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UK HealthCare Social Worker Receives National Recognition

Abigail Latimer
Abigail Latimer, left, receiving her award at the SWHPN conference in March.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2019) – Abigail Latimer, UK HealthCare social worker and researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice granted by the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN). Latimer received the award at the network’s national conference in March.

According to the SWHPN, Latimer was chosen for excellence and leadership in end-of-life, hospice and palliative care.

At UK, Latimer works full time as a palliative care clinical social worker for UK Healthcare. Her research includes three different areas of focus:

  • Moral distress in professionals and healthcare providers
  • Impact of social work and professional development in palliative care
  • Role of social workers in management of heart failure

Latimer also recently passed the National Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Work certified exam.


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 two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," 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 three 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.