Events & Calendar: Hospital Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking activities
May 30, 2007 - June 2, 2007

UK HealthCare celebrated the groundbreaking of the new UK Chandler Hospital with four days of events for employees, patients, patrons and dignitaries.

Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 30, 2007

The Groundbreaking ceremony was the best attended in UK history. More than 350 guests attended the event, including Governor Ernie Fletcher, Mayor Jim Newberry and members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Groundbreaking presenters, (l. to r.) Jim Hardyman,
Barbara Young, Mayor Jim Newberry, Gov. Ernie Fletcher,
Dr. Michael Karpf and UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr.,
'turn the dirt' at the groundbreaking celebration

Appreciation Reception at Keeneland, May 30, 2007

photo of Dr. Karpf speaking
Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs,
welcomes distinguished guests to the UK A.B. Chandler Hospital

Held at an exclusive trackside viewing room at Keeneland Racetrack, Dr. Karpf and UK HealthCare

invited more than 100 guests who had contributed to the success of the Groundbreaking celebration. The event culminated in a toast delivered by Dr. Karpf.

Academic Symposium, May 31, 2007

More than 450 people attended the UK HealthCare Academic Symposium, which brought together medical professionals, university staff and students. UK HealthCare offered information to all guests with display tables representing its various departments.

UK HealthCare employees signing banner
Murray Clark, associate VP for Medical Center Operations,
provides details about the new hospital 

The event featured lectures by Dr. David M. Lawrence, Alumnus, UK College of Medicine, UK Graduate and Chairman Emeritus Kaiser Permanente – "Integrating Health Care in the 21st Century: What Stays? What Goes? What Changes???"; Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, Director, the Washington Advisory Group President Emeritus, Association of Medical Colleges – "Preparing Physicians for the 21st Century"; and Dr. Sue T. Hegyvary, Alumnus, UK College of Nursing, Dean Emeritus, University of Washington College of Nursing – "Health and Health Systems in Global Context: a 21st Century Perspective."

Faculty and Staff Groundbreaking Celebration, June 1, 2007 

UK HealthCare hosted a lunch and dinner celebration to involve all faculty and staff in the groundbreaking event. Hospital administrators were on hand to answer questions regarding the project and UK HealthCare employees were invited to sign a banner commemorating the event. More than 4,000 people enjoyed the lunch celebration, while another 1,000 employees came to the dinner event.

Groundbreaking Gala, June 2, 2007 

Dr. Karpf, Gov. Fletcher, Jim Newberry
Gala presenters Dr. Michael Karpf, Gov.
Ernie Fletcher and Mayor Jim Newberry

Gala guests at Donamire Farm
Gala guests enjoy the transformed party tent at Donamire Farm 

The four-day celebration culminated with a Groundbreaking Gala at Lexington's prestigious Donamire Farm. 

More than 1,000 people attended the gala, which included entertainment by Johnny Mathis. More than $350,000 was raised through this event for the Art in HealthCare program, which will place art throughout the new hospital.

UK HealthCare would like to thank the many volunteers who generously gave their time to make the Groundbreaking celebration a success and the thousands of people who came out to support the future of UK HealthCare and the health of Kentucky citizens.

Many individual gifts and proceeds from the June 2007 Hospital Groundbreaking Gala are funding Seelig's sculpture and other artwork in the hospital. The UK Arts in HealthCare program is supported solely by private funds. To discuss supporting the UK Arts in HealthCare program contact Victoria Myers or Dr. Michael Karpf at 85-323-6306.

UK HealthCare volunteers
UK HealthCare volunteers 

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