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Thousands of UK vaccine clinic openings remain available as community works toward immunity

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky It’s a mission the University of Kentucky strives to live up to each and every day – to be the University of, for and with Kentucky. Now, you can be part of that mission to meet this unprecedented moment and help create a healthier, safer community. Kentuckians, regardless of the phase they fall into, are encouraged to request an appointment for a COVID-19...

University of Kentucky Healthcare opens new neurology clinic focused on pediatric and adolescent patients.

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky Throughout the past few years, the University of Kentucky’s Department of Neurology has experienced tremendous growth. As part of this growth, the Child Neurology division outgrew its clinic space within the Kentucky Clinic. As a solution to that problem, UK Child Neurology opened a new clinic on March 15 at UK HealthCare’s Turfland campus with several other...

Crowe to step down as head of Hazard’s North Fork Valley Community Health Board after 17 years

Richard Crowe, longtime chair of the North Fork Valley Community Board in Hazard, is stepping down from his position after 17 years. “Richard led the North Fork Board during a very challenging time of its history,” said UK HealthCare vice president of health systems administration and chief of staff Mark D. Birdwhistell. “His leadership played a critical role in securing the continued ongoing...

UK COVID-19 vaccination clinic expands to increase capacity, can now process 450 Kentuckians per hour

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field began yet another expansion this week — increasing vaccination capacity by approximately 150 Kentuckians per hour. “As we continue to hone our process, we continue to expand,” Lance Poston, co-director of UK Health Corps, said. “Additionally, the state recognizes UK as a leader in...

UK Officials stress following scheduled vaccine times, taking precautions as winter weather arrives

As the Lexington region continues to experience days of potentially inclement weather, it is critical that those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at UK’s Kroger Field take extra precautions and also follow all the procedures regarding appointment schedules, officials said Monday. Specifically, the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare officials said that people should only show up at the clinic...

UK vaccination clinic at Kroger Field plans to remain open despite weather; please keep your appointment

The University of Kentucky’s vaccination clinic at Kroger Field plans to remain open during inclement weather that is forecast for this week. The clinic operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Vaccination clinic at Kroger Field staying open during inclement weather Patients with appointments are asked to keep their appointments if possible. Patients who arrive...

UK, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center partner to help prediabetic patients fight onset of type 2

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is helping prediabetic Kentuckians prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes through a collaboration between the UK Cooperative Extension Service and UK HealthCare’s Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. UK extension agents deliver the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to local residents...

Elaborate exchange through national network of hospitals results in life-saving kidney transplant

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky For Mark Patton of Louisville, there was bad news, followed by more bad news. But then, a spark of hope. Mark had more than his share of health problems. In 1987, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with Wegner’s Granulomatosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels in the entire body. Patients with this disease have a higher risk of developing...

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...

11 hospitals get vaccines, including UK, Baptist Health; Beshear reports 2,898 new cases, 23 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt. Vaccines at UK Healthcare “This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” the Governor said. “We are also continuing...

UK Healthcare, 6 others get vaccine for front-line staff; Beshear reports 2,946 cases, 15 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that seven more Kentucky hospitals — including UK Healthcare — received shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and that the administration of thousands of vaccines have started. “The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are absolute gamechangers with 94-95% effectiveness and, it appears, minimal side effects,” Gov. Beshear said. “It gives us a view and a vision...

Hospitals urge use of free COVID-19 testing sites; reserve ER visits for urgent medical issues

With the surge of COVID-19 cases, many people are arriving at hospital emergency departments for testing. But unless you have severe symptoms, Lexington area doctors say that the ER is not the place to go for community testing. Emergency departments are open as always for those experiencing severe symptoms or with urgent medical issues. But some people arrive with no or mild symptoms asking for a COVID-19...

Lexington hospital leaders: The community must take action now to contain spread of COVID-19

By William G. Sisson, Bruce Tassin and Mark Newman, MD Special to KyForward The number of COVID-19 cases in our community is rapidly rising, and our hospital beds are filling with those too ill to quarantine at home and care for themselves. It is critically important that we take action now. We want to continue to provide the excellent care that you’ve come to expect from Baptist Health Lexington,...

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...