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Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals — Baptist Health Lexington, ranked second, and Baptist Health Louisville, ranked third — in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Baptist Health Louisville was also named No. 1 in Metro Louisville – the sixth time in seven years that it has been either No. 1 or tied for that ranking. Both hospitals are listed...

Greg Gerard named new president of Baptist Health Richmond; served as interim president since January

Greg Gerard, MHA has been named the president of Baptist Health Richmond. Gerard has served as interim president since January when Todd Jones accepted a new position with BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Florida. Greg Gerard Gerard joined Baptist Health in 2015 as Vice President of Ambulatory Services. In that position, he successfully led the restart of the cardiac intervention program, helped...

Baptist Health names Wisconsin healthcare executive Patrick Falvey as new chief operating officer

The executive vice president and chief transformation officer of one of the country’s top performing healthcare systems has been named chief operating officer (COO) at Baptist Health. Patrick Falvey will begin work Sept. 4. He comes from Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 10th largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare system in the country, serving about three million patients...

Baptist Health Floyd Pathway designation sets international milestone for Baptist Health system

Baptist Health Floyd recently announced its’ Pathway to Excellence (Pathway) designation making Baptist Health the only health system worldwide to currently have every affiliated hospital hold designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Each hospital within Baptist Health now holds Pathway to Excellence or Magnet Recognition Program status with ANCC. In 2014, Baptist Health’s...

Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approves sale of health system to Baptist Health

The Hardin Memorial Hospital (HMH) Board of Trustees voted this week 8-1 to approve the sale of the health system to long-time manager Baptist Health. The vote was taken at the meeting of the Hardin County Fiscal Court, whose members also serve as the HMH Board of Trustees. The Baptist Health Board of Directors approved the asset purchase agreement (APA) earlier this month. The final step in the process...

Hardin Memorial Health, Baptist Health agree to $361 million asset purchase agreement

Hardin Memorial Hospital (HMH) and Baptist Health have announced they are entering into a $361.4 million asset purchase agreement through which Baptist Health would acquire HMH, subject to a vote of the HMH Board of Trustees and appropriate regulatory approvals. The HMH Board will vote on the asset purchase agreement at its May 22 Fiscal Court meeting. The Baptist Health Board of Directors approved...

Baptist Health Foundation names Mary Michael Corbett as newest executive director

Mary Michael Corbett has been selected to lead the Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville as its new executive director. She brings a strong background in business and brand development, public affairs and corporate strategic philanthropy. Mary Michael Corbett As executive director, she will develop a new strategic vision focused on greater philanthropy to support the missions of Baptist Health...

Veteran healthcare executive Clint Kaho named new president of Baptist Health La Grange

Baptist Health La Grange has named Clint Kaho, FACHE, MSHA, MBA, as president. Kaho has served as interim president at the hospital since August. He succeeds Chris Roty, who was recently named president of Baptist Health Paducah. “It is both an honor and privilege to be entrusted with the role of president at Baptist Health La Grange,” said Kaho. “I’m fortunate to be joining a team that demonstrates...

Baptist 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...