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2021 off to a ‘twinspirational’ start for Baptist Health Lexington as hospital welcomes 17 sets of twins

As the Central Kentucky community continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing joy to an unprecedented time is off to a doubly happy start for Baptist Health Lexington. The hospital, known for its maternity care since opening its doors in 1954, has welcomed 17 sets of twins born since January. While there has been speculation about birth rates going down during the pandemic, births at Baptist...

Leapfrog Group rates patient safety in Kentucky hospitals; most get Cs but 16 standouts get As

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More Kentucky hospitals than the last time got a grade of A on a nonprofit group’s rating of patient safety in hospitals, but for the fifth grading period in a row, most of the 45 Kentucky hospitals got Cs. St. Elizabeth Healthcare got its fifth-consecutive A since 2015, the first year it was graded. “St. Elizabeth takes high quality care and safety...

11 hospitals get vaccines, including UK, Baptist Health; Beshear reports 2,898 new cases, 23 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt. Vaccines at UK Healthcare “This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” the Governor said. “We are also continuing...

Three hospitals, including Baptist Health, administer first COVID vaccines in Kentucky, a ‘historic day’

Gov. Andy Beshear and UofL Health officials marked a historic moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the first vaccines shipped to Kentucky were administered Monday morning at UofL Hospital. Three Kentucky hospitals, UofL Hospital, Baptist Health Lexington and the Medical Center at Bowling Green, each received 975 doses Monday and began their vaccination plans. Seven Kentucky...

Hospitals urge use of free COVID-19 testing sites; reserve ER visits for urgent medical issues

With the surge of COVID-19 cases, many people are arriving at hospital emergency departments for testing. But unless you have severe symptoms, Lexington area doctors say that the ER is not the place to go for community testing. Emergency departments are open as always for those experiencing severe symptoms or with urgent medical issues. But some people arrive with no or mild symptoms asking for a COVID-19...

Lexington hospital leaders: The community must take action now to contain spread of COVID-19

By William G. Sisson, Bruce Tassin and Mark Newman, MD Special to KyForward The number of COVID-19 cases in our community is rapidly rising, and our hospital beds are filling with those too ill to quarantine at home and care for themselves. It is critically important that we take action now. We want to continue to provide the excellent care that you’ve come to expect from Baptist Health Lexington,...

Lexington hospitals updating visitor restrictions starting Nov. 17 in response to COVID-19

In response to the increasing community spread of COVID-19, hospitals in Lexington are updating their visitor restrictions starting Nov. 17. Baptist Health Lexington, CHI Saint Joseph Health and UK HealthCare’s visiting hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Overnight visitors are not allowed and each visitor must wear a mask at all times while in the facility, including in the patient’s room. All...

UK, Baptist Health Lexington, Norton Healthcare partner in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

By Mallory Powell University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, in partnership with Baptist Health Lexington and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, has been selected as a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 clinical research study, called the ENSEMBLE trial, to evaluate Janssen’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, also...

Take it from Dr. Jeff Foxx, this is no time to take your guard down on COVID-19; he speaks from experience

Jeff Foxx, MD, will be the first to tell you that COVID-19 almost killed him. After battling the disease for a month at Baptist Health Lexington, at times in a coma and on a ventilator, he is a survivor. Now he wants to share his story to encourage the community to continue taking safety precautions that can stem the spread of the virus. Dr. Jeff Foxx with his dog Daisy enjoy the outdoors at Jacobson...

Infectious disease specialist offers tips for keeping your family safe and healthy at the pool this summer

Hanging out by the pool is a beloved summer pastime, but COVID-19 has changed the way we live and play in 2020. Still, many Kentuckians are craving a cool dip as summer temperatures rise. In May, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that some public pools could open by the week of June 29, albeit with protocols in place for the safety of swimmers and employees. And home owners who have postponed vacations...

