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HAZARD, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2014) — Graduates of the inaugural class of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK) will be recognized today at a ceremony held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) in Hazard.
CLIK is a three-week, no-cost, intensive leadership development program designed to enhance research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders who play a key role in data-based decision making related to health and health care. Leaders from schools, health departments and organizations in rural communities were among those completing the program.
“National Rural Health Day was created by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness of rural health-related issues. It is fitting that we are able to recognize our CLIK graduates on this important day and we applaud their commitment to improving health in their communities,” said Fran Feltner, director of the UK CERH.
Collaborations between academic centers and community leaders offer unique and potentially powerful opportunities to affect change and find solutions.
"We look to these graduates to lead in UK’s commitment to sustainable, community-based approaches to address the most serious challenges of Kentucky – challenges that deprive individuals, families and communities of a rich quality of life," said UK President Eli Capilouto.
CLIK participants were selected through a competitive application process, with priority given to health, education, and human service leaders from Appalachian Kentucky. Through seven CLIK sessions, they received training in topics including grant development, budget management, quality improvement, human subjects protection, project evaluation, and using publically available datasets. Volunteer faculty from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department of Health served as instructors.
In addition to diverse skills training, each CLIK graduate’s organization will receive a $1,500 grant to support a pilot project and six months of technical assistance from the CLIK program. Participants’ projects ranged from addressing diabetes and children’s oral health to revitalizing an elementary school green house so that students can learn to grow and prepare their own food.
Stephen Richardson, CLIK graduate and school health coordinator for the Knott County School Board, plans to pilot a school-wide daily tooth brushing initiative for grades K-2. Kentucky’s rates of childhood tooth decay are among the highest in the nation, and as an educator, Richardson frequently witnesses the consequences of poor oral health. In addition to physical complications like dental pain or tooth loss, poor oral health can negatively affect a child's self esteem, ability to learn, and future ability to gain employment.
“After being involved in several other leadership programs, I must say this has by far been the best one yet,” said Richardson. “The small group along with the content of the presentations has made this a worthwhile event for myself. Everything about this program will help me in my chosen field,” he said.
The 2014 CLIK graduates are:
"We are fortunate to have recruited a highly motivated and talented inaugural CLIK class. These are innovative thinkers and community leaders who have taken the lessons taught by our faculty and applied them to address real life problems in their local settings. We are excited to see how our CLIK participants continue developing their projects and launch new initiatives to foster positive changes in their communities," said Nancy Schoenberg, PhD, director of fommunity engagement and research for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
CLIK is made possible by a partnership between UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (funded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences), the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) encourages rural providers and communities to join the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and other state and national rural stakeholders to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during the fourth annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 20.
NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America,increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November.
Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation. In Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear has marked the occasion by proclaiming Nov. 20, 2014, as Kentucky Rural Health Day. The Kentucky Office of Rural Health has asked that rural providers and communities across the Commonwealth post information on local events to their Facebook page to share with others what they’re doing to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.”
Approximately 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” notes NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”
These communities also face unique health care needs. “Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens,” Eisinger says. “Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents.”
The UK CERH serves as the federally designated KORH. The mission of the UK CERH is to improve the health of rural Kentuckians. The UK CERH accomplishes this through education, research, service, and community engagement. The KORH mission is to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health services.
For more information on KORH and UK CERH services and resources, please visit www.kyruralhealth.org. Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found on the Web at www.celebratepowerofrural.org.
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Starting Nov. 19, UK HealthCare volunteers will distribute names and wish lists of individual children or entire families to UK HealthCare employees and departments. Using the wish list as their guide, individual sponsors will purchase two to four gifts for a child. UK HealthCare departments or groups supporting entire families are asked to purchase gifts for every child younger than 18.
Organized by the UK HealthCare Volunteer Office, Circle of Love will support 800 children from eight Central Kentucky counties and two Fayette County schools this year. The program also fulfills wish lists for children of families staying at Kentucky Children's Hospital through the holidays.
