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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – Some teens spend summer vacation doing advanced placement homework while others play video games or find summer jobs. Three students from Henry Clay High School are spending their summer volunteering with UK HealthCare through the Teen Volunteer Program.
Lauren Spivey, Emily Spivey and Reagan Smith each spend several hours a week giving back and providing support and smiles to those receiving treatment at Albert B. Chandler Hospital. This is the second year sisters Emily and Lauren Spivey will spend participating in the volunteer program. After their mother told them about the opportunity, they decided to participate because they enjoy helping people. Smith, also a second-year volunteer, decided to participate again for “the chance to give back while gaining medical experience.”
The Spivey sisters and Smith have a variety of responsibilities that rotate throughout their time of service. For example, after patients are out of surgery and in the recovery area, Lauren Spivey escorts their families to visit them from the waiting area. Although she enjoys the task, her favorite area is the Pavilion A gift shop.
While Emily Spivey also enjoys working in the gift shop, her favorite task is delivering mail and flowers to patients throughout UK HealthCare. She prefers this task because she “likes seeing patients happy and enjoying visitors and the flowers make them smile.” Smith appreciates the variety in his responsibilities, delivering toys to the patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, providing direction to guests and assisting radiology and imaging. Emily Spivey and Smith envision working as health care providers in their future and consider volunteering an opportunity to learn about different specialties. Lauren would like to work in marketing; she likes learning how the hospital and health care providers engage with the community.
The Teen Volunteer Program has been part of UK HealthCare for more than 50 years and on average there are about 60 volunteers each summer. After applying and interviewing for the program, the selected teens attend an orientation to learn more about their volunteer roles, take a tour of the hospital and hear about a variety of health care career opportunities. After meeting all necessary requirements, volunteers receive a certificate of completion for their summer of service.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – As part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Drs. Raynor Mullins, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry emeritus faculty, and Wanda Gonsalves, vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky, were interviewed on KET’s “One to One with Bill Goodman” show.
Goodman spoke with Mullins and Gonsalves regarding coordinating oral health and primary medical behavioral health care. This coordination is important, as a person’s oral health is crucial to their overall wellness.
During the interview, Mullins shared, “It’s clear to me that oral health has many consequences that are not readily recognized by our public officials or in healthcare policy and finance.”
This lack of knowledge about oral health leads to significant hidden costs for Medicaid and Medicare as well as private insurance companies, according to Mullins.
If primary care providers, dentists and dental hygienists can begin to work together, Mullins and Gonsalves contend those costs can be reduced and oral health improved.
The segment is available and can be viewed online here. It will also air again on KET2 and KETKY on the following dates and times:
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — University of Kentucky professors Kathryn Cardarelli and Nancy Schoenberg recently joined the 2016-2017 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Cardarelli and Schoenberg were among 54 women chosen for participation in the
22nd class for ELAM, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. ELAM Fellows enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation. The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long in-residence sessions with distance learning, designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the fellows’ institutions.
Cardarelli serves as associate dean of academic and student affairs and an associate professor of health behavior in the College of Public Health. Schoenberg is the associate dean for research in the College of Public Health and the Marion Pearsall Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the UK College of Medicine.
Upon completion of the one-year Fellowship in April 2017, the 54 members of this class will join a community of more than 1,000 alumnae, who are all accomplished women serving in a variety of leadership positions around the world, including as department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents, as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.
ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school and a predecessor of today’s Drexel University College of Medicine. For more information on the ELAM program curriculum, faculty and participants, visit www.drexelmed.edu/elam.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2016) – Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth.
A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields. There are two camp options, Summer Enrichment Camp, which lasts four weeks or Health Researchers Youth Academy, which lasts two weeks. Both camps are located at UK and students stay in residence halls. Funded entirely by the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, this program is free to applicants who are accepted.
Many students who participate in these camps choose to complete their medical studies at UK. As one of only three universities in Kentucky where students can begin medical training, UK is a natural choice for local students to attend medical school. Three first-year medical students, who previously completed the AHEC summer health camps share their experience and how it influenced their decision to enter health professions.
