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Dr. Newman, EVPHA UK HealthCare

A Letter to Our Community from UK HealthCare

My fellow Kentuckians –

It is hard to put into words the emotions we are all experiencing as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our communities, our work and our daily lives have been upended, and I’m certain that each one of you has a story to tell or a concern to share.

Our work of serving some of the Commonwealth’s most challenging patients continues, and I am extraordinarily proud of our physicians, nurses and staff who have stepped up to meet the ever-changing demands that this crisis brings.

While most Americans are told to stay home, our teams are showing up at work every day to make sure our patients receive the care they need and deserve. They are doing this despite their own concerns for the well-being of their families and friends.

Many of you have reached out to us offering food and other supplies to honor this team’s hard work. My mother instilled certain Kentucky values in me, and I can almost hear her saying “always accept gifts graciously.”

Unfortunately, given CDC guidelines and recommendations around the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot accept donated food or supplies at this time. If you would still like to show your gratitude to these caregivers, consider our Expressions of Gratitude website, where you can write a note of thanks, nominate a nurse for a Daisy Award or donate to our Human Needs Fund in honor of a caregiver. The fund helps further UK HealthCare’s mission to serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

You can also email gratitude@uky.edu with your comments or encouragements, or reach out to us through social media on Facebook (@UKHealthCare), Twitter (@UK_HealthCare) or Instagram (@ukhealthcare).

I know I speak for all of UK HealthCare, we thank you for your enthusiastic support of our mission.

In gratitude,

Mark F. Newman, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Kentucky / UK HealthCare®