UK Healthcare Releases Internal Review Of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Program

Oct 17, 2013

A much anticipated internal review of UK’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program has been released.

The report does not state a specific reason why the program, under the direction of Dr. Mark Plunkett, was voluntarily suspended in the fall of 2012. 

The release of the report comes on the heels of a prolonged legal dispute between UK Healthcare, the Lexington Herald Leader and WUKY over the disclosure of mortality rates.  That data revealed that between 2010 and 2012 UK’s rate ranged from 5.2% to 7.1%.

The internal review recommends a total revamping of pediatric cardiac care at UK, including the creation of a dedicated ICU specifically for pediatric heart patients, staffed with specialized doctors and nurses.

Dr. Mark Plunkett
Dr. Mark Plunkett

Meanwhile, the Lexington Herald Leader reports that UK Healthcare will pay Dr. Plunkett more than one million dollars as compensation for the shuttering of his program which led to the surgeon taking a job with the University of Florida.  Plunkett was recently let go from UF but university officials insist the job action had nothing to do with the UK Healthcare situation.