LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2020) — On and off campus, members of our UK community are working to ensure that the university can keep its promise to our state — to educate, serve, research and heal. That's why UKNow is launching this new "#TogetherUKY" series to thank some of the UK faculty and staff who are a representation of all our employees who are working hard in numerous areas and departments around our campus. We can't continue our mission without their commitment, resilience and collaborative spirit during this challenging time. We will get through this together.
In this new series, the University of Kentucky thanks the many people it takes to keep the university moving forward in a time of pandemic uncertainty. Today's shoutout goes to the many UK HealthCare employees, who are working day in and day out caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK executive vice president for health affairs, said the dedication and resilience of all of our health care team has been remarkable and unprecedented.
“Every day I'm impressed and humbled by the unwavering commitment to patient care demonstrated by our health care providers as well as everyone who is working diligently to keep our hospital safe,” Newman said. "This is an unprecedented challenge we are facing, yet our team has stepped up to do what is needed to care for our community and those throughout the Commonwealth."
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.