UK HealthCare

NICU providers, Staff Recognized for Patient Care

photo of NICU hallway
The providers and staff of the neonatal intensive care unit were honored for their commitment to patient care. Photo by Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2020) — The providers and staff at UK HealthCare's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were recognized for their outstanding performance in the Vermont Oxford Network (VON). 

The VON is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals with a mission to improve the quality, safety and value of care for newborn infants and their families through a coordinated program of data-driven quality improvement, education and research.   "UK HealthCare has been a part of the VON since the early 1990s, which allows us the ability to track and trend our data as well as benchmark with over 1,000 VON members," said Kathy Issacs, assistant chief nurse executive at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "Because of the model unit initiatives, our NICU has significantly improved many processes to better care for our tiny patients and their families."

The 70-bed NICU at UK HealthCare is designated level IV, meaning the providers and staff are equipped to provide the highest level of acute care for babies with complex congenital or acquired conditions. With more than 30 advanced subspecialty programs such as pediatric oncology and pediatric surgery, the staff at KCH are able to provide the highest level of care to young patients, close to home.  

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.