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UK HealthCare and the World Equestrian Games

Published 10-14-2010 9:57 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

UK HealthCare not only takes care of Kentuckians, but also people from around the world. This was proven over the past couple of weeks. As the official health care provider for the  2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), we cared for many who needed our medical expertise and attention. As Dr. Michael Karpf says, "We consider this a commitment to our community, both here in Lexington and the broader state and nation that we serve at UK HealthCare. One of the assets Lexington is able to offer to events like the World Games is a Level 1 trauma center with a growing national presence and reputation. Now, we are putting that into action to ensure that everyone has access to the best possible care."

Following a wonderful performance during the opening ceremony of WEG, the world-renowned cowboy dressage trainer and equestrian performer Eitan Beth-Halachmy became gravely ill and collapsed requiring emergency care from the UK HealthCare medical team on site and paramedics from the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He was with us for two weeks after being rushed by ambulance to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and he has made a miraculous recovery. Before being discharged from UK Chandler Hospital, Eitan made this video message to thank the doctors, nurses and paramedics .

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/weg-performer-recovers-thanks-uk-healthcare 

I am  very proud of the UK HealthCare medical emergency team (see below) and all the hard work they put into caring for each individual. I would also like to congratulate the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare volunteers that made the UK pavilion such a wonderful asset to the games. It was a great opportunity to increase visibility for our academics, research and healthcare.

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 The UK HealthCare Team 

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 On the big screen. 


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Eitan Beth-Halachmy thanking UK HealthCare. 

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 Patti Howard being interviewed by Channel 18 news. 

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Waving to the crowd during the Closing Ceremony.  

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