City of Lexington , US Mayor Linda Gorton has partnered with Baptist Health Lexington to build a new ambulatory campus in the Hamburg area, off Polo Club Boulevard.

The alliance for new medical campus will see a $1bn construction project and land for a new fire/emergency medical station. It is expected that the campus will create 600-700 new jobs.

Earlier this month, the plan secured initial approval from the Urban County Council and construction is expected to be commenced this year.

Baptist Health Lexington president William Sisson said: “Our goal in the development of this ambulatory campus is to envision the healthcare delivery system of the future, while maintaining the caring and quality Baptist Health Lexington is known for.

“We are proud to be able to re-invest back into this community and region to support health and wellness.”

The new ambulatory campus is set to house a multi-storey hospital, a surgery centre, along with 12 other buildings for retail and medical office space and two parking garages.

In addition to new jobs, Baptist Health is providing the city with three acres of land worth around $2m to build a fire station.

Gorton noted: “It’s exciting to announce a huge construction project and plans for jobs … new jobs, good jobs, home-grown jobs … at a time when our economy is just starting to recover from the fallout from Covid-19.

“These are jobs with a future for hundreds of citizens. And for the city, this will create new revenue to continue to maintain a high quality of life that grows our economy and serves our citizens.”