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Kentucky Health Care

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Health careThe Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) works efficiently to improve the health and living standards of the community by implementing many health regulating services and policies. The department also encompasses a division which provides all vital records and health statistics of the state. The health department also implements various health care plans and human services for seniors, adults, families and children to minimize illness and ensure that people live a healthy life. CHFS is also one of the largest employers of the state.

Hospitals in Kentucky

HospitalsHospitals in Kentucky are well equipped with technologically advanced facilities, efficiently manned and provide 24-hour inpatient care, including medical, nursing, surgical, anesthesia, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy services, child care, maternity care, mental well being, and many more services. The hospitals in Kentucky make an effort to follow environmentally preferable practices so that the people of the state live a healthy lifestyle in a clean environment. Some of the notable hospitals of Kentucky are listed below.

According to U.S News and World Reports, given below are some of the best ranked hospitals in Kentucky

Baptist Health Lexington
1740 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503-1499
(859) 260–6100

Baptist Health Louisville
4000 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY 40207-4676
(502) 897–8100

St. Elizabeth Edgewood
1 Medical Village Drive
Edgewood, KY 41017-3403
(859) 301–2000

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0293
(859) 323–5000

Norton Hospital
200 East Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1800
(502) 629–8000

Jewish Hospital
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202-1886
(502) 587–4011
St. Elizabeth Florence
4900 Houston Road
Florence, KY 41042-4824
(859) 212–5200

University of Louisville Hospital
530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202-3611
(502) 562–3000

Baptist Health Madisonville
900 Hospital Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431-1694
(270) 825–5100

Baptist Health Richmond
801 Eastern Bypass
Richmond, KY 40475-2405
(859) 623–3131

Baptist Hospital Northeast
1025 New Moody Lane
La Grange, KY 40031-9154
(502) 222–5388

King's Daughters Medical Center
2201 Lexington Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101-2874
(606) 408–4000

The Top 5 hospitals ranked by U.S News and World Report in Kentucky are-

Baptist Health Lexington

Baptist Health Lexington is a surgical and general medical hospital which has been ranked 1st in Kentucky and highly recognized in Bluegrass Region. The hospital is designated as high performing in departments such as Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Ear, Nose & Throat, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology. It is also a significant education and medical research center.

Contact Details:
Baptist Health Lexington
1740 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503-1499
Phone: (859) 260–6100
Website: www.centralbap.com

Baptist Health Louisville

Baptist Health Louisville has been ranked 2nd in Kentucky and ranked 1st in Louisville, KY metro area. The hospital is well recognized for its high performance in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology.


Contact Details:
Baptist Health Louisville
4000 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY 40207-4676
Phone: (502) 897–8100
Website: www.baptisthealthlouisville.com

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has been ranked2nd in Kentucky and 5th in Cincinnati metro area. The hospital is well recognized of its high performance in as Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Urology and Pulmonology.

Contact Details:
St. Elizabeth Edgewood
1 Medical Village Drive
Edgewood, KY 41017-3403
Phone: (859) 301–2000
Website: www.stelizabeth.com

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is a surgical and general medical hospital that has been ranked 4th in Kentucky. The hospital is designated as high performing in Cancer, Geriatrics, Ear, Nose & Throat, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pulmonology.

Contact Details:
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0293
Phone: (859) 323–5000
Website: www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu

Norton Hospital

Norton Hospital has been ranked 5th in Kentucky by U.S News and World Report. The hospital is designated as high performing in Pulmonology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Nephrology.

Contact Details:
Norton Hospital
200 East Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1800
Phone: (502) 629–8000
Website: www.nortonhealthcare.com/nortonhospital

Blood Banks and Organ Donors in Kentucky

Several organizations in Kentucky are dedicated to provide organ, blood and tissue to those in need. The organizations are committed and striving to meet the transplant needs of the people of Kentucky.

Some notable blood banks in Kentucky are listed below.

American Red Cross Blood Services
430 Center Street
Bowling Green-42101

Bowling Green Biologicals Inc
318 Old Morgantown Rd
Bowling Green-42101-2840

Interstate Blood Bank Inc
352 E Market St

Hoxworth Blood Center
2220 Grandview Dr # 140

Plasma Biological Service Inc
1858 Triplett St

CSL Plasma Service
817 Winchester Rd # 300

CSL Plasma Service
1840 Oxford Cir

Kentucky Blood Center Somerset
120 S Highway 27, Ste 4

CSL Plasma Service
1517 Crums Ln
CSL Plasma Service
1407 W Jefferson St

Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc.
5037 Preston Highway

American Red Cross Elizabethtown Blood Donation Center
405 W. Dixie Hwy

American Red Cross Franklin County Chapter
318 Washington St

American Red Cross Louisville - Hubbards Blood Donation Center
291 N Hubbards Lane

