Gastroenterology Group Joins Baptist Medical Associates
LOUISVILLE Baptist Gastroenterology Associates has joined Baptist Medical Associates. Members of the group are:
Lauren C. Briley, MD, is a 2004 graduate of University of Louisville School of Medicine. Briley completed her internal medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital in 2008, serving as chief resident her final year. She completed a gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at University of Louisville Hospital in 2011.
Brian M. Dobozi, MD, is a 1999 graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. Dobozi completed his internal medicine residency at Chandler Medical Center in Lexington in 2002. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., in 2005.
Michael V. Greenwell, MD, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Greenwell completed his internal medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital in 1988. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at University of Louisville Hospital in 1990.
Kevin J. Heine, MD, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Heine completed his internal medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital in 1989, serving as chief resident his final year. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1992.
Lori Weis, APRN, is a 2003 graduate of the Spalding University family nurse practitioner program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University.
Punnett Joins Baptist Medical Associates Crestwood
CRESTWOOD Michael Punnett, MD, family medicine, has joined Baptist Medical Associates Crestwood. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, in 2003. He is accepting new patients.
Reichert Joins Baptist Medical Associates Eastpoint
LOUISVILLE Mary Lou Reichert, MD, family medicine, has joined Baptist Medical Associates’ location at Baptist Eastpoint, 2400 Eastpoint Parkway near Anchorage. Reichert is a 1980 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, in 1983. Reichert is board certified in family medicine.
Flaget Memorial Announces New Hodgenville Practice
BARDSTOWN Flaget Memorial Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, hosted an open house Friday, November 9, at 2 p.m. at the hospital’s new Hodgenville practice, Flaget Primary Care Associates, for primary care physician, Melanie Mooney, MD.
Mooney is a Vermont native who has spent her last 20 years in Kentucky. She got her undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University, attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and then completed an internship and residency at the university’s Glasgow/Barren County Family Medicine practice. She has practiced primary care medicine since 2001. Before coming onboard with Flaget Hospital, the physician worked at Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia.
The new Hodgenville practice is being housed in the former office of D.M. Shivakumar, MD, located at 908 South Lincoln Boulevard. Mooney will begin practicing at the renovated office at the beginning of December. In the meantime, physicians and nurse practitioners from Flaget will treat patients there. When Shivakumar closed his office that left just two family medicine practices in LaRue County to cover a population of more than 14,000, according to Flaget President and CEO Sue Downs, MSN, CENP. “We are excited to be providing essential medical care to the citizens of LaRue County – and to those of southern Nelson County,” Downs said.
Norton Healthcare Welcomes Sheila Ward, APRN, Women-focused Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
LOUISVILLE A specialized service is now available at Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews. Sheila Ward, APRN, has joined Norton Healthcare to provide much-needed women’s mental health services. Her services include psychiatric evaluation and treatment of women with depression or anxiety disorders and those who are experiencing hormonal challenges such as premenstrual syndrome, infertility, postpartum depression and menopause. Ward comes to Norton Healthcare with more than 31 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 10 years’ experience in women’s mental health. Her expertise in this area will further the mission of the hospital by providing women with a full range of health care support.
Ward will provide outpatient services for patients of all practices as well as inpatient consultations. The addition of this mental health program expands the comprehensive plan for the renovated hospital, expected to be completed in spring 2014. The hospital will also include an inpatient eating disorders unit and support group, a migraine clinic, pelvic disorders center, a wide range of birthing options, additional pediatric services, and an expanded neonatal intensive care unit.
UofL Announces Partnership with KentuckyOne Health
LOUISVILLE The University Medical Center (UMC) and the University of Louisville (UofL) announced that they have entered a partnership that brings together University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center with KentuckyOne Health. The agreements for the partnership have been signed by the partners along with Governor Steve Beshear. This new collaboration with KentuckyOne Health is essential for University Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center to continue its core mission as an innovative academic medical center and a vital regional safety net hospital that provides the highest level of care to all patients. This partnership will maintain local control of the hospital. Additionally, it enables UofL to continue to recruit and retain the best faculty for its health schools, which are critical as the pipeline of future generations of doctors, nurses, dentists, and caregivers.
All current UMC policies for women’s health, end-of-life care and its pharmacy remain unchanged. UMC will continue to manage and operate University Hospital’s Center for Women and Infants (CWI). All women’s health services will continue to take place at CWI, at the same location and provided by the same people as today. This includes the full range of reproductive services.
Highlights of the partnership include $543.5 million of investment during the first five years, expanding to $1.394 billion over 20 years. Work on the partnership will begin immediately with an implementation on or before March 1, 2013.
