Health & Medicine

Kentucky Senate president testifies in favor of UK hospital's getting cancer designation

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, testified to the National Institutes of Health in Lexington on Wednesday in favor of giving University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center a National Cancer Center designation.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell sent video testimonials in support, said UK spokesman Jay Blanton. Stivers was joined in Washington by UK President Eli Capilouto, UK HealthCare CEO Michael Karpf and other UK officials.

UK has been aggressively seeking the National Cancer Center designation as it would allow UK to become one of 67 such centers in the country, boosting the hospital's recruitment, research and treatment. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of cancer deaths in the country.