Stella Achenjang, First-Year Medical Student
Stella, born and raised in Cameroon, moved to Kentucky with her family when she began high school. Her interest in the AHEC program was initiated by her sister, a fourth-year medical student at UK. Stella attended the Health Researchers Youth Academy in 2010, an experience she says was valuable in developing her understanding of medical research. In addition to reading articles and studies, campers were given opportunities to develop their understanding of research protocols. The interest that was sparked that summer helped Stella realize she would like to be involved in research during medical school. Not only did Stella attend the camp as a high school student, she also served as Resident Advisor in 2015.
Nicki Frost, First Year Medical Student
Nicki, a Lexington native, attended Centre College for her undergraduate studies before coming to UK. An aspiring OB/GYN, Nicki attended the Summer Health Careers Camp in 2009 and came back in 2012 and 2013 to serve as a Resident Advisor. The camp Nicki attended had a clinical focus and gave her the opportunity to observe clinicians in an authentic setting. One of the most important skills Nicki learned was how to shadow. Though shadowing can be "awkward" she was able to learn the best ways to ask questions while observing. Shadowing is an important educational tool for those in the health field and the camp enabled Nicki to eliminate the learning curve before starting medical school.
Cody Manning, First-Year Medical Student
For Cody, camp was especially helpful; he knew he wanted to go into a medical field, but wasn't sure which one he said "By the end of AHEC I knew I'd end up doing this [medical school]." After attending the 2009 camp Cody served as a Resident Advisor in 2012 and 2013. For a physician hoping to practice in Kentucky like Cody, this camp is an opportunity to become acquainted with the specific needs of this patient population. Cody has accepted a scholarship with the United States Army and will be stationed outside of the state following medical school.
AHEC provides high school students with a more complete picture of what medical training is like and how they will use their skills to improve the health of the Commonwealth.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is partnering with the Indiana University School of Medicine in a $46 million grant-funded initiative with the aim of improving healthcare while lowering costs. UK will receive $4.6 million in funding to lead the Kentucky arm of a four-state quality improvement effort funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) trains and deploys "quality improvement advisors" to transform the way over 10 million patients are cared for by more than 15,500 medical professionals throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
The network is a collaboration among nearly three dozen university and state-connected partners designed to reduce unnecessary visits and testing, while potentially saving $1 billion.
This network will provide technical assistance to equip approximately 1,875 Kentucky clinicians with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend healthcare dollars more wisely.
“Changes in reimbursement by Medicare and Medicaid are affecting frontline physicians, administrators and health care leaders in new ways,” said Dr. Malaz Boustani, principal investigator of GLPTN. “We are pleased to have the University of Kentucky on board to provide dedicated support to health care professionals across Kentucky to improve the quality and value of healthcare.”
As a member of the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network, UK’s Kentucky Regional Extension Center and partners will support more than 15,500 clinicians to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve the common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. The network will provide implementation science, process improvement and personalized population health management to help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones.
“This work showcases the leadership and innovation of our research and will support Kentucky’s health care providers to remain on the frontline of the changes ahead in health care," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "It will allow us to improve patient care and outcomes and improve overall health care value across this region.”
This initiative is part of federal efforts to transition Medicare spending away from volume-driven payment to value-based, patient-centered health care services and payment.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) – In most work environments, teambuilding exercises usually don't require actual physical activity.
But for the UK HealthCare employees participating in this weekend's second Survive the Night Triathlon, bonding will form over 140.7 miles of swimming, biking and running through the night into the early morning. Developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock (an avid triathlete himself), the event is a relay that allows up to 10 people to take on different sections of the race, playing to their personal strengths.
Team Running on Vapor, comprising nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists who work in the brachytherapy suite with Feddock, is taking a second go-round at the overnight triathlon after competing last year. Team members Robbie Campbell and John Fletcher competed last year and say they're looking forward to a repeat performance.
"We had a really good time last year," Campbell said. "We developed a lot of camaraderie as a department."
"We don't really see each other until lunch or a break," Fletcher added. "With this event, you got to see everyone in a completely different environment."
Pharmacy resident Beth Cady, captain of Team Sun Shall Shine, heard about the event through the Bluegrass Cycling Club. As a former high school teacher and coach, and an athlete herself, Cady decided to gather a team of pharmacy specialists from the UK Markey Cancer Center, UK Transplant Center, and other parts of UK HealthCare to enter the competition this year. Cady says her team has two main objectives going into the race.
