pediatric cardiothoracic surgery

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
11:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

UK Healthcare Releases Internal Review Of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Program

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

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Local/Regional News
12:07 am
Sat August 17, 2013

University of Kentucky Lawsuit Over Pediatric Mortality Rates Now Resolved

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The protracted legal dispute between the University of Kentucky and former WUKY reporter Brenna Angel over mortality rates of UK Healthcare’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery department has been resolved.

Angel, now deputy communications director for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s office, had filed an open records request for mortality rates and other information about the program.  UK refused to comply with the request, citing patient privacy concerns.  Angel appealed to the state attorney general’s office and received a favorable ruling in the matter.

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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
5:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Embattled Heart Surgeon Resigning From UK Healthcare

Dr. Mark Plunkett is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UK Healthcare.
Credit 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.  

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4:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

WUKY Reporter's Departure Does Not Resolve Lawsuit

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. 

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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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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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