Health Care Partners

The CCTS collaborates with health care partners across Kentucky to accelerate research (including clinical trials), implementation, and dissemination.


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia. 


Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, became a CCTS research partner in 2014. In July 2014, CCTS Senior Associate Director Wyatt was named Vice President for Research at Norton to catalyze collaborations. Norton is one of Kentucky’s largest healthcare systems and includes five hospitals, 140 clinical service locations in the region and 2,000 physicians. The clinical and research strengths that make Norton HC a valuable CCTS partner include: Kosair Children’s Hospital-University of Louisville, Kentucky’s only free-standing, full-service children’s hospital; Norton Cancer Institute (4,000 diagnosed cancer cases annually); and Norton Neuroscience Institute (with UK HealthCare, treats 40% of Kentucky’s stroke cases). With 1.3 million residents, the Louisville region accounts for about 30% of the state’s population, including the state’s largest minority population. Norton’s research portfolio is robust, with more than 750 active and pending clinical studies (95% industry sponsored). The opportunity to bridge the CCTS to Kosair Children’s Hospital (500+ of Norton studies, with several NIH studies), adds significant strength in clinical pediatric research.


St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky has been a CCTS partner since 2010 and is one of two CCTS satellite CRU research-intensive sites. St. Claire is the largest rural hospital in northeastern Kentucky and a 159-bed regional referral center. The St. Claire medical staff (100 physicians) provide services to a population of over 160,000 in 11 Appalachian counties. St. Claire’s active longstanding research portfolio ranges from student projects to institutional participation in multi-site national research. St. Claire has its own Institutional Review Board and is a member of IRBshare, supported by Vanderbilt’s CTSA to increase regulatory efficiency, streamlining IRB review and approval for multi-site studies at this CCTS site.


Established in 1957, UK HealthCare® is the brand name for the University of Kentucky’s health care system. UK HealthCare represents the hospitals, clinics, outreach locations, and patient care services and activities of the university’s six health profession colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Public Health, Dentistry and Pharmacy). UK HealthCare is committed to the pillars of academic health care – research, education and clinical care. Dedicated to the health of the people of Kentucky and surrounding regions, UKHC provides the most advanced patient care and serve as an information resource, strengthens local health care, and improves the delivery system of the Commonwealth by partnering with community hospitals and physicians. UKHC also supports the university’s education and research needs by offering cutting edge services on par with the nation’s very best providers.


The Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center was established in 1931 and is accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility is comprised of two divisions, Leestown and Cooper, with community based outpatient clinics located in Berea, Hazard, Morehead, and Somerset. The veteran population in Lexington's primary service area is estimated at more than 83,000. The medical center is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network or VISN 9, which consists of six VA medical centers in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia with community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in those states as well as Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia, and Indiana.