Baptist Health health executes letter of intent to assume operations of Hardin Memorial Health

Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) and Baptist Health announced Monday they have now signed a Letter of Intent for Baptist Health to acquire and operate HMH. The Letter of Intent kicks off a formal due diligence process involving both entities, the negotiation of definitive transaction documents, and appropriate regulatory approvals. The Letter of Intent is a non-binding agreement, which follows a two-year...

Baptist Health names former head of Wisconsin’s Aurora Health Care System as new CEO

The chief operating officer (COO) of Wisconsin’s largest private employer and healthcare system has been named CEO of Baptist Health following a nationwide search. Gerard “Ger” Colman will assume his new role with Baptist Health on Monday, Dec. 4. The COO for the Aurora Health Care System in Milwaukee, Wisc., has been involved in healthcare for 25 years, with wide-ranging experience in operations,...

Patient Advocates work to educate Kentuckians on tobacco cessation during “Kick It, Kentucky!” week

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and 26 other leading health organizations are offering support to those Kentuckians looking to quit tobacco as part of the first-ever Kick It, Kentucky! week. ACS CAN and a broad coalition of advocacy organizations and health systems from around the state, including the American Lung Association, Baptist Health, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,...

Bevin appoints five new members to state’s Telehealth Oversight Board

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Deborah Burton, Erika Skula, Dr. Brett Oliver, Dr. Janet Mills and Timothy L. Olsen have been appointed to the Telehealth Board. • Deborah Burton, of Lexington, is telehealth program manager for KentuckyOne Health. She will represent third parties and serve for a term expiring July 15, 2020. • Erika Skula,...

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass salutes volunteers from Adopt a School program

As the new school year gets rolling, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass paused to thank its volunteers who have given five, 10, and 15 years of service educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and basic financial matters. “That kind of commitment and longevity is fantastic. It really makes a difference with what we’re able to give back to the community,” said Sheri Evans...

Online registration now open for 33rd running of A Midsummer Night’s Run, set for Aug. 12

Registration is now available at www.amidsummer5K.com for the 33rd running of A Midsummer Night’s Run scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 in downtown Lexington. Race day events will begin with The Fastest Kid in Town, a series of sprints for ages 3-12, at 4:30 p.m. The One-Mile Fun Run/Walk, offering casual family fun, will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Annual Midsummer Night’s Run is set for Aug....

Baptist Health announces Hanson leaving after four years as company’s chief executive officer

Baptist Health announced that system Chief Executive Officer Steve Hanson will be leaving the organization, effective immediately. Hanson has served as CEO since March 2013. “We appreciate Steve Hanson’s contributions to Baptist Health over the past four years,” said Baptist Health Board of Directors Chairman Allen Rudd. Steve Hanson (Photo Provided) Prior to joining Baptist Health, Hanson served...

So you think you have the flu: Sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches — is it a cold or the flu?

You’ve got a sore throat, cough, runny nose and ache all over. Is it just a cold, or is it the flu? Tough to tell. “Colds and flu are caused by different viruses, but they share a number of symptoms,” said Prashanti Rajagopalan, DO, with Baptist Health Urgent Care at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville. “Generally speaking, flu is more severe and comes on quickly. If you’re an adult, having...

Getting a flu shot is always a good idea; CDC says October is best time to get it done

While there is disagreement among experts about the perfect time to get a flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October. “Baptist Health is committed to protecting the health of those in the communities that we serve. With that in mind, we recommend getting an annual flu shot in October,” said Donna Schwartz, nurse practitioner, at Baptist Health...

Giving employees money for local produce could improve health, lower insurance costs

A pilot program that gave Lexington-area employees money to spend on fresh, local produce boosted their health and local agriculture, Janet Patton reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Tim Woods, a University of Kentucky agriculture marketing professor, introduced the idea to the UK Health and Wellness program last year, backing it up with data from research he did in 2015 that found people who...

