The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute integrates the expertise of UK's neurology and neurosurgery physicians and researchers.
KNI is a regional referral center dedicated to providing comprehensive care to our patients.
Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
The UK Neuro-Oncology Clinic offers an integrated, multispecialty program for diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary and secondary center nervous system tumors.
The clinic provides quick evaluation, treatment expertise and access to new therapies and clinical trials all under one roof. The multispecialty program allows patients to see a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist and radiation medicine experts in one visit, saving more time for patients and doctors. Learn more about the Neuro-Oncology Clinic.
UK is first in the U.S. to conduct trial of new Parkinson’s disease treatment
A clinical trial being conducted at UK is investigating a new treatment strategy for Parkinson’s disease that, if successful, could drastically change future treatment of the disease and possibly halt or reverse brain degeneration. UK is the first in the U.S. to conduct the clinical trial.
Craig van Horne, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery in the College of Medicine and principal investigator of the clinical trial, came to the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute only two years ago, but he is already making significant contributions to research and patient care related to Parkinson’s disease. If successful, this procedure could significantly change the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and could have an impact on other neurodegenerative disorders as well. Learn more.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2014) -- Leadership from the UK HealthCare's stroke team has been invited to assist The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in a "prep visit" to the Cleveland Clinic as their stroke center applies for Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) designation from The Joint Commission.
Kelley Elkins, UK HealthCare Stroke program coordinator, and Lisa Bellamy, director of education and quality for the UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare-Stroke Care Network, will travel to Cleveland to share their experience with the CSC application process, which UK HealthCare completed late last year.
The prep visit is funded by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is designed to help institutions applying for CSC designation understand TJC's expectations for accreditation.
"When we were working towards our CSC designation, we received the same type of support from AHA/ASA and from Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, which helped us considerably as we prepared for our site visit from TJC," said Elkins. " Interpreting the CSC standards can be challenging, and we hope our experiences can help The Cleveland Clinic achieve their goal of CSC designation."
The invitation comes just two months after UK HeathCare earned its own CSC designation, which is the highest honor TJC awards to stroke centers. UK HealthCare is one of only 63 U.S. institutions with CSC designation.
"It's quite a compliment that we've been asked to do this so soon after our own designation was announced," says Bellamy. "This type of sharing process prevents each institution from having to recreate the wheel, which is also what the Stroke Care Network is about."
The UK HealthCare/Norton HealthCare Stroke Care Network is a unique program dedicated to community education and standards-sharing with affiliate hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia.
The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and evaluation body in health care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the US.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen, associate professor of neurology, anatomy and neurobiology and director of UK HealthCare's Epilepsy Program, has been named a fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), a professional association dedicated to fostering excellence in clinical neurophysiology.
In addition to serving on the society's program committee, the Committee for Continuing Medical Education, and the Website/Social Media Committee, Dr. Bensalem-Owen will co-chair the Mentoring Program of the ACNS.
"This is a great honor for Dr. Bensalem- Owen as she is the first UK faculty member to be named a fellow of this prestigious society," said Dr. Michael Dobbs, associate chief medical officer for UK HealthCare and interim chair for the Department of Neurology. "She has represented herself, the University of Kentucky, and The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute well."
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. (Feb. 18, 2014) -- UK HealthCare has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
UK HealthCare is one of 63 U.S. institutions and the only in Lexington to be awarded this designation, which is the highest honor The Joint Commission awards to stroke centers.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
According to Dr. Michael Dobbs, UK HealthCare's associate chief medical officer and chief of neurological services, many institutions set this (earning designation) as a goal, and then accumulate the training and expertise to earn the designation, but UK was the reverse. "We realized we already had all the components to earn Comprehensive Stroke Center accreditation," Dobbs said.
"There are literally hundreds of people -- not just doctors and nurses, but emergency room personnel, radiologists, technicians, rehabilitation specialists and more-- who made this designation a reality. They are the reason that UK HealthCare is a hospital devoted to stroke care, not a hospital with a stroke center," Dobbs added.
Traci Beasley has first hand experience of the care that earned UK HealthCare this designation. On Sept. 15, 2012, the 35-year-old elementary school math teacher from Anderson County was watching her 9-year-old son Clay play his first football game. Her younger son, 4-year-old Austin and her husband Patrick, an Anderson County deputy sheriff K9 officer, were on their way to join her.
"Suddenly, I felt this pop in my head, and then this awful headache," she said. "I thought it was just a migraine, but it was the worst migraine I'd ever had."
