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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2013) — UK HealthCare and the Safe Kids Fayette County Coalition want to pass along some important safety tips to keep in mind as children and parents are participating in Halloween fun.
On a night when many children spend hours in close proximity to cars as they navigate through neighborhoods gathering candy, pedestrian safety should be a top priority for both drivers and parents. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
"Halloween is a fun and exciting night for kids but it is also one of the most dangerous," said Sherri Hannan, Safe Kids Fayette County coordinator.
"Make sure that your evening of tricks and treats is a safe one. Be seen to be safe and take extra care when crossing streets. Slow down in neighborhoods if you are driving from location to location, and stay in areas that are well-lit and familiar," said Hannan.
Tips to keep in mind:
For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit www.usa.safekids.org/wtw/halloween2009.html.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2013) -- It is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family and in Kentucky it happens at a rate nearly double the rest of the U.S. Suffocation is the leading injury-related cause of death in infants in Kentucky but it can be prevented by utilizing safe sleeping practices.
At the Kentucky Children's Hospital, a new initiative is teaching and demonstrating risk-reduction strategies for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) to parents of infants one year and younger before their discharge from the hospital.
Although Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is an unexplained death of an infant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a broader category referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) which includes infant deaths that after investigation are determined to be suffocation or causes from an unsafe sleeping environment.
"Too many infants are dying from an unsafe sleep environment making Safe Sleeping a prevention priority in Kentucky," said Amy Brassfield, pediatric clinical nurse specialist at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "Even though about half of infant deaths in the SUID category are attributed to classic SIDS -- meaning the sudden death cannot be explained -- the focus for Kentucky Children's Hospital is to teach and model a safe sleeping environment and reduce the number of infant deaths where suffocation is preventable."
In a study by the Kentucky Maternal and Child Health team, nearly 88 percent of infant deaths due to SIDS, accidental suffocations or where the cause could not be determined, there was documentation of sleep-related risk factors. "This means that in Kentucky, at least 8 out of 10 of these infant deaths might have been prevented if the infant was in a safe sleep environment -- meaning sleeping alone, on their back, in a crib, without soft pillows, blankets or toys, and on a firm mattress," according to the report.
Characteristics of a sleep environment that can attribute to infant deaths include soft pillows, mattresses or mattress coverings in the crib, bed sharing or co-sleeping, use of an adult bed and couch sleeping.
To further modeling of safe sleeping, the use of HALO® Sleep Sack Swaddles -- a wearable blanket that replaces the use of loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere with breathing -- are being used in the neonatal intensive care unit, the newborn nursery and throughout Kentucky Children's Hospital for all infants under one year of age.
In addition, signage about safe sleep practices has been placed on every crib and bassinette throughout the hospital reinforcing the teaching of parents and caregivers by the nursing staff.
"It is important for us as health care providers to do what we can do to help prevent infant suffocation deaths in Kentucky," added Lisa McGee, clinical nurse specialist at the Kentucky Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. "By teaching and demonstrating these measures that provide a safe sleeping environment we hope to bring more awareness to this issue and reduce the number of preventable deaths."
Safe Sleeping Tips
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2013) — Kentucky Children’s Hospital has announced that Harry Hilton, a four-year-old from Lexington, has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Kentucky Champion.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Harry’s family, friends and his former doctors and nurses will celebrate Harry’s selection as ambassador for the state of Kentucky with a "Send-Off Party" as he prepares for his upcoming trip where he will meet with Champions selected from each state. The Champions will gather during the annual official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C., and Orlando. The party will be held at 3 p.m. at Legacy All Sports, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Corporate Partner, 261 Ruccio Way #105 in Lexington.
In addition to Harry’s Send-Off Party, Legacy All Sports will host a day-long fundraising event on Sept. 21 as part of National Gymnastics Day with proceeds benefiting Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
The son of Mike and Erin Hilton, Harry was chosen for facing his unique medical challenge with courage and will serve to illustrate the impact of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care.
At 9 weeks old, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease — an autoimmune disease in which the arteries widen. Harry received an accurate diagnosis and treatment at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. His specific disease was especially high-risk, resulting in two more hospital stays before he received a clean bill of health. Today he is curious and compassionate, with a love of superheroes and music.
“We are delighted to introduce Harry Hilton and his family to the community, and to have them represent Kentucky Children’s Hospital,” said Chloe Hurley, program director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “The Champions program helps underscore the important charitable needs of children’s hospital, and Harry’s story is inspiring. It illustrates the important role that Kentucky Children’s Hospital played in his life and in the lives of thousands of children across the Commonwealth.”
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LOUISVILLE, KY. / LEXINGTON, KY -- (Aug. 22, 2013): Kentucky’s two children’s hospitals -- Norton Healthcare’s Kosair Children’s Hospital and UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital – have signed an agreement to join forces to better meet the healthcare needs and interests of Kentucky’s children and their families.
In the Letter of Intent recently signed by the leadership of both organizations, the new partnership will maximize the hospitals’ combined resources to improve care and enhance access to quality services for kids throughout the state and ultimately improve the health of children throughout the Commonwealth. The two hospitals will remain independent organizations jointly operated through the collaboration.
“This partnership represents a powerful and innovative union that will allow both hospitals to leverage each other’s considerable strengths to do the most good for the children of Kentucky,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky.
The partnership brings together Norton Healthcare’s Kosair Children’s Hospital and UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington to serve the state’s 1.1 million children.
“Our goal is to develop a more comprehensive statewide children’s hospital network to make sure every Kentucky family has access to top quality care for their children,” said Stephen A. Williams, CEO of Norton Healthcare, which owns and operates the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. “Our combined leadership teams will craft a plan that advances health care, builds upon our legacy of service, and most importantly, honors our mission of providing the best possible care to the children of Kentucky. It is clear to both of our leadership teams that we must act now to make sure our children have access to the highest quality care – in Kentucky – for years to come.”
