Patients from the immediate metropolitan area, from surrounding communities as well as the geographic region present with a variety of both common and rare medical conditions requiring the latest in medical care. The Medical Center serves not only Lexington, but the area extending from central Kentucky in the west to West Virginia in the east, from the Ohio river in the north to northeastern Tennessee in the South.
The clinical facilities at the University of Kentucky represent, modern, attractive, state-of-the-art units all contiguously located on the University campus.
The UK Hospital is a 472-bed facility with state-of-the art Intensive and Coronary Care Units. Last year, 4105 patients were admitted to the general medicine services. There are inpatient services for all the surgical subspecialties, for Pediatrics, and for Obstetrics and Gynecology in addition to those for Internal Medicine. In the modern, spacious and attractive Trauma and Emergency Center, 3,700 patients are seen monthly. The hospital is the site of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, capable of the latest in structural and spectroscopic MRI analysis. A Gamma Knife Facility affords neurosurgery patients access to the newest techniques for intracranial disease. There are separate intensive care units for Pediatrics, Neonatalogy, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery and General Surgery. An NIH-funded Clinical Research Center facilitates the inpatient clinical research programs of College faculty. Kidney, lung, heart, and liver transplant procedures are performed in the University Hospital. There are plans for a new hospital and the first phase will open July 2010. More information is available at www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu.
The Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center
The VA Medical Center and the UK Medical Center are connected and function effectively as a single hospital from the perspective of both faculty and residents. The VAMC is a 107-bed facility in which 3,753 Internal Medicine patients are hospitalized yearly. The facility includes a modern Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit and a 14-bed Telemetry Care Unit, in addition to 5 optional telemetry beds on the general Internal Medicine service. Besides full clinical laboratory and radiology services, the VAMC has its own nuclear medicine, computerized tomography (CT), and MRI services. The two hospitals, UKMC and VAMC, are connected which permits VAMC inpatients easy access to a variety of services at UK.
The Kentucky Clinic
Also connected to the University Hospital, the Kentucky Clinic is where outpatient primary care as well as subspecialty consultative services are provided to our patients. Annually, over 20,000 visits occur in General Internal Medicine or subspecialty clinics at the Kentucky Clinic, including the Rheumatology Clinic and Women's Health Clinic. The total number of clinic visits for all specialties is over 280,000.
Shriners Hospital for Children – Lexington, Kentucky
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge to the patients and financial need is not a criteria to obtain care. The Shriners Hospital in Lexington has been provided specialized pediatric orthopaedic care since 1926 and will be the locale for the pediatric rheumatology experience for the fellow.
Arthritis Center of Lexington
Located a short distance from the University of Kentucky Medical Center, this private practice group is composed of five rheumatologists that are adjunct faculty members of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Kentucky. They maintain a busy clinical practice that incorporates clinical research. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain experience in this private practice rheumatology setting for two months during their fellowship.