Baptist Health spearheads breakthrough COVID-19 plasma treatment in study led by Mayo Clinic

COVID-19 patients at Baptist Health Lexington now have access to a treatment program in a study led by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The breakthrough convalescent plasma treatment allows current patients with severe COVID-19 to receive plasma from recovered patients. The Mayo Clinic study is being spearheaded locally by Dr. Firas Badin, Dr. David Dougherty and Dr. Mark Dougherty through the Baptist...

Covid-19 patient who spent seven days on ventilator discharged from Baptist Health Lexington

Nicholasville resident Gary Mazza, 73, had never stayed the night at a hospital. That all changed on March 30 when he was admitted to Baptist Health Lexington after being diagnosed with COVID-19. After seven days on a ventilator and two weeks in the hospital, Mazza, a former vice president of sales at Lexington Family Magazine, was discharged on Monday, April 13. Now recuperating at home, Gary and...

Plasma from COVID-19 survivor has been used in treatment of patient at Baptist Health Lexington

Baptist Health Lexington has used plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient as a potential treatment for two critically ill COVID-19 patients. The treatment, administered March 29, was fast-tracked over the weekend through a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center. “In an attempt to help our more critically ill COVID-19 patients we initiated an investigational compassionate plea...

Baptist Health Lexington expands facilities with opening of cardiology space at Nicholasville Road

Baptist Health Lexington has expanded its facilities to diagnose, treat and prevent heart disease with the opening of its new cardiology space at its Nicholasville Road campus. The previous office included 20 rooms in around 16,000 square feet of space. The new space, located on the fourth floor of the 1720 building features 33 exam rooms with close to 27,000 square feet. A unique aspect of the workspace...

Baptist Health to celebrate Heart Health Month with full slate of speakers Saturday at Fayette Mall event

Visitors to the upcoming heart health event hosted by Baptist Health Lexington on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Fayette Mall, will learn the latest on topics including heart-healthy meals, the harmful effects of vaping, and exercises to strengthen your heart. It’s all a part of the free event from 9 a.m. to noon at Fayette Mall in front of Dillard’s. The day will include free health screenings,...

Baptist Health Lexington nurses honored during DAISY Nurse Leader Awards ceremony

Two longtime nurse leaders at Baptist Health Lexington were honored for outstanding service at a DAISY Award ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the hospital. Karen Hill, left; and Lindsay Bowles, right; present the DAISY Nurse Leader Award to Laura Dicks during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Baptist Health Lexington. (Photo from Baptist Health) Laura Dicks, BSN, RN, MBA, HPNA, Director of the Palliative...

Leapfrog Group rates state hospitals; most get Cs but 11 get As, including Baptist, Clark, Georgetown

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News For the second grading period in a row, a nonprofit group that rates hospitals has given Cs to most of the 52 Kentucky hospitals it rated; and for the first time since 2015, one hospital got an F, along with only nine other hospitals nationwide. In the percentage of hospitals with A grades, Kentucky continues to rank 33rd among the states. St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Edgewood,...

Baptist Health Lexington performs its 200th TAVR procedure; improves quality of life for many

Baptist Health Lexington on Monday performed its 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure that has vastly improved the quality of life of thousands suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis, including Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve caused by calcium deposits, which impedes blood flow. Patients...

Baptist Health Lexington earns Cardiac Cath Lab accreditation from American College of Cardiology

Baptist Health Lexington is the first hospital in Kentucky to be awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI by the American College of Cardiology based on its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care. Cardiac cath lab procedures include diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. PCI, also known...

Larger Kentucky hospitals’ average grades for patient safety declined; overall national ranking about same

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A nonprofit group that rates hospitals has released its latest grades for keeping patients safe, giving Cs to most of the 51 Kentucky hospitals it rated. Their average grade was worse than the spring 2018 ratings, but Kentucky’s overall ranking among the states, based on the percentage of hospitals with A grades, improved one spot, to 33rd, from the spring...