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Pandemic depressing vaccination rates, but it’s safe to take our kids to health-care providers

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News Not as many Kentucky children are getting critical vaccinations as they did previous years, tracking a nationwide trend of parents staying away from health-care centers to avoid the coronavirus. Last April, 27,906 Kentucky 1-year-olds were vaccinated for diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, polio and measles/mumps/rubella. But only 17,463 1-year-olds were...

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...

What you should know about pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome and COVID-19

By Dr. Sean McTigue Kentucky Children’s Hospital There have been reports coming out of New York and other states that have been hit hard by the coronavirus about a complication experienced by children who have tested positive for COVID-19. Known as pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PMIS), doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made a connection between this...

LexArts appoints Ame Sweetall as interim president and CEO to lead arts funding, advocacy organization

LexArts announced Monday the appointment of Ame Sweetall to lead the arts funding and advocacy organization as interim president and CEO. Sweetall is co-owner of APS Communications, an integrated marketing and consulting firm offering a combination of design, advertising, marketing, website development and promotional advertising. In addition to her role at APS, she specializes in transitional leadership,...

Jarrett’s Joy Cart legacy remains a ritual for his family — and hospitalized children get toys and hope

By Hillary Brown University of Kentucky It’s a Tuesday evening at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, and Doug Mynear rolls a cart filled with toys down the hall. He stops outside a patient’s room and consults his list. The patient inside is a four-year-old girl named Marie. From his cart of toys, Doug selects a princess doll, Minnie Mouse and My Little Pony. Marie, who looks so small in...

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...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital unveils Welcome Center, neonatal unit at Chandler Hospital

After years of careful planning, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) unveiled the new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center and Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital. Designated in 1988, KCH lacked a central lobby and registration space, and was only accessible via a single visitor elevator. This spacious center includes patient and visitor...

Hereditary pancreatitis a painful disease affecting many Kentuckians, particularly in Appalachia

By Dr. George Fuchs Special to KyForward The pancreas is an organ that serves two main functions: it produces enzymes that aid digestion, and insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels. When the pancreas becomes inflamed – caused by digestive enzymes that attack pancreatic cells – it can wreak havoc on the body. This disease is known as pancreatitis. It can appear suddenly and last for...

Fall Blitz Week kicks off DanceBlue events raising funds for Kentucky Children’s Hospital

The beginning of the fall semester signifies the beginning of the DanceBlue season. In conjunction with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, DanceBlue will host its annual Fall Blitz Week through Friday, Sept. 29. What is Blitz Week? Blitz Week is a week full of DanceBlue activities on UK’s campus that concludes with the end of team registration 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. There is a theme for...

Grab Your Running Shoes: It’s time to register for DanceBlue’s annual 5K walk/run fundraiser

Time to lace up your running shoes and start training. The annual DanceBlue 5K will begin at noon Sunday, Oct. 1. This year’s walk/run 5K will be held at the newly named Kroger Field and will benefit the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Registration Students, faculty, marathon runners and DanceBlue supporters are all welcome to come join DanceBlue for...

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...

Breaking the Pain Chain: KCH, Cincinnati Children’s Providers team to give pediatric patient a brighter life

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Perched on an examination table at the Kentucky Clinic, Mackenzee Walters revealed a collection of bruises and scrapes on her knees — the traces of trampoline topples and skateboarding scuffs. The 11-year-old shrugged off the purple blemishes spotting her knees and shins while reviewing her summer routine with Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) pediatric...

Concours d’Elegance returns to Keeneland Saturday, proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital

2016 Concours d’Elegance The annual Concours d’Elegance returns to Keeneland Saturday, July 15, showcasing more than 160 of the finest collector vehicles in the country. From vintage antiques to modern marvels, rare automobiles, motorcycles and other unique vehicles will be on display as they are judged for historical accuracy and presentation. Each class winner and runner-up will receive...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital surgeon Liau, family work to raise awareness of cleft care, repair children in Third World

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The 20-week ultrasound appointment privileges parents to a sneak-peek of their baby growing inside the womb. First-time parents Anna (Seitz) and Evan Ciannello went into their 20-week appointment expecting to see their baby’s physical features taking perfect form — 10 tiny fingers, one wrinkled nose, two eyes yet to open and a complete mouth, perhaps sucking...

Tickets available for Keeneland’s Concours d’Elegance event to benefit Children’s Hospital

Keeneland Concours d’Elegance and Blue Grass Motorsport, with support from University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, announced that tickets to the “Party Like it’s 1933” at the annual Concours Bash, Friday, July 14, are available. The event will run from 7-11 p.m. at The Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester Street. When the 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933, it ended prohibition...

For the Kids: DanceBlue’s commitment to a cure for cancer is changing the Commonwealth

DanceBlue celebrated their 12th annual 24-hour dance marathon this past weekend, raising $1,785,286.96 “For The Kids.” “For The Kids” may seem to be three simple words, but for the DanceBlue community, when these three words are bonded together into one powerful phrase, “For The Kids” means everything. Thanks to DanceBlue, the Kentucky Children’s Hospital...

UK’s 2017 DanceBlue 24-hour marathon raises nearly $1.8 million for pediatric cancer patients

After 24 hours of dancing in anticipation, DanceBlue chairs and committee members revealed the 2017 grand fundraising total of $1,785,286.96 to the nearly 1,000 student participants and a crowd of supporters. Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children...

For the Kids: Annual DanceBlue Marathon raises money this weekend for Kentucky Children’s Hospital

In just four days, 954 of University of Kentucky’s students will stand and dance for 24 hours in UK’s Memorial Coliseum in an effort to raise money for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. DanceBlue 2017 will commence at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and conclude at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. To get into the DanceBlue spirit yourself, stop by during...

DanceBlue community cuts ribbon for new Pediatric Cancer Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital

By Elizabeth Adams and Rebecca Stratton Special to KyForward With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through...

Defying the Statistics: Miraculous recovery of infant brings hope to UK pediatric health care providers

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward A red and green knit hat engulfed baby Connor Stacy’s head on the day he went home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in December 2015. The four pediatric surgeons, nine surgical residents, 11 neonatologists, 15 neonatal nurses, and a multitude of therapists, transport nurses, and other support staff who crossed paths...