Donation to Fund Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 3, 2008) The HGG Family Foundation of Lexington has committed to UK HealthCare and the UK College of Medicine a donation to fund the Paul A. Kearney MD Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery. This distinguished chair will be awarded to the chief of trauma and critical care services to provide the leader of the program with a perpetual source of flexible resources to enhance the program's mission.
Dr. Paul Kearney has served as chief of trauma and critical care since 1992 and medical director of the trauma and surgical intensive care units since 1988. Under Dr. Kearney's leadership, UK Chandler Hospital's trauma/critical care program has maintained designation as an American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma center. UK's trauma center is one of only two adult and pediatric Level I centers serving the needs of Kentuckians and the only center providing tertiary care for central and southeastern Kentucky.
"We are pleased to help UK Chandler Hospital and to honor Dr. Kearney. He is a great example of the quality of doctors and health care our community and region is getting from this wonderful institution," said Greg Goodman of the HGG Family Foundation.
"I am grateful the Goodman family has chosen UK's trauma program for such a generous gift. I am honored to be the first recipient of this endowed chair," Kearney said.
Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans younger than 44 years old. Last year alone, more than 2,800 trauma patients were treated at UK Chandler Hospital. The largest number of those patients, nearly half, was involved in automobile and motorcycle accidents, but patients were also treated for conditions ranging from falls to violent crimes.
Construction is underway on a new UK Chandler Hospital that will house modern trauma care facilities, including helipads that link directly to separate trauma facilities in the emergency department, as well as, operating rooms and ICUs. The new emergency department and trauma center are slated to open in August 2010.
"UK is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and clinical care. The endowed chair will help us provide the very best treatment for thousands of injured and critically ill Kentuckians. Excellent clinical faculty and the new state-of-the-art UK Chandler Hospital ensure a bright future," said Dr. Jay Perman, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of clinical affairs.
A reception to celebrate this generous gift will be held November 6, 2008 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky campus.