Health & Medicine

University of Kentucky lawsuit over pediatric records is resolved

Brenna Angel
Brenna Angel Courtesy of WUKY

The University of Kentucky's lawsuit against former WUKY reporter Brenna Angel has been resolved.

Angel had filed an open records request for mortality rates and other information about the university's troubled pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program. When UK withheld the information, Angel appealed to the state attorney general's office.

After the attorney general ruled in Angel's favor, UK sued Angel, who was then a UK employee. Last week, the university publicly released mortality rates for the program from 2008-12. On Friday, Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael Jr. issued an agreed order dismissing the case against Angel and setting aside the attorney general's open records decision.

Angel, who now works in Mayor Jim Gray's office, said in a statement that she is "grateful to the many organizations and people, especially the families, who supported my reporting of this story."

"UK's release of its mortality rates in the pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program has achieved in large part my purpose for filing the open records request," Angel said. "Families who are entrusting their children to UK Healthcare now have access to this type of information. After the release of the mortality rates, I agreed to a joint dismissal of the matter."

UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the university is pleased with the resolution.

"UK HealthCare was not put in the position of having to disclose information that would violate the privacy of patients and their families, or violate the peer review process that is ongoing, both of which are protected by federal law," he said.

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