• Neonatology (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU)

    Critically ill newborns require special treatment. The doctors, nurses and counselors on the UK Neonatology team specialize in the treatment of the unique problems faced by at-risk newborns and babies born early, or 'preemies'.

    An experienced team of social workers and counselors work with families to help them deal with the crisis, and it doesn't end when a newborn leaves the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We provide comprehensive follow-up care plan to help families with the challenges of caring for a high-risk newborn and offer special follow-up care at our NICU Graduate Clinic, designed to help children with developmental problems and abnormalities.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    The NICU is a 66-bed unit providing Level III and intermediate care for the newborn. It provides a neonatal transport team that utilizes the Kentucky Children's Hospital ambulance, a mobile neonatal unit, and serves as a regional neonatal transport center serving Eastern and Central Kentucky.

    Our NICU is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to give every at-risk newborn the best possible care. Patient care strategies within the NICU include infant therapy and high frequency ventilation for preemies with breathing disorders.

    Our team utilizes both a ground and air transport system to bring patients to our intensive care environment. Approximately 40 percent of birthing mothers at the UK HealthCare are considered high risk; 20 percent of their infants are low birth weight and are admitted to the NICU. About 50 percent of the NICU admissions come from our own delivery service. The remainder of our infants are transported by the nurse clinician Neonatal Transport Team.

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  • Physician Assistants

    Sue Deshpande, MSPAS, PA-C, RD
    Kendra Hartley, MSPAS, PA-C
    Lauren Jackson-Belcher, PA-C
    Tria Kinnard, MSPAS, PA-C
    Brendan Richardson, MSPAS, PA-C

    Nurse Practitioners

    Gina Barber, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Christy Bendix, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Andrea Brandenburg, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Heather Coleman, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Sibby Duff, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Georgia Fielder, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Shelley Gover, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Kristi Hammond, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Janell Hacker, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Genine Jordan, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Alexis Miller, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Rhonda Petty, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
    Amy Wallace, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

  • Patient appointments


    Hospital location

    Kentucky Children's Hospital
    Chandler Medical Center (HA)
    4th Floor
    1000 S. Limestone
    Lexington Kentucky 40536
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    NICU Graduate Clinic Locations

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    UK Family Care Center
    1135 Red Mile Place 
    Lexington KY 40504
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    UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health (adjacent to the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center)
    Bailey-Stumbo Building
    750 Morton Blvd.
    Hazard KY 41701

  • Information and Support

    Birth Defects

    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    Birth defects, infant mortality, low birthweight.


    Kentucky Family Partnership - National Family Partnership (NFP)
    The mission of National Family Partnership is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities to nurture the full potential of healthy drug-free youth.

    Family Voices

    Sibling Support Project
    Sponsored by Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Their Web site offers information for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs.


    Directory of Online Genetic Support Groups
    Listing of online genetic support groups. Includes sites pertaining to birth defects, genetics and various syndromes and disorders.


    Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)
    Nonprofit group providing information concerning infant death and pregnancy loss to bereaved families and health care providers.

    MISS - Mothers In Sympathy & Support
    Provides a safe haven for parents to share their grief after the death of a child.

    Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND)
    Christian not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to reach out to those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.