For National Dental Hygiene Month, UK Dentistry is giving out dental supplies every Tuesday this month. UK knows the importance of oral health.

UK Dentistry celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, UK Dentistry is reminding everyone that good oral health goes a long way in supporting overall well-being. To assist in ensuring people are using the best tools to achieve a healthy smile, on Tuesdays during the month of October, UK Dentistry will be offering free dental goodies, such as toothbrushes and floss. Additional details are available on their website.

Many Americans are skipping dental care

Surveys in the U.S. have revealed not all adults are brushing and flossing daily, and many are skipping regular visits to the dentist. Instead of brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, a survey by Delta Dental reported 23 percent of Americans went two or more days without brushing during a one-year period. Only four out of 10 reported flossing daily, as recommended, while 20 percent reported never flossing.

Taking care of your teeth leads to overall health

“Although awareness is growing, many people still don’t realize just how important their oral health is in relation to their overall health,” said Dr. Kenneth Nusbacher, director of UK Dentistry General Faculty Practice Clinic. “Daily good dental hygiene helps keep the bacteria, which is naturally present in the mouth, from reaching dangerous levels and potentially triggering heath concerns beyond the mouth. Good dental hygiene is not just about avoiding a cavity.”

UK Dentistry encourages the adoption of a healthy dental hygiene routine. Cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue daily, paired with visiting a dental provider regularly, can greatly reduce your risk of issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.


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Drs. Darren Johnson and Christian Lattermann have been ranked as two of the best knee surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week.

Two UK knee surgeons ranked among 16 best in North America

Dr. Darren Johnson

Dr. Darren Johnson

Dr. Christian Latterman

Dr. Christian Latterman

Drs. Darren Johnson, chairman of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, and Christian Lattermann, director of cartilage repair and restoration, have been ranked as two of the “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons” by the publication Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized at this level. I have always strived to provide the best care to the patients I serve,” said Johnson, who has been working at UK since 1993 and serves as chair of the department. “This could not be accomplished without those that I work with in my department including colleagues and partners, residents and fellows, athletic training staff as well as our overall staff support in the clinic and operating room.”

Lattermann was also included in the ranking and serves as director of cartilage repair and restoration. “This honor is the result of hard work towards the orthopaedic mission at the University of Kentucky,” he said. “As a physician scientist I am particularly happy to be included in this list of outstanding sports medicine physicians.”


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Health care for LGBTQ community

UK coalition aims to improve health care for LGBTQ community

Concerns about privacy, safety, stigmatization and quality of care often deter members of the LGBTQ community from accessing health care services and resources. Disengagement from the health care system has contributed to many health disparities affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population.

A new coalition at the University of Kentucky is working to increase LGBTQ health care engagement and provide safe clinical environments for LGBTQ individuals seeking treatment.

Transform Health is a health care home serving LGBTQ patients in the Lexington and UK community. The university-wide initiative comprises UK faculty members and health care providers, including doctors, nurses and counselors, as well community members.

The initiative aims to improve patient care, conduct evidence-based research, market and promote LGBTQ-specific health services, and educate health care providers about customizing care to the distinctive needs of these patients.

“Our objective is to promote health services centered on the unique needs of LGBTQ patients,” said Dr. Keisa Fallin-Bennett, a UK Family & Community Medicine physician and Transform Health task force member.

“Creating inclusive health care settings is not just about providing services. We are building a movement through patient care, provider training and research that aims to improve the climate of health care for LGBTQ individuals in the local community. We want patients to be able to identify a safe and welcoming space for care and be a resource for students and providers.”

Transform Health providers, who are located at multiple UK clinic locations, offer medical treatment and services for the specific medical and psychological needs of LGBTQ patients. These nurses, doctors, counselors, and educators foster inclusive environments while providing medical treatment and services such as preventive care, hormone therapy, counseling and tobacco cessation therapies.


Next steps:

  • Transform Health clinics are located at the UK Family & Community Medicine clinic at Turfland. Appointments are available this fall. To make an appointment or refer a patient, call 859-323-6371 and ask for a Transform Health Clinic appointment.
  • Students who use University Health Service and are seeking a specific hormone therapy through a Transform Health provider should ask for the specific need when making their appointment. To reach UHS, call 859-323-2778.
  • Learn more about Transform Health and the UK Office of LGBTQ Resources.

