Baptist Health Partners with Mayo Clinic
COVID-19 patients at Baptist Health Lexington now have access to a convalescent plasma treatment program in a study led by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The treatment uses plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma contains antibodies believed to fight the COVID-19 virus that may help patients improve more quickly.

Donate Blood
There is currently a national blood shortage, and UK HealthCare is experiencing a critically low supply of all blood types. Chief Medical Technologist at UK’s Blood Bank Daoping Zhang says, “The shortage of blood supply is mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, which resulted in poor collections. Transfusions are currently outpacing donations. UK HealthCare depends on the Kentucky Blood Center to help supply the needed blood to support local patients. We need you now more than ever to donate blood and save lives.”

The Kentucky Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at UK HealthCare on July 6 in room HA-1116 inside UK Chandler Hospital. The drive will run from 8 am to 4 pm and appointments are strongly encouraged to support safe social distancing. Face coverings are required.

UK’s CURE Alliance for COVID-19 Research
University of Kentucky experts unite in the fight against the novel coronavirus through the COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team. The first CURE Alliance was launched to organize and support COVID-19 related medical research. UK now has two additional CURE Alliance structures in other COVID-19 research areas: Materials/Methods and Social Sciences.

Visitation Booths Allow Families to Reunite
Morning Pointe Senior Living introduced an innovative new way for residents and their families to safely visit face-to-face. Plexiglas Visitation Booths are built for inside or outside use and are decorated with unique themes.

New Executive Director
Susan G. Komen Kentucky’s board of directors has appointed Amy Pehlke, a seven-year volunteer and board member, as Executive Director. Pehlke’s connection to Komen Kentucky’s mission was inspired by her mother’s own journey with breast cancer.

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Awarded Funding
The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has received funding for the Yes, Mamm! and Yes, Cerv! programs, which off er breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatment to patients.
Yes, Mamm! was established in 2012 by the Saint Joseph Breast Center at Saint Joseph East to detect breast cancer earlier. Yes, Cerv! is a new cervical cancer screening initiative that will launch in 2020 through Saint Joseph Health Partners.

KCH is one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals”
UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in two specialties in the 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. KCH and Cincinnati Children’s Joint Pediatric Heart Program is ranked 14th in the country in pediatric cardiology & heart surgery. This ranking also includes patients treated through the adult congenital heart program, a partnership with UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart and Vascular Institute for adult patients who were born with congenital heart defects.

Photo by Paul Martin

July 1 — Bluegrass 10,000 (thru July 7)
July 25 — A Midsummer Night’s Run (thru Aug 8)
July 25  — Lions Run for Sight 5K
July 31 — America’s Heroes Virtual 5K, 10K & Half Marathon


This article also appears on page 18 and 19 of the Summer 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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