​In the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a shared sense of loyalty to patients unites neonatologists, nurses, surgeons and support staff in their work.

NICU caregivers exert every effort to achieve the best possible outcome for patients and their families - through whatever means, and to whatever end.

The NICU staff’s unflinching commitment to caring for families reminds KCH Development Council Chair Missy Scanlon of someone who instilled in her the importance of pushing forward until the job was done - her mother.

“They serve the families, whether it’s a good outcome or not a good outcome” Scanlon said of the NICU staff. “They see the tiniest of babies with these situations and they don’t give up, and that’s how my mom was.”

Scanlon, the chair of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) Council, said her mother Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor wouldn’t quit working until she finished the task at hand. While Taylor confronted a number of setbacks in her life, she faced conflict head-on and fought her battles with grace and dignity. Scanlon used the metaphor of a duck on water to describe her mother’s handling of tough situations - gliding across the surface but paddling with urgency underneath.

“She was a good soul, and she tried her best,” Scanlon said of Taylor. “You keep going until it’s done and you just don’t stop - whatever you have to do, whatever you have to make happen, you have to keep going until you get it done.”

Nearing the end of her second and final term as KCH Council Chair, Scanlon has mirrored her mother’s determination through years of leadership, volunteerism and fundraising on behalf of KCH. Sealing the completion of a renovation and relocation of the NICU, Scanlon has donated a $2 million legacy gift to name the new facility after her mother. The March 20th gift announcement occurred on the would-be 90th birthday of Taylor, who passed away in 2002. The Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor NICU, set to open in the spring of 2018, will equip the NICU staff with more resources and greater capacity to care for Kentucky families.

The new Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor NICU will feature spacious patient rooms and areas for family consultation and privacy. The 47,000-square foot facility will accommodate the rising number of patients and families receiving care at the region’s only Level 4 Pediatric Trauma Center. Patient rooms, themed after Kentucky native wildlife and landscape, will include conveniences for the long-term stay of patients, including sleeper sofas, wardrobes and kitchen spaces.

The new location on the first floor of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital will improve the flow of patient care with direct access to the Pediatric Emergency Department. The facility also provides new spaces for procedures and training, including a new procedure room, a simulation room for training exercises, and “huddle” rooms for staff mentoring and team building.

The KCH NICU serves as a regional hub for advanced neonatal care, with pediatric transport services from 22 hospitals across Eastern and Central Kentucky. In 2015, the KCH NICU admitted 913 babies and the NICU Graduate Clinic scheduled mored than 1,500 appointments.

UK executive Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf recruited Scanlon to serve on the KCH Council more than a decade ago. Scanlon brought to the Council experience increasing awareness and fundraising for causes in the Lexington community. Scanlan’s civic life has centered on efforts to improve the health and welfare of children.

Scanlon steps down as KCH Council Chair in June but plans to continue advocating and organizing on behalf of KCH. The KCH Development Council consists of volunteer community leaders who provide organizational support and advisory council to strengthen KCH and elevate the awareness of KCH in the community. Scanlon credited the cohesiveness of a hardworking KCH Council and an exemplary KCH staff for gaining ground to transform KCH facilities. Channeling the wisdom of her mother, Scanlon emphasized that the job isn’t finished for the KCH Council.

“KCH is near and dear to my heart - it’s my happy place,” Scanlon said. “There are so many things that are happening there, and there are so many things that need to happen there.”


Today we are announcing a new kind of partnership for UK HealthCare with
one of the nation’s most respected children’s hospitals. This new
relationship between Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital Medical Center will enable us to reopen our
pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program in the coming months.

It melds our strength as this region’s leading provider of advanced
subspecialty care with the nation’s third-ranked children’s hospital and
10th ranked pediatric heart care program. By working together, more Kentucky children can receive care close to home.
Together, we will jointly recruit a heart surgeon who will have dual appointments – here and at Cincinnati Children’s– and will be based here in Lexington at Kentucky Children’s Hospital,
the primary service location. We are also in the process of selecting a
director of the pediatric heart program who will oversee the “one
program, two sites” model and drive its development. The program’s
director will be employed by UK and based in Lexington, serving as
program liaison for both sites.

Our agreement comes only a few months after we signed a letter of intent
(September 3, 2015) to move toward a significant partnership to provide
pediatric heart care services in the region. In fact, we have signed a
master services agreement with the option to extend our partnership
beyond pediatric heart care services if we both desire.

Our approach to this fragile population will be a comprehensive,
multidisciplinary and team-based, focused on quality and safety at all
times. When we voluntarily suspended our pediatric cardiothoracic
program in October 2012, we said we would only reopen the program when
we were ready to provide the best care for our patients and their

We are confident that this collaborative arrangement meets that mark
with the highest quality surgical and clinical care, education and
research in pediatric cardiovascular services for patients of Kentucky
and their families.

Please congratulate your colleagues in Kentucky Children’s Hospital. In
the coming days we will be holding a celebratory event with our
pediatric faculty and staff. Thanks to their insight and devotion to the
patient, we are taking a giant step forward today.

Michael Karpf, MD
Executive VP for Health Affairs
University of Kentucky / UK HealthCare®

Event Date: October 09, 2017

Join us for the KCH Tee IT Up for Kids Golf Tournament at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington on October 9, 2017. After tourney entertainment by Walker Montgomery! Team cost is $1,000 per foursome.
AND sponsorships are still available. Download the form below or contact Anna with questions!

New UK Football Head Coach of Offense, Eddie Gran knows the impact and value of having a strong children’s hospital with knowledgeable and compassionate caregivers. Coach Gran’s daughter Sydney, made a lasting impression on the way Coach Gran views life and faces challenges. Here is Sydney’s story.

Event Date: May 20, 2016 • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

​Keeneland Councours d’Elegance and Maserati of Cincinnati invite you to attend the Maserati Mingle After Party Friday, May 20th, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at 21c Museum Hotel, 167 West Main Street, Lexington, KY.

After enjoying the exotic cars and live music in the Courthouse Square at the Maserati Mingle (5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, admission free to the public), join us for the After Party to “talk cars” over food and drink surrounded by an eclectic mix of history, modern design and curated art exhibits at Lexington’s newest premier museum and hotel!

Appetizers - Desserts - Open Wine & Beer Bar

$70 per person in advance, $80 per person at door
Includes commemorative “goodie” bag.

Dress: Casual Chic Valet Parking: $10

Special Thanks to our Sponsor, Maserati of Cincinnati, and Supporting Sponsor, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

Proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky.

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