Legal Dispute

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has filed an appeal in a long-running dispute with the state's two largest newspapers.

A judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit filed in the wake of a partnership announced by Kentucky's two children's hospitals.

Embattled Heart Surgeon Resigning From UK Healthcare

Jul 11, 2013
UK Healthcare

LEXINGTON, Ky. The heart surgeon at the center of a legal dispute between the University of Kentucky and its public radio station, WUKY, has announced his resignation.

Dr. Mark Plunkett is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, but that program has been temporarily put on hold pending an internal review. 

UK spokesman Jay Blanton says Plunkett has continued to operate on adult patients and according to campus records draws an annual salary of $700,000.  However, children needing chest surgery have been referred to out of state hospitals.  

WUKY Reporter's Departure Does Not Resolve Lawsuit

Jun 4, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The departure of Brenna Angel from WUKY has by no means resolved the lawsuit between the former reporter and University of Kentucky Healthcare. 

Angel sought details of a review of the pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program at UK Children’s Hospital.  Her requests were denied, UK HealthCare citing concern for federal health care privacy laws.