UK HealthCare employees and departmental groups interested in sponsoring a child or a family should stop at an information table at one of several UK HealthCare locations:
· Kentucky Clinic near the Wildcat Café
· Good Samaritan Hospital at the cafeteria entrance
· UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion H near the gift shop
· Fountain Court facility
· Sterlington Road facility
Volunteers will be distributing wish lists at information tables from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, Nov. 24 to 26 and Dec. 1 to 5. Gifts for families will be collected on Dec. 8 and 9, with the drop-off location at Pavilion H North Lobby in the UK Chandler Hospital. All gifts will be loaded onto school buses at the entrance of Pavilion A at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12.
Monetary donations are also accepted through the UK HealthCare Volunteer Office. For more information, contact Sara Miller at (859) 323-4117.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2014) -- More than 85 national and state rural health stakeholders came together Oct. 16 in Somerset to discuss Health Information Technology (Health IT) funding initiatives provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the State of Kentucky to help rural Kentucky providers access financial resources to meet Meaningful Use and Health IT challenges in the years to come.
This collaboration aimed to streamline and improve the effectiveness of programs serving rural America by helping resource strapped rural health care providers, including critical access and rural hospitals as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers and mental health clinics, leverage the full suite of complementary federal, regional, and state financial assistance programs to ensure that rural Americans can benefit from local access to care powered by the full range of Health IT applications, including mobile health, telehealth and electronic health record technology.
“Health IT is a critical foundation for making high-quality, safe and affordable health care available to all Americans,” said guest speaker Leila Samy, Rural Health IT Coordinator for Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). “Financing these projects is a big challenge for rural healthcare organizations, which makes it critical to leverage all of these existing programs.”
The day-long workshop included a current and future state review of healthcare and Health IT in Kentucky, presentations from various state and federal entities on respective funding opportunities currently available, and a collaborative session to align participants immediate Health IT funding needs with known potential funding sources.
With more than 100 registrants and more than 85 people in attendance, the workshop was a success. However, the work has just begun. The next step is to form a cohort for further funding opportunities and continued assistance.
Those unable to attend the workshop may access the event materials at KentuckyREC.com/ruralhealthfunding. Rural healthcare provider organizations interested in pursuing these funding opportunities and joining the cohort may contact Kentucky Regional Extension Center at 859-323-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners in this effort include Kentucky Regional Extension Center, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), The Center for Rural Development, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Kentucky Office of Rural Health, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Delta Regional Authority (DRA).
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2014) —The University of Kentucky College of Public Health will host a Grand Rounds seminar 11 a.m., Nov. 20 in 115 College of Nursing, featuring a panel discussion on the state of public health and healthcare reform in the wake of the recent elections.
Panelists for the presentation include Julia Costich, professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health; Hannah Knudsen, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine; and Glen Mays, director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research and Public Health Practice-Based Networks and professor in the College of Public Health. Lunch will be provided to attendees who RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The discussion will include brief presentations on the results of empirical research that relates to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implications of that research on healthcare reform and public health as we move into the next two years of divided government. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists about the ACA, healthcare reform and the politics of population health funding.
Specifically, the panelists will offer perspectives on the following issues:
Costich will present a broad overview of Kentucky’s progress in ACA implementation. She will discuss her work with Mays and their colleagues at the Brookings Institute to contribute to the ACA Implementation Research Network’s observation of ACA implementation strategies at granular levels in 36 states.
Knudsen will present results from a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded health services study examining state-level growth in the number of physicians who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine to opioid-dependent patients. Specifically, she will present data collected from June 2013 to September 2014 that compares rates of waivered physicians in three types of state-level ACA implementation contexts to examine the impact of the ACA on treatment availability for individuals with opioid dependence.
Mays will provide an overview of his work examining the interplay of Medicaid spending and public health spending under ACA and the projected health and economic effects. This research provides background for a discussion of some of the interesting public financing and political economy issues that will be playing out as ACA implementation moves forward in expansion and non-expansion states.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2014) – Before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, fourth year medical students participate in a simulated-based internship "prep week" that includes training on adult and pediatric patient scenarios with high tech patient simulators.
This experience incorporating clinical simulation is just one example of the vital and growing use of simulators in providing individual as well as team training in a safe clinical environment without compromising patient safety, said Dr. Zaki Hassan, professor of anesthesiology and surgery in the UK College of Medicine.
