After earning a doctor of pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and working as a pharmacist, Sherif El-Refai decided to return to school to pursue a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Kentucky. Sherif El-Refai also secured a role as an oncology pharmacist at the UK Markey Cancer Center.
In June 2015, UK issued a press release to announce that the UK HealthCare Committee of the school’s board of trustees received a strategic plan outlining the future of UK HealthCare through 2020. The plan was developed to build upon UK HealthCare’s previous 10 years of success, which includes a 95 percent increase in full-time employees since 2004 and the inclusion of an additional 120 licensed beds in 2014. By authorizing the new strategic plan, the UK HealthCare Committee has encouraged stakeholders to commit to collaborative models, the patient experience, and service line integration.
The plan calls for the creation of a cultural change program and service line growth at a number of facilities, such as the Markey Cancer Center and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. According to the press release, service line growth will involve investment in operational efficiency, the continued treatment of the most complex cases, a redesigned transfer management program, and expanded partnerships with community physicians.