Over the next three to four months, leadership teams from both hospitals, including clinical leaders and others will work with an independent consultant to develop the partnership plan and identify immediate opportunities and priorities. The health systems will also engage clinical leaders and physicians from both hospitals to shape the final plan. Importantly, both organizations will continue to fulfill the obligations and opportunities of their respective children’s hospital relative to the important teaching, research and clinical services needs of the medical schools at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The planning team will review additional opportunities to expand services where possible.
“This partnership builds upon a history of collaboration between our two healthcare systems – including our cancer programs, transplant program, stroke network, obstetrics and pharmacy education – to improve care throughout Kentucky,” said Karpf.
Examples of potential initiatives to be developed by the children’s hospitals working together include:
The Challenges Today
Health care is rapidly changing and hospitals across the country are facing greater challenges than ever before. As hospitals are preparing to meet the changes required by the Affordable Care Act, regional competition in pediatric care has been mounding. Kentucky’s children’s hospitals must also become more competitive to attract a broader base of patients.
The need for close collaboration among hospitals, physicians and other health care providers has become critical and a “best practice” among innovative programs across the country and we need to be doing the same here in Kentucky.
In a state where approximately 25 percent of the 4.4 million residents are children, leaders from both organizations believe that by joining forces the two hospitals can leverage their individual strengths and improve the health care available to children throughout Kentucky.
Improvement in child health is exactly what Kentucky needs. The Commonwealth has one of the highest rates of pediatric obesity in the nation as well as one of the highest percentages of children who smoke. Diabetes and asthma are also among the chronic pediatric diseases affecting Kentucky children at abnormally high rates, issues the collaboration between the state’s two children’s hospitals will address. Because Kentucky ranks among the worst in the country in terms of childhood poverty, Kentucky’s children may not be getting access to the health care they need.
“We are confident that both of our children’s hospitals will benefit from this partnership. But, more importantly, we know that Kentucky’s children will benefit under a more coordinated system of care.” said Dr. Steve Hester, chief medical officer, Norton Healthcare. “One of the many exciting elements of our partnership will be our ability to coordinate resources for the recruitment, retention and placement of top-notch pediatric specialists in order to improve and expand the availability of specialty services offered to kids in Kentucky.”
Key hospital leaders, physicians and others representing the two children’s hospitals will work together to develop specific plans for the coordination and integration of clinical services and operations. Examples include:
The hospitals will continue to have separate medical staffs, medical staff bylaws and rules and regulations.
Evolution of Collaboration
Norton Healthcare and UK Healthcare first announced plans to expand previous collaborations on statewide health care initiatives in 2010. Existing collaborative programs at that time included a transplant program that directed Louisville adult transplant candidates to UK HealthCare for surgery yet provided follow up care at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville. There were also existing programs to address the shortage of obstetricians and pharmacists in the state. More recent collaborations have focused on heart disease and development of a stroke network and cancer.
Last month, Norton Cancer Institute and UK’s Markey Cancer Center revealed plans for working together to bring more advanced treatment options and opportunities for clinical trials to Kentucky patients as a result of UK’s designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI). This partnership has opened the door to more expanded cancer research programs in Kentucky, while stimulating more robust teaching programs for future physicians and caregivers.
The partnership announcement todays expands on this – as well as our other collaboration models – to benefit health care for children.
About Kosair Children's Hospital
Operating 271 beds and recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in America, Kosair Children’s Hospital is located in the downtown Louisville Medical Center. It is the region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, and the only hospital in Kentucky offering a pediatric trauma center. Kosair Children’s Hospital provides a complete range of services for children, including pediatric intensive care and one of the nation’s largest intensive care nurseries for newborns.
Kosair Children’s Hospital serves as the pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. As part of this partnership with the University of Louisville and its commitment to teaching and research, the hospital offers special programs for cancer; heart, lung, kidney and infectious diseases; respiratory ailments; neurology and neurosurgery; general pediatric surgery; orthopaedics; diabetes; psychiatry; plastic surgery; and infant/pediatric heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Because of the hospital’s special mission, all care is provided by professionals specially skilled in the care of children.
Kosair Children’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2007. Kosair Children’s Hospital is one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States as ranked in U.S. News Media Group’s editions of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals since 2009. More information is available at KosairChildrensHospital.com.
About UK HealthCare
Established in 1957, the medical center at UK is one of the nation's finest academic medical centers and includes the University's clinical enterprise, UK HealthCare. The 569-bed UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital, along with 256 beds at UK Good Samaritan Hospital, are supported by a growing faculty and staff providing the most advanced subspecialty care for the most critically injured and ill patients throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. UK Chandler Hospital includes the only Level 1 Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients in Central and Eastern Kentucky. In addition, UK HealthCare recently opened one of the country's largest hybrid operating rooms and the first of its kind in the region. While our new patient care pavilion is the leading health care facility for advanced medical procedures in the region, our talented physicians consult with and travel to our network of affiliate hospitals so Kentucky citizens can receive the best health care available close to their home and never need to leave the Bluegrass for even some of the most complex subspecialty care.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2013) - Americans will celebrate our nation's independence by gathering with friends and family for food, fun and fireworks.
Each year, an estimated 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments across the United States for fireworks-related injuries. In 2010, 3,400 children under the age of 15 were injured by fireworks. Of these, more than 70 percent occurred in the weeks surrounding July 4th.
Safe Kids Fayette County, led by Kentucky Children's Hospital, offers these tips to help stay out of the emergency department during the upcoming holiday:
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