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Kentucky teen continuing active lifestyle, thanks to UK Healthcare’s Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky “How could I have missed this? She was growing, eating, drinking and playing lots of softball.” Those thoughts went rushing through Crystal and Vernon Cecil’s minds in August of 2017. Their 10-year-old, Evie Cecil, came home from school with a stomach ache but no fever. After a nap, the fifth-grader grew increasingly lethargic and Crystal’s...

University of Kentucky police seek donations for ‘Cram the Cruiser’ holiday toy drive for KCH

By Kathy Johnson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Police Department is seeking donations to “Cram the Cruiser” again this holiday season. This is UKPD’s fourth annual toy drive for UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). From now until Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the UK Police Department Headquarters at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital Patient bounces back after going from playground to operating room

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Playtime scrapes happen to every kid. They get hurt or fall down, cry a little, then after a few minutes the incident is forgotten and they’re back to their games. Kids are resilient – they get hurt and they shake it off. But for Sarah Beth Ferguson, one such playground incident wasn’t so easy to walk away from. “Sarah Beth had just started kindergarten,...

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...

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...

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...