• Quality awards

    UK HealthCare has grown dramatically over the past decade to meet the health needs of the Commonwealth. We offer many clinical and support services, and have been recognized numerous times for our top-quality medical care. Below is a list of UK HealthCare’s recognitions.


    UK HealthCare named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission, our accrediting body, has named UK HealthCare a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. The award, presented in November 2015, is based on data collected in 2014. This award recognizes hospitals that attain and sustain excellence and shows our commitment to ensuring every patient gets the right interventions in the right way at the right time.

    UK HealthCare was named a Top Performer in seven categories: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Children's Asthma, Stroke and Perinatal Care.

    For more information about the Top Performer program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx

    Internal Medicine Group receives Kentucky Health IT Innovation Award

    UK Internal Medicine Group (IMG) was awarded the Kentucky Health IT Innovation Award from the Kentucky Regional Extension Center for its work in adopting electronic health records.

    In 2014, IMG achieved Stage 2 Meaningful Use designation, making it a leader in eHealth among its peers. The Regional Extension Center noted that IMG’s early adoption of the electronic health records has paved the way for the group’s recognition as a medical home and prepared it for value-based payment.

    Chandler Hospital receives national recognition from the American College of Surgeons

    The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Chandler Hospital, which includes surgeries performed at Good Samaritan Hospital and in UK’s outpatient-based Center for Advanced Surgery, as one of 52 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.

    ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days after surgery as well as compensates for differences among patient populations and degrees of sickness.

    The program’s goal is to reduce infection or illness related to a surgical procedure or death related to a surgical procedure and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply the best scientific evidence to the practice of surgery.  

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    UK HealthCare physicians named to Best Doctors in America listing for 2015

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    More than 125 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015 - more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

    The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s list. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

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    Family & Community Medicine earns national designation

    Faculty and staff in Family & Community Medicine recently received designation as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home by the  National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which elevates the practice to an elite status nationally.

    The NCQA’s designation recognizes use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that promote teamwork and long-term relationships with patients. As well, it considers implementation of information technology that improves quality, patient experiences and reducing costs.

    Among other initiatives leading to the designation, Family & Community Medicine increased the number of nurse practitioner visits devoted to new patients and placed further emphasis on same-day appointments for existing patients. The designation is effective until July 2018. 

    We have been designated Baby-Friendly® for our gold standard of care

    UK HealthCare has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-friendly designated birth facility. The global hospital initiative is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Learn about our Baby-Friendly designation » 

    Gill Heart Institute receives Gold Quality Achievement Award

    UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute has received the "Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award" for maintaining specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

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    Kentucky Hospital Association honors Eastern State Hospital with 2015 Quality Award

    The Kentucky Hospital Association presented a 2015 Quality Award to Eastern State Hospital on Friday during a special awards presentation by Board Chair Dennis Johnson held as part of the Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Conference in Lexington.

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    UK ranked as top-100 hospital with women's health program

    The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was recently ranked as a top-100 hospital with a women's health program by Becker's Hospital Review.

    Becker's Hospital Review, a publication covering business and legal information in the health care industry, annually releases a list of the nation's top-100 hospitals offering exceptional women's health services. All hospitals selected for the 2014 list provide outstanding services geared toward women, which include gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused heart care and women-focused cancer care.

    Learn more about this ranking »

    Learn more about women's healthcare at UK HealthCare »