The "Power" in Healthcare Partnerships...
I was invited to be the speaker at the Paducah Area Chamber
of Commerce "Power in Partnerships" breakfast meeting yesterday
Approximately 250 business and health care executives were in
attendance for this event. The meeting was held at the Carson Center
which was an outstanding setting for the meeting.
I was able to showcase the phenomenal growth at UK HealthCare in
terms of clinical volumes and physician recruitments over the past
couple of years. Likewise I shared some construction pictures of the
new A. B. Chandler Hospital. It was also an opportunity to talk about
the recent accomplishments of the UK Medical School and the UK College
We also combined this trip with meetings with health care executives
and physicians from the Lourdes Hospital. My long time colleague, Lynn
King of Lourdes, was gracious enough to give me a tour of the hospital. I
was quite impressed with their new Center for Women's Health. They
even have tea to serve to all of their patients to sooth their nerves.
I look forward to the creation of better strategic alliances with the
medical community in the Paducah. This will allow us to advance UK
HealthCare's mission in education, research and excellence in clinical
care as we position UK HealthCare to better serve all Kentuckians. I
emphasized the importance of keeping care close to home when ever
possible, but reaching out to UK HealthCare when the need arises for
advanced medical services.
The audience was very impressed with my presentation, but they were
probably more impressed door prize that I delivered...a basketball
autographed by Coach Calapari!
Giving my remarks
Handing over the prized basketball autographed by Coach Cal
Suzanne Farmer, Lourdes Hospital; Mark Birdwhistell, UK HealthCare; and Helen Sims, 2010 Board Chair for the Chamber