An Extraordinary – Yet Ordinary Day


Jewish Hospital

Jewish Hospital's physicians and staff performed six life-saving surgeries in one evening. Watch an amazing video capturing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a rare event.

On Aug. 22, 2013, when most people were finishing up their day and preparing to head home from Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, six different teams of surgeons were scrubbing in.

In one eventful and amazing night, Jewish Hospital’s physicians and staff performed the following procedures: a double lung transplant, a heart transplant, an open heart surgery, a liver transplant, a kidney/pancreas transplant and a hand injury finger re-plant. While this may seem extraordinary, for Jewish Hospital – a facility noted for its high level of expertise in heart surgery, hand surgery and transplant surgery – it is not too far from an ordinary day. These types of surgeries are common at Jewish, but for all six of these highly complex surgeries to be performed in one night ranks Jewish as probably one of only a handful of hospitals in the country – even the world – that could accomplish this.

Mike McKune, video communications manager for KentuckyOne Health, wanted to capture this night on video as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a rare event. “The idea for the video came from an email message from Dr. Peck back in August. I thought it would be an opportunity to get some recognition for our staff that is behind the scenes. I also felt that this was the type of story that speaks to the unique nature of Jewish Hospital – not many hospitals could or would do something like this. As the video came together, I felt it captured that uniqueness.”

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