"Our goals are to complete something none of us have ever done, and also to just be an inspiration to others," Cady said. "We're just looking to have fun and spread a positive message."
Team Sun Shall Shine's inspiration comes from someone very close to the UK pharmacy community: Shane Winstead, who served as a pharmacy specialist for UK HealthCare for more than 20 years and continues to mentor young pharmacists at the university. Diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in January 2015, Shane's positivity in light of a dire situation has rallied everyone around her.
"Her personality, her positive attitude, and her zest for life have been very infectious," Cady said. "She's been a driving force in our department. We were looking for some way to honor her, but also to exemplify the life she's been living for the past two years."
Cady's group also has a special secret weapon. To further energize their team, Shane's daughter Madison -- an elite swimmer who will enter UK as a freshman this fall -- will swim a few laps at the beginning of the race. Due to her training for the Olympic trials, the swimming will be more symbolic than competitive, but it's one more way the team is honoring Shane and showing their strength as not just co-workers, but as family -- or "pharmily," as they affectionately call themselves.
"So Madison's going to swim a few laps followed by a few of us not-so-qualified swimmers," Cady said. "But we've got some triathletes on our team. We're not necessarily looking to win, but we feel like we're gonna do a darn good job out there."
Beginning this Friday at 7:30 p.m., teams Running on Vapor and Sun Shall Shine will take to the pool on UK's campus alongside 22 other teams to kick off the Survive the Night Triathlon.
While the teams trickle in to the finish line at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday morning, the Lexington Cancer Foundation is also hosting its annual Roll for the Cure bike event at Commonwealth to raise awareness and funds for cancer care. Participants can choose the length of their ride: 95, 50, 35, or 10 miles through Kentucky horse farms, or a short Family Fun ride around the stadium. The longer rides will include rest stops at Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve.
All proceeds from both Survive the Night and Roll for the Cure will benefit the UK Markey Cancer Center, providing funding for patient care, research and more.
Knowing that this event was created by a Markey doctor and directly benefits the patients at the cancer center is another reason Campbell felt compelled to compete again this year.
"It's really motivating to see Dr. Feddock put himself out there for his patients," Campbell said. "It feels like we're all taking some ownership of the hospital."
"I'm sure everyone knows at least someone in their life who has been affected by cancer," Cady said. "So we wanted to raise awareness, potentially fundraise, and just do something good."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2016) —The University of Kentucky and the Jockeys’ Guild today announced a three-year pilot study, supported by a broad cross-section of Thoroughbred organizations, that is designed to evolve into the first comprehensive concussion management protocol for jockeys.
Carl Mattacola, the director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program and a professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, will oversee the study at all of Kentucky’s thoroughbred racetracks: Turfway Park, Keeneland Race Course, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. It is scheduled to begin this summer.
“We want to give the jockeys who suffer head injuries the best science has to offer, and an important first step towards that goal is to generate data from which an appropriate management protocol can be developed,” said Mattacola. “This project will leverage the full resources and knowledge base of UK’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) to help create the first national protocol for concussion management in jockeys.”
For the study, jockeys will undergo a Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 3) test to develop a baseline score so that pre- and post-fall responses can be compared. The SCAT3 is an instrument used to assess sign/symptoms, physical, and cognitive function for concussion. A specialized health care provider trained in concussion assessment and sport injury will be available at each track to perform the assessments.
Mattacola said the jockeys will be required to have an active account with the Jockey Health Information System, which stores medical and injury information on riders and will serve as a database for the study.
By developing a comprehensive concussion management protocol for jockeys, racing is following the lead of other major sports such as the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, NCAA, and NASCAR and international horse racing authorities such as the British Horseracing Authority, the Irish Turf Club, and the FEI (international show jumping).
“The pilot study and resulting concussion management protocol will finally bridge the gap that exists between horse racing and other major sports to further protect our human athletes,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “We would like to thank all of the industry organizations that contributed to this important initiative.”
The list of supporting organizations incudes the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Turfway Park, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, KTA-KOTB, The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup, TOBA, NTRA and the National HBPA.
