An interdisciplinary group of UK HealthCare physicians and clinical and research leaders at the University of Kentucky — the START (Screening, Testing and Tracing, to Accelerate Restart and Transition) Team — has been meeting for several months to examine the health and safety issues related to reinvented and safe operations for our campus this fall.
The team was formed to develop strategies to ensure a safe and healthy return to reinvented operations. In addition, the team will advise on optimal hygiene practices that prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within the UK community.
Because this is an ongoing and evolving situation that will require constant evaluation, the START team will continue to analyze, evaluate and advise the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as evidence changes, treatments emerge and strategies evolve.
Team Lead: Robert S. DiPaola, Acting Provost; former Dean, College of Medicine
EOC Liaison: Evan Ramsay, Captain, UK Police Department
Susanne Arnold, Associate Director of Clinical Translation, Markey Cancer Center
Becky Dutch, Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
C. Darrell Jennings, Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Jennifer Rose, Chief Administrative Officer, UK HealthCare
Brian Nichols, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
Heather Bush, Acting Dean, College of Public Health
Cliffton M. Iler, Deputy General Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel
Heidi Weiss, Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource Facility
Ian McClure, Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization
Derek Forster, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, UK HealthCare
Frank Romanelli, Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Jill Kolesar, Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Precision Medicine Center
John Phillips, Vice President for Ambulatory Services, UK HealthCare
Colleen Swartz, Vice President for Hospital Operations, UK HealthCare