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Local/Regional News
2:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

UK Healthcare To Lease, Renovate Empty Turfland Mall Dillard's Store

Artist's rendering of what the new UK facility at Turfland Mall will look like when it opens later this fall
Credit photo provided

UK Healthcare has announced plans to lease and renovate the former Dillard’s Store at the Turfland Mall. 

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Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine
8:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Dr. Greg Discusses The Benefits Of Patient Surveys

This week Dr. Greg chats with Kristy Deep, director of UK Healthcare Enterprise Quality about the importance of patient satisfaction surveys.

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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
3:30 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
1:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Markey Cancer Center Designation Will Open Door To New Treatments, Research Dollars

Markey Cancer Center director Dr. Mark Evers receives a standing ovation at the announcement of the center's NCI designation.
Credit Josh James / WUKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Despite persistently high cancer rates, Kentucky has been one of only 16 states been without a National Cancer Institute designated center, but an announcement Friday at the University of Kentucky Healthcare changed that.

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Local/Regional News
11:09 am
Fri July 12, 2013

UK Markey Cancer Center Gains NCI Designation

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky's cancer center received a significant boost in status Friday by winning designation as a National Cancer Institute facility, giving the Bluegrass state new clout in its fight against stubbornly high cancer rates.

The prestigious title for the UK Markey Cancer Center in Lexington brings with it the potential for millions of dollars in additional research funding. The designation means its patients will have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.

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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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Local/Regional News
8:37 am
Tue June 11, 2013

UK Trustees Set To Approve Budget For Coming Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky trustees are set to approve a spending plan for the coming year. The proposed $2 billion-plus budget comes before the trustees' finance committee Tuesday morning on the Lexington campus.

The full board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the budget later in the day.

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