A licensed athletic trainer, Mattacola received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and his Masters and PhD degrees in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. His research has focused on factors that relate to athletic injuries and rehabilitation.
Jockeys’ Guild Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States, was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,270 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members, and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry and, in particular, the jockeys. More information can be found at jockeysguild.com and facebook.com/jockeysguild.
The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and its College of Health Sciences (CHS) was founded in 1966. The SMRI was launched last year with a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support injury prevention and performance optimization in the U.S. Special Forces, with an aim to incorporate applicable strategies for athletes of all ages.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2016) — Joanna and Mary Cho have more in common than just their parents — they’ve taken the nursing profession by storm, with one sister a December 2015 graduate of the UK College of Nursing and the other expected to enter the profession in December 2016.
“She’s my partner in the crime,” Mary Cho, the older of the two by one year, said. Mary now works as a nurse in pulmonary care at the UK Chandler Hospital.
The pair came to the United States from South Korea in 2005 at ages 14 and 15. At a young age, they moved to Kentucky from Michigan so their father could attend Asbury Seminary and pursue his career as a pastor.
Mary’s interest in nursing peaked after their father had unforeseen symptoms of appendicitis, an unusual occurrence in an otherwise healthy family. The last time the girls had been to a hospital was when their younger brother, 16, was born.
“I thought, ‘I have to do something!’ This might happen again to someone in my family,” Mary said.
As for Joanna, nursing was not a likely profession until Mary chose it. That — in combination with her father’s illness and her volunteer work at the Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore — led her to the UK College of Nursing only two semesters behind Mary.
“During my time here and from my past experiences I’ve learned that nursing is not just about physical health, but more about therapeutic, holistic care,” Joanna said.
The sisters have grounded each other through a mutual understanding of what it takes to be a nurse — from working long hours, to caring physically and emotionally for patients, to continually learning new methods — they’re on the journey together. Joanna has always appreciated Mary’s leadership.
“As the younger sister, I’d say I’m the one who’s benefiting more. (Mary) has helped me study, she’s cooked me dinner and even done my laundry when she knew I was struggling. She just always knew what I was going through and that was comforting.”
“I think it makes such a difference when someone’s following behind you,” Mary said. “I couldn’t fail in nursing because I knew I had Joanna right there. I had to leave a good image for her. She was always my motivation.”
Upon graduation, Joanna hopes to work at the bedside in either cardiovascular or trauma nursing before potentially returning to school to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). For now, the sisters continue to stand beside each other in a clinical setting and at home, but most of all, they’re always thinking about their patients.
“I’m excited to learn more about this field,” Mary said. “As a nurse, you might not change the world, but you might change a patient’s perspective of the world.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines - "Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.
KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over 12 months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time). Stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
This year marks the sixth year that KNI has received Gold Plus designation. KNI has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll the past three years and repeats for the 'elite' level that was introduced last year.
Kentucky patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this achievement.
"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program, we are able to share our expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," said Dr. Jessica Lee, medical director of the KNI Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and co-director of KNI, said that “Comprehensive Stroke Center status reflects our capability to provide the most advanced care for patients with stroke. These awards further underscore the hard work of our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, nurses, therapists and others to optimize care delivery for stroke patients right here in Lexington.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In Kentucky, cardiovascular disease (which includes stroke) is the leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 785,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
The KNI Stroke Center is also also certified as a “Comprehensive Stroke Center” by The Joint Commission – its highest honor.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — Access to health care and health-related services is a chronic problem in rural America, and Kentucky with its swaths of undeveloped land in Appalachia and points west is particularly vulnerable. A number of initiatives are working to address the issue, and one in particular – using videoconferencing technology to connect experts in larger cities with patients in rural areas – has shown promise.
Via “telemedicine,” UK HealthCare physicians have been able to help women with high-risk pregnancies, Alzheimer’s patients, and many other sick people who cannot feasibly travel long distances to get their care.
Faculty from the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences have been exploring ways to train a new generation of speech-language pathologists in "telepractice," a similar concept of using technology to connect practitioners and patients, to deliver therapy to underserved populations. Their efforts have been rewarded with a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop the LinKS (Linking Kids to Speech-Language Pathologists) project.
