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McConnell Highlights Front-line Health Care Workers and CARES Act Impact at UK HealthCare

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2020) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) visited UK HealthCare on Tuesday, May 26 to discuss his gratitude for Kentucky’s front-line health care workers, as well as the impact of the CARES Act.

Senator McConnell introduced and led to passage the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the biggest rescue package in history. To date, the Senator’s CARES Act is making an $11 billion impact on the Commonwealth. This includes Kentucky health care providers receiving more than $1 billion from Senator McConnell’s coronavirus response legislation.

Participating in the event along with McConnell were University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark Newman and  UK HealthCare Cardiovascular Nursing Operations Administrator & the Enterprise Director for Infection Prevention & Control Kimberly Blanton.


The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.