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Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...

New Commonwealth Institute baseline report shows state’s gains under ACA, Medicaid Expansion

The University of Louisville’s Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky on Tuesday released a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s impact on Kentucky’s health and economy since 2014. This report documents Kentucky’s numerous health and economic gains that largely hang in the balance of the federal court case Stewart v. Azar, brought by sixteen Kentuckians against the Centers for Medicare &...

University of Louisville in talks with Nashville hospital firm to buy Jewish Hospital, affiliates

The University of Louisville is talking with a Nashville healthcare firm to “prevent a catastrophic healthcare shakeup in Louisville,” the closure of Jewish Hospital, reports Louisville’s WDRB-TV. The potential deal is “offering a new survival scenario for the university’s medical services” at Jewish and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, the Louisville Courier-Journal...

UofL’s ‘elite’ scorer Jordan Nwora is a challenge for UK Wildcats as the two teams collide on Saturday

There is no question that Louisville’s Jordan Nwora will be a primary focus of Kentucky’s defense when the two teams collide Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. After all, he is U of L’s leading scorer by a long shot and a guy his coach has called an “elite” offensive player. 
But as dangerous as Nwora is with the basketball in his hands, the 6-foot-8 sophomore...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Child Welfare Summit set for January 16 at Cardinal Stadium

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host the first-ever Child Welfare Summit at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium next month, and prospective participants should save the date. Participants in the “Transformers of Child Welfare” event on Jan. 16, 2019, will focus on transforming child welfare in Kentucky, and leading the nation in implementing the Family...

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,”...

Mark Stoops says records won’t matter when ‘Cats take on struggling Cardinals Saturday in Louisville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Louisville has struggled this season but Mark Stoops said that won’t matter when Kentucky takes on the Cardinals in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. “In a rivalry game, you can throw the records out the window,” Stoops said Monday. “We’re worried about ourselves and play the best football that we can.” Like Stoops, Kentucky...

Chief Justice John Minton to deliver State of the Judiciary address Nov. 2 at UofL’s Brandeis School

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will host this year’s update on Judicial Branch operations when Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. gives the State of the Judiciary Address on Friday, Nov. 2. Chief Justice Minton He will speak before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary starting at 10 a.m. ET in the Cox Lounge of the U of L School of Law, 2301 S. 3rd St.,...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

BCTC announces new leaders for Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Lawrenceburg Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has announced that Lynn Godsey will lead the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, and Tiffany Drury will lead the Lawrenceburg Campus. Lynn GodseyGodsey has more than 15 years of progressive experience in manufacturing training and development, particularly in Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Strategic Planning, and Leadership. Her extensive experience with...

Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital now one of three with national certification

Norton Children’s Hospital has received national recognition for its treatment of children with diabetes. The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accrediting organization, has awarded the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital with a Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. Norton Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of Louisville, is...

UofL receives $5 million donation for institute to study environmental conditions affecting health

With a $5 million gift from leading Louisville philanthropist Christina Lee Brown, through the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, the University of Louisville has established an Envirome Institute in its School of Medicine to “develop integrated knowledge of the environmental determinants of health.” Christy Brown, U of L President Neeli Benapudi and Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the...

Almost half of Kentuckians 30 and older have advanced gum disease that can cause tooth loss

Kentucky Health News Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can also lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. The CDC data found that 45 percent of Kentuckians aged 30 and older had periodontitis, with...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

U of L’s Ichor, Pikeville’s K2 Medical take home top honors at Idea State U competition

A product that helps top athletes bounce back through cold therapy and a startup working on an innovative way to assist first responders in lifting patients each won first-place prizes at the 11th annual Idea State U finals in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business concept competition, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation among Kentucky’s college and university students. This year’s...

As opioid crisis spreads, new program will enhance autopsy services and training of forensic doctors

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville announced a new partnership today that will strengthen the state Medical Examiner’s Office, a vital step amid the deadly opioid epidemic and a national shortage of forensic doctors. Under the agreement, the Justice Cabinet will contract with the universities for forensic pathology services, combining...

Jamie Vaught: Lexington native, Cleveland Browns legend Frank Minnifield building business back home

Remember Frank Minnifield? One of the top players in pro football many years ago, he is a Cleveland Browns legend who grew up in central Kentucky. Minnifield, who now has several business ventures in the Lexington area, played for the Browns during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a three-time All-NFL choice by the Associated Press. In addition, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been nominated...

Paris attorney Brian Privett appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brian Privett, of Paris, to the office of Circuit Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2, of Kentucky. Brian Privett Privett is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Beginning his legal career in 2007, he has practiced civil litigation, real property, wills and estates, family law, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, collections,...

University of Louisville names Neeli Bendapudi as 18th president; she will start May 15

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, provost at the University of Kansas, has been selected as the 18th president of the University of Louisville. She has extensive academic and business experience. The provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas was selected after a months-long search that drew more than 50 candidates from across the nation. The UofL Board of Trustees approved her appointment...

Jamie Vaught: University of Louisville’s Jeff Walz adds to impressive resume with third Final Four

If you look at Jeff Walz’s coaching resume, it is a very impressive one already. And the youthful-looking U of L women’s basketball coach is only 46 years old. After guiding his Cardinals to last Sunday’s 76-43 victory over Oregon State in an Elite Eight matchup at Rupp Arena, Walz can now add another NCAA Final Four trip – his third one as head coach — to his resume. In 2009 and 2011,...