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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...

Eleven Kentucky hospitals among those receiving Medicare cuts due to patient safety issues

The federal government is penalizing 11 Kentucky hospitals for falling short on patient safety in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, two more than last year. Medicare has imposed a 1 percent cut in payments to 769 U.S. hospitals that have high rates of potentially avoidable infections and complications such as blood clots, bedsores and falls. “The reductions apply not only to patient stays...

State will use settlement funds to provide heroin overdose kits to three hospitals

Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo were on hand to announce that Kentucky will provide heroin overdose reversal kits to three hospitals. (Photo from KY Kids Recovery program)   Kentucky will put more than $100,000 to provide heroin overdose reversal kits to hospitals with the highest rates of overdose deaths, Gov. Steve Beshear...

Kentucky’s Hospital Emergency Rooms: How
do they rate and what does it mean for you?

  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Two recent national reports shine the spotlight on Kentucky’s hospital emergency rooms – and give us plenty to consider about the often life-saving work that goes on there 24-hours a day.   One is the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians Report Card on Emergency Medicine which shows how well each state supports emergency care. The...

UK HealthCare plans to add 64 more beds
to accommodate cardiovascular program

The eighth floor of the 12-story Pavilion A of UK Hospital is set for completion in fall 2014. (Photo from UKNow)   UK HealthCare has announced plans to open 64 more beds in Pavilion A of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.   The eighth floor of the 12-story pavilion is targeted for completion in the Fall of 2014, said Dr....

UK Hospital’s expansive art collection helps enhance healing, ease stress, add comfort

Luxuriance, an acrylic by Hosook Kang of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a gift from an anonymous donor. It hangs in the hospital's atrium lobby. (Photo from UK Arts in HealthCare)   By Tanya J. Tyler KyForward correspondent   Going to the hospital isn’t high on most people’s Top 10 list. But the University of Kentucky Hospital hopes to make patients’ stays a little more tolerable by incorporating...