LEXINGTON MEDICAL SOCIETY HEARS LEGISLATIVE RECAP FROM SENATOR RALPH ALVARADO, MD
LEXINGTON The May 8, 2018 dinner meeting of the Lexington Medical Society (LMS) featured an extensive review of legislation that affected healthcare in Kentucky from one of its members, Senator Ralph Alvarado, MD, 45th (R).
Dr. Alvarado spoke of numerous topics that were addressed during the controversial session: a budget was passed, pension reform for state workers and teachers; an increase in the tobacco tax; workers comp reform; changing the marriage age; victim’s rights; telehealth to reduce costly ER visits; healthcare transparency and tort reform; medical oversight of midwifery for high risk delivery; screening for hepatitis C, among others.
“We still have medical review panels,” said Alvarado and her encouraged members to participate in them when called. “Medicine is a regulated market,” he said and frivolous lawsuits place a burden on the entire system.
Alvarado said he wants to see more science before he can fully endorse medical marijuana, but he is open to any potential advancement in finding cures for pain. He encouraged all physicians to donate to the KMA for a better state of medicine in Kentucky that will encourage people to stay in Kentucky throughout their retirement.
Saint Joseph Hospital Holds “Gurney Derby” to Celebrate Health Care Week
LEXINGTON The race for the Triple Crown has come and gone, but racing fun was on tap at KentuckyOne Health’s “Gurney Derby,” on Thursday May 10, 2018. The is the second year for this event at Saint Joseph Hospital during National Healthcare Week, a time to celebrate hospitals, health systems and health care employees for their contributions to local communities. During the Gurney Derby, employees raced gurneys through an obstacle course in the Saint Joseph Hospital parking lot. Team “Cath Lab,” the team with the fastest time was named the 2018 Gurney Derby champion.
John Petrov, chief HR officer for KentuckyOne Health said that events like the Gurney Derby helped create employee engagement through a fun and team building activity. Gretchen King, HR representative, had all team members pledge “To have fun for Healthcare Week, but always, safety first!”
Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Hosts 29th Annual Golf Tournament
Proceeds support the mission and outreach programs of Saint Joseph Hospital
LEXINGTON The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation (SJHF) held its 29th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the University Club of Kentucky. More than $2.2 million has been raised to support the mission and outreach programs of Saint Joseph Hospital including, patient and family assistance funds, scholarships, new technology and life-saving equipment.
Top finishers on the Wildcat Course were: 1st place: Lexington Legends – Gary Durbin, Ty Cobb, Colin Dodd, and Petey Reynolds; 2nd place: Sodexo Convenient Solutions – Jonathan Claypool, Jeremy Herring, Chris Browning, Josh Harris; 3rd place: Republic National Distributing Company- Nelson Smith, Trae Joyce, Billy Hayden, Rod Kennedy
Top finishers on the Big Blue Course were: 1st place: Switzer Properties – Daniel King, Kyle Johnson, Tom Francis, Mason Guy; 2nd place: Josh Herald, Alan Steele, Bill Morgan, Kyle Grizz; 3rd place: Johnson Controls – John Crider, Ben Durham, Billy Fraley, Hunter Butler
Gold Sponsor was KentuckyOne Health Medical Group.