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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Incubators, intravenous lines and monitors make bonding with a newborn more difficult in the Kentucky Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Despite these challenges and circumstances, nurses are helping families bond with the most vulnerable newborns through Kangaroo Care.
Want a free chair massage? An aromatherapy hand massage? A chocolaty fruit treat? If you "Go Red" tomorrow, you can get all of this and more.
UK's Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry wants young children to develop good oral health habits at an early age and are providing free dental supplies every Thursday in February in celebration of National Children's Oral Health Month.
Many believe heart health involves strenuous tasks and countless hours at the gym. But just 30 minutes of exercise, five out of seven days a week can reduce heart attack risk by up to 50 percent.
Dementia is a "family disease," affecting the patient, their loved ones and their caretakers. Researchers at UK are looking into whether creating art can help patients with dementia improve quality of life and perhaps even slow the progress of their disease.
While at UK we prefer to "See Blue," on Friday, Feb. 5, we will "Go Red" for a good cause.
Regional and community health systems across the Commonwealth partner to reverse Kentucky's poor health statistics, share best practices and prepare for a population health model of care delivery.
The UK College of Dentistry is offering reduced cost dental screenings by dental students under the supervision of a faculty member to anyone who can also attend the student dentist's licensing exam in April.
In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has joined 68 of the nation’s top cancer centers in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer.
UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have finalized an agreement to partner for pediatric heart care and other services. A Letter of Intent (LOI) for a partnership was announced between the two health care systems last September.
School of Creative and Performing Arts students will sing, recite and dance to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Atrium.
Dr. Mark V. Williams, professor and vice chair in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the advisory board of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
"Have you gotten your 10,000 steps today?" As more and more people are wearing activity or fitness trackers, the number of daily steps has become a common topic of conversation.
Edith Glazer, Sean Parkin and students Erin Wachter and Diego Moyá recently published a study showing that specialized compounds containing the metal ruthenium may be able to recognize or damage specific DNA structures relevant for cancer.
Transplanted just five days apart, Stan Burch and Dennis Hamilton became fast friends at UK HealthCare as they underwent the recovery process together. The Louisville-area patients are two of the 43 patients who received a heart transplant at UK in 2015.
Ying Liang, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, scored at the second percentile on her funding application to study the Latexin gene, which she helped discover a decade ago as a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky.
Kentucky Children's Hospital patient Owen Sayers recovered from a traumatic brain injury sustained over the summer to star in the holiday performance of Elf Jr., a production of the Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE).
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition named UK College of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Laura Hancock Jones a Kentucky Oral Health Champion.
When a 52-year old Lebanon, Ky. man suffered life-threatening complications following routine knee replacement surgery, the UK HealthCare Critical Care team worked tirelessly to return him to good health.
Hardin Memorial Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network, allowing patients across Central Kentucky to participate in clinical trials in Elizabethtown, officials announced Friday.
UK College of Dentistry students engage in mindfulness training to improve their patients' sense of well-being.
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The Campbell Muscle Lab has committed to daily cardiovascualar exercise through December to raise funds for heart failure patients at UK HealthCare and awareness of heart disease. They encourage the campus community to join the Campbell Cardiac Challenge.
Dr. Gregory Bix has been appointed an honorary clinical lecturer in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr. Michael R. Dobbs has been named associate editor for the publication, Quality Management in Health Care (QMHC).
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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