Kentucky schools working to increase student movement to promote better learning, health

As the new school year begins, several Kentucky schools are working to increase student movement, with one elementary school in Louisville investing in a programs to increase student movement in the classroom to improve learning and four in Western Kentucky increasing movement outside the classroom to improve health. Students in seven Wilder Elementary classrooms in Louisville came back to classrooms...

Online registration underway for A Midsummer Night’s Run, set for Aug. 13

Registration is now available for this year’s A Midsummer Night’s Run scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13 in downtown Lexington. Race day events will begin with The Fastest Kid in Town, a series of sprints for ages 3-12, at 4:30 p.m. The One-Mile Fun Walk/Run, offering casual family fun, will get underway at 6:30 p.m. The main event, the 5K race, will take place at 8 p.m. Online registration will...

Baptist Health Lexington to offer annual free stroke screening May 13

Baptist Health Lexington will offer its annual free stroke screening from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 near the Dillard’s inside entrance at Fayette Mall. No appointment is necessary. The stroke screening involves a check of risk factors for stroke and will include assessment of blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose and total cholesterol. Staff also will check for signs of narrowing in the carotid...

UK HealthCare celebrates 25 years of heart transplants; Baptist Health joins Transplant Network

More than 100 patients, families and UK HealthCare staff gathered recently to celebrate an important milestone: the 25th anniversary of the first heart transplant at the University of Kentucky. In 25 years, UK has transplanted almost 350 hearts. Last year, UK transplanted more hearts than any other Kentucky medical center ever. “However, it’s not about the numbers,” said Dr. Navin...

Those with MS can learn ‘To Live in the Fast Lane’ at Jan. 23 program at Baptist Health center

Those with MS Can Learn ‘To Live in the Fast Lane’ in Jan. 23 Program The Baptist Health Multiple Sclerosis Center invites anyone with multiple sclerosis (MS) to attend its “How to Live in the Fast Lane with Multiple Sclerosis” program from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Education Center Auditorium on the lower level of the 1720 Building at Baptist Health Lexington. Topics to be covered...

Your Health: Restful sleep is essential; not sleeping well can lead to other, more serious troubles

By Dr. Daniel Lee Special to KyForward Sleep disorders affect millions of Americans. Adequate, restful sleep is necessary for both physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that sleep is essential for normal functioning of the immune system, the endocrine system and the central nervous system. In addition, adequate sleep is crucial for learning in children and young adults. Numerous studies...

Your Health: Best treatment for the flu has always been prevention, including vaccination

By Dr. Mehul Suthar Special to KyForward   As fall settles in, so does the flu season.   The myriad of advertisements and signs for the flu shot should not be ignored. The influenza virus causes a contagious respiratory illness that can lead to a range of symptoms. For many, the flu is about a week of cough, congestion, muscle pains and fevers. For others, especially the elderly and young...

Kentucky’s Hospital Emergency Rooms: How
do they rate and what does it mean for you?

  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Two recent national reports shine the spotlight on Kentucky’s hospital emergency rooms – and give us plenty to consider about the often life-saving work that goes on there 24-hours a day.   One is the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians Report Card on Emergency Medicine which shows how well each state supports emergency care. The...

Your Health: Pain from shingles can last until long after the rash is gone; prevention is best

By Deborah Edelen KyForward columnist   “It’s the worst pain I’ve ever had in my entire life!”   That’s what many people say about the severe and sudden pain caused by shingles. While you may have heard family or friends describe their shingles pain, you may not be aware that this pain can continue once the rash has resolved. For some people, the pain from shingles can last weeks,...

Bluegrass runners/walkers/rollers to race downtown in A Midsummer Night’s Run 2013

  The annual A Midsummer Night’s Run takes place in downtown Lexington on Saturday, Aug. 10, continuing a tradition that has gone on for more than 25 years. Hundreds of families will be there to run, walk, roll wheelchairs, push strollers, enjoy live entertainment, and soak up the splendor of a Bluegrass evening.   Baptist Health sister hospitals in Lexington, Corbin and Richmond present...