• Kentucky's most advanced medical care  

    Established in 1957, UK HealthCare® is the brand name for the University of Kentucky’s health care system. UK HealthCare represents the hospitals, clinics, outreach locations, and patient care services and activities of the university’s six health profession colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Public Health, Dentistry and Pharmacy).

    Our mission

    UK HealthCare is committed to the pillars of academic health care – research, education and clinical care. Dedicated to the health of the people of Kentucky and surrounding regions, we will provide the most advanced patient care and serve as an information resource. We will strengthen local health care and improve the delivery system of the Commonwealth by partnering with community hospitals and physicians. We will support the university’s education and research needs by offering cutting edge services on par with the nation’s very best providers.

    College of Dentistry 

    College of Health Sciences 

    College of Medicine 

    College of Nursing 

    College of Pharmacy 

    College of Public Health  

    Our vision

    Become a top academic medical center serving Kentucky and beyond that strives to:

    • Provide a broad range of advanced subspecialty care so that Kentuckians need not travel outside Kentucky for medical care.
    • Become a clinical destination serving Kentucky and beyond for select highly specialized services.
    • Support rural health care, collaborating closely with community providers to enable residents to receive appropriate health care in their local communities.
    • Mature collaborative relationships into a well-integrated health delivery system that can respond to a changing health care environment and provide high-quality, cost-efficient health care.
    • Support the research and teaching missions of the university.

    Strategic Plan 

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    Advancing to meet the health care needs of Kentucky and beyond  


    Defining the role of University of Kentucky's UK HealthCare in its medical market 
    — How strategic planning creates the intersection of good public policy and good business practices. Read the Association of American Medical Colleges article. (PDF, 226 KB)

    Our performance

    Since 2003, UK HealthCare has grown from an academic medical center (AMC) at the 25th percentile, in terms of patient volume compared to AMCs nationwide, to a center above the 75th percentile. To our knowledge, we are the fastest growing AMC nationwide.  

    The acuity of patients seeking our care has also risen and UK HealthCare’s case mix index – an indicator of the severity and complexity of the patients we treat – now also rivals the nation’s top medical centers.


    Oversight for UK HealthCare’s activities is provided by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, with particular responsibility placed on members of the board’s University Health Care Committee. The university’s executive vice president for health affairs (EVPHA), Michael Karpf, MD, reports to university President Eli Capilouto. The EVPHA has executive responsibility for UK’s clinical facilities and services, as well as the UK College of Medicine.

    Region’s most sophisticated medical care

    UK HealthCare offers 80+ specialized clinics, 143 outreach programs and a team of 9,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care workers dedicated to patient health. Our physician faculty forms the state’s largest multidisciplinary group practice. The unique capabilities of this multispecialty group practice enable care providers of UK HealthCare to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for patient care. Such teams are useful for managing complex medical and surgical cases.

    Members of UK HealthCare clinical teams are often recognized for superior patient care.

    Visit the Employment section for more information on job opportunities within the UK HealthCare team.  

    Quality, safety, service excellence

    Our priorities are clear:  quality, safety and service built on a solid financial foundation. We are also committed to being open and transparent about the quality of the care we provide. Visit the Quality & Safety section of this website to learn more. 


    Schwartz Center membership badgeSchwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

    UK HealthCare is a proud member of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Schwartz Center Rounds are offered at all three UK HealthCare hospitals.


    UK HealthCare encompasses all of the patient care and clinical facilities, programs and activities of the University of Kentucky (including the medical campus and off-site locations).

    Facilities / Locations
    Visit the facilities area for more information about UK Chandler Hospital and all other facilities and locations.

    Medical campus
    UK colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Public Health and Pharmacy are considered part of the medical campus. No smoking is allowed.

    For a referral to a physician associated with UK HealthCare, please call toll free 1-800-333-8874.

  • Growth at UK HealthCare (Video, 11:11)

    UK HealthCare is growing and changing to meet the needs of Kentucky.

    Watch a video about the new  UK HealthCare Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A (Video, 3:26)