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Baptist Health named ‘Most Wired’ hospital by national organization of healthcare executivess

Baptist Health has achieved a long-held goal with its recognition as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospital systems, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Healthcare’s Most Wired survey. The award announcement will appear in the November issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Only 254 hospital systems earned the recognition this year,...

Baptist Health, Labcorp expand technical services agreement for eight hospital-based labratories in Ky.

LabCorp and Baptist Health have entered into a multi-year, comprehensive laboratory collaboration. LabCorp Diagnostics will provide technical services for Baptist Health’s eight hospital-based labs and access to enhanced information technology and data analytics to help improve the delivery of patient care. The new agreement builds upon and deepens an established relationship of more than five years....

Your Health: Since we Americans work a lot, we have to work smarter at staying healthy at work

Baptist Health People with full-time jobs work an average of 47 hours a week, with nearly 4 in 10 people saying they work 50 hours or more, according to a Gallup poll. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that you have healthy routines and habits at work. Adam Lewis, MD, a Baptist Health Urgent Care physician in Nicholasville, offers tips on how to take care of yourself at work and even inspire...

Baptist Health Corbin names Anthony W. Powers to replace Larry Gray as newest president

Anthony W. Powers, RN, MSN, MBA, has been named president at Baptist Health Corbin. Powers, who began his 20-year career at the hospital as a nursing unit director, has served as interim president since June. He replaces Larry W. Gray who was named president of Baptist Health Louisville. “Anthony’s connection to our community, his strong commitment to serving the hospital and supporting...

Baptist Health Walk to Remember to support Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

It is a “club” that no one would choose to join, yet there is comfort in knowing that you aren’t the only members. Those who belong experience a type of grief that is often misunderstood, under-supported and silenced. A Walk to Remember, scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Lexington Cemetery, 833 W. Main Street, acknowledges members of this group, those who have lost a baby due to...

Baptist Health names Elizabethtown physician Jody Prather as first chief strategy officer

An Elizabethtown physician who previously served as Baptist Health’s first chief medical officer is returning as chief strategy officer. Jody Prather, MD, who will begin work Sept. 17, is currently chief strategy officer and vice president, population health, for Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In addition, he is chief medical officer for the HMH Medical Group with more than...

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....