UK HealthCare is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available.
It is physicians and other medical professionals trained in the most effective techniques so that no Kentuckian, no matter how sick they are or how rare their illness, needs to go far from home for the treatment they need.
It is a Level 1 trauma center, ready every minute of every day to treat even the most serious injuries. And a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for the tiniest and sickest newborns – giving them a chance not just to live, but to live productive, happy lives.
It is the UK Markey Cancer Center, which has earned designation by the National Cancer Institute – the most prestigious designation possible. Because of that, we have access to new treatments not yet generally available, and to clinical trials most other hospitals do not.
It is nurses providing care for every patient, every time. Their work has earned Magnet status, the highest recognition in the nursing field.
It is educators in our six health professions colleges teaching the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, launching the highest standards of care into the future.
It is researchers working to discover treatments and cures not yet even imagined.
And it is a network of partnerships and outreach locations throughout Kentucky, so that world-class care is always close to home.
Because of the increase in medical knowledge and new treatments, it is difficult for any one physician to be aware of all the latest information. Sometimes a patients and their physicians together are seeking second opinions so better and more informed decisions can be made.
Researchers are working hard to identify new treatments and strategies to improve health and to understand the diseases that make us sick, but in order to succeed they need both healthy research participants and participants with medical conditions. Often, studies end because they don't have enough participants, leaving important questions unanswered.
You can make a difference by participating in research.