'UK at the Half' Focuses on UK Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Posted: 11/16/2017
Dr. James Quintessenza, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at UK HealthCare, and Dr. Scottie Day, interim chair of the UK Department of Pediatrics and physician in chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, were featured during "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Utah Valley basketball game broadcast on radio Nov. 10.The doctors talked about UK's new partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to offer the best pediatric heart care in the area.To hear the Nov. 10 "UK at the Half," read the full article located here."UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public... FULL STORY
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Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Promoting Infant Healing

Posted: 5/12/2017
Pulling away the seal of a fresh aromatherapy patch, Dr. John Daniel took a deep inhalation as the fragrance of lavender and chamomile essential oils permeated his surroundings. Daniel was ending an overnight shift in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and one waft of lavender was enough to calm his senses and induce a state of relaxation. While popular with pediatric residents, fellows and nurses in the NICU, the aromatherapy patches are meant to soothe and mitigate stress in the hospital’s smallest and most agitated patients — babies suffering from drug withdrawal. Demonstrating how babies receive aromatherapy as part of their medical treatment, Daniel... FULL STORY
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UK Pediatrician Helps Families Build ‘Greenhouses’ for Behavioral

Posted: 3/8/2017
Amy Hall celebrated her son’s first haircut appointment and the moment her daughter permitted a hug. For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, even small gestures and slight behavioral changes count as developmental breakthroughs. Hall’s son Jacob, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 2, once spiraled into emotional outbursts when anyone tried to touch his hair. Hall and behavioral therapists at the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, rehearsed Jacob’s first visit to the barbershop. Every day for several weeks, Jacob practiced getting his hair washed in a bathtub at the school. He took a field trip to the... FULL STORY
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UK's 2017 DanceBlue Raises Nearly $1.8 Million for Pediatric Cancer

Posted: 2/26/2017
After 24 hours of dancing in anticipation, DanceBlue chairs and committee members revealed the 2017 grand fundraising total of $1,785,286.96 to the nearly 1,000 student participants and a crowd of supporters. Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, the reveal this evening was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK. It all began in 2006 by raising $123,323.16 and has increased every year. With this... FULL STORY
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DanceBlue Community Cuts Ribbon to Open New Pediatric Cancer Clinic at

Posted: 2/6/2017
With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through the UK DanceBlue organization and dance marathon, is designed to enhance resources, privacy and care for pediatric patients and families battling cancer. The student-run organization raised more than $1.3 million to upgrade the clinic, with additional support from donors inspired by the DanceBlue movement. On Monday, UK President... FULL STORY
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UK Pediatrician Contributes to Peanut Allergy Recommendation Reversal

Posted: 1/18/2017
The rate of Americans suffering from food allergies, including a life-threatening peanut allergy, has dramatically increased in the past few decades. Peanut allergies are the leading cause of death caused by food-induced asphyxia, although death from a peanut allergy is rare. Peanut allergies typically begin during early childhood and persist into adulthood.  For years, pediatricians recommended parents proceed with caution when introducing potentially allergenic foods. They advised a strict elimination of peanut products from the at-risk child’s diet until 3 years of age. But now experts point to evidence that early and frequent exposure to peanuts can prevent... FULL STORY
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UK Pediatrics Chief Receives Ronald McDonald House Charities of the

Posted: 9/22/2016
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass (RMHC) recently honored Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the University of Kentucky 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 (KCH). Wallace founded the Helping Hands Fund, which supplements family donations to cover the charity’s operational costs through scholarships. The fund contributes $20,000... FULL STORY
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Steltenkamp to be Honored As One of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare

Posted: 4/27/2016
Health Data Management, the information resource for medical and information technology (IT) professionals, executives and administrators, is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, which includes Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and chief medical information officer (CMIO) at UK HealthCare. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 health care providers will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference which will be held May 12 in Boston. Steltenkamp is chair of the Kentucky eHealth Board... FULL STORY
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UK HealthCare, Cincinnati Children's Sign Letter of Intent for

Posted: 9/3/2015
UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to move toward a significant partnership to provide pediatric heart care services in the region. The partnership combines the strengths of the region's leading provider of advanced subspecialty care in UK HealthCare with one of the country's undisputed leaders in children's health care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The collaboration will enable more Kentucky children to receive care closer to home. "In partnering with Cincinnati Children's we will be teaming-up with one of the top three children's hospitals in the country and a... FULL STORY

Why the HPV Vaccine Should be Addressed as Cancer Prevention

Posted: 8/19/2015
For women younger than 40, cervical cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related death. With modern vaccines to protect against the underlying cause, human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancers. As a society, we have the opportunity to wipe out or significantly reduce a disease by vaccinating the population. Still, many American health care providers and families aren’t getting their children and teens vaccinated, and our youth are suffering the consequences. Cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the throat, penis, rectum, vulva and mouth, can develop from changes in cells caused by HPV. Since the FDA... FULL STORY

UK Pediatrician, Child Safety Advocate Named 2015 Public Health Hero

Posted: 4/16/2015
Kentucky Children's Hospital pediatrician and child safety researcher Dr. Susan Pollack was recently honored as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s 2015 Public Health Heroes. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Pollack has advocated for injury prevention and safety measures for children of all ages. Her areas of expertise include safe sleeping areas for infants, car seat safety, drowning and fire prevention, teen driving, and head protection for bicyclists, skateboarders and ATV riders. She frequently assists with the Child Care Health Consultant... FULL STORY
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UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Posted: 3/13/2015
UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM). Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics. A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale... FULL STORY
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