A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Concerns increase that Louisville’s Jewish Hospital could close or be sold as result of financial woes

Louisville’s Jewish Hospital continues to lose money, apparently raising the chances that it could be closed rather than sold. The hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare, which operate as a unit of KentuckyOne Health, “recorded operating losses of $17.7 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, which was slightly better than the period a year earlier, when operating losses exceeded $20 million,”...

Preparing for back-to-school means school supplies — and wellness exams to be sure kids are ready

As a new school year approaches, KentuckyOne Health reminds parents with students of all ages to prepare early to help children ease back into a routine. A new school year can be overwhelming for the whole family. From purchasing school supplies and scheduling wellness exams to reducing a child’s anxiety and making sure they are getting adequate sleep, parents have a lot to juggle. Immunization Protects...

Lexington launches new medical care program to help local homeless population

Lexington citizens who are homeless and in need of short-term recuperative medical care have a new place to find help. The Medical Respite Program is a partnership between the city and Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass) through its Bluegrass Care Transitions program. Local hospitals and other medical providers will identify patients who are eligible for the program, which...

KentuckyOne Health to host Go Red for Women event at Jenny Wiley State Park Lunch and Learn

As part of the national effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, is partnering with the American Heart Association to host a Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn event. The event will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, February 15 The luncheon will be held at the Wilkinson Stumbo Convention Center, located in Jenny Wiley State...

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,...

Even routine summer activities can pose a risk, so following safety guidelines a must while outdoors

With summer upon us, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging all Kentuckians to stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Many people often think of the dangers associated with swimming during summer months, but everyday activities such as gardening, mowing the lawn, grilling, and riding a bicycle or skateboard can also be dangerous – especially for children. Following safety guidelines can help avoid...

Homework Help: Lexington Public Library’s Northside branch offering after-school snacks, assistance

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Youngsters of all ages can now drop by the Northside branch of the Lexington Public Library for an after-school snack and homework assistance, thanks to program expansions and additional community support. “I feel like it’s been a successful launch. We’ve been helping 10 to 15 kids a day. A lot of those are repeats. Once a kid figures out they can get help,...

VNA Health at Home named a top performing agency in national home care rankings

VNA Health at Home, a service of KentuckyOne Health, has been named a top agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This is the third time VNA Health at Home in Lexington has...

KentuckyOne Health lays off several top executives, including chief physician Alagia

KentuckyOne Health laid off several top executives last week, the latest sign of trouble at the hospital company created by mergers four years ago. Andrew Wolfson of The Courier-Journal called the firings “a bloodbath” and wrote: “In an internal announcement that wasn’t shared publicly, the Kentucky division of financially troubled Catholic Health Initiatives said it was axing leaders...

Genetic testing may help identify women at a higher risk for contracting breast cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging women to consider genetic testing, which may help identify women at a higher risk for breast cancer. Testing for inherited abnormal genes through BRCA genetic testing can help save the lives of those at an increased risk for breast cancer. “Genetic testing is not recommended for all women, but can be helpful...

Laurel Grocery Co. combats rising employee health care costs by opening its own clinic

The rising cost of employee health care prompted a large, self-insured employer in London to open a primary-care clinic that saved the firm money and made its employee healthier. Bill Estep reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader that Laurel Grocery Co. has been in business since 1922 and is a wholesale supplier to stores in nine states. It has about 250 employees. CEO Winston Griffin told Estep the...

U of L, James Graham Brown Cancer Center receive 33,000 tissue samples for oncology research

The University of Louisville has expanded its oncology research strength through the addition of approximately 33,000 human tissue samples and specimens. The samples were transferred by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to further the shared commitment and collaboration in advancing research and action in the fight against cancer. Researchers from the University of Louisville and James Graham Brown...

Our Lady of Peace to host free seminar on making the transition to middle school

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school isn’t an easy task. That’s why Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, is hosting an education seminar to help parents, teachers and caregivers. The free seminar entitled, “A Successful Transition to Middle School,” will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:15 p.m at Ashland Elementary...

KentuckyOne Health encourages Kentuckians to Donate Life by registering to become a donor

April is National Donate Life Month and KentuckyOne Health is encouraging Kentuckians to give the gift of life and register to be an organ and tissue donor. According to Donate Life, there are more than 123,000 men, women and children waiting for an organ or tissue transplant right now. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to that list. More than 6,500 people a year – about 22 a day – die before...

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Over 1.4 million Americans will experience traumatic injury this year

Studies show that 1.4 million Americans will experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) this year, leading to 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. These injuries may be mild to serious, and can lead to permanent mental damage and even death. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and KentuckyOne Health is working to increase awareness across the Commonwealth...

People in the News: New director for UK School of Journalism; Gibson joins KentuckyOne Health

The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information welcomes Lars Willnat as the new director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Willnat was appointed for this position during the Spring 2015 semester. Willnat arrived on UK’s campus in January to begin his new role. Lars Willnat was named the new director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications(Photo Provided) “I...

Horses and Hope launches new campaign to build mobile unit for exams, education

  First Lady Jane Beshear, along with representatives from the Kentucky Cancer Program, the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and KentuckyOne Health, launched a new Horses and Hope campaign to raise $1 million for a mobile unit to provide free or significantly reduced cost cancer screenings to underserved populations across Kentucky.   To start strong out of the...

Lexus Store raises $4,000 for Yes Mamm! Program aimed at fighting breast cancer

Pictured left to right are: Eric Gilliam, President, Saint Joseph East Dan Defler, General Manager, Lexus Store of Lexington, Di Boyer, Director of Major Gifts, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Anna Taylor, Director of Development, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation April Nease, Development Coordinator, Saint Joseph Foundation Craig Olive, General Manager, LM Communications (Photo Provided)   Thanks...

Annual Evening with the STARS sets new record for Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

The 26th annual Evening with the STARS Gala raised a record amount of more than $100,000 for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. Proceeds from event are used to further the success of Saint Joseph Hospital’s, Saint Joseph East’s and Saint Joseph Jessamine’s health care initiatives.   Three awards were given at the gala and recipients included:   · David...

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Verizon help chronic disease patients monitor health

Verizon and the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation have teamed up to help select patients who have a chronic disease manage their condition from home, according to a press release from KentuckyOne Health, Saint Joseph’s parent organization.   (Photo provided) The program will help patients age 50 and older monitor and manage their health with new technologies after being discharged from Saint...