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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....

Babbage returns to UK HealthCare chaplaincy with renewed spirit following cycling accident

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Exactly five months ago this past week, Laura Babbage had a devastating accident while biking through the French Alps with her 22-year-old son, Brian. In typical Babbage style, she has returned to her work as a UK HealthCare chaplain more than six months ahead of doctors’ estimates. Most of the UK HealthCare family knows the story of her accident in France,...

Decisions: Is it better to head to the emergency room or should you wait for your doctor?

By Dr. Charles Eckerline Special to KyForward A sudden illness or injury sometimes requires immediate care, and if it’s a weekend, evening or your regular doctor isn’t available, you might decide to go to the emergency department for treatment. In fact, a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found that about 48 percent of patients who went to the emergency department...

UK Chandler Hospital named one of nation’s top 100 for oncology by Becker’s Review

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in Becker’s Hospital Review magazine’s recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with UK Chandler Hospital, received a National Cancer...

Sayre teacher provides way of seeing Cuba ‘Through the Eyes of Children’ with UK Arts in HealthCare

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward To Americans, Cuba has largely remained a mystery. Though it is less than 500 miles from the Florida coast, travel has been restricted since the 1960s. A shift in policies regarding travel to the island nation is beginning and soon many may be able to experience the country for themselves. Until then, Georgia Henkel wanted to give those walking through UK Chandler...

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...

Free Friday Music returns to the UK Chandler Hospital, artists scheduled through April

Students and faculty from the UK School of Music will perform every Friday at the hospital. (Photo provided)   Celebrate the arrival of every weekend leading into spring with free musical performances at the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A atrium lobby.   The TGIF Winter/Spring series of concerts starts on Jan. 30, featuring live musical performances from students and faculty from the University...

At just 36, Kentuckian gets ‘wake-up call,’ chance to dump unhealthy habits for good

Jarrett and Amy Spriggs (Photo from UK)   A fast-food combo meal, plus an extra sandwich and two extra-large sweet teas. That was lunch.   “I’d only have that if I skipped breakfast,” Jarrett Spriggs said. ”But dinner was always meat and potatoes, no vegetables, and between meals there were (snacks and sugary drinks) and entire full-size bags of chips.”   Add to that a pack-a-day...

Guatemalan girl gets chance for normal life, after UK surgeons tackle ‘exotic’ facial cleft

  By Allison Perry and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room.   Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society.   Evany was diagnosed with a...

Young Kentucky mother is blessed with new year after quick-thinking doctors save her life

Russell County resident Courtney Wilson, on right, is examined during a recent follow-up visit at University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center by Dr. Jessica Lee. Lee and other doctors at UK HealthCare Stroke Center saved Wilson’s life in 2013. (Photo from UK)   By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   By all accounts, Courtney Wilson is lucky to be celebrating...

‘Chronically curious’ Ann Smith rose from
lab tech to one of top posts at UK HealthCare

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Though she acknowledges that “ambitious” is a valid descriptor, UK HealthCare Chief Administrative Officer Ann Smith says there’s a different term she’d use to describe how she’s developed her career path.   “I call myself ‘chronically curious,’” Smith said. “The word ‘ambitious’ sometimes carries a negative connotation – so...

Heart-lung transplant can’t keep longtime middle school teacher out of the classroom

Teacher David Morrow, who received a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK Chandler Hospital, is back in his middle school classroom. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   After 34 years in the classroom, many schoolteachers might be looking to move on to new things.   Not David Morrow. The 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle...

Recognizing music’s role in healing, famed host to film pilot of new show at UK hospital

Tim Farmer, right, will tape the pilot of ‘Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam’ Sunday at the UK Chandler Hospital. Comedian Carl Hurley, with Farmer, will perform during the taping. (Photo from UKNow)   By Jodi Whitaker Special to KyForward   The UK Arts in HealthCare program is hosting Tim Farmer of Kentucky Afield fame Sunday as he tapes the pilot for a new show, Tim Farmer’s...

Caring for the caregivers, as well as patients, is job No. 1 for UK hospital’s eight chaplains

UK Chandler Hospital now has eight chaplains to serve staff and patients. (Photo from UKNow)   By Jodi Whitaker and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward   If you ask Joe Alverson, director of enterprise pastoral services, to describe the job of hospital chaplain, the answer comes metaphorically.   “I really consider the hospital to be our place of ministry,” Alverson said. “The...

Health department reports 40 flu cases,
UK Hospital to temporarily adjust visitation

By Megan Smiddie KyForward reporter   Flu season is almost at its peak, with 40 confirmed cases of the flu in Lexington-Fayette County area as of Monday, Jan. 14. Flu season typically peaks in late January to early February, and it’s not uncommon to see it in central Kentucky in March, said Kevin Hall, communications officer for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, .   Since...