Beasley moved her chair to the shade, took some migraine medicine, and pressed her palm to her head -- her usual routine for her occasional migraines. But this time, it wasn't helping.
"My head was pounding. It came on so hard and so quick," she remembers.
One friend -- "my angel," Traci calls her now -- noticed a change in her demeanor and a slur in her speech and insisted Beasley see a doctor. That doctor, suspecting meningitis, advised her to go to a hospital for further examination.
All along, Traci insisted it was only a migraine, and begged her concerned friends and husband to take her home to sleep. "I almost had Patrick convinced, but then he noticed my speech was odd, so off we went to the Emergency Room."
She thanks God that Patrick doubted her.
At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, CAT scans revealed bleeding in Beasley's brain. Physicians there immediately made arrangements to have Traci airlifted to UK HealthCare, where a team led by Dr. Justin Fraser coordinated her treatment. Advanced diagnostic imaging revealed a subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. A weak spot in a vein in Beasley's brain had ruptured. Beasley was having a stroke.
As Dr. Fraser explained the situation to Traci, "I still didn't clue in to how bad this was," Traci recalls with a rueful smile. "I told Dr. Fraser that I had to be at work on Monday to help my students prepare for testing."
"Mrs. Beasley's condition required immediate intervention, and the particulars of her case led us to use an older but less commonly employed approach to prevent the aneurysm from re-rupturing," Dr. Fraser said. In the hospital's state-of-the-art hybrid OR, the only one of its kind in the region, he used a microscope to deploy a tiny metal clip that sealed off the aneurysm -- "kind of like a clip you use to close a bag of potato chips."
What followed for Traci was a period of "watchful waiting" for any complications. In her case, she did develop a condition called cerebral vasospasm -- a narrowing of the arteries that limits blood flow to vital brain tissue. Dr. Fraser took Traci back to surgery for a less invasive procedure that delivered medicine directly to the brain via a catheter inserted through the groin, avoiding what would certainly have been another devastating stroke.
Traci and Patrick were "blown away" by the thoroughness of Traci's care. They were particularly impressed with the level of care after her treatment -- a key component of CSC designation. Traci recalls how Justin Mueller, a neuroscience nurse trained in advanced stroke patient care, prepared her for her return home. "He sent me home with so much information about speech therapy, about how I might feel, what would happen next, what to look for. I never once worried -- I knew I was getting the best."
Beasley returned to teaching on Nov. 1. "I am pretty much 100 percent," she declares with a smile, but says she hopes "I never have to be asked to say 'It's a sunny day in Lexington' ever again,'" a playful reference to the phrase Dr. Fraser uses daily to assess his patients' language skills.
Patrick disagrees with Traci's assessment that she's 100 percent. "She's better than that," he laughs. She now has "a better sense of smell than a coonhound, can read our thoughts and finish our sentences."
Dr. Fraser emphasizes that CSC designation is not just a reflection of UK HealthCare's surgical expertise. "I stand here today as a member of a team -- a team that is worthy of this designation," he says. "It's not my hands versus another surgeon's hands, or our equipment versus the other institution's equipment, that makes UK HealthCare the first choice for stroke. It's a collaboration from many, many parts of the institution that maximizes a patient's recovery."
"Weakness in an arm, or speech problems -- those are obvious neurological deficits caused by a stroke," Fraser continues. "But our goal is to achieve a more elegant solution -- can the patient balance their checkbook? Can they follow a list at the grocery store? Can they return to work and a normal life? That's why we're here."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) -- Dr. Michael Dobbs has been named UK HealthCare's new associate chief medical officer.
Dobbs will initially focus his effort on the important areas of risk management, medical staff affairs and accreditation. He will also continue to serve in his faculty position as interim chair for the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, medical directorship for the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute ambulatory care clinic, and directorship for the UK HealthCare – Norton Healthcare statewide stroke network.
Dobbs received his medical degree and postgraduate training from the UK College of Medicine. In 2013, he finished his Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. As stroke director, 2009-13, Dr. Dobbs led the stroke team and UK HealthCare to its inaugural comprehensive stroke certification and the American Heart Association Gold Plus Award for quality in years 2011, 2012, and 2013.
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American Association of Neurological Surgeonswww.neurosurgery.org
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As a leader in stroke diagnosis and evidence-based treatment, UK has joined with Norton Healthcare to help community hospitals throughout the state provide timely, accurate diagnosis and treatment for those suffering strokes. Understanding “time lost is brain lost,” we are training, guiding and advising emergency care providers in participating community hospitals so that patients can receive these time-sensitive treatments closer to home and in time to make a real difference. Find out more about the network and see which hospitals participate.
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