The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute integrates the expertise of UK's neurology and neurosurgery physicians and researchers. KNI is a regional referral center dedicated to providing comprehensive care to our patients.
The UK Neuro-Oncology Clinic offers an integrated, multispecialty program for diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary and secondary center nervous system tumors.
The clinic provides quick evaluation, treatment expertise and access to new therapies and clinical trials all under one roof. The multispecialty program allows patients to see a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist and radiation medicine experts in one visit, saving more time for patients and doctors. Learn more about the Neuro-Oncology Clinic.
Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. KNI was the first health care center in the region to offer the Merci®Retrieval System , a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain. The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2013) — The UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network is hosting a one-day conference Saturday focusing on the advanced quality currently available in stroke care.
This conference, titled "Distinction - Beyond The Measures," will give the learner a broad perspective, emphasizing safe, effective and patient-centered care.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.
Topics move past the quality indicators to examine aspects of value in stroke care including quality and access throughout the stroke care continuum.
Attendees will then be able to use this information in their own practice to strive for achievement of conscientious symptom management, and patient outcomes including appropriate self-care, functional independence, demonstration of health-promoting behaviors, health-related quality of life and having a perception of being well cared for.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
Dr. James M. Gebel Jr. of the Akron General Medical Center in Ohio will give the keynote address, titled "NIH Stroke Scale Score: Past Development, Present Applications and Future Opportunities."
Following a morning of speaker presentations, breakout sessions will focus on areas including physician quality and rehabilitation quality.
The conference is open to administrators, physicians, physician assistants, fellows, residents, ARNPs, registered nurses, interns, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, students, stroke survivors, stroke caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about stroke.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.cecentral.com/live/6723.
Participants will also be able to register at the door.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2013) — UK HealthCare will present its fifth annual "Women, It’s About You" conference Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Lexington.
The conference is designed to educate women with the most up-to-date health care information in a fun, relaxed setting. This year's conference will feature 15 presentations on the following women's health topics. Participants may attend any three presentations of their choice.
· Menopause, presented by Dr. Kathy Dillon
· Memory and aging, presented by Dr. Gregory Jicha
· Women's heart health, presented by Dr. Susan Smyth
· Eye health, presented by Dr. Eric Higgins
· Physical fitness, presented by Richard Watson
· Gynecologic cancer, presented by Dr. Lauren Baldwin
· Financial abuse of women, presented by Susan Lawrence
· Weight loss, presented by Dr. Stephanie Rose
· Skin care and cosmetic procedures, presented by Dr. Amit Patel
· Stroke, presented by Lisa Bellamy
· Diabetes, presented by Sheri Legg and Beth Holden
· Nutrition, presented by Rachel Miller
· Mammography, presented by Dr. Margaret Szabunio
· Pelvic Prolapse, presented by Drs. Rudy Tovar and Mark Hoffman
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of health screenings, including blood pressure and stroke risk assessment, visual acuity, facial skin analysis, and more. The event also includes a continental breakfast, a delicious luncheon with entertainment, giveaways and an exhibitor fair featuring a variety of products and services for women from businesses and organizations throughout Central Kentucky.
The cost for this event is $10 and the deadline to register is Friday, May 17. Register online today.
• Sudden numbness or weakness affecting one side of the body
• Slurred speech, trouble forming words or understanding what other people are saying to you
• Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, or sudden double vision
• Sudden room-spinning vertigo or sudden acute headache
Most people think pain is a symptom of stroke, but unlike heart attacks, most strokes do not hurt.
Many times, when people have sudden weakness or numbness, they think they have slept wrong or have just “overdone it.” So they wait for those feelings to disappear. Stroke sufferers cannot afford to wait. For every minute there is loss of blood flow to the brain, about one million brain cells are lost.
Those first minutes and hours are critical. It is important to get to the hospital as soon as possible, and ideally, to one that specializes in stroke care. Hospitals have intravenous, clot-busting drugs that can <?xml:namespace prefix = owc /> help re-open blood vessels and restore blood flow to brain arteries.