To further coordinate clinical simulation training and serve as a resource for students and faculty, UK HealthCare has recently established the Office of Clinical Simulation led by Hassan. Under Hassan’s leadership in this area, UK's simulation program was among the first 20 programs in the nation to be accredited by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, providing simulation training as part of the mandated Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology.
Along with UK College of Medicine students, nursing and pharmacy students as well as many faculty members utilize clinical simulation both for training and maintenance of skills.
"Clinical simulation is a way for students and faculty to learn new skills and procedures and practice techniques in a completely safe environment," Hassan said. "It is also is increasingly used to simulate environments for instance, working in an isolation unit where groups of medical professionals have the opportunity to learn and practice clinical teamwork and communication needed in real-life situations."
On Nov. 13, the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A ground floor atrium had on display 20 clinical simulators including high-tech patient-mannequins, robotics and task simulators used during training. Along with students and patient care providers, UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf tried their hand at some of the simulators.
"Any time we can enhance and improve medical training for our students, faculty and our interprofessional health care teams, it ultimately benefits our patients," said Capilouto. "Just as professionals in other very high-tech and specialized fields use simulators for training and practice, these robots and high-fidelity simulators allow our doctors opportunity to perfect their skills and enhance their knowledge."
From learning patient management techniques during cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies to practicing placement of central venous catheters, the use of simulators has become an invaluable part of training for medical students as well as for retraining and skill practice for health care professionals.
"At UK HealthCare, patient safety is of the utmost importance and medical simulation offers clinicians the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a manner that protects patient safety while providing a very realistic experience for the learner," said Karpf.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2014) – Dr. Mark Williams, professor and vice chair of internal medicine and director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Georgia football game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 8.
Williams joined the UK faculty in January of this year. Since then, his UK team garnered a $14.9 million research grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. With this grant, UK will research the adjustment from hospital to home for patients and families.
"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.
To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Nov. 8 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.
WINCHESTER, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) -- Today, UK HealthCare announced that Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is now an affiliate in the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute Affiliate Network and also has entered into a formal collaboration with the UK Markey Cancer Center to develop its oncology service line.
"We are excited about expanding our outpatient services in collaboration with UK HealthCare. This allows us to offer quality heart care with convenience of location to our community and the surrounding areas,” Cherie Sibley, chief executive officer of CRMC said. “Clark Regional Medical Center’s mission is to make our community healthier, and clinical affiliations between our community hospital and a regional tertiary provider enable us to advance our mission even further. ”
The collaboration between CRMC and the Gill Heart Institute will improve access to tools for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, said Dr. Rick McClure, director of the Gill Heart Network of affiliates and health care partners.
"What started as a conversation about how to provide the highest quality cardiovascular care locally has transformed into a healthy collaboration between these institutions," McClure said. “Quality cardiovascular care – available in close proximity to the patients we serve – is a critical need in the region, and the Gill Heart Institute is proud to work with CRMC to help provide that."
In addition to high rates of cardiac health problems, Kentucky also faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation. By establishing a new oncology service in Winchester, CRMC is demonstrating its commitment to providing top-notch care for its cancer patients. The UK Markey Cancer Center -- one of only 68 medical centers in the country to earn a prestigious National Cancer Institute designation -- is assisting Clark Regional Medical Center in establishing its new oncology program, which will be grounded in Markey's policies and standards.
"We are eager to work with Clark Regional in building a strong oncology program," said Dr. Timothy Mullett, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. "Our state unfortunately ranks at the top in terms of cancer incidence and mortality, but by working together with hospitals across the state, we have the potential to make a serious impact on cancer prevention and care."
UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf emphasized that CRMC’s new relationships with UK HealthCare are in the best interest of patients and their families.
"It has long been our goal to be Kentucky's resource for highly complex quaternary care, so that patients don't have to go out of state for the best treatments available. But it makes the most sense for those same patients to be cared for locally whenever possible," Karpf said. "These new relationships with Clark Regional Medical Center make this a reality for the people of Clark and surrounding counties."
CRMC’s local cardiology and oncology providers will remain the same with these affiliations. Dr. Charles Salters Jr., will continue to see patients in his office at Clark Cardiology and Dr. Stephen Anderson is accepting new patients in his clinic at Clark Clinic Oncology. Both clinics are located at 225 Hospital Drive in Winchester.
