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UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium to be renamed to honor Karpf

Dr. Michael Karpf came to Lexington and the University of Kentucky from UCLA in 2003 with the firm belief that art makes a difference in life and in patient care. It has been this principle that guided the former UK executive vice president for health affairs to build a health care facility that would “make every visitor, patient and staff member feel comfortable and at home” and to “complement...

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....

Head of Duke University’s practice plans Newman selected new UK health affairs vice president

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Friday that the leader of one of the country’s largest and most renowned academic physician practice plans will be UK’s new Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He Kentucky native Dr. Mark F. Newman is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University’s...

UK officially opens 10,000-foot Sports Medicine Research Institute at Nutter Training Center

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The opening of University of Kentucky’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, was marked in a special ceremony Thursday. The 10,000-square-foot facility, part of the UK Nutter Training Facility on campus, will conduct research into...

University of Kentucky awarded $11.2 million grant to launch new Center for Cancer and Metabolism

The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant, announced by school officials Monday, will fund UK’s Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years. Kentucky...

UK HealthCare’s Dr. Michael Karpf announces decision to retire in 2017

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs (EVPHA) Dr. Michael Karpf Wednesday announced Karpf’s decision to retire in 2017 following the hiring and appropriate transition period for his replacement. “My original mandate when recruited to this position by then UK President Lee Todd was to revitalize the clinical enterprise at UK incorporating...

UK HealthCare is No. 1 in Kentucky in latest U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings

UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is No. 1 in Kentucky in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings released Tuesday. It also is the only hospital in the state rated as High Performing in cancer. The complete rankings for 2016-17 are now available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. In addition to being named as top hospital in Kentucky,...

Former Rutgers Cancer Institute director DiPaola named new dean of UK College of Medicine

University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf announced Monday that Dr. Robert DiPaola, director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. DiPaola is expected to assume the dean’s...

UK Transplant Center sets record for most heart transplants in single year, placing it in elite company

The University of Kentucky Transplant Center recently performed its 38th adult heart transplant for 2015, setting a record for the most heart transplants performed by a Kentucky medical center in a single year and easily eclipsing the previous state record of 27 heart transplants performed in a single year. With roughly one month to go in the calendar year, that number may increase as appropriate organs...

UK HealthCare joins forces with Ky. Primary Care Association to improve care, cut costs

The Kentucky Primary Care Association and UK HealthCare announced today a partnership aimed at providing more than 800 patient care providers access to UK HealthCare support services such as supply chain contracts, medical professional placement services, practice transformation support/training and an after-hours pediatric call triage center.   KPCA, a private, nonprofit corporation, has more...

State approves UK HealthCare’s request to add 120 patient beds; increases total to 945

UK HealthCare has received approval from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Certificate of Need to add 120 patient beds.   UK HealthCare’s previous licensing was for 825 beds, but after experiencing consistently greater than 80 percent occupancy of its patient beds — the industry standard for efficiency — it was determined that a total bed capacity of approximately...

Kincaid, Central Bank give $7 million to UK for business education, health care projects

The University of Kentucky has received a $7 million combined gift commitment from Lexington businesswoman and UK graduate, Joan D. Kincaid, and Central Bank for two campus improvement projects focused on business education and health care.   Joan D. Kincaid The gift commitment, which was announced by UK President Eli Capilouto and accepted by the UK Board of Trustees at its meeting today, will...

Coach Mark Stoops feels unique connection with 2014 Keeneland Maker's Mark bottle

University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack. So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK HealthCare, he found that to be a cause...

UK HealthCare first in state, one of 63 in U.S. designated a ‘Comprehensive Stroke Center’

UK HealthCare has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.   UK HealthCare is one of 63 U.S. institutions and the only in Lexington to be awarded this designation, which is the highest honor the Joint Commission awards to stroke centers.   Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those...

UK HealthCare to renovate former Dillard’s location at Turfland Mall; opening fall 2014

  UK HealthCare has announced plans to lease and renovate the former Dillard’s location at Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics.   UK HealthCare will be the anchor tenant for the first floor of the building utilizing approximately 85,000 square feet, officials said. The clinic will...

New Year, New Art: Second annual exhibit, reception in Danville of Kentucky artists

The Community Arts Center in Danville hosts its second annual New Year New Art exhibit this month, featuring works less than four months old by more than 20 Kentucky artists. The limited engagement exhibit is open now through Saturday, Jan. 25., and includes an exhibit reception on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m.   Thursday’s reception features guest speaker Dr. Michael Karpf, University...

Commentary: UK strives to make a difference in the lives and health of people in Appalachia

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward   Faith, according to ancient writers, is the essence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   But in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, we are working every day to take the faith people are placing in us as a university into action, making a difference in the lives and health of people throughout Appalachia.   UK President Eli Capilouto Earlier...

Dr. Michael Karpf releases statement about UK's pediatric cardiothoracic program

Recently, there have been questions raised regarding the status of surgeries in UKHealthCare’s pediatric cardiothoracic program. UK HealthCare voluntarily suspended those surgeries last year to conduct a review and analysis of the program. Following is a statement from Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for Health Affairs, that was written to UKHealthCare employees and shared with KyForward...

Dr. Peggy Stephens returning to home state
to lead new 239-bed Eastern State Hospital

Dr. Peggy Stephens will be chief administrative officer/chief medical officer of the new Eastern State Hospital, which is projected to open in August, UK HealthCare has announced.   Dr. Stephens will oversee the opening of the new 239-bed Eastern State Hospital facility, which will be managed by University of Kentucky and is located on UK’s Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington. The 300,000-square-foot...

Decision to expand health coverage ensures 308,000 more Kentuckians have access

Calling it “the single-most important decision in our lifetime for improving the health of Kentuckians,” Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program. The expansion, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, will ensure that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.   The...