• Welcome UK Extension Agents

  • As part of UK HealthCare’s mission, we are called to promote better health for the people of Kentucky through creative leadership and quality initiatives in patient care, health education and medical research.

    We are proud to collaborate with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to provide research-based materials to help you educate and empower the citizens of the Commonwealth for better health.

    To request educational materials, use UK HealthCare's new Cooperative Extension Service Order Form. Once you submit your order, it will be processed and taken to the Ag Distribution Center.

    For more information on the UK HealthCare's Cooperative Extension Resources website, contact Linda Young.

    Monthly Health Awareness Observances

    View our Featured Content tabs below to find information about this month's national health observances.

  • Blogs

    Join the conversation and get up-the-minute news and health information from UK HealthCare by reading our blogs.

    HealthMatters: Health and wellness blogs from the experts at UK HealthCare.

    Markey Menu blog is hosted by Rachel C. Miller, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian at the Markey Cancer Center. She has experience in long-term and transitional care involving diverse nutritional needs. Her blog offers recipes, nutritional tips and answers to your questions about what and what not to consume while going through medical treatment.

  • Publications

    Stay up-to-date with health and news information for a better quality of life by reading our publications. Like what you see? Subscribe to our publications.

    Health News and Information

    HealthSmart! - UK HealthCare offers tips and advice from the experts in each issue of HealthSmart!. Topics include dynamic health care subjects that will allow you to take charge of your health.

    Fact Sheets - Find answers to your health-related questions on a variety of topics, from allergies to surgery. Our UK HealthCare fact sheets contain helpful information and a list of related resources on the topic.

    HealthMatters - UK HealthCare delivers timely information to your inbox through our email newsletter. Subscribe here, and we’ll send health and wellness tips and other information to help you and your family stay healthy.

    In the community

    Making a Difference - features stories from patients who have overcome adversity with the aid of UK HealthCare physicians.

    Saddle Up Safely - Saddle Up Safely is a rider safety awareness program sponsored by UK HealthCare, UK College of Agriculture and many community organizations. Through our publication, we seek to educate current and future riders about the simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents.

    Secondhand smoke (PDF, 809 KB) - Most people know that smoking tobacco is very risky for the smoker. But did you know that tobacco smoke is dangerous for nonsmokers too? Our publication educates and informs the public of the dangers associated with secondhand smoke.

  • August is National Breastfeeding Month

    We are a Baby-Friendly® Hospital UK Healthcare is the first and only hospital in Lexington that has achieved the standard of excellence of being Baby-Friendly designated.  

    Baby-Friendly® Designated

    Baby-friendly logo

    Baby-Friendly USA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all birthing facilities in the United States become designated Baby-Friendly.

    UK HealthCare is the first and only hospital in Lexington that has achieved the standard of excellence of being Baby-Friendly designated.

    What does being Baby-Friendly mean?

    The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

    Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based, maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding.

    It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

    What are the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding?

    The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are:

    1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
    2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
    3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
    4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
    5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
    6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
    7. Practice rooming in -- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
    8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
    9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
    10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

    Why is this important?

    • There is proof of lower risk for certain diseases.
    • Breastfeeding offers an unmatched beginning for children.
    • Infants and mothers who breastfeed are healthier.
    • Families who breastfeed save money.
    • Communities reap the benefits of breastfeeding.
    • The environment benefits when babies are breastfed.

    At UK HealthCare, we provide mothers and their babies the early support needed to achieve successful breastfeeding. Our staff is trained in giving all mothers the information, confidence and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely.

    To learn more, visit Baby-Friendly USA.