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UK HealthCare Philanthropy

How you can help

We have seen before how trouble can bring out the goodness in so many. That has become even more evident in these unprecedented times.

Our community has risen to the occasion in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many people have reached out to us asking how they can thank our staff who are on the front lines. We are grateful for this compassion and kindness and encourage you to help in the following ways:

If you want to make a monetary donation, go to our Hospital Human Needs Fund, or see other ways you can make a monetary contribution.

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 gratitude@uky.edu. We are sharing those messages with staff.

If you want to donate food, toys, or other items:  unfortunately, CDC regulations and/or visitation restrictions prohibit us from accepting these gifts at this time. 

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 paul.reister@uky.edu.

Together we can make a healthier Kentucky

A girl holds letters spelling "hope."UK HealthCare and the UK College of Medicine impact tens of thousands of lives through the nurses, doctors and staff involved in patient care and through the tireless work of researchers and educators who are reimagining and creating the future of healthcare today.

You can help us continue this important work and participate in our vision. By giving to UK HealthCare and the College of Medicine, you help us:

  • Increase our capacity to meet the unique healthcare needs of all our patients.
  • Pursue the treatments that disproportionately affect our residents.
  • Educate growing numbers of aspiring physicians and scientists.

We’re uncommonly able to meet the needs of this Commonwealth. Your support helps prove “The Power of Advanced Medicine” every day.

  • Ways to give


    Cash

    Our ability to provide life-changing care and implement important community programs wouldn't be possible without your support. You can make a meaningful impact by supporting UK HealthCare with a cash donation.

    Checks should be made payable to University of Kentucky HealthCare and sent to:

    University of Kentucky HealthCare
    Office of Philanthropy
    P.O. Box 34184
    Lexington, KY 40588

    Gifts in any amount also can be made online or by calling the Philanthropy Office at 859-323-6306. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. UK's Entity Identification Number or its Tax Identification Number is 61-6001218.

    Memorial gifts

    In lieu of flowers, many families request that charitable gifts be made in memory of their loved one. You can celebrate that person’s life while supporting medical research and patient care at UK HealthCare.

    Suggested obituary language:

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of (name of deceased) to UK HealthCare (specify name of area or program if desired). Gifts can be made online or sent to:

    UK HealthCare Office of Philanthropy
    P.O. Box 34184
    Lexington, KY 40588

    Payroll Deduction

    UK HealthCare and UK employees can support UK HealthCare through payroll deduction. To enroll, follow the online payroll deduction instructions provided below. Employees can designate where their gift goes and choose to benefit multiple funds, departments, or programs.

     

  • Impact stories

    "I'm not your typical sick kid"

    Savannah Cooper practices at the barre.

    In some ways, Savannah Cooper is an incredibly normal seventeen-year-old: she’s bubbly and fun, passionate about music and makeup, and loves goofing around with her best friend. But in other ways, she’s extraordinary. She’s a gifted dancer and an excellent student who’s about to attend one of the top musical theater programs in the country. And she’s chronically ill. Read Savannah's story »


    Building a Shoulder from Scratch

    Leonard Preston

    A dull ache was the beginning of a fifteen-year saga for Leonard Preston. Then a 23-year-old Air Force member, Leonard was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that starts out in the cartilage. By the time they caught it, Leonard’s cancer had eaten through more than half of his humerus. Read Leonard's story »


    Can You Fix Blue Babies?

    Kase Chaney

    The first time Kase Chaney turned blue wasn’t the last. Over the next few months, the otherwise healthy, happy baby would stop breathing and turn blue, then recover. He ended up at UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Read Kase's story »


    Fighting Diabetes as a Family

    J.C. Middleton and his family

    “At our house, it’s almost like I’m the unusual one. But one of the hard things can be that they are so normal and do everything normally. It’s easy to forget that it’s actually a serious disease and you really have to be careful. A lot of that is the behind-the-scenes work on our end.” Read the Middleton family's story »


    "I want to be at the stadium and look back at this hospital"

    Jimmy Rhoades at Kroger Field

    By the time Jimmy Rhoades got to the hospital, he was sure he was dying. He’d even told his wife what he wanted for his last meal—chicken and dumplings. He’d been sick for weeks, first with what his doctors in Owensboro thought was the flu, then pneumonia, then a lung infection. The truth was much worse. Read Jimmy's story »