Trover Health System becomes Baptist Health Madisonville
LOUISVILLE Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System) announced today that Trover Health System is joining Baptist as its eighth hospital in the state. Effective November 1, Trover Health System will become Baptist Health Madisonville. Trover – located in Madisonville – began exclusive discussions with Baptist nearly a year ago after selecting Baptist from proposals submitted by several healthcare organizations. LifePoint Hospitals and Owensboro Medical Health System were also considered as finalists in the process. Each finalist was selected based on its ability to assist Trover with the design and implementation of new models of care and payment reform, access to capital, experience with recruiting physicians and building solid physician relationships, and developing service line partnerships. After an extensive evaluation process, Baptist was chosen as the system of choice by the Trover Board of Directors.
Plans are already underway which demonstrate the benefits of the relationship. In response to the community’s growing need for primary care physicians, Baptist Health Madisonville is actively recruiting for internal medicine and family practice physicians. Renovations also are planned for the Mother/Baby Unit, Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery, in addition to updates to other areas of the hospital. There will be an emphasis on updating healthcare technology and facilities at the Madisonville campus, while Baptist Health also offers access to a statewide network of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and physicians ready to respond to patients’ needs.
Johnson named 2013 SEC Team Physician of the Year
LEXINGTON The University of Kentucky’s chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Darren Johnson, MD, has been named the 2013 Southeastern Conference Team Physician of the Year. This award is chosen by the athletic training staffs at SEC member institutions and is given annually to recognize a team physician who has contributed greatly to both his or her school’s teams and to the SEC sports community. Voting criteria includes both reliability to the physician’s athletic department and noted involvement in the field of sports medicine. Johnson, who began at UK in 1993, currently serves as head orthopedic surgeon for UK Athletics.
Flaget Memorial to Open Family Care Practice in New Haven
BARDSTOWN Flaget Memorial Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, will be opening a family care physician’s office in New Haven in the early part of 2013. The decision to open the practice was made after the hospital staff did a needs assessment, said Flaget Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Projects Rick Vancise, BSN, MBA/HCM.
“Part of the mission of KentuckyOne Health is to bring access to health care close to home,” Vancise said. “It’s clear that New Haven is a medically-underserved area. Our intent is to do outreach to patients in this type of area.” The building that will house the new practice will be constructed on what is currently a vacant lot on Center Street across from the Joseph L. Greenwell Funeral Home. A private developer will construct the building and provide parking spaces. The hospital will be leasing the building for its new practice, and will hire the physician and other staff members.
Kosair Children’s Hospital Non-Invasive Cardiology Receives National Accreditation
LOUISVILLE Louisville-based Kosair Children’s Hospital Non-Invasive Cardiology has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Pediatric Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Kosair Children’s Hospital Non-Invasive Cardiology has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography.
First Group of Hospitals Designated Members of Kentucky Trauma Care System
Ten hospitals were recognized as part of the state’s first official statewide trauma system during the 2012 Statewide Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium in late October. The goal of the state trauma system is to get the ‘right patient to the right place at the right time’ by providing education for doctors, nurses, and paramedics to care for and assess severely injured patients, so that they are taken to the most appropriate facility as quickly as possible.
In March 2008, Kentucky lawmakers passed House Bill 371, which established the initial framework of a statewide trauma system and the formation of the Kentucky Trauma Advisory Committee. The law encouraged the establishment of trauma centers and the drafting of written transport protocols for EMS providers to better define which patients require transfer to a trauma center. Additionally, the statewide trauma system provides better, standardized education for providers – from first responders and EMT/paramedics, to nurses, physicians, and even hospital administrators.
Trauma centers recognized as part of the Kentucky Trauma Care System include: Level I trauma centers – UK Chandler Hospital (Lexington), Kentucky Children’s Hospital (Lexington), Kosair Children’s Hospital (Louisville), and University of Louisville Hospital. Level III trauma centers – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (Danville) and Taylor Regional Medical Center (Campbellsville). Level IV trauma centers – Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital (Stanford), James B Haggin Memorial Hospital (Harrodsburg), Livingston Hospital (Salem), and Marcum & Wallace Hospital (Irvine).
Bluegrass Care Clinic Awarded Funding for HIV/AIDS Care, Education
LEXINGTON The Bluegrass Care Clinic, part of the University of Kentucky Department of Infectious Disease, has recently received millions in funding to advance the care of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Central and Eastern Kentucky.
