My fellow Kentuckians –
First of all, thank you.
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from this community. Our staff is working tirelessly to ensure that patients are safe and cared for while simultaneously anticipating and preparing for what’s next. The fact that you are willing to recognize that hard work is humbling.
Patient care is our first priority, but we are also trying our best to quickly find ways to accept your gratitude while still ensuring the safety of our staff and patients in this time of “social distancing.” I ask for your patience with us as we try to juggle all that is demanded of us.
We encourage you to help in the following ways:
If you want to make a monetary donation, go to our COVID-19 Staff Support Fund, or see other ways you can contribute.
If you want to send a message of support, post on our social media channels: Facebook (@UKHealthCare), Twitter (@UK_HealthCare) or Instagram (@ukhealthcare) or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sharing those messages with staff.
If you want to donate handmade face masks, gowns, or other handmade items, go to our handmade mask and gown donation page for further instructions.
If you are a restaurant or other commercial food service organization that wants to donate free meals to staff, please contact Tricia Potts at Tricia.Potts@uky.edu.
If you are a company that wants to donate or sell N95 masks or other equipment, please email Paul Reister, Associate Director of UK HealthCare Purchasing at email@example.com.
If you are a hotel and wish to offer free or reduced price lodging to patient families in need, contact Tricia Potts at Tricia.Potts@uky.edu.
You can also help by donating blood at the Kentucky Blood Center, which is the exclusive provider of blood products for UK Hospital. Blood products are used to treat cancer patients, burn victims, trauma patients, those with blood disorders (such as sickle cell anemia) and a host of others. Having a healthy blood supply is a matter of public health, and the KBC is taking measures to ensure the safety of its donors.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we are working hard to anticipate what needs will develop as this pandemic evolves. We will continue to update you as best we can.
Again, your desire to help us is amazing and most welcome. Thank you for keeping UK HealthCare in your thoughts.
Mark F. Newman, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Kentucky / UK HealthCare®