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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 neurologist believes guidelines for multiple sclerosis diagnosis need updating, more research

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disorder in young adults but getting an accurate diagnosis can be tricky. The diagnosis is difficult as there is not one single test that can determine if someone has the disease. Doctors use several strategies to determine if a patient meets the long-established criteria for an MS diagnosis. They also...

Janelle Schnake: Tips to avoid weight gain while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic

For most of us, COVID-19 has disrupted our routines, and changes such as working from home or losing a job may lead to increased stress. Stress and boredom are the top two causes of mindless eating – and being cooped up at home with easy access to food can also lead to overeating. Healthy eating and physical activity are the two main pillars of a healthy lifestyle. This helps maintain our current...

UK furloughs 1,700 employees, most from healthcare facilities, to address significant budgetary challenges

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today University of Kentucky officials announced on Thursday that they will furlough around 1,700 employees, as part of the first phase of a plan to address significant budgetary challenges confronting both the academic campus and UK HealthCare. 
Approximately 1,500 of the full- and part-time employees work at UK HealthCare facilities, where furloughs will begin April 26. 
The...

Friends of Coal Kentucky donates $75,000 to UK HealthCare COVID-19 Support Fund

As part of its effort to help Kentuckians through the COVID-19 pandemic, Friends of Coal Kentucky is donating $75,000 to the UK HealthCare COVID-19 Support Fund. The contribution will help support expanded COVID-19 testing to more than 35 hospitals across the state. By expanding the availability of testing, Friends of Coal Kentucky hopes to help protect the health and prosperity of the communities,...

Conversion of UK football practice facility to 400-bed field hospital complete for COVID-19 patients

By Kristi Willett, Steve Shaffer and Amy Jones-Timoney University of Kentucky The conversion of the University of Kentucky football team’s practice facility, Nutter Field House, to a 400-bed field hospital is now complete. In preparation for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients in the Commonwealth, UK HealthCare will utilize the hospital if needed. “As the state’s largest health care provider...

UK faculty band together, acquire more than 6,500 masks for UK HealthCare to battle pandemic

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Many are grappling with a new reality as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to ripple across all facets of economic and social life. For Haoying Sun, the devastating effects hit close to home long before the global pandemic spread to the United States. “I moved to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, but my parents still live in China,” she said. “When I read...

Covid-19 pandemic is causing Kentuckians to make many lifestyle changes; simple tips to get active

By Peter Gray, LAT, ATC UK Healthcare The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing us to make many lifestyle changes and sacrifices as we all practice responsible social distancing to protect ourselves and the ones around us. Peter Gray is an athletic trainer with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. Even temporary change can be hard – and many of us are struggling with...

UK Healthcare to offer drive-thru coronavirus testing for frontline employees by appointment

UK HealthCare is offering drive-thru testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus for its frontline employees and patient care providers.  The drive-thru testing is at UK HealthCare Turfland and by appointment only for UKHC employees who are symptomatic but do not need inpatient care. Plans to expand testing to broader groups at UK HealthCare and the public will be considered once access to...

UK Healthcare implements no visitation policy at its hospitals and clinics; here are the restrictions

To protect our patients, families, employees and the community during the outbreak of COVID-19, UK HealthCare is implementing a no visitation policy beginning midnight tonight in its hospitals and clinics until the threat of COVID-19 transmission has decreased significantly. “These are extraordinary times and we ask for your cooperation and assistance in complying with these restrictions,”...

Clinicians suspected Kentucky’s first case of coronavirus, but patient didn’t qualify for testing

Crystal Miller, head of the health department serving Harrison County, at a press conference Saturday. Others, L to R: Gov. Andy Beshear; Health Commissioner Steven Stack; Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett; Cynthiana Mayor James Smith; and Mark Newman, head of UK HealthCare. (Photo from KHN) By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky found its first case of the new coronavirus,...

Local chef credits team of University of Kentucky doctors for saving his life after heart failure diagnosis

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky Matthew Varga lives his life in the kitchen – it is his passion. “I cannot imagine doing anything else,” he said. “And it’s not just cooking that I love, it’s the people, too. They are my family.” Working as a chef at Honeywood, one of Ouita Michel’s newest restaurants at The Summit at Fritz Farm, it is not unusual for Varga to log a more than...

Keeneland, UK HealthCare launch Kids Club to provide health education to wider audience

Keeneland and UK HealthCare have kicked off the Kids Club aspect of their new multiyear partnership announced last fall – now formally recognized as the Keeneland Kids Club in Partnership with UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital – with the goal of providing health education to a wider audience. Established in 2012, the Keeneland Kids Club is the official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12...

A special type of ovarian cancer screening, free at six Ky. sites, can reverse the odds of the deadly disease

State legislators joined University of Kentucky officials to promote ovarian cancer screening. (UK photo) Ovarian cancer is deadly sneaky. When detected early, it is often curable, but most women who have it don’t have any symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage, when survival is unlikely. Screening and early detection are critical to saving lives. As part of National Ovarian Cancer...

Six Kentucky hospitals named among nation’s ‘Best Regional Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Six Kentucky hospitals have been named among the nation’s “Best Regional Hospitals” in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine. They are, in order, the University of Kentucky hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals, and in a tie for third, Baptist Health Lexington, Baptist Health Louisville, Norton...

Kentucky Hospital Association and state CHFS form coalition, launch statewide assault on opioids

The National Institute on Drug Abuse ranks Kentucky among the top 10 states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths, and Kentucky’s hospitals are on the frontline in the fight to help the state recover. To assist the state’s hospitals in this battle, the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) is partnering with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response...

Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research, honoring Ann Hanley

The Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley.   Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky.   “For more than 80 years,...

UK HealthCare recognized for promoting organ donation registries in a national campaign

UK HealthCare was among a select group of hospital systems nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide. UK HealthCare and KODA celebrating...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...