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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 4, 2014) - A day as a fighter pilot, a swim with dolphins and a trip to the Big Apple are only a few of the wishes Rachel O'Farrell has helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant for children battling cancer.
O’Farrell received a special moment of her own Feb. 27 when the Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana staff surprised her with the chapter’s 2013 Medical Professional of the Year honor. The UK HealthCare social worker is a referral source for Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Make-A-Wish arranged a surprise reception to present the award to O'Farrell at the Kentucky Clinic. She was congratulated by her co-workers in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Make-A-Wish chapter staff. Special guests Brendan, O'Farrell's husband, and their 8-month-old son Finn also attended the party.
O'Farrell has gone over-and-above to help create magical experiences for as many as 30 young cancer patients at UK pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. Make-A-Wish staff members were especially impressed with O'Farrell's recent efforts to help one ailing patient and her family. The patient couldn't decide on a wish and the family didn't own cellphones, so communication was an additional challenge for Make-A-Wish coordinators. O'Farrell served as the point of contact for the family and helped the teen communicate her wish - a family trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
"Rachel fully embodied our mission with this wish by approaching every situation with the frame of mind of, 'how can we make this happen for the child?'" Kim Pettingell, senior medical outreach manager for the local Make-A-Wish chapter said. "We were able to make this wish come true because of Rachel's assistance and sincere dedication to seeing her patient experience the power of a wish.”
Typically, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana honors its Medical Professional of the Year during its annual BIG Wish Gala held in August. O'Farrell was unable to attend last year's gala because she was on maternity leave. She is the first medical professional in Kentucky to receive the honor from Make-A-Wish.
As part of the award, O'Farrell received a photo album containing pictures of the many children she has referred to Make-A-Wish. A social worker at UK for nearly four years, O'Farrell said many children and families "latch on" to the Make-A-Wish experience. She presents the opportunity to all of the patient cases she manages and takes time to listen to each family's unique story.
"I was just doing what anyone in my position would do," O'Farrell said. "I take a lot of meaning from the work I do. I am constantly inspired by the resilience of these families and these kids. The way they make meaning out of their experience is rejuvenating."
For more information about referring a child to Make-A-Wish, contact Kim Pettingell at 877-206-9474 or visit www.md.wish.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) — UK Women's Health Obstetrics & Gynecology has added an oncofertility specialist to its team. Dr. Leslie A. Appiah joins UK HealthCare as a board-certified gynecologist with expertise in oncofertility and fellowship training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Appiah brings five years of experience from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she served as director of oncofertility and fellowship director of pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Appiah will serve as director of oncofertility at UK. She will work closely with subspecialists in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, the Markey Cancer Center and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Appiah and her team will collaborate to preserve the fertility and reproductive health of pediatric, adolescent and adult cancer and blood disorder patients of all genders.
Dr. Appiah attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed her residency in OB-GYN at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a clinical fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has received several teaching awards including the Johns Hopkins Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Appiah’s interests include fertility preservation, minimally invasive surgery, congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, hormone replacement therapy and endometriosis.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- More than 100 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014 -- more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.
The Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List.
In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.
In bringing together the best medical minds in the world, Best Doctors works with expert physicians from its Best Doctors in America® List to help its 30 million members worldwide get the right diagnosis and right treatment.
The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.
The 2014 Best Doctors in America® from UK HealthCare and their specialty are:
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Best Doctors works with the best five percent of doctors, ranked by impartial peer review, to help people get the right diagnosis and right treatment. The company’s innovative, peer-to-peer consultation service offers a convenient new way for physicians to collaborate with other physicians to ensure patients receive the best care. The global health solutions company, which has grown to over 30 million members worldwide, uses state-of-the-art technology capabilities to deliver improved health outcomes while reducing costs. Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors’ database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors seamlessly integrates its trusted health services with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 employers, insurers and other groups in every major region of the world. The company also designs and implements international insurance programs that help people be sure they get the right health solutions.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2014) — For most of us, vacation days are used for relaxing, traveling, sight-seeing, or even just doing nothing.
For some University of Kentucky employees, however, those vacation days are put to use serving those who are less fortunate and in need of good medical care.
Recently, pediatric critical care physician Dr. Scottie Day led one such effort to help bring basic medical care to children in Haiti. Day, along with UK nurse practitioner Vicki Stringfellow, PICU nurses Johnna Forman and Kristyn Mickley, and Chief Compliance Officer Brett Short, joined a network of Lexington health care providers and community members to help open the first true children's medical center in Northern Haiti. The new medical center under a medical advisory board from Southland Christian Church is funded through Danita's Children, an organization that provides spiritual, physical, and emotional care and education for orphaned children in Haiti.
