Ventricular assist devices (VAD) not only make the difference between life and death for heart failure patients -- they also make a difference in the quality of a patient's life, often improving overall health more than other methods of treatment. The University of Kentucky has been performing VAD procedures since 1995 and recently earned their third straight biannual Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
Donna Slone, of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates at UK HealthCare, and Teresa Schladt, a liver transplant recipient who underwent surgery at the UK Chandler Hospital, will give insight on Donate Life Month for the April edition of the #AskACat Twitter chat on Tuesday.
More than 100 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014 -- more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.
A Mount Sterling organ donor will be honored on this year's Donate Life float at the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, and bronze levels of outreach for organ donation and registration.
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