Lexington Medial Society Installs 2016 President, Recognizes Past Presidents
LEXINGTON Lexington Medical Society’s (LMS) annual President’s Inaugural Address and Past Presidents’ dinner was held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Hillary J. Boone Center on UK’s campus. New LMS president Thomas K. Slaybaugh Jr., MD, a Lexington urologist, officially took office.
Rice C. Leach, MD, the commissioner of health for Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, was recognized for his outstanding leadership as LMS President in 2015. Among those attending the presidential inauguration were 18 LMS past presidents, the most senior being David B. Stevens, MD, the 1968 president.
Slaybaugh addressed the membership emphasizing LMS’s new mission and vision statements focusing on the goal of “relevance and serving the community.” Slaybaugh promised to work to achieve goals of recruiting younger physicians for membership and promoting the LMS Physician Wellness Program, which is designed “as a safe harbor for physicians to address normal life difficulties in a confidential and professional environment.”
Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Vice President Pat Padgett also addressed the gathering. Padgett made note of several KMA initiatives including Physicians Day at the Capitol, KMA’s effort to promote legislative policy action in tort reform, maintenance of certification, fair and transparent contracting, changes in third party reimbursement, and outdated state regulations. Padgett stressed KMA’s effort to affect public policy by being involved in Kentucky judicial elections
The 2016 LMS leadership includes Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD, vice-president and Charles L. Papp, MD, beginning his second year as the secretary/treasurer. Robert P. Granacher, Jr., MD, is president-elect, and V. Theresa Little, MD, is the vice president-elect. Mamata Majmundar, MD, Khalil U. Rahman, MD, Tuyen T. Tran, MD, and Thomas H. Waid, MD, were appointed to the LMS Executive Board.
The Lexington Medical Society is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) organization that supports physician members to improve the practice of medicine and the health of the community. The LMS, established in 1799, is the second oldest medical society in the country. Learn more about the LMS and its programs at www.lexingtondoctors.org.
KentuckyOne Health Opens Healthy Lifestyle Center at Saint Joseph Hospital
LEXINGTON Dignitaries, staff, and stakeholders gathered on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to celebrate the opening of the newest KentuckyOne Health Healthy Lifestyle Center at Saint Joseph Hospital, in Lexington.
The Healthy Lifestyle Centers are a new concept in prevention and wellness introduced by KentuckyOne Health in Louisville in 2014. The Healthy Lifestyle Centers provide medically supervised exercise, nutrition counseling, stress management, and more to help people get and stay healthy.
“This is a bold endeavor, building on the tradition of Saint Joseph heart care that includes the rehab center and the Ornish Reversal Program, which has been proven over three decades of testing to prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions as well as reverse cardio disease,” said Alice Bridges, vice president, healthy communities, KentuckyOne Health.
Local Foods: Celebrate, Educate, Commemorate, and Inspire
LEXINGTON on January 29–30, 2016 nearly 1,400 enthusiastic farmers, market managers, researchers, service providers, and community food activists from all over the country arrived for southern sustainable agriculture working Group’s (SSAWG) 25th anniversary conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The weekend event offered an extensive program of sessions, intensive courses, and field trips. SSAWG is committed to promoting sustainably and organically grown produce, which has been shown to be a healthier, more nutritious alternative to the industrial, genetically modified, and chemically treated foods so widely available to American consumers.
Farm to school – a local food procurement movement – and sustainable school garden projects were among the hot topics discussed at the conference. Farm to school food procurement is an important effort in the fight against childhood obesity. Students with access to local foods demonstrate a willingness to try new foods and show improved eating behaviors.
School gardens show students how food is grown and provide increased physical activity. Educational programs empower children and their families to make better-informed food choices. Another outcome is enhanced overall academic achievement in K-12 settings. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities.
Learn more about sustainable agriculture at www.ssawg.org.
Central Kentucky Heart Ball Raises Funds for Local Research and Health Education
LEXINGTON Over 680 corporate and medical professionals celebrated the accomplishments of the American Heart Association (AHA) at the 28th Annual Central Kentucky Heart Ball on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Lexington Center in downtown Lexington.
The black tie event honored the work and mission, the donors and volunteers and lives saved and improved because of the efforts of the AHA. The event honored Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy, a country music artist, Broadway star, and heart disease survivor. Also featured at the event was former UK basketball player Reggie Warford and local entrepreneur Tom Jones, both heart survivors.
Organizers say that over $500,000, a record for Central KY, was raised. All proceeds from the Heart Ball support the AHA which funds public and professional education, advocacy, and scientific research. Research funded by the association has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, surgical techniques to repair heart defects, and more.
The AHA has donated $15 million to medical research in the state of Kentucky in the last 10 years.
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