Doctor from Ethiopia visits UK to observe breast cancer research

From the mountains and waterfalls of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, to the rolling hills and equine landscapes of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Getachew Hailu endured an exhausting 17-hour trip this summer to begin his sabbatical year at the University of Kentucky.

During this year, Hailu said he hopes to observe other doctors and learn more about cancer, his main field of interest, while working at UK’s College of Medicine.

“I was already considering a sabbatical, and in January of this year, (a representative from) the UK College of Medicine made a trip to Bahir Dar and eventually convinced me to come to Kentucky,” Hailu said.

Hailu is no stranger to Kentucky. He visited in 2014 and enjoyed a tour of UK’s campus. He said he was amazed by the “kindness and receptiveness” of the people. This time around, his trip is not for tourism, but to learn more about his field of pathology and observe the medical practices in the United States.

Hailu defines pathology as the “medical discipline focusing on diseases” with his personal focus being cancer diagnosis. His interest was sparked after seeing how so many women in his home country of Ethiopia were diagnosed with breast cancer at a stage too late due to inadequate technologies. Moved by the pain his community experienced, he has devoted a significant part of his career to breast cancer research, and it is something he has managed to observe in great detail during his first months in Lexington.

Though he has loved his time in Kentucky so far, he said he misses his family back in Ethiopia and is hoping his wife and three children can visit soon. Aside from the southern hospitality, Hailu said he loves the food in the Bluegrass and his favorite dish is grilled chicken and French fries.

When asked how he found his passion in pathology and cancer research, Hailu said it was as simple as wanting to help his home country with a problem that was taking many lives – breast cancer. As an expert in his field, Hailu offered a piece of advice to students who are interested in scientific research, “Look around and find the problem. The problem is something experienced largely by your community. Base your research on the problem and find the solution to help and empower your community.”


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Dr. Carmel Wallace

UK Pediatrics chief honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass (RMHC) recently honored Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the UK Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, with the 2016 Elizabeth Carey Nahra Legacy of Love Award.

The award recognizes an organization or individual whose exceptional contributions or projects have enabled the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass to assist families of children hospitalized at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Wallace founded the Helping Hands Fund, which supplements family donations to cover the charity’s operational costs through scholarships. The fund contributes $20,000 annually to the RMHC.

“Many of our Kentucky Children’s Hospital families reside in Eastern Kentucky and travel long distances to receive the best care possible for their child,” Wallace said. “The Ronald McDonald House Charities have provided support so parents can stay close to their children and have a place to lay their head at night. Covering the operational cost to stay at RMHC was an opportunity for us to make life a bit easier for these families.”

A native of Eastern Kentucky, Wallace has worked to ensure Eastern Kentucky families receive access to advanced pediatric care available at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Through Wallace’s leadership, Kentucky Children’s Hospital has extended its presence in Eastern Kentucky by providing specialists and clinical services in rural communities.

Wallace accepted the award during the charity’s annual McDazzle Gala on Sept. 10. Recipients of the award are selected by the family of Elizabeth Carey Nahra, an advocate and former director of the Ronald McDonald House who passed away in 2015. Past recipients include Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass and UK neonatologist Dr. Nirmala Desai.


Next steps:

  • When your child is sick or hurt, you want the best care possible, close to home. That’s exactly what you get at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Learn more about our services.
  • KCH patients and their families share their stories. Read them here.
Dr. Kyrkanides, second from left, and his research team.

UK Dentistry dean aims for excellence through research

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides began a research project during his orthodontic residency studying children born with cleft lip and palate. It was this project that sparked the realization for him that research is crucial and has been a driving force throughout his career.

“It was through the cleft lip/palate project and others that I came to the realization that research is the main engine in producing new, original knowledge so we can advance our science, both in medicine and dentistry, in order to improve patient care,” Kyrkanides said.

Watch a video featuring Dr. Kyrkanides below.

Dean of the UK College of Dentistry, Kyrkanides is both a dentist and neuroscientist. He came to UK last year from Stony Brook University in New York, one of the leading public research institutions in the country.

