"Serving Kentucky and Beyond" Message makes it to Denver, Colorado
State University Academic Medical Center Roundtable
Last week several of us from UK HealthCare attended the annual
meeting of the National Association of Public Hospitals in Denver,
Dr. Karpf had the opportunity to give a presentation on the strategic
plan for UK HealthCare, which showcased the accomplishments of the last
five years and also outlined our plans for the future. You can see from
the photo above, Dr. Karpf proudly showed the map that depicts UK
HealthCare stretching to serve a market for subspecialty care across the
entire state of Kentucky as well as the border counties in adjacent
John O'Brien, President and CEO of University of Massachusetts
Memorial Health Care, presented during the same session with Dr. Karpf.
As many of you know the state of Massachusetts has already implemented
many of the provisions of the national health reform plan. As Mr.
O'Brien put it, "Massachusetts is the canary in the coal mine" for
health care reform. Mr. Obrien's presentation brought to light some of
the possibilities of reduced funding and other challenges which may be
ahead of us as the national health reform moves into the implementation
We are very fortunate that the strategic planning process for UK
HealthCare has already prepared us to be planning for efforts such
as partnering with other providers, looking at ways to improve our
efficiency and lower costs while at the same time improving the quality
of care that we provide. This is what I call the "value proposition"
which is inherent to the health reform process.
Dr. Karpf was not the only UK HealthCare person to receive attention
at the National meeting. Dr. Jay Zwischenberger, Chair of the
Department of Surgery, "brought the house down" when he played his
harmonica with the band at the banquet on Thursday night. He actually
received a standing ovation!
Check out the picture below of "Dr. Z" playing with the band. Also
pictured below are many of my friends from the staff of the National
Association of Public Hospitals and other related organizations who
simply wanted to have their pictures on the Birdwhistell Blog!!!!
Dr. Karpf's break out session.
Dr. Jay Zwischenberger bringing down the house with the band!