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Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...

Healing power of touch: Parents of NICU patients learn benefits of infant massage

The impetus for Central Baptist Hospital to begin offering infant massage instruction was to help babies withdrawing from medications, but infant massage is also beneficial for healthy babies such as Braylon and Braxton Dean, twin sons of James and Amber Dean of Middlesboro. (Photos from Central Baptist Hospital)   By Brenda R. Kocher Special to KyForward   Touch is the first sensation we...

2012 Review: A salute to the interesting team of columnists who make KyForward special

No review of 2012 would be completed for KyForward if we did not recognize the deep, talented group of regular columnists who add personality, style and depth to our fledgling online newspaper. These are people with expertise and experience who have deep community connections (and like us, affection for our place) and who want to share, engage, help, improve, entertain, cajole, advocate – in positive...

2012 Review: Our Health stories, columns focused on positives, identified challenges

When it comes to Kentucky’s health and well-being, the bad news sometimes threatens to overshadow the good. And while we at KyForward would be remiss to ignore the health challenges our state faces, we take seriously our commitment to showcase the success stories as well. Whether it’s a report about the first Total Artificial Heart implant, the story of a Central Baptist Hospital nurse...

Versatile Provider: Labor and delivery nurse impacts patient experiences on many levels

Labor and delivery nurse Amy Wheeler enjoys being able to 'witness a miracle every day.' (Photo from Central Baptist Hospital)   By Brenda R. Kocher Special to KyForward   Having a baby can bring out a mix of emotions not just for laboring moms, but also for nervous dads, anxious grandparents-to-be and anyone else feeling a bit out of their element while waiting for the little one’s arrival....

Central Baptist’s new Women’s Center will be family-centered, emphasize privacy and safety

Patient room in the new Women's Center at Central Baptist Hospital (Photo from Central Baptist Hospital)   Special to KyForward   The new Women’s Center at Central Baptist Hospital – part of the new seven-story building that is the centerpiece of Central Baptist’s current $200 million expansion project – will offer family-centered care in an environment that emphasizes...

Steve Flairty’s Everyday Heroes: Nina Lee stitches threads of love in the fabric of lives

Nina Lee has a sweet sense of the power that clothing sewed personally for loved ones can bring.   She remembers talking with her children who sat beside her as she craftily hand made their garments on “Old Girl,” a mid-1930s Kenmore second-hand machine her husband bought for her early in their marriage.   “My favorite thing to tell them was how ‘each stitch carries my love for you...

During hospital stay before birth of twins, staff becomes family to Owingsville mom

Special to KyForward   “Perfect” might not be how many would have characterized Christie Carter’s family vacation to Destin, Fla., in late June 2011.   It was hot, her son Colt was a typical 11-month-old and required lots of attention, and Christie – 20 weeks pregnant with twins – was having back pain. Yet perfect is the word Christie chose to describe the getaway on her blog...

Your Health: Heart failure symptoms can be managed with medications, lifestyle changes

Heart failure currently affects 5.7 million Americans and causes 55,000 deaths per year in the United States. Heart failure is a serious chronic illness where the heart does not pump the blood as efficiently as it should. The heart continues to beat but pumps less nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. As a result, fluid builds up in the body tissues and the lungs.   A common...