Pediatric medical care is severely lacking in Haiti. The country holds the distinction of having the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere, and 74 percent of births occur outside a hospital setting with little to no medical support. Malnutrition is a huge problem, with 10 percent of children considered "acutely" malnourished and 20 percent of children considered underweight.
During the mission, the Lexington group split into teams of three to provide care for the incoming children, working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later each day. All children who came in received a basic physical, a dental exam, an eye exam, and spiritual counseling.
"It went really well," Day said. "The beauty of it was how we were able to encompass all aspects of care. You saw such an integration of specialties under one roof so that these kids got the care they needed."
Just a few weeks prior to Day's trip, another group of medical providers went to Haiti to assist in the opening of the medical center. Over the course of these two trips, Day estimates that the groups saw 400-500 young patients, many of whom had never had a physical or simple medical evaluation. Many of the health problems they encountered were fixed with what most Americans would consider very simple, obvious solutions, such as nourishment or antibiotics.
"Some of these kids had never even been plotted on a growth chart," Day said. "And a lot of what we provided was just very simple nutritional care — the kind of thing we take for granted here."
Though the care for the Haitian children remained fairly basic this time around, Day says that the organization has plans to expand and specialize. They are in the process of forming pediatric specialty teams — orthopaedics, cardiology, neurology, and physical and occupational therapy — who will travel to Haiti to provide services for those who need it. And down the road, the organization looks to open a full-scale children's hospital with a surgical center, inpatient care, and more.
But as any missionaries will say, it's not just the children of Haiti — and beyond — who benefit from their work. Those who attend these trips say they've been profoundly changed by the experience.
"I think everyone comes back different," said Day, who has now been to Haiti on multiple missions.
Nurse practitioner Vicki Stringfellow is also no stranger to mission trips. Prior to the Haiti excursion, she had participated in a mission to Honduras. She says that the trips help refuel her passion for caring for others.
"It broadens your perspective compared to what you see here," Stringfellow said. "Your entire focus is just the pure care you're providing. You come back home with new energy."
Day agrees. "It rejuvenates you and reminds you why you went into this profession. You come back with this positive spirit — it changes you."
Though the Lexington team was in the country for only a few days, Day notes that over the course of the two weeks they were there, the mission teams helped train and left a local team in place to continue to provide health care for the Haitian children. Ultimately, these mission trips will help build up Haiti's pediatric medical programs so that they are better able to provide necessary care for their own.
In a global economy, that sort of regular engagement benefits us all, says Day. He notes that as the world and its economies become increasingly globalized, it becomes more necessary to think about health in that context.
"The health and well-being of other countries provides stability for the U.S.," Day said. "Haiti is our next-door neighbor and it's important to engage with them."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2013) – Join two UK HealthCare experts for a free lecture and information session on hip preservation techniques on Saturday, Jan. 25.
UK orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Stephen Duncan and Dr. Ryan Muchow will discuss new hip preservation treatment options. These techniques may be used to treat many conditions including femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip labral tears, hip dysplasia, perthes, SCFE and hip arthritis. Patients of all ages can benefit from these treatments.
The lecture will be held in the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium on Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Parking is available at the UK Chandler Hospital parking garage, 110 Transcript Avenue, directly across South Limestone from the hospital.
This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot, call 800-333-8874.
Kentucky Children's Hospital | Driving Directions >UK Albert B. Chandler HospitalPavilion H, Fourth Floor800 Rose StreetLexington, KY 40536Phone: 859-323-5000
Kentucky Clinic | Driving Directions >Second Floor740 S. LimestoneLexington, KY 40536Phone: 859-323-5625
Twilight Clinic (after-hours clinic) | Driving Directions >Kentucky ClinicSecond Floor, Wing D740 S. LimestoneLexington KY 40536-0284Phone: 859-257-6730Hours: Mon - Fri, 5:00-9:00 p.m., weekends and holidays, noon-5 p.m.
UK Pediatrics @ MaxwellUK Good Samaritan Hospital Professional Arts Center | Driving Directions >135 E. Maxwell St., Suite 200 Lexington, KY 40508Phone: 859-257-9800 (For an appointment with Dr. Boarman or Dr. Latham) Phone: 859-323-6211 (For an appointment with Dr. Behar, Dr. Ringley, Dr Sparks or Tanya Crockett, APRN)
To protect the health of the babies we serve this flu season, UK HealthCare has made temporary changes to NICU visitation policies. Read more >
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