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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015) -- Dr. Gerhard Hildebrandt has been named the Division Chief of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
Hildebrandt's clinical focus is cancers of the blood and lymph system. He sees patients before and after blood or marrow stem cell transplantation and treats patients suffering from acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. He also serves as a professor of medicine in the UK College of Medicine.
Hildebrandt received his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Medical School, Germany, in 1997. Upon completing his doctoral research thesis, he was awarded the "doctor medicinae" with magna cum laude.
He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of Regensburg, Germany and became Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematologic Malignancies Attending at the University of Regensburg. In 2009 he was awarded the "Habilitation," the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve by own pursuit in Germany.
After moving to the United States in 2009, Hildebrandt was a faculty member at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and served as director of their bone marrow transplant program. He later moved to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to become director of the Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Hildebrandt is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the American Association for Cancer Research. He has authored more than 40 articles, books and book chapters, and is strongly involved in clinical trials.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) - Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for cancer care at Markey.
The weekend includes the first-ever “Survive the Night Triathlon,” an overnight team relay that covers 140.7 combined miles of swimming, biking and running. The triathlon begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky. Registration for the triathlon is $350 for individuals or $425 for a team of up to 10 athletes, and participants must register by June 1.
On Saturday, June 13, the event continues at 9 a.m. with the Something for Every Body Exercise Event and Expo, also at Spindletop Hall. Numerous local fitness centers have volunteered their time and expertise to create a choose-your-own-exercise format, where attendees can participate in a variety of small group fitness classes throughout the morning including yoga, TRX, Silver Sneakers, water aerobics, boxing, barre, body rolling and more.
Each fitness class will be available for a $5 donation. Participants will need to register at the event to reserve a spot for their preferred classes and times.
During the exercise event, local businesses will be on hand with information highlighting a healthy lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The expo is free and open to the public.
Feddock, a seasoned triathlete who regularly competes in Iron Man competitions, began using his talents as an athlete to raise money for patient care at Markey last year. He raced in four long-distance events in 2014, using crowdfunding to raise more than $142,000 for Markey.
"After seeing the success I had raising money racing in triathlons, a lot of people expressed an interest in helping raise money for Markey in a similar way," Feddock said. "So I created the Healthiest Weekend in Lexington fundraiser with the idea that there would be something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned athlete or brand-new to fitness."
The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington is sponsored by UK HealthCare, Audi of Lexington, Big Ass Fans, Clark Material Handling Company and West Sixth Brewing. Fitness services will be provided by CycleYou, Fit4Mom Lexington, Legacy All Sports, LiveWell Training Club, Proof Fitness, PureBarre, Source on High, SweatLex and the YMCA of Lexington.
ABOUT MARKEY CANCER FOUNDATION
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation’s mission is to reduce cancer mortality in Kentucky and beyond by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education and community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate patient care at the UK Markey Cancer Center.
Ironcology is an exercise-based fundraising effort started by UK Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock in 2014. Feddock, a long-distance triathlete, originally set out to raise $200,000 through crowdfunding pledges for his efforts in the 2014 Ironman Louisville to put a downpayment on a new, state-of-the-art radiation implant suite at the Markey Cancer Center. With that goal now attained, Feddock is expanding Ironcology to the masses to engage others to participate in pledge-based competition and events to raise money on behalf of the UK Markey Cancer Foundation.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) -- Thirteen-year-old Abby Gottesman watched through the glass as the pineapple was strapped into place and made its way through the center of an enormous donut.
It sounds like something from the school cafeteria, but in fact Abby was enjoying her dream day learning from neuropsychologists from UK HealthCare.
Most 13-year-olds aren't really certain what they want to be when they grow up, or their career aspirations are more generic: nurse, fireman, lawyer. But Abby's career goal to be a neuropsychologist puts her in rarefied company. Her essay outlining her life's pursuit and why she felt she would be a good neuropsychologist made her one of only five middle schoolers in the country chosen to shadow people in their chosen discipline through the DreamUP! Program.
The DreamUP! Program is a no-cost career exploration program and contest for middle school students across the United States sponsored by Office Depot and USA TODAY. The program is designed for students to follow a set of career exploration lessons and concludes with students writing a 500-word essay about their dream job/career.
"When I read Abby's essay entry I was blown away," said Amelia Anderson-Mooney, Ph.D., the neuropsychologist who planned Abby's dream day. "This young woman will achieve anything she puts her mind to."