About UK Markey Cancer Center
The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise.
In July 2013, Markey was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to receive research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers. Markey is the only NCI-designated center in Kentucky and one of only 68 in the country.
The clinical programs and services of the Markey Cancer Center are integrated with the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Markey's cancer specialty teams work together with UK Chandler Hospital departments and divisions to provide primary patient care and support services as well as advanced specialty care with applicable clinical trials. All diagnostic services, clinical and pathology laboratories, operating rooms, emergent and intensive care, and radiation therapy services are also provided to cancer patients through UK Chandler Hospital.
About UK Gill Heart Institute
Founded in 1997, the Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky is recognized as a leader in research and clinical treatment of cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart transplants, valve replacement and other interventional therapies, and state-of-the-art cardiovascular imaging. Physicians at the Gill saw more than 15,000 outpatients last year and completed more than 25,000 image studies. There are 10 members of the Gill Affiliate Network, which provides cardiology services and expertise to local hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia.
About Clark Regional Medical Center
Clark Regional Medical Center is a 79 bed, community hospital which has served the residents of east central Kentucky since 1917. The Medical Center has more than 100 affiliated physicians, over 400 employees, and 100 volunteers on its staff. The hospital was acquired by LifePoint Hospitals in May, 2010 and completed its relocation to a new, $60 million, state of the art medical campus in March, 2012.
From the Centers for Disease Control:
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In 2008, more than 616,000 Americans died of heart disease. Almost one in every four deaths in the US is caused by heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is also the #1 cause of death in Kentucky. Kentucky has the 9th highest death rate from CV disease in the US.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) – Frances Hardin Fanning, associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently received a $627,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to advance a project to prepare veterans for the civilian nursing workforce by establishing the Med/Vet to BSN option at the UK College of Nursing.
The three-year project is will recruit and transition 25 to 50 veterans with military medical training into the civilian workforce via existing and newly developed academic and non-academic resources in the college's baccalaureate nursing program while partnering with on-campus and community veterans organizations throughout the state of Kentucky. The first cohort of student veterans will be admitted in August 2015.
“The UK College of Nursing is one of only 20 nursing programs in the United States to receive HRSA funding for this type of veterans’ educational option," Hardin-Fanning said. "Our history of collaborating with campus and community veterans’ support partners, as well as our outstanding NCLEX pass rates, provided the framework for this option. I am proud that the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing Dean Janie Heath, faculty and staff; and the people of Kentucky recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and are willing to work hard to ensure their success in civilian careers.”
The MedVet to BSN Option will help student veterans with military medical training move into civilian nursing positions. This option will reduce the time toward degree by at least one semester. The goals of this option are to develop nursing career development strategies specific to the veteran population and provide academic credit for prior training and experience.
The program will also assemble a network of groups/agencies to help student learning and program completion, and to enhance employment opportunities as well as provide undergraduate nursing faculty development that includes military culture, nursing care of veterans, end of life care for veterans, awareness of issues that may impact student learning and success, and awareness of campus and community veteran resources; and collaborate with on-campus and community veterans’ organizations to provide the best resources and support to MedVet to BSN students.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2014) -- University of Kentucky faculty, staff and students are invited to a Simulation Expo sponsored by the new UK Office of Clinical Simulation. The event is being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A, ground floor lobby. Remarks by UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf will kick-off the event in the Pavilion A Auditorium at 11 a.m.
Robotic, human-patient and task simulators will be displayed and demonstrated. Directed by longtime UK faculty member Dr. Zaki Hassan, professor of anesthesiolgoy and surgery in the UK College of Medicine, the newly established Office of Clinical Simulation strives to promote clinical care and patient safety by providing students, residents, physcians and nurses an array of clinical simulation and task skills training opportunities.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has recognized eight Kentuckians aged 80 and up (including one married couple) and three centenarians who exemplify graceful aging by remaining engaged in active lifestyles.
These "William Markesbery Senior Stars" and "David Wekstein Centenarians"
awardees were selected from a pool of 32 nominees based on their current level of engagement in society; significant, lasting contributions in professional and/or community life, and service as a volunteer and role model for future generations.
