Quality awards 2012
UK Chandler Hospital is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been ranked No. 1 in Kentucky in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2012-13 released on July 17. This is the first time state rankings have been included in the listing giving consumers a way to compare hospitals to other neighboring institutions across the state. The rankings are available at
In addition to the top hospital ranking in the state, UK Chandler Hospital was nationally ranked in orthopaedics and listed as "High Performing" in 10 specialty areas. These clinical areas include Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. Overall, UK was among 140 of the 4,825 U.S. hospitals ranked in one or more 16 specialties. The orthopaedics program at UK Chandler Hospital was ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 50 hospitals nationwide for orthopaedic care.
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UK HealthCare Stroke Program gains national recognition for superior quality
The UK HealthCare Kentucky Neuroscience Institute Stroke Program has once again been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with their "Get With The Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The award recognizes UK HealthCare's commitment and success in implementing excellent, evidence-based care for stroke patients.
To receive the award, a hospital must achieve at least 85 percent adherence to all "Get With The Guidelines" stroke quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with at least six of 10 stroke quality measures. These measures include appropriate use of life-saving medications and lifestyle/behavior modifications, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
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University of Kentucky Comprehensive Epilepsy Program recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center
Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
It is the second year UK HealthCare has received the highest level awarded by the national group, The National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
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Doctors at the Gill Heart Institute performed the first known triple ablation surgery
The procedure consists of inserting a catheter inserted into a patient's blood vessels to remove a faulty electrical pathway and tissue from the patient's heart. Typically, the catheter is placed into the patient's femoral artery, internal jugular or subclavian vein. The catheter is guided toward the heart, and high-frequency electrical impulses are used to induce the arrhythmia and then destroy (or ablate) the abnormal tissue causing it. Those can be in limited area or larger areas, depending of the nature of the arrhythmia.
"Performing two ablations during one procedure is commonly done, but three with this complexity is basically unheard of," said Dr. Samy Claude Elayi, a cardiologist with the Gill Heart Institute. "But in this patient's case, despite the risk, I believed that we could perform three ablations - one for her ventricular tachycardia, one for atrial fibrillation and a third for her atrial flutter, to be effective and do everything when we are in the heart."
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UK First in Kentucky to implant SynCardia total artificial heart
The University of Kentucky today announced the state's first implantation of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant. UK is one of 29 medical centers in the country certified to perform this procedure.
The Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is a device that contains the same components as a real human heart. For patients who are dying of end-stage biventricular failure, the only options are an immediate donor human heart or a TAH as a bridge to transplant. The TAH helps keep patients healthy while waiting on a viable donor heart to become available — which could take weeks, months, or even years.
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Region's First Robotic Hybrid Operating Room to Open at UK Chandler Hospital
The University of Kentucky will open one of the country's largest hybrid operating rooms — the first of its kind in the region — as well as eight new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose operating rooms, in the next few weeks, as the most recent phase of construction and expansion at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital is completed.
The latest phase completed includes the unique hybrid operating room which combines the most advanced and high-quality imaging technology with surgical operative capabilities to create a unique operating room environment as well as:
- 42 bed pre-operative and post anesthesia care unit (PACU)
- Surgical pathology area
- Family waiting area
- Anesthesia workspace and offices
- Staff lounges and conference room
- Central Sterile Supply
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Markey Cancer Center became the first medical center in the state to use tomosynthesis
The Comprehensive Breast Care Center at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will begin offering state-of-the-art digital tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. UK will be the only medical center in the state with this new technology.
Tomosynthesis is 3-D technology that allows radiologists to see individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissues. In addition to providing the traditional top and side images of the breasts taken during a regular mammogram, tomosynthesis also allows the technician to take multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles. A computer then combines all this information into one 3-D image.
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UK Becomes 5th Medical Center in U.S. to Receive Triple Designation for ECMO
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital have been awarded the Excellence in Life Support designation from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). The award recognizes UK's commitment to using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for inpatients experiencing acute failure of the cardiorespiratory system.
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