Funding will be used to prepare eight master-level speech-language pathologists annually (40 total) in the effective utilization of telepractice, thereby increasing children’s access to speech-language services in rural Kentucky schools. Assistant Professor Joneen Lowman, Ph.D., will serve as LinKS project director and Associate Professor Jane Kleinert, Ph.D., as co-director.
“Resources in rural school districts can be slim and schools are frequently unable to meet federal mandates to provide support services for children with disabilities,” Kleinert said. “Telepractice is an innovative way to help solve that problem.”
Lowman said the program will give students the skills to address the nuances in delivering therapy remotely.
“A race car driver must know more than just how to drive the car,” she said. “He must know how the car’s technology functions, how to manage gas usage…. all sorts of things that are tangentially related to race car driving, but are directly critical to success. Using technology to deliver healthcare services is very similar.”
To that end, the program will help students understand the complexities of licensure and reimbursement, HIPAA/FERPA and other privacy concerns, and even some of the more technical aspects of care delivery. “They must know how to operate high-tech equipment and understand terminology like ‘bandwidth,’ to be effective,” said Lowman. “If they can’t fix technical issues on the spot, they can’t provide the services these children need.”
Perhaps one of the most intriguing elements of the LinKS program is the curriculum on rural culture. Students will be assigned readings and attend lectures about the unique character of Appalachia and other rural areas that will inform each student’s ability to collaborate with “cultural brokers” in the communities they ultimately serve.
Hazard resident Taylor Marshall, now nine years old, participated in a trial run for speech language telepractice at UK. Taylor had hearing issues that contributed to a speech delay with certain letters and sounds, said his father, Charles Marshall.
“We looked into speech therapy for Taylor and were astonished to discover that the only place in Hazard that could help Taylor didn’t take our insurance,” said Charles Marshall. “Our only other options were to pay $50 per session to stay in Hazard for speech therapy or drive to Lexington in order to use our insurance.”
Then, Charles got in touch with Lowman, who agreed to treat Taylor using telepractice. At first, Lowman teleconnected with Taylor twice a week at the Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard. Eventually, however, Taylor’s school allowed Lowman to meet with Taylor once a week via FaceTime.
“Being able to receive speech therapy services in school was a huge plus, since it reduced the amount of time Taylor spent out of the classroom,” Charles said.
Lowman used her experience with Taylor to begin crafting a systematic approach to training students in telepractice. “We scaffold (the LinKS students) through this process thoughtfully, allowing them first to practice with one another, and then with a child client in pairs, and ultimately when they're out doing a 15-week rotation in a rural school.”
Emma Davis of Louisville is one of the first students admitted to the LinKS program. She always knew she wanted to be a speech therapist, but the telepractice concept made it a more intriguing career prospect.
“I think that there are a lot of people around the world that are underserved in various aspects of health,” said Davis. “You always think of Third World countries but you really don’t even have to cross the state line to find those kids, and so I was really excited about the idea of using technology to reach those kids and to provide services to them.”
Kleinert is particularly enthusiastic about the cycle of learning, feedback and adjusting that the LinKS program – which is just one of a handful in the U.S. – will afford.
“As a land grant research university, it’s our mission to develop evidence-based practice to help our citizens lead better lives,” Kleinert said. “We know what strategies work with children in a face to face setting. What we have to find out, and give evidence to support, is whether these same strategies can also be used in telepractice, or should they be adapted or changed? So the program will not only train our students, but it should produce some very good evidence and research that can be used elsewhere in the country.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — As part of its annual symposium in Lexington later this month, the National Neurotrauma Society will host a dramatic presentation called “Theater of War” to promote dialogue about the seen and unseen wounds of war, focusing on the impact of combat-related stress upon service members and their families.
“Theater of War” is an innovative public health project that uses dramatic readings from Sophocles’ Ajax as a catalyst for an open discussion about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers.
The scenes are performed by Brendan Griffin and Marjolaine Goldsmith. A panel of military veterans, active duty soldiers and family members follow with remarks about the impact of war as an opening to a facilitated town hall discussion.
The performance is 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at the Lexington Convention Center. Tickets are free and may be reserved through EventBrite.
“Ajax depicts the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war,” said Diane Snow, an Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Kentucky’s Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) and current president of the National Neurotrauma Society. “By presenting selected scenes from Ajax, we hope to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.”
