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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,...

UK HealthCare to temporarily close five ORs to provide more capacity for COVID-19 patients

UK HealthCare will be closing five of its 32 operating rooms (ORs) at UK Chandler Hospital beginning Monday (Nov. 30) to decrease hospital admissions, increasing capacity for COVID-19 patients. UK HealthCare is closing five of its 32 operating rooms at UK Chandler Hospital on Monday to provide more capacity for COVID-19 patients. (Kentucky Today photo) The move does not affect the 10 ORs at UK Good...

In a year filled with uncertainties, getting the flu vaccination is more important than ever

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky Flu season, like everything else this year, is looking a whole lot different. The same preparation is involved, with pharmacies and doctor’s offices preparing to give vaccinations for the flu season that generally runs from October to March, but with COVID-19 added to the mix, 2020’s flu season should be taken more seriously than ever. According to the Centers...

Barnstable Brown family continues raising funds for diabetes research, despite no 2020 Derby gala

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky It is Derby week in Kentucky. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is September. Like so many other things in our world during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were some major changes to the Kentucky Derby that usually takes place on the first Saturday in May. For 31 years on the eve of the ‘Run for the Roses,’ the Barnstable Brown Derby-eve gala...

UK HealthCare partners with state to begin free community COVID-19 testing at two sites on Aug. 24

The ​Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is partnering with the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare ​to begin free drive-up COVID-19 testing for the community at two sites beginning Aug. 24, UK officials have announced. “Kentucky remains at war with the coronavirus, and a robust testing program is essential to protecting one another, fully reopening our economy and...

Free on-campus COVID-19 testing expanded to include UK employees; tests begin on Monday

The University of Kentucky announced Friday that it will begin offering free on-campus COVID-19 testing, beginning on Monday (Aug. 10) to any UK campus employee who will be working on site this fall. This expansion follows the successful kickoff of student COVID-19 testing with UK’s partner Wild Health, which began Aug. 3. This testing is available for on-site faculty and staff, regardless of how...

‘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...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute rallies industry partners to provide vital sanitizer during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of vital sanitizer for everyone. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky has rallied during the crisis and gathered industry partners to make sure UK HealthCare and the entire UK campus has enough sanitizer to reopen more safely this fall. “Early on in the pandemic, we made about...

UK Healthcare discovers 26 false positive COVID-19 test results due to flaw in testing software

UK HealthCare has identified 26 COVID-19 test results that were incorrectly shown as positive due to a software flaw in one of the testing platforms. Here is what happened and how UK HealthCare has responded in the best interest of patients: • On July 16, University of Kentucky laboratory scientists were inspecting and reviewing raw data from the Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher testing platform...

University of Kentucky Healthcare names Dr. Jay Grider its first chief physician executive

Dr. Jay Grider has been named chief physician executive (CPE) for UK HealthCare. His appointment, announced by University of Kentucky Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark Newman, becomes effective immediately. Grider has served as the interim CPE since the role was created in September 2019. In this executive leadership position, he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of physician...

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...