ASHLAND, Ky. — Officials from King’s Daughters Health System (KDHS) and UK HealthCare, the clinical health system of the University of Kentucky, joined in officially celebrating their new partnership yesterday in Ashland.
The partnership, which went live on April 1, creates new opportunities for both organizations to better serve patients throughout Kentucky, southern Ohio, and West Virginia by expanding the delivery of specialty health care services throughout the region.
UK’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital, the cornerstone of the UK HealthCare hospital system, was just ranked as the No. 1 Hospital in Kentucky for the sixth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. The partnership provides expanded access to the advanced, high-acuity care offered through UK HealthCare, including both solid organ and bone marrow transplantation.
The partnership expands upon the strong existing relationship between King’s Daughters and UK’s Markey Cancer Center, which was just ranked as a top 50 cancer center for the fifth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. As a longtime member of both the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate and Research Networks, King’s Daughters Oncology Center for Excellence has been able to offer patients access to advanced cancer treatment and cancer clinical trials not available anywhere else.
Moving forward, the partnership will allow for expanded offerings in other needed health care services for the area, including pediatric cardiology. Last week, the two organizations collaborated on their first pediatric echocardiogram read, and in the near future, the UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital team will be providing onsite pediatric cardiology services at King’s Daughters. Additionally, UK HealthCare will soon provide additional support and direction within King’s Daughters Pharmacy Department.
With the commonwealth facing a shortage of physicians, the partnership also presents new opportunities for King’s Daughters to continue working with the UK College of Medicine to train the next generation of Kentucky doctors.
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