A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

‘Birdies for the Bluegrass’ during Barbasol PGA Championship to benefit Ky. Children’s Hospital

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As part of the PGA Tour’s mission to positively impact local...

UK researchers aim to improve patient experiences, reduce hospital readmissions; caring attitudes matter

By Kristi Willett University of Kentucky Despite efforts to understand how to reduce unnecessary healthcare utilization, reduce hospital readmissions and improve patient experience, patients, and their family members still experience suboptimal transitions from hospital to home, according to a University of Kentucky-led study published today in the May/June edition of the Annals of Family Medicine.  The...

Commentary: To effectively care for others, nurses must first learn to take care of themselves

By Janie Heath, Connie Jennings and Colleen Swartz University of Kentucky Healthcare Stress and the intense pressure of finishing a degree have driven promising students away from the nursing profession. For others committed to a career caring for the sick and injured, unmanaged stress, anxiety and depression have resulted in the tragedy of suicide. Across the nation, we are experiencing a shortage...

UK Healthcare: Avoid detox diets, dieting scams when working toward new year’s weight loss goals

By Kira Litras, RD, LD Special to KyForward Now that the new year is here, many Americans begin to consider what changes they can make in order to improve themselves in the new year. According to a survey conducted in 2017, a little over 21 percent of Americans made resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier in 2017. While some may reach success, many fall prey to dieting scams toting quick fixes...

UK Healthcare using education incentives to address critical shortage of registered nurses in Kentucky

It has been said that nurses are the most trusted professionals in healthcare. In addition to providing treatment, they are nurturers, educators, and champions for the sick and injured. And Kentucky doesn’t have enough of them. A shortage of registered nurses, whether they are in hospital or clinical setting, is a multifaceted dilemma. The aging “baby boomer” population places a strain...

UK reseachers developing computer software to deliver better therapies for heart failure patients

By Whitney Harder Special to KyFoward Picture this: you’re battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and “treats” it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with...

New UK vice president for health affairs Newman returns to his Kentucky home for latest challenge

Dr. Mark Newman’s kids have grown up in North Carolina, where he has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years. But when Newman talks about home, there’s no mistaking what he means. “When I say let’s go home,” Newman said recently, “it has always been about going to Kentucky.” Coming home has taken on even more importance to Newman as he recently assumed the pivotal leadership position...

UK HealthCare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit hosting annual Walk to Remember at The Arboretum

On Oct. 1, UK HealthCare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor and Delivery Unit will host the Walk to Remember at 4 p.m. at The Arboretum at the University of Kentucky. Each year, about 100 families mourn a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death at UK HealthCare, the region’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. The ceremony – open to all families who have suffered...

Above and Beyond: UK HealthCare’s ALS Clinic assisting patients with equipment loan closet

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Last month, the UK HealthCare ALS Clinic earned a coveted recognition from the ALS Association: ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. The certification honors UK’s commitment to ALS research and patient care, which centers around a multidisciplinary approach where ALS patients see a variety of specialists in a single visit. (Read more...

New UK Clinical Trial exploring treatments to slow bone loss in patients on dialysis

By Hartmut H. Malluche, MD Special to KyForward Many people with chronic kidney disease rely on dialysis to perform some of the functions of a healthy kidney, like removing waste, maintaining safe levels of chemicals in the body and helping to control blood pressure. However, individuals who use dialysis experience very high death rates — the mortality rate is approximately 25 percent each year,...

Double lung transplant procedure breathes new life into Winchester resident Glenda Brown

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Glenda Brown used to wake up suddenly in the middle of the night, starved for breath. Seeking relief, she’d race to throw open her bedroom window just to inhale a rush of cold air to soothe her cramping chest. Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2001, the 62-year-old Winchester resident spent nearly two decades fighting for each...

Former Wildcat football standout Talbott Todd faces new opponent in battle against ALS

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Everyday, approximately 15 people learn they have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually stealing from its victims the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and breathe. Most ALS patients die within five years of diagnosis, and currently,...

Early diagnosis of rare ocular cancer at UK Advanced Eye Care gives infant a future with sight

By Christina Brigg Special to KyForward Kenley Overton’s parents didn’t know much about retinoblastoma when they took their infant Kenley in for her four-month wellness checkup, but that quickly changed. Kenley was born Aug. 24, 2010, to Jason and Kendra Overton. Kenley was a welcome addition to the family by her big sister Jaylen. When Kenley was a few weeks old, the Overton’s noticed her right...

Often undiagnosed, dangerous deep vein thrombosis could become life-threatening condition

By Dr. Nathan Orr Special to KyForward Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous condition where a blood clot forms in the larger veins of our body due to slow blood flow, blood vessel damage, or increased tendency to clot. When we cut or scrape our skin, the clotting process creates a scab. When that process begins inside our bodies – typically in the blood vessels in our legs or thighs – the...

Organ donors recognized, honored during UK HealthCare’s annual Gift of Life Celebration

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward On November 2015, Frankfort native Brian Chenault went to the doctor for what appeared to be a bout of pneumonia. After more than a year of struggling with the illness, Brian received some much more distressing news: a viral infection had damaged his heart beyond repair. This past January, the 39-year-old was referred to UK HealthCare for a heart transplant. “I...

UK College of Social Work, UK HealthCare hosting integrated behavioral health conference

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work in collaboration with UK HealthCare’s Department of Family and Community Medicine will host the third conference on integrated behavioral health in primary care Aug. 17–18 at the Doubletree Hotel on Richmond Road in Lexington. The day and a half conference will be held from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Aug. 17, and 9 a.m.–noon, Aug. 18. The conference’s...

UK Chandler Hospital ranked best in state by U.S. News; UK HealthCare specialty services rated high

By Kristi Lopez and Allison Perry Special to KyForward UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings released Tuesday. In addition, four major health care areas have achieved top 50 national rankings, three of them for the first time....

UK HealthCare launches pediatric heart surgery program in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s

Today 5-month-old Magdalen Wilson is a peaceful baby who watches her brothers and sisters play around her. But just a few months ago, things were far less calm for the Wilson family of Nicholasville. A serious diagnosis made before the infant was even born took them on a journey that has both challenged and strengthened their faith. Lauren Wilson was about seven and a half months pregnant when she...

Former UK dental leader files lawsuit, alleges he lost position for criticizing Bevin’s Medicaid changes

A Kentucky oral-health leader has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against University of Kentucky officials and an unnamed state official, alleging that he lost his post-retirement job in UK’s College of Dentistry because he criticized Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal for changes in the Medicaid program. M. Raynor Mullins sued Mark Birdwhistell, the UK HealthCare vice president...

Knowing naloxone administration skills can give someone another chance at life following overdose

By Dr. Raeford Brown Special to KyForward It’s a terrifying scenario that’s become all-too-real in the age of the opioid epidemic: a person lying lifeless, not breathing, because of an opioid overdose. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, the rates of opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in Kentucky. More than 1,400 people in the state died of a drug overdose in 2016, and...