Our goal with this section of our website is to provide both measures for which external agencies hold us accountable as well as measures that show how we are performing in key components of quality: patient survival, quality of care, patient safety, efficient care and patient centeredness.
We are presenting this information as accurately as possible: We are not creating any new measures or changing the scale, format or target to make ourselves look better or worse. And we’ll be clear about what’s good and what isn’t.
Why make this information public? Because we believe that our patients have the right to understand the quality of care we provide, what we are doing well and where we need to do better. We may not always look good, but it is our belief that honesty, and an honest effort to improve when and where we need to, makes for better care.
UK HealthCare is committed to the pillars of academic health care—research, education and clinical care. Dedicated to the health of the people of Kentucky, we will provide the most advanced patient care and serve as an information resource. We will strengthen local health care and improve the delivery system by partnering with community hospitals and physicians. We will support the organization’s education and research needs by offering cutting edge services on par with the nation’s best providers.
The vision of UK HealthCare is to achieve national recognition as a Top 20 public academic health center, providing optimal multidisciplinary health care and developing advanced medical therapeutics for the people of Kentucky and surrounding regions.
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UK HealthCare has established the Office for Value & Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD), aiming to provide value-based care across our health system. By re-engineering care delivery using expertise from industry, UK HealthCare will undergo a transformation of its delivery system to optimize care coordination for patients. Read more »
In May 2016, the Music Therapy Program at UK HealthCare welcomed Katie Goforth as the music therapist dedicated to patients in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Terry Lennie, a College of Nursing professor who studies interventions to treat and prevent heart disease, was inducted to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame on July 23.
UK College of Health Sciences Professor Karen Skaff was recently named the Alfred C. Fones Award recipient by the American Dental Hygenists Association.
The 11th Annual Miracle Treat Day gives Central Kentuckians another great reason to beat the heat with a DQ Blizzard on July 28.
In a study of 48 adults with a diagnosis of early dementia or mild cognitive impairment, almost half reported positive changes in life outlook and quality of life, countering the assumption that this diagnosis would have a uniformly negative impact.
Dr. Andrew James, urologic oncologist at the UK Markey Cancer Center discusses bladder cancer's risk factors, screening, and treatment in Sunday's Herald Leader.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has received nearly $200,000 in funding for a new two-year training program designed to prepare UK undergraduate students from Appalachian Kentucky to pursue cancer-focused careers. Administrators of the program are now recruiting applicants.
Dr. William Stoops, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed editor of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, a journal published by the American Psychological Association.
Budding scientist Jenna VanRooyen credits her mentors in the Rabchevsky lab for her success, which includes an NIH grant and a top award from the National Neurotrauma Society.
In a commentary published in the July 22 issue of Science, Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, describes his path to landing a nontraditional faculty position at UK. Science is one of the world’s most prestigious research journals.
Using eye-catching props and easy-to-understand facts, Markey Community Outreach Director Melissa Hounshell travels the state to educate Kentucky's children on cancer, encouraging them to take an interest in their parents' health as well as their own.
Beginning in September, the UK College of Dentistry will offer a six-month Dental Assistant Program to help interested individuals gain valuable experience and training for this vital role on the dental team.
In 2014, the University of Kentucky Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry received funding from the state to develop a model clinic for adolescent substance use treatment, Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training (AHARTT). Part of the spectrum of treatment provided through this clinic includes Youth Peer Support Specialists.
The Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways), an interdisciplinary opioid maintenance program at UK HealthCare, helps women break free of addiction during a transformative time in their lives — pregnancy.
Sometimes tears are not a bad thing. When our eyes don't produce enough tears, it leads to a condition called dry eye syndrome. Dr. Seema Capoor, associate professor in the UK Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, discusses possible causes and how to treat it.
When he became director in 2014 Williams had a clear vision for the center: applying research to optimize care.
Ann Hanley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at 49. But instead of letting fear get her down, she's focusing her energy on raising money to fund Parkinson's research at UK.
A tiny electronic device implanted behind the ear and just under the skin will allow a nearly deaf person to hear speech and interpret sounds. Cochlear implantation is becoming increasingly common as a treatment for hearing impaired individuals in urban areas but utilization of cochlear implants lags far behind in Appalachian areas.
University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Dr. Rachel Miller is one of 13 recipients of this year's National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award.
Dr. John Ragsdale, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Medicine, has studied the effectiveness of training programs to teach doctors how to interpret emotions and expressions in their patients.
The Keeneland Concours d'Elegance returns to the grounds of Keeneland Racecourse this weekend with a display of exotic, rare and romanticized cars and other motor vehicles. Proceeds from the event benefit Kentucky Children's Hospital.
An innovative model of care for patients with chronic pain at the UK HealthCare Polk-Dalton Clinic has improved quality, adhered to prescription drug monitoring regulations, and satisfied both patients and their primary care providers.
Anticoagulation therapy can save lives for patients who have blood clots or are at high risk for them. Here are some anticoagulation basics to help you navigate the options.
Haircuts at Hair Nation Salon and Spa in Lexington on July 10 will raise funds to provide hair replacements for patients at the Kentucky Children's Hospital DanceBlue Hematology Oncology Clinic.
This overuse and resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem throughout the world and in the U.S.
Please note that the numbers shown do not take into account that different hospitals treat different sorts of patients. A community hospital such as UK Good Samaritan, for instance, tends to treat patients who are less sick, while academic medical centers such as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital treat the most severely ill and injured patients. For this reason, these numbers should not be used to compare one hospital to another.
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