Post-Closure

Last week the hospital officially closed on September 10th as they moved to the new facility. It wasn’t the most organized thing I’ve ever seen. They had several University of Kentucky “security” staff on-hand to intimidate the patients. It was poorly executed overall, I was told I had to leave the property when I tried to ask a question, even though they couldn’t do anything. I feel bad for the patients going to the new hospital, it seems like the old one was better!

I stopped in the other day to see what was going on. The place was very quiet, probably for the first time in almost 200 years. There was a handful of state “employees” in front of one building taking a smoke break. When I asked them anything, they didn’t know what I was talking about. They pretended I wasn’t there, probably worried I was a state employee checking in them.  I have emailed the state about preservation (which they have said there will be little) and access to the cemetery. As I left I saw someone that looked lost, it turned out to be a former patient looking for his doctor and his medication had run out. I told him the old hospital closed & he had no idea what was going on. I gave him a ride to the county health department to get attention.

There was an attempt to preserve most of the buildings early on in the project. As time went on most of them disappeared & the state decided to demolish more with the local NAMI yelling to make it all go away. So long story short, according to Kelly Gunning, everything is OK and there was no abuse in the past and it will never happen ever again. Image

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