Center for Excellence in Rural Health marks 20th anniversary by adding new program in medical lab science

The University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Rural Health celebrated its 20th anniversary this week and announced the addition of a new baccalaureate degree in medical laboratory science, which will start next fall at the facility in Hazard.

At a ceremony honoring current and former faculty, staff and students of the center, speakers include UK President Eli Capilouto, 5th District U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Dr. Wayne Myers, the center’s first director and a former director of the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Capilouto, a dentist by trade, said “With approximately 80 percent of the center’s graduates working in Appalachia or other rural communities, it’s a testimony to the fact that this idea worked.” More than 550 people are graduates of the center’s academic programs. The center also includes Kentucky Homeplace, a nationally recognized community health worker initiative; the Kentucky Office of Rural Health; and the East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program, a UK news release said.

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