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UK graduates establish Gorrell Family Scholarship to help first-generation college students

By Ann Blackford University of Kentucky University of Kentucky alumnus Michael Gorrell, who graduated in 2015, grew up in McLean, Virginia, where not many UK fans could be found. However, the home he shared with his parents, Warren and Catherine, and his sisters, was true blue. Warren Gorrell, a Washington, D.C., attorney, grew up in Lexington, where many of his family members still reside today. Michael...

The Balm in Gilead, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging launch Memory Sunday Weekend

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Phyllis Wilson was driving home from Fayette Mall by taking the back roads, just as she had done hundreds of times in the past to avoid the heavy Nicholasville Road traffic. Suddenly, her surroundings did not look familiar and she felt lost as her heart raced. She pulled over to the side of the road and tried to calm herself. After a few minutes, she pulled back...

Ear-opening experience: UK surgeon works to extend cochlear implant program to Appalachia

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward The first time Dr. Matthew Bush observed a cochlear implant surgery, he was a young medical student from West Virginia visiting the University of Kentucky. He describes that experience as eye opening for him and ear opening for the patient. To witness function restored to an ear that was otherwise lost, sparked not only an intense interest in hearing health care,...

Making a Difference: UK hospitalists help enhance quality of care for patients

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education. UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists,...

Opening the Door: UK gives minority high school students inside look at health care education

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington’s Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care...

AAWD brings Miss Kentucky to help domestic abuse victims get back much-needed smiles

Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter will perform at the Oct. 18 event. (Photo from RC/Facebook)   By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward   Smiling is one of life’s simplest pleasures and has been scientifically linked with many health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, a boost in the immune system, and an increase in happiness and self-confidence. However, victims of abuse are often...