Kyrkanides has many accomplishments including inventing Natural Enamel, a new biomaterial for use in restorative dentistry. He also collaborated with researchers from across the country, including Dr. Sabine M. Brouxhon from the UK College of Medicine Department of  Surgery, to develop a novel cancer drug while at the State University of New York that is licensed by COI Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Avalon Ventures/GlaxoSmithKline consortium.

Currently, Kyrkanides and his team are dedicated to researching regenerative dentistry and are working to prove that dental enamel and fillings can be made out of patients’ cells. This would eliminate having to use plastic, metal or glass for dental reconstruction.

Kyrkanides said being a researcher at UK has been a rewarding experience.

“Having joined UK from the east coast, I have realized that UK, as a campus, is the place to be as a researcher,” he said. “It offers many collaborative opportunities through its many centers, such as the Markey Cancer Center, an NCI designated center … the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Center for Oral Health and many others. There’s probably no other place where all this activity happens on one campus.”

Kyrkanides has excelled during his career and continues to accomplish more goals at UK. He believes that he is in a great atmosphere for research and has big plans to further transform the school of dentistry.

“As dean of the college, I’m committed in leading UK Dentistry into its full potential,” he said. “What I realized from the beginning, is that we have a group of faculty, staff and students that are very talented, very motivated and willing to work hard to join me into making UK Dentistry the No. 1 dental school in the country, maybe in the globe.”


Next steps:

  • Learn more about UK Dentistry, which offers expert comprehensive dental treatment for the entire family, including general, orthodontic and oral surgery services.
  • Visit UK Dentistry on Facebook to stay up to date on community events, programs, treatments, research, new physicians and more.
Ron and Carolyn Borkowski visit with the UK Sanders-Brown Center team member Marie Smart.

UK Sanders-Brown Center receives $8.25 million for Alzheimer’s research

The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers exist in the U.S. In 1985, Sanders-Brown was among the first 10 ADCs funded by the NIH and has been continuously funded since the designation was launched.

The power of advanced medicine

“The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is one of UK’s outstanding centers, and continued federal funding from the National Institutes of Health is yet another acknowledgement of its excellence,” said UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto. “The University of Kentucky is proud to play a leading role in the international effort to discover solutions for what is arguably one of society’s greatest medical mysteries and challenges.”

Capilouto noted that the University of Kentucky is one of an elite group of 21 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer research center (Markey Cancer Center), an NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s research center (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging).

More than just research

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr said the grant means much more than dollars and cents. “By 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are expected to triple, with an associated cost of more than $1 trillion,” Barr said. “We cannot stand by and watch people suffer both financially and emotionally, and this grant rightfully continues a legacy that has benefited not only the citizens of Lexington and the Commonwealth but also people around the world.”

According to Linda Van Eldik, PhD, director of Sanders-Brown, the center is a leader in the detection of early neuropathological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias, made possible in part by a large cohort of more than 800 volunteers – both healthy and cognitively impaired – in the Sanders-Brown Longitudinal Study, which generates significant amounts of data about how healthy brain aging occurs and when and why some people develop Alzheimer’s.

However, she says, research is just one component of the center’s efforts.

“We often say Alzheimer’s is a family disease.  It affects the patient primarily, but it is a devastating financial and emotional burden for family and caregivers as well,” she said. “Sanders-Brown offers outreach, education and support to help patients and their families get the help they need to lead active and engaged lives.”

“We’re honored that the NIH continues to recognize the caliber and scope of our work with this grant,” Van Eldik said.

‘Sanders-Brown is a jewel in our own backyard’

Ron and Carolyn Borkowski of Lexington are both givers to and beneficiaries of Sanders-Brown’s work. Carolyn, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012, is a patient, and both she and Ron participate in the Longitudinal Study and will donate their brains to Sanders-Brown upon their deaths.

“I’d hate to see where we’d be without Sanders-Brown,” Ron said. “The doctors and the staff are not just with you – they are truly for you.”

“Sanders-Brown is a jewel in our own backyard.”

UK initiated its aging program in 1963. With a grant from the Eleanor and John Y. Brown Jr. Foundation in 1972, the construction of the current Sanders-Brown Research Building was begun and, with additional funding from the state, a program in biomedical research was implemented. In 1979, under the direction of the late Dr. William Markesbery, Sanders-Brown emerged as a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of life for the elderly through research and education.

Chandler Dining

Come enjoy the new Chandler Dining!