Neuropsychologists specialize in assessing the cognitive and behavioral effects of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease. By using standardized testing to assess behavior and cognition, coupled with technology such as MRI, neuropsychologists aim to understand how brain function influences the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of neurological disease. They work hand-in-hand with neurologists and other physicians to assist patients in managing their situation safely and effectively.
Anderson-Mooney wanted to make sure that Abby learned about essential brain functions and the tools neuropsychologists use to measure those functions. So the seventh grader from Lexington Traditional Magnet School started her day with the Neurocognitive Service team at UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, learning about their educational backgrounds and gaining hands-on experience with the cognitive tests neuropsychologists use with their patients.
The group then discussed a case study so that Abby could to see how those tests are used in real life The day concluded with a visit to UK's Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Spectroscopy Center (MRISC), where they put a pineapple through an MRI to demonstrate how the technology helps assess brain structure. Finally, with the MRISC’s Dave Powell, Ph.D. at the controls, Anderson-Mooney served as a human volunteer for fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which demonstrates in real time which parts of the brain are responsible for motor control as Anderson-Mooney followed simple instructions presented to her on a screen.
"I was extremely excited because this is a big deal," said Abby. "It's great exposure so I can know what I'm going to do when I grow up."
And Abby wasn't the only one who enjoyed the experience.
"It’s my opinion that I have the best job in the world with the best people in the world, and I was very proud to introduce Abby to it,” Anderson-Mooney said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — We often hear about the things we need to do to maintain heart health. But did you know you should also be thinking about brain health?
In addition to the human suffering caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias, there is an enormous financial strain on the health care system and families, consuming about $20 billion in direct costs alone. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, that figure is expected to rise exponentially. Finding a cure for Alzheimer's is our ultimate goal, but finding ways to help people stave off dementia by just five years — whether through medicines or lifestyle changes — would make an enormous impact on the cost of patient care and the emotional stress experienced by the families of a loved one stricken by dementia.
The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), one of the world's leading research centers on age-related diseases, is dedicated to finding ways to slow down and/or cure Alzheimer's disease. We are always eager to share our knowledge with the world, but care especially for Kentuckians — the people in our own backyard.
To that end, we will be holding our seventh annual "Mind Matters" health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington. The event is free of charge and anyone who is interested in learning about aging brain health for themselves or a loved one is welcome.
The focus of this year's event is proper nutrition for a healthy brain, providing information on how diet can help promote healthy brain aging and prevent age-related brain disease. There will be free 'brain healthy' food provided by chef Ouita Michel as well as live cooking demonstrations.
The event will also feature interactive exhibits, health and memory screenings, and presentations about healthy brain aging, Alzheimer's and music therapy.
The best health outcomes happen when patients, families, and physicians work together. The Mind Matters Health Fair is an opportunity for you to arm yourself with the latest information on brain health for your own benefit and for that of others.
Dr. Greg Jicha is an aging and Alzheimer's disease specialist at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
LEXINGTON, KY. (May 15, 2015) — Not even sopping wet hiking gear could blemish Jennifer Cotton's memory of a pink- and orange-hued morning sun surfacing over the Himalayan mountain line.
In between medical training sessions at Tribhuvan University in Nepal, the fourth-year University of Kentucky medical student trekked across the Kathmandu Valley, stopping at small villages along the way, with a group of colleagues from around the world. On the first day of their adventure, a constant pouring of rain drenched their clothes, which they dried over a campfire that night. But Cotton dismissed the wet, rugged outdoor conditions when she woke at 4 a.m. to a magnificent illumination across the sky.
"It's something you just can't quite put into words," Cotton said.
Feeling a close connection to the culture, land and people of Nepal since her trip in February, Cotton was troubled to learn of the devastation caused by two recent earthquakes in the region. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25 caused the deaths of more than 8,000 people, and a magnitude 7.3 earthquake rattled the eastern part of Nepal near Mount Everest on May 12. Cotton, who graduates from the UK College of Medicine on May 16, is raising funds to help Nepali doctors replenish intensive care unit supply boxes, which cost as much as $4,000 and have been depleted since the first emergency response.
"It's horrible, and it's hard to watch from here," Cotton said of the situation in Nepal. "We're trying to do the best we can from here. They don't need medical volunteers — they need supplies."