The panelists are: Col. Dr. Dallas Hack, U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command; Dr. Saad Mullah, Naval Medical Research Center; Young Yauger, Ph.D., Uniformed Services University and Snow.
Brendan Griffin has most recently been seen on CBS in “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” and in Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park.” His film and TV credits include Generation Kill (HBO), The Nanny Diaries, The Good Wife (CBS), Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU (NBC) as well as several soap operas.
Marjolaine Goldsmith is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in Classical Civilization. She has recently been seen in “The Three Musketeers” and “Henry IV, Part 1” at The Vineyard Playhouse, and in films such as If, Compromise, My First Boyfriend, Dress, and After Words.
The National Neurotrauma Society provides opportunities for scientists to ultimately influence the care and cure of neurotrauma. Its 2016 symposium will be held June 26-29th in Lexington to exchange ideas and information related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI).
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2016) – Managing and providing a continuum of care for patients with complex health care needs at a large academic medical center like UK HealthCare can be very complex when providers from multiple specialties and subspecialties are needed for tests, treatment and patient education.
UK HealthCare is at the forefront of a growing trend among U.S. hospitals to employ hospitalists, with more than 50,000 hospitalists now working in the U.S. Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine. At UK, hospitalists ensure coordination of quality care for acutely ill patients at the highest level from time of admission through discharge.
'Hospitalist' refers to an in-patient physician who dedicates his or her practice exclusively to the care of hospitalized patients. The hospitalist works with the patient's primary care outpatient physician and specialists to coordinate and manage round-the-clock care, like what Dr. Paula Bailey does at UK Chandler Hospital and the Kentucky Children's Hospital.
Bailey said hospital medicine appealed to her because she enjoys seeing acutely ill patients all the way through their hospital stay until they are well enough to go home. She also enjoys the variety of patients and problems she encounters on a day-to-day basis, and interacting with all the subspecialists who keep her current on the huge amount of new medical information that is continually evolving.
"We are the quarterbacks of the care team and we make sure we all work together to provide the most effective and efficient care," Bailey said. "Hospitalists must be current on the treatment of acute illness of all the systems of the body. We are experts in quality improvement and patient safety in the hospital. We are constantly looking to improve the complex systems in which we work."
Hospitalists typically spend their entire work day in the hospital and can be more readily available to a patient than a doctor who spends much of the day in an office or other outpatient clinical setting. Because the hospitalist is based at the hospital, they can gain a great deal of experience in the unique aspects of a patient's needs during the hospital stay.
Dr. Charles (Randy) Jones, associate chief for clinical services in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare's Good Samaritan Hospital, and director of the Hospitalist Advanced Practice Providers (APP) program, left private practice in rural Kentucky to become a hospitalist because he felt he would have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable of patients in need of hospitalization. He knew he would have the opportunity at UK to care for the most medically complex patients from all over Kentucky that would push him to be the best physician he can be. He would also be able to do more teaching and mentoring of medical residents interested in hospital medicine.
"We must be advocates for our patients in the milieu of insurance regulations, varying degrees of access to care, and the inherent challenges that come with taking care of patients with complex illnesses," Jones said. "Hospitalists must be adept at processing a large amount of information accurately and in a timely fashion in order to provide excellent delivery of care."
Dr. Mark V. Williams, chief in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK, established the first hospitalist program for a public hospital in 1998, and built two of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory University (1998-2007) and Northwestern University (2007-2013). Williams is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, one of the first 10 Masters in Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and continues to actively promote the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients.
On his arrival at UK in January 2014, the Department of Internal Medicine established a new Division of Hospital Medicine which rapidly grew from 24 hospitalists and two advanced practice providers (APP) to 60 clinicians now caring for more than 200 patients per day, seven days per week, 24 hours per day.
UK's Bailey and Jones are a good representation of the hospitalists dedicated exclusively to improving the overall hospital experience and quality of care for patients and their families.
"The thing I like most about my job is the sense that I am making a difference in the lives of my patients. Seeing patients flown in to the University of Kentucky and then be able to walk out under their own power is a reward in itself," Jones said. "Of course, the story does not always end that way. Another rewarding aspect of my job is the opportunity to care for patients who have chronic life threatening illnesses.
