell
      1:26 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      All democrat governors play by the same book. If one suggest something all the rest follow. One tries to out tyrant the other as evident in Michigan.



    • secrick
      1:26 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      I agree big cat



    • T-Town Cat
      1:44 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      I was wondering what happened to all the comments that were posted yesterday afternoon. Too many in opposition to Democrat Socialism, I guess.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:22 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, I know it’s not the same everywhere, but there are stories all over of hospitals NOT being overrun as was predicted and we seem to be on the other side of the curve, and now this?



    • Han
      2:25 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re bothered by where your tax dollars are going, just wait until you do even a tiny bit of research into what Trump and his administration have been doing the last 3 years. Oh boy would you be in for a shock.

      But sure, keep at your abortion clinic bullshit. I’m sure Jesus is real proud of you and your hate.



    • T-Town Cat
      4:34 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Do you think Jesus would approve of more than 3,000 babies being killed each day in the United States alone?



    • Ben27
      2:55 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      I agree a total waste of money. It is all about power and control by our Steve. Han, you are the only one spewing hatred in this post. Grow up and allow for different opinions with hatred by you.



  3. channell
    1:23 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Why are we preparing for an epidemic when states all around us are preparing to start back up? Why are we lagging behind?



  4. secrick
    1:26 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Why? Our hospitals are empty now, laying people off. This is a crock of bull.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:44 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Careful, I was ridiculed when I asked that same question a few days ago. Like it or not, believe it or not, there is a hidden agenda behind this “pandemic”.



    • Not Dan Issel
      2:12 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, Hardin Memorial Hospital (300 beds) in Elizabethtown is virtually empty. There is absolutely not a shortage of hospital beds in Ky for now or the foreseeable future. Things like this are a gross overreaction and complete waste of $$$. Wonder who thought this was a good idea? Or who paid for it?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:23 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yes 4ever, it is about 1 word: CONTROL.



  5. big cat
    1:29 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I guess Andy BeeFear is going to try his best to shut down football. Makes some REAL decisions, Andy. Is he afraid to get back to normal business to avoid being seen as a lame leader.



  6. RvilleCat
    1:34 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    This is such a sham. Not needed. Total waste of taxpayer dollars. Hope everyone has enjoyed their free trial run of socialism…sarc.



  7. ShooterMcGavin
    1:35 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Man, it was shocking that we did this when it was done. how long will it stay like this?



  8. N-UR-i
    1:49 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    More tax dollars at waste. Our whole state is suffering from deranged groupthink.



  9. dhard
    2:05 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Give it up for Andy, he knows how to waste money.



  10. Han
    2:27 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    At least Beshear isn’t spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money at golf courses he owns. That’s big boy smart thinking, though, right?



  11. Han
    2:35 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    The Democrat conspiracy is so broad reaching! This shadow government of Hillary and Obama and Pelosi who are so weak and evil yet somehow managing to block honest, Christian genius President Trump from accomplishing anything despite his party controlling the White House, Senate and Supreme Court and being the best ever and making no mistakes ever, especially with the handling of the evil Chinese WHO Liberal Virus!

    They’re all in on it to destroy America! All medical experts and scientists and organization leaders except for the supremely smart billionaire corporation owners and humble compassionate church pastors are in on the DemocRAT conspiracy! All of it to besmirch the flawless, glorious Donald Trump economy, rob hardworking Americans who just want to work to pay for the Trump Tax Cut to Millionaires and Billionaires. All of it to pay evil illegal immigrants and sacrifice fetuses to Satan like the stupid, heartless, tax-stealing idiots they are!

    Does that all sound insane? No? That’s what you people sound like with your anti-medical science, anti-Democrat, anti-common sense whining.



    • Saul T. Nuts
      2:40 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Shouldn’t you be on a ledge somewhere?



    • Bluehender
      4:09 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Go Han!! All of these people on here would sell their souls for the dollar bill. They’ve been duped by the New York city con man Trump.



  12. clarks
    2:44 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    For everyone that thinks its bogus then when it hits you or your family then you will have a different outlook. Ky is more rural so it started later here. Do you think they should wait til they dont have anywhere to put them and then do something. Also I think the ncaa and sec will decide on football and no state government will be in that decision



  13. CatManDo
    3:26 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I could be wrong but I believe the Field House still doesn’t have air conditioning.
    There is no way they can have patients and perceived necessary equipment needed without AC.
    A grant could cover that expense nicely.



  14. Jambluehue99
    3:29 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    It’s hard to imagine this being needed at this point. KY seems to be behind the times as other states are already talking about opening up. The only benefit to these field hospitals at this point is if they consider that extra capacity which allows the state to open sooner than it would otherwise.



    • Bluehender
      4:07 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Well if Kentucky jumps on board with all the others that are being premature, they may very well need them.



  15. Grazilla
    4:07 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I can appreciate preparedness. This project was started weeks ago If I remember correctly. Seemed like maybe a good idea then, but I can’t imagine this is actually a need at this point.



  16. big cat
    4:41 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I still don’t understand why churches and schools are closed, but abortion clinics and liquor stores are still open. I’m baffled. It doesn’t make sense. I’m not the judge, but I do know this: ALL of us, every single one of us, will someday have to answer to God for what we have done. I would be very careful in professing to be one thing when their political actions indicate otherwise. It just doesn’t make sense. I think the question is valid. I’d like to hear an explanation, but I already know the answer. It’s a shame.



    • Bluehender
      4:49 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      We went down this road last night big cat. One clinic in Kentucky. It’s in Louisville. And God won’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican. If you think all Republicans are saints, you’ve really missed the big picture



    • Bluehender
      4:57 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      …neither are the Democrats



    • madarchitect
      5:17 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe because people do not congregate in liquor stores or abortion centers!?
      Just a thought (I know some are incapable of it).



  17. dkcr96
    6:56 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    A hospital has to have patients to be considered a hospital. Meanwhile several healthcare workers I know are getting laid off or furloughed.



  18. jaws2
    8:05 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I find it very interesting that KSR has decided the last 2 days to stop Andy’s post seperately. I suppose doing that with a comment section included had a few to many people that disagreed with the KSR’s ‘progressive’ slant.

    And now for a little levity to calm everyone down:

    It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle, and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

    A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk, saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

    The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

    The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.

    The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.

    The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.

    The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a “Stimulus Package” works.



  19. ukheat
    9:39 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    TOTAL freaking waste of money.