Chandler Dining, UK HealthCare’s new state-of-the-art dining experience, opened its doors to the public on Monday.

Our new dining space is unlike any hospital cafeteria you’ve seen before, and we want you to stop by to enjoy the tasty meal options our chefs are creating. Chandler Dining is open not only to patients, families and staff, but to the public as well. Stop by and enjoy a great meal!

Located on the first floor concourse of Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, Chandler Dining is open 22 hours a day, featuring nine food stations, eight checkout lines and several other unique features.

Stations:

  • Italian Tratttoria (pizza, pasta, flatbread)
  • Deli (freshly carved meats)
  • Chef Table (exhibition station)
  • Traditions (traditional home-cooked meals)
  • Chop Chop (made-to-order signature salads)
  • Salad/Soup Bar
  • Southwestern Grill (hamburgers, grilled cheese, French fries, chicken, fish)
  • Sushi
  • Starbucks Coffee

Features:

  • Stone hearth oven
  • Chef Table (featuring five interchangeable cooking display units)
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Global menu offerings
  • Healthy and sustainable initiatives
  • Specialty made-to-order coffee drinks and smoothies
  • Menus on digital screens
  • Fresh carved meats at deli
  • Local artwork in the dining area
  • Water container filling station in the dining area

Chandler Dining hours of operation:

  • Breakfast: 6-10 a.m.
  • Closed: 10-11 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Light lunch: 2-4 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4-7 p.m.
  • Late night: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Check out the video below to see our chefs in action and learn more about the Chandler Dining experience.

Colleen Swartz

Colleen Swartz, UK HealthCare chief nurse executive, named Leader to Watch

Congratulations to UK HealthCare’s chief nurse executive, Dr. Colleen Swartz, who is featured on the cover of this month’s Nurse Leader journal as a national nursing Leader to Watch.

Swartz sat down with Nurse Leader for an extensive interview about her career, the nursing profession and what it means to be a leader in health care.

She also offered advice for new nursing leaders, emphasizing the importance of ongoing self-improvement.

“Self-reflection and self-awareness must be an ongoing process for nurse leaders throughout their careers. An essential piece of the process is identifying the gaps in one’s repertoire of leadership skills, then developing a plan to address them,” Swartz said. “The strongest nurse leaders I know have honed this process and engage in it on a daily basis. It is truly an expression of humility that is foundational in leadership.”

Swartz also had a chance to reflect on the legacy of her career in nursing.

“Our nursing motto at UK, ‘Every patient, every time,’ is very personal to me, and I hope I have been able to impart that as a grounding principle for all of those whom I have had the privilege to lead,” she said. “Never losing sight of the reality that leading is both a privilege and a responsibility – one that can never be taken lightly or for granted.”


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Kentucky's best hospital

What it means to be Kentucky’s best hospital

We’re no stranger to No. 1 rankings at the University of Kentucky. Last week, we added another first-place finish to our resume – UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was named Kentucky’s best hospital in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings.

This is a tremendous honor for all of us here at UK HealthCare, but we’re most proud of what it means for our patients. Being ranked as the top hospital in Kentucky is further proof that when you come to UK HealthCare, you can feel confident you’re in good hands. Our goal is not to win awards; it’s to deliver the highest-quality care to every patient, every day.

UK HealthCare is Kentucky’s No. 1 hospital. But we’re so much more than that.

We are 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available, not just in Kentucky but anywhere.

We are physicians and other medical professionals trained in the most sophisticated, most up-to-the-minute medical techniques so that no Kentuckian, no matter how sick they are or how rare their illness, needs to go far from home for the treatment they need.

We are a Level 1 trauma center, ready every minute of every day to treat even the most serious injuries when they come through the door. And a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for the tiniest and sickest newborns – and giving them a chance not just to live, but to live normal, productive, happy lives.

We are nurses providing care for every patient, every time that’s so good it has received Magnet status, the highest recognition available in the nursing field.

We are educators in our six health professions colleges teaching the next generations of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, spreading the highest standards of care like ripples to the future.

We are researchers working to discover treatments and cures not yet even imagined.

And we are a network of partnerships and outreach locations throughout the state, so that world-class care is always close to home.

UK HealthCare is the power of advanced medicine.

And all of that power is here for you.

To learn more about our No. 1 ranking from the U.S. News & World Report, visit our website.