"I am honored to be involved in end-of-life care for patients who have no further treatment options for their disease. I strive to be a source of comfort to these patients and families both by means of my medical treatment and the relationships that are formed between provider and patient. Ultimately, medicine is still all about the patient-physician relationship and the patient's trust and physician's compassion that is at the heart of it."
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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue
This column first appeared in the June 5 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2016) — About 15 percent of couples in the United States suffer from infertility, which is when a couple has tried to become pregnant for a year without success. Infertility comes as a shock to many couples that have spent years preventing pregnancy.
The inability to become pregnant leads to long-lasting and detrimental effects on a woman’s physical and emotional wellbeing. These detrimental effects include a decreased quality of life as indicated by increased levels of stress, impairments in physical and mental health, and diminished social functioning when compared to fertile women. Research has shown that being diagnosed with infertility has similar emotional and life-altering impacts as being diagnosed with cancer or a heart attack.
Infertility is a major public health concern as the diagnosis and treatment of infertility is estimated to cost society over $5 billion annually. For many couples, equally devastating is the realization that their health insurance does not cover infertility treatment, and all their medical costs must be paid out-of-pocket. It is critically important to understand the causes of infertility in order to refine treatments, decrease the costs associated with infertility, and benefit the overall wellbeing of those suffering from infertility.
The most prominent underlying causes of female infertility are defects in ovulation, or release of the egg from the ovary. The exact cause for defects in the woman’s reproductive tract is not entirely understood, but several risk factors are associated with infertility, including:
· Untreated sexually transmitted infections
· Pelvic inflammatory disease
· Certain cancer treatment regimens
· Polycystic ovarian syndrome
· Exposure to environmental toxicants
· Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol use, abnormally high levels of stress, and extreme weight gain or loss
However, the single most significant contributing factor to female infertility is age. Fertility greatly declines with age due to the natural depletion of eggs within the ovary and decreased quality of the remaining eggs, leading to increased chances of miscarriage. Further, the potential health of the child can be impacted by a woman’s age due to genetic abnormalities in the eggs from older women. As women in today’s society are delaying child birth for personal, professional and financial reasons, age becomes an important factor contributing to infertility.
To combat infertility, women can undergo treatment from a trained infertility specialist, which includes infertility testing, drug treatment to aid in ovulation, surgery to repair abnormalities in the reproductive tract and assisted reproductive technologies (ART), which includes the commonly used in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. In ART, the egg is fertilized outside the body before being placed back into the woman’s uterus. Unfortunately, the challenges of infertility treatments, specifically ART, are that success rates are low (approximately 56 percent) and decline with age.
Scientists are continuing to refine and improve ART methods, such as working to optimize dosing regimens of the drugs that aid in ovulation, refining the conditions in which fertilization takes place outside the body, enhancing the procedures used to evaluate embryo quality prior to placing the embryo back into the woman, and investigating ways to preserve the fertility of cancer patients by using ovarian cryopreservation. In our laboratories here at the University of Kentucky, we are determining precisely how ovulation is controlled in women and are identifying novel factors that drive ovulation. Each of these advancements aims to improve efficacy, while decreasing the time and cost of infertility treatments.
Patrick Hannon is a post-doctoral researcher in the UK Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2016) — This Friday, hundreds of patients, friends and family of patients, and University of Kentucky faculty and staff will gather in the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center courtyard to participate in "Expressions of Courage," a creative exhibit celebrating the work of those who have been affected by cancer.
This year's event will feature the creative work of more than 40 participants.
Exhibits include visual art, poetry readings, dance exhibitions, and vocal and instrumental performances by patients, survivors, and friends and family.
Art displays of survivor contributions will go on display Wednesday in the Combs Atrium Building of the UK Markey Cancer Center. The official celebration begins Friday late morning with a full schedule of events, including:
· 11 a.m.: Registration and viewing of art exhibits
· 11:30 a.m.: Lunch for all attendees
· Noon: Welcoming remarks
· 12:15 p.m.: Keynote speech by cancer survivor Dr. Tim Mullett
· 12:45 p.m.: Vocal and literary performances
· 2:45 p.m.: Closing remarks
This event is open to the public and all are welcome to come view the artwork and performances.
UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue