Walk with a Doc Events in Louisville and Lexington Raise Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease
LOUISVILLE KentuckyOne Health with the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana and University of Louisville Physicians participated in Walk with a Doc events in Louisville to improve awareness of the disease.
The first Louisville Walk with a Doc event was Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Parklands of Floyds Fork Egg Lawn. Kathrin LaFaver, MD, a movement disorder specialist with U of L Physicians Neurology, led the walk while answering questions about Parkinson’s disease.
A second Walk with a Doc event was Saturday, April 25, at Shawnee Park, led by Colleen Knoop, APRN, a clinician with U of L Physicians Neurology.
According to the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, research indicates that over one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease. The average age of onset is 60, but people have been diagnosed as young as 18.
LEXINGTON April was Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and on Saturday, April 18, 2015 KentuckyOne Health hosted its first Walk with a Doc event in Lexington with a focus on improving awareness of the disease. Warren Chumley, MD, KentuckyOne Health Neurology Associates, led the free walk around Shillito Park while answering questions about Parkinson’s disease.
Walk with a Doc events will be held bi-monthly on the third Saturday of the month in Lexington as part of a nationwide program that empowers people to improve their health through physical activity as they exercise side-by-side with their healthcare providers. Participants can also receive free health screenings at the event.
Community partners for the Walk with a Doc event include: Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept., Lexington Parks and Recreation, Passport Health Plan, and YMCA of Central Kentucky.
Surgery on Sunday Grows and Adapts with New Patient Eligibility Criteria
LEXINGTON On April 19, 2015 forty volunteers, including physicians, surgeons, and nurses, gave their time at the monthly surgery date for Surgery on Sunday. The physicians and surgeons volunteering their services included: Wayne Graff, MD; Phillip Hall, MD; Paul Kearney, MD; Andrew Moore, II, MD; Michael Moore, MD; and Levi Procter, MD.
The surgeries performed included gallbladder removal, hernia repair and excision of a mass.
The surgeries were performed at the Lexington Surgery Center at no cost for patients who were unable to pay for these essential outpatient procedures.
Surgery on Sunday was founded in 2005 by plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Moore, II, and provides essential outpatient surgical services for those who cannot afford insurance, are not eligible for federal or state programs, and are within 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
In response to the Affordable Care Act, the Surgery on Sunday Board voted in January 2015 to expand the eligibility criteria for the program. To meet the needs of those individuals that now have insurance, but that have high-deductible plans, Surgery on Sunday is accepting individuals whose deductible exceeds 10 percent of their income and are within 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
Surgery on Sunday performs outpatient surgeries the third Sunday of each month at the Lexington Surgery Center utilizing volunteer physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, and administrative personnel who have donated over 87,000 hours of volunteer service. To date, over 5,500 patients have been served.
The 2015 summer schedule is May 17, June 14, July 19 and August 16. To learn more about Surgery on Sunday or to refer a patient, call Anna Taylor at (859) 246-0046 or visit www.surgeryonsunday.org.
Lexington Clinic Breaks Ground on Lexington Clinic Beaumont
LEXINGTON Lexington Clinic broke ground on March 13, 2015 on a new location – Lexington Clinic Beaumont. The new location will combine two of Lexington Clinic’s existing locations, Lexington Clinic Palomar Family Health Centre and First Choice Walk-In Urgent Care.
Lexington Clinic Beaumont will provide family medicine and internal medicine/pediatric services. In addition, walk-in care for minor injuries and illnesses, including sprains and strains, lab and X-ray services, general illnesses, lacerations, and work injuries, will be offered.
With over 11,800 square feet of space, the new facility will be constructed to high energy efficiency standards, including the use of geothermal HVAC and utilization of LED lights throughout the facility. Completion is expected in October 2015.
Jewish Hospital Live Streams and Tweets TAVR Procedure
LOUISVILLE The heart valve team at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, performed a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) on April 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., which was live streamed and tweeted for real-time updates throughout the duration of the procedure. The minimally invasive heart procedure was performed in Jewish Hospital’s state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, which opened last year.
University of Louisville Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Kendra Grubb, MD, and Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine Michael Flaherty, MD, performed the procedure, along with the Jewish Hospital Heart Valve Team.
University of Louisville Cardiologist Lorrel Brown, MD, an experienced heart specialist, provided updates on Twitter @kyone_health and answered questions using the hashtag #KY1HeartCare. Brown was not an active participant in the surgery. All three doctors practice with U of L Physicians.
The TAVR procedure is usually performed using general anesthesia, but the Jewish Hospital Heart Valve Team uses conscious sedation without the use of a ventilator and breathing tube, which allows for quicker recovery times and shortened hospital stays.
“TAVR requires a true team approach and showcases how the heart valve team works together to achieve the very best outcomes for our patients,” said Grubb. “Being able to watch live and follow updates is a unique opportunity for everyone from medical students to the general public to learn about this innovative procedure and see inside the hybrid operating room.”