Western Kentucky Blood Center
3015 Old Hartford Rd

Central Kentucky Blood Center
685 Hambley Blvd # 1a

American Red Cross River Valley Region
520 E Chestnut St

Donate Life Kentucky

Donate Life Kentucky is the state-authorized non-profit organization that is committed to provide and manage the organ, eye and tissue donations to the people in need and help save as many lives as possible. The Donate Life Kentucky is affiliated with Donate Life America and has been diligently functioning in collaboration with many volunteers to help provide organ, eye and tissue donation to meet all transplant needs. The organization promotes the community to participate and support the cause and educates the people on how donation works, organ transplant waiting list, what is brain death, what organs and tissues can be donated and create awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation that saves lives.donor

Learn more:

Donate Life Kentucky Registration

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates - (800) 525-3456

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Trust For Life - (866) 945-5433

Kentucky Health Insurance

Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection, kynect is the official one stop shopping portal for quality health insurance and coverage. Kynect is a platform that assists and supports the Kentuckian to choose an effective health care plans and policies. The division offers comprehensive explanations about the programs and benefits so as to provide better understanding to select the best plan for you and your family among the many plans available.

Learn more: Get complete information on various health plans through Kynect

Contact Details:

Phone: Customer service line at 1-855-4kynect (459-6328) TTY: 1-855-326-4654.
Website: http://healthbenefitexchange.ky.gov/Pages/home.aspx

Also see:health plan

Important kynect Help Lines

Kynect Health Coverage Calculator


There are various Medicaid programs which are available to the residents of Kentucky. Kentuckian can choose from the programs listed below.

  • Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Services (EPSDT) Program

    EPSDT is children Medicaid program which is federally recognized. It is categorized into -

    EPSDT - Screenings
    EPSDT - Special Services

  • Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Plan (KCHIP)

    KCHIP is implemented for younger children below 19 years od age, who are not covered under any health insurance and their family income is below 200% of the federal poverty level.

  • Kentucky Transitions

    Services to offer assistance to individuals who to opt to make a transition from Medicaid-funded long-term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.

  • Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program

    The program covers uninsured women who are examined by the Kentucky's Women's Cancer Screening Program and discovered to require treatment for cervical, breast or a precancerous condition.

  • Medicaid Works

    The program is available to working individuals with disabilities.

  • Medicare Savings Plan Program

    This program covers certain low-income Medicare beneficiaries who may avail complete Medicaid benefits. These individuals may avail partial financial help with Medicare premiums through this program.

  • Presumptive Eligibility (PE)

    This program is for pregnant women who are not covered under Medicaid. The program covers out-patient prenatal care.

  • School-Based Health Services

    School-Based Health Services are diagnostic, evaluative, treatment and preventive services that is initiated to ensure utmost reduction of mental or physical disability, to support the beneficiary to function at his/her best, or to rectify any defects or unwanted conditions.

  • Title V

    This program serves children below 21 years of age who are under Cabinet's supervision, in the Cabinet custody or at risk for Cabinet custody. The program is operate through DCBS.


Nursing Homes in Kentucky

Kentucky is committed to serve the seniors and people in need with superior quality and efficiently staffed nursing homes. Numerous nursing homes in Kentucky are rated by the federal Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services and their overall services in nurse staffing, quality of medical care and cost effective. Almost all the nursing homes provide for medicare and medicaid services.

Certified Assisted Living Communities in Kentucky (by county)

Kentucky Health Statistics and Vital Records

Kentucky department of public health oversees and manages the collection, and distribution of public health and vital statistics data. The department works concurrently with other state and local agencies to provide technical assistance to users to procure the vital records, sort and solve problems and upgrade to meet the emerging health trends.


Vital Records

The office of Vital Statistics maintains a uniform system of registration and manages all certified copies of vital records and all related events registered in Kentucky. Records of marriages or divorces that happened before 1958 are not maintained by the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.

All records of marriages that happened before June 1958 may be inquired from the county clerk in the county where the marriage license was offered. For divorce certificates before June 1958, the circuit county clerk where the divorce decree was granted may be contacted.

The birth and death records of the entire state prior to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records are maintained by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Cost of certificates:

  • Birth: $10 US per certificate
  • Death, Marriage and Divorce: $6 US per certificate

Contact Details:

  • Mailing address:
    Office of Vital Statistics
    275 E. Main St., 1E-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621

  • Office hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, excluding official state holidays.
    Orders received after 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time will be processed the next business day.

  • Phone number:

    -Vital Statistics information or to amend certificates, call (502) 564-4212
    -To order with a credit card, call toll-free (800) 241-8322
    -To order by fax at (866) 283-7477

  • Online: VitalChek.com to obtain fax applications under Order Methods.

  • Also read: Business Procedures for Accepting Walk-In/Mail/Phone Orders

Learn more:

Kentucky Birth and Stillbirth Certificates

Kentucky Death Certificates

Kentucky Marriage and Divorce Certificates

Important Contact Information of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621

Reporting child/adult abuse, neglect or exploitation:
Call the toll-free Child Protection Hot Line at 1-877-KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331) or the the protection and permanency office in your county.

Reporting welfare/Medicaid fraud:

Call the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-372-2970. You never have to give your name.

Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement
Chronic Disease Prevention Branch

275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-7996
Sue Thomas-Cox, RN
(502) 564-7996, ext. 4431

Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning
Office of Vital Statistics

(502) 564-2757

Also read: Division of Family Support

Other important hotlines

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