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Kentucky hospitals struggling to find enough nurses; colleges working toward finding solutions

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While studies show Kentucky will have a surplus of registered nurses in the next decade, right now many of the state’s hospitals are struggling to hire enough nurses to care for patients. “I am hoping this is cyclical,” said Susan Ellis, the vice president of Patient Care Services at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. “But...

Community health workers help Kentuckians deal with the multitude of obstacles blocking better health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Fannie Callahan, a 62-year-old woman from Lee County, worked at the local nursing home for 38 years before retiring, has insurance, and pays her bills on time. But a six-day hospital stay in 2013 left her thousands of dollars in debt and wondering how to pay it and also cover her basic needs — until a co-worker told her about Kentucky Homeplace. Samantha...