Mark Plunkett

WUKY In Depth
4:25 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

In Depth: Linda Blackford On UK's Internal Pediatric Cardiothoracic Program Review

Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Linda Blackford talked with Josh James about Thursday's long-awaited review of a troubled UK Healthcare program.

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Local/Regional News
3:30 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

UK HealthCare Defends Policy On Mortality Rates

LEXINGTON, Ky. - UK HealthCare announced Friday the overall mortality rate for the program averaged 5.8 percent from 2008 through 2012, with 4.5 in 2008 being the lowest and 7.1 last year the highest. 

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Local/Regional News
3:02 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Release Of Kentucky Children's Hospital Mortality Numbers Doesn't Resolve Legal Dispute

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Mark Plunkett

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The push to have UK release the mortality numbers began in late 2012 when the university denied an open records request by former WUKY reporter Brenna Angel. Still, despite the release of mortality rate data Friday, the matter remains tied up in court.

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Local/Regional News
11:22 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Kentucky Children's Hospital Story Broke By WUKY Goes National

Waylon Rainey was born with a congenital heart defect. After receiving treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital, he was referred to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy Rainey family.

LEXINGTON, Ky - The University of Kentucky is responding to a story aired on CNN about Kentucky Children's Hospital's  suspension its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program. 

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Local/Regional News
8:51 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UK Files Appeal in Open Records Case

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky has filed an appeal in a case involving an open records request made by WUKY.

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Local/Regional News
3:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Attorney General Rules UK in Violation of Open Records Act

Dr. Mark Plunkett, Chief of UK's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the University of Kentucky violated the Open Records Act by withholding information requested by WUKY. Reporter Brenna Angel has the latest into the investigation of the pediatric heart surgery program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

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WUKY In Depth
8:11 am
Fri December 21, 2012

UK Healthcare Reviewing Pediatric Heart Surgeries, Sending Patients to Other Hospitals

Waylon Rainey was born with a congenital heart defect. After receiving treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital, he was referred to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy Rainey family.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Children’s Hospital treats some of the sickest and smallest patients from across central and eastern Kentucky. But for the past several weeks, pediatric heart surgeries have been referred to other hospitals. As Brenna Angel reports, UK Healthcare is reviewing its program, but the reasons why are unclear.

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