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Baptist Health joins national nonprofit to offer free virtual metastatic breast cancer workshop April 15

Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Louisville have partnered with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit, to host a virtual workshop for young women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer before the age of 45. “Thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Virtual Workshop for Young Women Living with MBC,” will provide participants with tips and tools to help them cope with their...

The arrival of spring means the arrival of allergy season; some tips to help manage symptoms

For many people, the beauty and sense of renewal that comes with spring is overshadowed by its effect on their allergies. While there’s no cure, there are things you can do to help keep allergy symptoms at bay. Below, we’ll outline the causes, symptoms, and steps you can take to enjoy spring without letting your allergies get in the way. Allergy Causes and Triggers The biggest allergy trigger by...

Kentucky shines with 45 schools on list of winner for 2020 Healthy School Program

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Judged by population, Kentucky ought to have eight schools on the list of award winners in the 2020 Healthy Schools Program. Instead, it has 45. This disproportionate success is due primarily to the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville. Forty-one of Kentucky’s 45 Healthy Schools winners are...

Recent $1 million grant to further Baptist Health’s efforts to curb substance, opioid abuse in Kentucky

A $1 million grant to combat opioid and substance abuse in two Southcentral Kentucky counties will support Baptist Health’s latest effort to expand and deepen its behavioral health services across the state and Southern Indiana. Baptist Health Corbin secured the grant to serve 1,000 families a year for the next three years in its home county of Whitley and neighboring Knox County. The grant, which...

Baptist Health finalizes purchase of Hardin Memorial Health, changes name to Baptist Health Hardin

Baptist Health has finalized purchase of Hardin Memorial Health and changed its name to Baptist Health Hardin, in keeping with its tradition of linking the hospital name with its geographic location. All told, the transaction includes $361.4 million in payments and future investments. The closing came about three years after the Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees signed a letter of intent to...

Phase II results of Co-Immunity Project show high rates of exposure to COVID-19 in Jefferson County

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Results from the second phase of the University of Louisville’s groundbreaking project to track COVID-19 in Jefferson County show that 4 to 6 times more people than previously reported may have been exposed to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. From June 10-19, researchers conducting Phase II of the Co-Immunity Project tested members of the Louisville...

Baptist Health partners with Kentucky Association of Manufacturers on COVID-19 testing solutions

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has chosen Baptist Health as its partner and resource for the COVID-19 testing required for businesses to reopen. Baptist Health is offering screening, testing and monitoring services for COVID-19 directly to employers such as those associated with KAM. Since 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers has served as the leading advocate for the manufacturing...

Registered nurse turned administrator Mike Schroyer named president of Baptist Health Floyd

A registered nurse turned hospital administrator with 13 years of experience in Hoosier healthcare has been named president at Baptist Health Floyd. Mike Schroyer will begin work on July 20. The Noblesville, Indiana resident was chosen following a nationwide search by a community-based committee. He is currently president for St. Vincent Anderson Northeast Region. The Illinois native has worked with...

Baptist Health offers employers online COVID-19 tools aimed at getting Kentuckians back to work

Baptist Health is sharing a page from its COVID-19 playbook with area employers anxious about safely reopening. The health system has a web-based solution to the state requirement to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before they report for work. “Baptist Health is helping to get Kentucky and Southern Indiana back to work by offering customized COVID-19 testing solutions and digital tools...

Sale of Hardin Memorial Health to Baptist Health accelerated; will be finalized by Sept. 1

The sale of Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) to Baptist Health has been accelerated, and will now be finalized by Sept. 1, 2020. The prior plan called for closing on or before Dec. 1, 2020. “We are pleased to share the news that HMH can begin reaping the benefits of joining Kentucky’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system sooner than expected,” said Harry L. Berry, Hardin County Judge/Executive....

Lexington physician Jeffrey Foxx, who contracted COVID-19, released from Baptist Health Lexington

Dr. Jeffrey Foxx, a longtime Lexington physician who contracted COVID-19 in March, was discharged from Baptist Health Lexington today. His hospitalization coincided with a race to find a treatment for the virus, including a convalescent plasma therapy that was achieved with the collaboration of the staff at Baptist Health, colleagues from Foxx’s medical offices, the FDA, and other medical facilities....

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 Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine to open doors in La Grange on Dec. 2

Baptist Health is acquiring PMC Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine at 1006 New Moody Lane in La Grange. Effective Dec. 2, Baptist Health Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine will officially open to the public. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online check-in at BaptistHealthClinics.com will be an option for patients wanting...

Baptist Health chief compliance officer Don Riggs to retire, Marea Aspillaga named replacement

Donald R. “Don” Riggs, chief compliance officer for Baptist Health, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 27 years with the health system. For the past six years, the 58-year-old has headed the health system’s Compliance team, which he helped form in 2013. The Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that the system’s hospitals, medical group and affiliated organizations...

Six Kentucky hospitals named among nation’s ‘Best Regional Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Six Kentucky hospitals have been named among the nation’s “Best Regional Hospitals” in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine. They are, in order, the University of Kentucky hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals, and in a tie for third, Baptist Health Lexington, Baptist Health Louisville, Norton...

Kentucky by Heart: Justin Evans’ positive attitude helps through cancer treatments; back to old self

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward For the regular customers at the Richmond Road Panera Bread, in Lexington, they could tell something wasn’t right with the store manager, Justin Evans. Justin tried to be his usual jovial and upbeat self, but it was a struggle, especially to do so for a nine-hour shift. Truth be told, it just might have had something to do with the chemo treatments he was undergoing...

CDC findings: Pregnant women urged to get flu shots to reduce risk of hospitalization

To the list of do’s and don’ts for pregnancy, add another “do” — get a flu shot. “I advise all pregnant women in any trimester to get the influenza vaccine (flu shot) because it is safe and flu in pregnancy can be deadly,” said Dr. Bradley Youkilis, OB-GYN with Baptist Health Medical Group Women’s Care Lexington. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released findings...

Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation purchases Baptist Health Performance Training in Louisville

Baptist Health has accepted a buyout offer from Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation for their ownership stake in Baptist Health Performance Training, LLC. The 16,000 square foot facility is located at 12101 Sycamore Station Place in Louisville. The sale closed December 1 and a name change will follow. The facility will continue to be owned by several investors including NFL and former University of...

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....