The Bluegrass Care Clinic was one of 114 community-based organizations, university hospitals, and health departments nationwide to be awarded Ryan White Part D funds to enhance the medical care of women, infant, children, and adolescents living with HIV/ AIDS living within the clinic’s 63 county service area. Under the direction of Dr. Alice C. Thornton, the Bluegrass Care Clinic provides a wide range of services to HIV-infected patients, including: HIV specialty care, primary medical care, medication adherence counseling, medical case management, mental health services, and nutrition counseling. The total award for the Part D grant is $1.2 million over a period of three years (2012–2015).
The clinic was also recently awarded approximately $1.3 million in Ryan White Part B funds from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, to provide medical case management and supportive services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The BCC is one of six sites across the state of Kentucky funded to provide a wide range of community-based medical and non-medical support services, including physical and mental health care, nutrition, and transportation services. The Part B program serves approximately 850 uninsured and underinsured patients living in 63 Central and Eastern Kentucky counties.
The clinic also receives Ryan White Part C funds in the amount of $699.932 annually from 2010–2015, for a total of $3.4 million over five years. The BCC receives approximately $2.5 million annually in Ryan White funds, making possible a wide array of programming necessary to serve patients.
Baptist East Receives Consumer Choice Award
LOUISVILLE Consumers in the Louisville market have voted Baptist Hospital East as the No. 1 healthcare facility in the Metro area for the seventh consecutive year. The poll was conducted by the National Research Corporation. Baptist East is a 10-time winner of the honor, and has been recognized more consecutive years than any other Kentucky hospital. Other winners in Kentucky were Central Baptist Hospital and the UK Medical Center in Lexington and The Medical Center in Bowling Green. Winners of the 2012/2013 Consumer Choice Awards are determined by consumer perceptions of quality and image. Consumers were asked about the overall quality of the hospital, the expertise of its physicians and nurses and the image and reputation of the facility. The award identifies hospitals which healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 300 markets throughout the US.
UK Chandler Hospital Receives Consumer Choice Award
LEXINGTON The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been named a winner of the 2012–13 Consumer Choice Award in Modern Healthcare by the National Research Corporation. The award is given to hospitals that consumers believe provide the highest quality care and maintain the best image in over 300 markets throughout the United States. Winners of the award are chosen based on surveys of over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Of the households surveyed, 3,200 hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked, with the winning facilities being ranked the highest. The internet survey invitations began on September 1, 2011, and extended until the end of August 2012.
UK HealthCare, ARH Working to Tackle Heart, Health Issues in Eastern Kentucky
HAZARD UK HealthCare and Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) are working to form collaborative agreements in which the two hospital systems would work with community physicians to strengthen cardiovascular care in southeastern Kentucky. “UK HealthCare and ARH are both committed to improving healthcare throughout Eastern Kentucky and we have a long track record of working together toward that goal,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Kentucky. “Heart disease is a particularly pressing health challenge for Eastern Kentucky and the entire Commonwealth. That’s why we are working together and with community physicians to establish collaborative agreements where we leverage the best of what two strong health organizations bring to the table in attacking this critical health issue.”
Specifically, UK HealthCare and ARH officials have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent that establishes the parameters for a management agreement that both parties hope to be worked out over the next -few months. The management agreement could include: The execution of a three-year clinical management agreement that can be extended by UK HealthCare and ARH; planning and development for the cardiovascular program; re-engineering patient and work-flow processes to strengthen cardiovascular care; improving clinical protocols for treatment; community outreach to improve access to education regarding cardiovascular care; developing metrics aimed at assessing the work being done and progress in improving cardiovascular care and outcomes in southeastern Kentucky; and improve access to staff development and training. When executed, the management agreement would allow UK HealthCare and ARH to jointly administer and direct cardiology services at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center as well as ARH’s other hospitals where heart services are provided, including Harlan, Whitesburg, McDowell, Mary Breckinridge, and South Williamson.
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Flaget Memorial Receives Chest Pain Accreditation
BARDSTOWN Flaget Memorial Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, has received Chest Pain Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Flaget employees who helped to win the award are: (LtoR) Flaget Director of Lab Services Mary Ann Schentrup, MT, ASCP, Director of Pulmonary Services Heather Mattingly, RRT, Director of Patient Access Carol Cothern, CHAM, Emergency Department Interim Director Kelley Broyles, BSN, Emergency Department Charge Nurse Jill Clark, RN, and Flaget Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer Norma Goss, MSN/ED. Not present for the photo were Flaget Chest Pain Center Director Charles Sowder, MD, former Flaget Emergency Department Director Laura LaRue, BSN, MBA, Nelson County Dispatch Center Director Debbie Carter, and Nelson County EMS Director of Education Eva Prewitt.