After traveling to Montreal to provide ultrasound training at a conference in 2014, Cotton was invited by the Nepal Critical Care Development Foundation to serve as a trainer during an ultrasound workshop held in the capital city of Kathmandu. During her two-week trip, Cotton and medical colleagues from around the world taught Nepali doctors the latest techniques in critical care ultrasound. The only American to participate as a trainer in the conference’s workshop, Cotton said she was humbled to have the opportunity to pass her skill set on to Nepali doctors.
Although she was younger and less experienced than the Nepali doctors, she had mastered critical care ultrasound skills through her involvement in the UK College of Medicine Ultrasound Interest Group and the mentorship of Dr. Matt Dawson, UK HealthCare director of point of care ultrasound.
The Nepal Critical Care Development Foundation is building a stronger critical care training program in Nepal by offering a fellowship in critical care and providing intensive care unit (ICU) medical supply boxes for the region. Until recently, the area provided few opportunities for advanced critical care training.
Cotton instructed many local doctors on how to hold an ultrasound probe for the first time. Because of Cotton's training, doctors from across the region were equipped with new skills in trauma and critical care ultrasound only months before two major disasters. Cotton said she will continue to participate in the annual ultrasound training in Nepal.
Cotton was a member of the team of University of Kentucky student sonographers who won the first World Cup of Ultrasound contest during the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education last fall. She will complete her emergency medicine residency training at The Ohio State University. Ultrasound is listed by Stanford University as one of the most valuable skills for medical students entering the field.
Cotton is in the process of establishing a nonprofit foundation to support the Nepali doctors long-term. To support disaster relief kits for Nepal now, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nepal-icu-care-box.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2015) — Keeneland Concours d’Elegance will host the Maserati Mingle Friday, May 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Court House Square in downtown Lexington.
Sponsored by Maserati of Cincinnati, event admission is free to the public and will feature a variety of exotic automobiles, including vintage models from Maserati, Ferrari and Porsche. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site.
“This will be a fun, memorable event with a number of local classic cars on display at downtown Lexington’s Court House Square,” Connie Jones, Concours co-chair, said. “It serves as a warm-up for the upcoming Keeneland Concours d’Elegance on July 16-19, and all proceeds will benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital."
Tickets and information for the Keeneland Concours will be available at the Maserati Mingle.
For the 2015 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, July 18, the featured marque is Maserati, in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary in 2014. Supporting sponsors for the Maserati Mingle event include the UK Federal Credit Union, WEKU and Harp Enterprises.
Since the first event in 2004, the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance has showcased the finest in automobiles and the attractions of central Kentucky on the lush grounds of the Keeneland Race Course. Activities include a Bourbon Tour, Hangar Bash and the Tour d’Elegance of scenic Kentucky back roads. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital to help bring better health care to the children of Kentucky. For more information, visit www.keeenelandconcours.com.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2015) – Storytelling has always been an essential part of the human experience. From prehistoric tales of the hunt, to fairytales, and even modern blockbusters, stories have reflected the culture, values and experiences of not only the characters but the storyteller himself.
Though storytelling has always been a powerful force in society, only recently has its power been used to encourage healing. The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is working to recognize the powerful patient stories that result from a cancer diagnosis and use these stories to help patients through a method known as narrative medicine.
During a narrative medicine session, patients sit one-on-one with a health professional to share their personal stories, whether it's as simple as their actual day-to-day experiences or their emotional journeys. As patients share their unique experiences, the narrative medicine facilitator will help to tease out important details and insights and help patients use their story as a way to cope and recover mentally.
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Though talking points vary greatly from patient to patient, one thing that remains consistent in each session are a series of questions asked by Markey's Narrative Medicine Facilitator Robert Slocum.
"What is your source of hope?"
A cancer diagnosis changes a person's life overnight. For many people, fighting cancer can mean taxing treatments, unexpected financial burdens, time away from loved ones and time away from activities they enjoy. It can be easy to focus on treatment, and healing the body, and forget about the toll that the experience takes on the mind.
At Markey, staff is always concerned with finding ways to keep patients engaged and maintain their sense of hope throughout treatment.
Slocum believes that one way to achieve this is through patients sharing their story and experiences.
"This is a person who happens to have cancer," Slocum said. "A person with a life, with dreams, hopes, responsibilities, and ways to share. Staying connected to that during the process of treatment can be very important."