The Senior Star/Centenarian Awards are given in conjunction with the Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia, which takes place in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington. The symposium features keynote speakers and faculty of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging addressing the latest research in Alzheimer's disease and answering questions from the audience regarding aging and dementia.
Following the symposium, a luncheon celebrating the awardees takes place in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Lexington.
The symposium is free and open to the public. To register for the symposium, contact the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at (859) 323-6040 or email@example.com. Luncheon tickets are $25.00 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://www.uky.edu/coa/center-aging-foundation/senior-star-awards, by calling (859) 323-5374 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awardees are:
Elexene M. Cox, 93, Nicholasville. The Nicholasville High School graduate has worked with the Jessamine Chamber of Commerce, Nicholasville Baptist Church and Rosemont Baptist Church. Most notably, she has written and directed many outdoor productions, including a Paul Sawyer play. She is also the author of three books about the history of Nicholasville.
Carl Smith, 82, Frankfort. Dr. Carl Smith is known as the "Energizer Bunny" of chorale music. As the choral director at Kentucky State University and the director of the chancel choir at First Christian Church, Dr. Smith takes the simplest of songs and making it the most beautiful piece of music you have ever heard.
Mary Jo Holland, 81, Lexington. An inspiration to all as she continues to dance and serve in many capacities, despite having had a stroke, two knees replaced, arthritis and some symptoms of Parkinson’s, Holland has brought joy to thousands of people through community service. She is a founding member of “The Energizers” dance group. Her community contributions range from working at the Opera House to missions in Guatemala to being a volunteer in an Alzheimer’s research program at Sanders Brown.
Willard, 86, and Lucy Kinzer, 85, Prestonsburg. Willard Kinzer began racing cars at age 47, winning a professional title at age 50 and beginning drag racing at the tender age of 79. Owners of Kinzer Drilling Company and Kinzer Cycle Shops, the Kinzers have used Willard's love of racing and hot rodding to help the town raise funds for financing the school through car shows and other events. Willard is on the board of directors of the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
Bettye Arvin, 84, Lexington. For many years Arvin has worked as a registered nurse in hospitals and physicians offices. For the last 23 years, she has volunteered more than 3,500 hours to the Pastoral Care Department at UK Hospital. Before a move to Lexington, she drove 2 hours each way to serve patients and families at UK Chandler Hospital. She now works one day a week caring for patients on the fifth floor.
Jessie Weaver, 87, Lexington. Weaver is the friendly, helpful Kentucky voice on the phone at the front desk at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. At a young age of 87, her positive attitude and desire to help others are evident in her interactions with faculty, staff and visitors at the Center.
Kathryn Stephens, 80, Lexington. Stephens' career has spanned more than 50 years, from nursing home co-owner to the first black female nursing home administrator in Kentucky, funeral home director, licensed embalmer, and writer. Her many roles in the community have been featured in local news articles, most recently as the organist and pianist for Pilgrim Baptist Church. She has touched the lives of many hundreds of churchgoers with her passions for music and prayer.
Elizabeth Davies, 103 ½, Barbourville. When asked about the secret to a long, productive life Elizabeth gives these secrets: eat healthy, stay active and don’t worry -- it wastes time. She remembers accompanying her Union Army veteran uncle on daily pilgrimages to the Robert E. Lee monument in town to curse at it, the day her father broke his collarbone when the hand crank of their Model T Ford kicked back, and taking part in back room prohibition parties. Barbourville and Knox County recognized her 100th birthday as “Elizabeth Davies Day.”
Dr. Robert Lam, 101, Lexington. Born in China and trained at the West China Union University School of Medicine, Dr. Lam has served his community and the University of Kentucky since the 1960s. In 2007, the surgeon was awarded the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He gives freely of his time to encourage and serve others as a member of Southern Hill United Methodist Church.
Chester Wilson, 100, Lexington. Known for his kind heart and appreciation for everyone and everything around him, Wilson is an inspiration to all who live and work at the Lafayette/Lexington Country Place. Today he continues to attend recreational outings and serve as de facto ambassador for this residential community. He has been a farmer, a golf caddy, and a 31-year IRS employee.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) — Healthy individuals tend to avoid the subjects of death, dying and end-of-life care in everyday conversation. But for providers of palliative care and people living with a terminal illness, death is a constant reality.