In comprehensive stroke centers, specialized, state-of-the-art treatments are available. In some cases, a mechanical clot retriever inserted through a catheter breaks up the clot. In others, medications are delivered directly to brain arteries.
While some stroke sufferers experience a degree of disability, the vast majority experience some recovery from it. Rehabilitation is very important for return of function, and the sooner the better.
Doctors previously thought stroke sufferers only had a short time to recover from a stroke. In reality, we now know that recovery continues beyond a year or more, and the more you work on it, the better you get.
Dr. Jessica Lee is medical director of the stroke program at UK HealthCare.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2013) -- Dr. Jessica D. Lee has been named UK HealthCare Medical Director of Stroke Care. Dr. Lee assumes the responsibilities formerly held by Dr. Michael Dobbs.
In her new role, Dr. Lee will work with members of the enterprise stroke leadership team on maintaining compliance with stroke core measures, stroke center certification, and other quality initiatives in stroke care.
Over the last three years, the stroke program has excelled in core measure compliance to receive the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award 3 times for quality of care, underwent a successful Primary Stroke Center recertification with The Joint Commission, and has improved to be a national leader in stroke survival, length of stay, and readmission.
"We feel strongly that Dr. Lee has the skills to ensure a smooth transition as we continue to focus on our mission – improving the stroke care UK HealthCare provides," said Dobbs, interim chair of the UK Department of Neurology.
Lee attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist with a strong background in patient safety. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in the American Academy of Neurology's Patient Safety and Education Committees. She has spoken regionally and nationally on "Patient Safety 101 for Neurologists" and has worked to develop curricula for neurology residency training programs.
Lee was the medical director of the Parkland Health and Hospital Systems Neurology Clinic. From 2010-2012 she was named the medical director of the Acute Stroke Unit and 5th Floor Medical-Surgical Unit of the University Hospital-Zale Lipshy. In this role, she, along with nursing leadership, improved hand washing compliance of the physician staff to 100 percent as well as completed a successful Meaningful Use implementation with the stroke related measures. From 2011-2012 she also served as the medical director of the Inpatient Neurology Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Since coming to UK in 2012, Lee has been leading development of a vascular neurology fellowship training program, as well as a telehealth stroke care clinic within the Stroke Care Network.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2012) — Nominations are open for the inaugural Amy R. Wilson Award for Exemplary Performance at UK HealthCare.
The award was established to honor the extraordinary contributions of Amy R. Wilson, who served as the administrative director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology from 1979 until her death from breast cancer in 2011. It will be presented annually to recognize a staff member who exemplifies UK HealthCare's core values and the professional qualities and compassionate service that characterized Wilson's career.
“Amy dedicated her professional life to providing support and guidance to many women receiving cancer treatment at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center," said Dr. John van Nagell, Jr., professor and director of the UK Division of Gynecologic Oncology. "She was a tremendous advocate for UK Healthcare.”
Nominees for the award should demonstrate diligence, professionalism, compassion for patients, collegiality and teamwork, innovation in achieving goals, a service focus and a commitment to excellence. All full-time non-faculty members of the UK HealthCare and UK College of Medicine staff are eligible for nomination.
The winner will be selected by a committee of representatives from the UK HealthCare faculty, Leadership Team, Office of Service Excellence and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He or she will be celebrated with a public announcement at a leadership ceremony in December, and will receive a plaque and a $500 cash stipend.
The nominating period will be open until Friday, Nov. 30. Nominators must be full- or part-time faculty or full-time staff at UK HealthCare or the UK College of Medicine, and must complete the two-page nomination form and submit it to Amberlee Nickell in the Office of Service Excellence by the Nov. 30 deadline.
Completed nomination forms may be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be dropped off in person or through campus mail to UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion H, Room C101.
For more information about the Amy R. Wilson award, contact Amberlee Nickell at (859) 323-2072.
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