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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.  

UK Trustees Set To Approve Budget For Coming Year

Jun 11, 2013

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.

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. 

UK Files Appeal in Open Records Case

Apr 26, 2013

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

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.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Children’s Hospital is working to raise $6 million for a major renovation project. The facility hasn’t been updated since it was built in the 1990s.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new building for Eastern State Hospital, one of the country’s oldest medical facilities for the mentally ill, will be managed and operated by the University of Kentucky. Reporter Brenna Angel has details.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Temporary changes to UK HealthCare’s visitation policy will mean tighter restrictions for visitors to a number of facilities.

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.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The top financial post at UK HealthCare is now vacant after the departure of former CFO Sergio Melgar. But University of Kentucky officials aren’t offering many details about the move.