A single actor from the Still Point Theatre Collective in Chicago will portray many emotions and scenarios related to end-of-life care during a performance on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Pavilion A Auditorium in the UK Chandler Hospital. The 70-minute performance titled "Deep Listening" will relay familiar stories, dialogues between patient and palliative care providers, and musical performances, all centered on death and dying. The performance is part of the Newman Foundation's Distinguished Speaker Series and is sponsored by the Newman Foundation, Inc., with support from the UK Chandler Hospital and the UK Arts in HealthCare program.
Katie Yunker, co-chair of the Newman Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Program, said everyone can benefit from watching a candid portrayal of death and dying scenarios. The moving one-actor performance contains gentle humor, as well as somber and contemplative moments. The play, which has been presented to churches and hospice groups, intends to educate health care workers, counselors, ministers and other professionals on how to approach end-of-life conversations and provide compassionate palliative care.
"The point is to stimulate discussion," Yunker said. “If it's not verbalized, then at least to simulate thought and integrate head and heart in anyone's approach to this reality, whether it's at work, or with a loved one now or in the past."
The Still Point Theatre Collective is a community of artists who are dedicated to creating performances, workshops and events that raise awareness of peace and justice. “Deep Listening” was written by Teresa Weed, who was commissioned to write the play by Still Point founder Lisa Wagoner-Carollo. Wagoner-Carollo was inspired to create this play from her two-year experience living with people who were dying of HIV at a homeless shelter.
Continuing education credits are available to health care workers who attend the performance. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a 30-minute open discussion of death and dying topics. It is free and open to the general public. In addition, the performance will be broadcast to patient rooms at the UK Chandler Hospital for those patients, workers or families who want to view on a television.
For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Program, visit www.newmanfnd.org. To watch a 10-minute clip of "Deep Listening," click here.
Phillips is aboard-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine and is a former chair of the Sleep Institute and the National Sleep Foundation. She has served on the Boards of the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Phillips received a Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health and was presented with the College Medalist Award at CHEST 2013.
Her research focuses on the effects of sleep apnea on performance and outcomes, genetic risk factors for sleep apnea, nonpharmacologic treatment of sleep apnea, and sleep in aging.
American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) -- Quality of life. It is a term we often hear when someone has a life-threatening illness where treatment and therapies can prolong life but may not allow patients to live a fulfilling or necessarily comfortable life.
Today, people with cancer and other very serious diseases are living longer and survival times that once were measured in weeks are now measured in years. For this reason, palliative care is often the key for many in finding quality and comfort.
Psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross began writing books in the 1960s and 70s on death and dying that have reshaped most of what we know about modern end-of-life care. And in the past decade, hospice care and palliative care services have been in increasing demand for the elderly, terminally or chronically ill.
Still, much about hospice care and palliative care is misunderstood.
What is the Difference in Hospice and Palliative Care?
Hospice care generally provides support and symptom management for patients whose life expectancy is thought to be six months or less. Palliative care is not about death and dying; it is about making the most of life, for however long it lasts and has no time restrictions. Palliative care can be received by patients at any stage of illness, whether it be terminal or not.
However, hospice and palliative both focus on the word "care." You want the patient to be as comfortable as possible. You want them or their family to have as much control as possible and you want to be able to manage symptoms and pain so the individual and the family can focus on the time together, no matter if it is measured in weeks, months or years.
Who Could Be Helped from Palliative Care?
Some of the serious illnesses where patients may benefit from palliative care include cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and others.
What are the Benefits of Palliative Care?
Regardless of the disease, its stage or prognosis, the focus for the patient is completely on quality of life. That includes pain management and the treatment of symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and insomnia. But it also includes making sure the patient's emotional and spiritual needs are fulfilled. The goal of a patient receiving palliative care is to help them carry on with their daily live as much as possible.
Overall, palliative care should be thought of as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan available early on in a patient's disease. Goals of care and therapies are developed for each patient, which can then inform the discussions and decisions about their treatment. This empowers patients, because they are the ones deciding what they want to get out of their medical care and how that will impact their life.
Dr. Gerald Klim is director of the Adult Palliative Care and Hospice Program at UK HealthCare
This column appeared in the Nov. 9, 2014 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
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