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Local artist Debbie Van Leeuwen brings color and creativity to walls of Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Debbie Van Leeuwen creates colorful custom banners and murals in her home studio. Photo taken in accordance with social distance guidelines. (Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Try to imagine the worlds of Spongebob, Doc McStuffins and Spiderman colliding. All three characters come together in a natural scene, where nothing and no one seems out of place or incongruous. That’s...

UK nursing researcher awarded $2.5 million to address health issues in rural Kentucky

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Kentucky is known for basketball, bluegrass music and bourbon. It ranks #12 in the country for natural beauty and is known all over the world for thoroughbred racehorses. But Kentucky also ranks highly among things it would rather not be known for, including high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Gia Mudd-Martin, Ph.D., a researcher in the University...

Inspired by her son’s care while at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, nurse embarks on new path

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky When your child is in the hospital, it can be a harrowing, life-changing experience. You learn not to take the days for granted and your child’s care team becomes family. For Jennifer Brinegar, the doctors, nurses and staff at Kentucky Children’s Hospital had such an impact on her that she changed career paths and now works with them to care for other people’s...

‘Alone, but not lonely’ – Patient receives new liver at UK’s Transplant Center during pandemic

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Major surgeries and extended hospital stays are harrowing enough under normal circumstances. Factor in the stress and uncertainty of a global pandemic and the resulting restrictions on hospital visitation policies, and you can get an idea what Diana Lindsey faced back in April when she received a liver transplant at UK HealthCare’s Transplant Center. Six years...

Walking labyrinth in UK’s Chandler Hospital atrium offers place for contemplation, meditation

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky In a busy hospital, it can be hard to find a place for quiet contemplation — a place where staff, patients and visitors can collect their thoughts, release stress and have a moment of calm. But just inside the atrium of the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital, inset on the floor, there is what looks like a maze but is in fact a “walking labyrinth”...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital nationally ranked in heart care, orthopedics by U.S News & World Report

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in two specialties in the 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. KCH and Cincinnati Children’s Joint Pediatric Heart Program is ranked 14th in the country...

UK HealthCare’s eCAT Intensive Care Unit provides extra eyes during critical times around the clock

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky A team of critical care nurses work around the clock to monitor patients’ vital signs, review lab results and assist care teams with urgent assessments, all from an unassuming office building in the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Park, miles from UK Chandler Hospital. This is the home of UK HealthCare’s Enhanced Care through Advanced Technology...

Born with rare congenital disease, Morehead girl defies every expectation to prove doctors wrong

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Though she be but little, she is fierce. From the moment she was born, Audrey Armstrong defied every expectation. Born in Morehead at 41 and a half weeks, Audrey immediately began having difficulties with bowel movements. Her parents brought her to the NICU at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) where she was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital...

UK pediatric psychologist develops Cellie Coping Kit to help sick kids manage the stress of treatment

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Treatment for any serious medical condition can be daunting for even the most intrepid adults. But for children who deal with serious illness, the lack of understanding about what is happening to them coupled with fear and anxiety, can make it difficult for them to cope with their treatment. Dr. Meghan Marsac, pediatric psychologist and assistant professor in the...