Many patients are open to sharing their experiences but are unsure of how to do it. They feel holding these conversations might burden loved ones or health professionals. They might feel that their personal experience is not important.
Narrative medicine is a chance to express to them that their experiences do matter.
"It is important to hear again and again that we are here to listen," Slocum said. "We want to hear your experience. Your experience matters. That can be the opening that many people felt 'oh there was never a good time to talk,' well, this is a great time to talk."
This adjunct therapy becomes especially helpful for cancer patients in isolation, where they may be confined to a room with few approved visitors for a month or more. Lola Thomason, the patient care manager for Markey's blood and marrow transplantation and medical oncology floor, notes that these patients are at a particularly high risk of developing psychosocial issues, simply due to lack of interaction and conversation.
"Narrative medicine gives patients an opportunity just to get their story out," Thomason said. "Just being able to get those feelings off their chest means so much to them."
Slocum is frequently referred to patients by Thomason and her team, a system that is working well so far.
"Lola has a sixth sense for who needs to be seen and when they need to be seen," Slocum said.
"Where do you get your strength?"
There is, without a doubt, strength that comes from being able to share your personal story.
When Slocum holds these important conversations with patients, he focuses on helping patients discover what their personal strength is and helps them find the strength to share their experience with others, if they choose.
"It is possible to draw out and draw on a patients sense of strength," Slocum said. "It is an opportunity for a patient to come to a clearer understanding of their life and what they are going through presently in the context of everything they have faced before."
Narrative medicine begins with a referral from a health professional and a simple conversation.
"It can be simply 'how are you feeling today', 'what brings you to the hospital' or 'how has treatment been going'," Slocum said. "That can be the start of a conversation that begins to go a little bit deeper."
Once patients choose to participate in narrative medicine, they can share their story in the way that they are comfortable. Patients are free to share as much or as little as they would like to. The purpose is for patients to begin to share their story and also provide an opportunity for them to process their experiences.
One of Slocum's patients at Markey, Dr. David Gagnon, has been very open to sharing his experiences dealing with a rare blood cancer and subsequent brain cancer diagnosis.
Gagnon has a unique story to tell as both a doctor and a cancer patient. Because he understands the doctor and patient viewpoint, he has gained an understanding of the importance of sharing experiences and emotions.
"Patients who don't talk don't seem to do well," Gagnon said. "I have found that talking and sharing with physicians and other patients who are going through this is helpful for me and helpful for them."
During his session with Slocum, Gagnon's topics run the gamut of his life experiences, including thoughts on his career as a physician, to his hobbies and fitness goals, to his spirituality. While Gagnon has an interesting perspective, every patient offers a unique viewpoint that Slocum hopes to help draw out and build upon as a source of strength for the patient.
"Patients come in all sizes, shapes, backgrounds and with different perspectives," Slocum said. "I try to work with whoever they are and whatever they bring."
"What gives you the courage to face the future?"
For some patients, narrative medicine has allowed them to find the courage to share their story with others. This might mean sharing what they are feeling with family members or even writing it down for other patients to read and hopefully relate to.
Many patients come out of a narrative medicine session with a fresh outlook on their treatment, and on life in general.
"I've had patients say wonderful things about how their perspectives have changed in cancer treatment," Slocum said. "They don't take things for granted anymore. Cancer is a terrible diagnosis, but it's also a second chance."
Narrative medicine is just one of the ways that Markey has worked to foster hope, strength and courage in their patients. Their integrative medicine program helps to find alternative medicine practices that complement a patient's existing treatment. Markey offers a wide range of integrative programs including narrative medicine, art therapy, music therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu.
For more information on narrative medicine or for referrals, contact Robert Slocum at (859) 324-0955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2015) — Without words to explain her process or motive, Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso started drawing and painting muscular male figures on construction paper. She then cut out the figures, which ranged from a few inches to 8 feet tall, and methodically installed them on the walls of her family's apartment using square pieces of brown packaging tape.
Deaf and unable to speak since birth, the 29-year-old artist lives a mostly isolated existence in a small town near Havana, Cuba. Her limited human interactions occur within the confines of her family's apartment. Because Pedroso can only communicate for basic needs through rudimentary signs, no one knows the artist's own interpretations of the mythological figures and body parts she creates.
A collection of her imagined figures are currently on display in the UK Chandler Hospital East Gallery in an exhibit titled, "Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso: Cut and Flex." The artwork depicts the full bodies of men with bulging muscles and brightly colored organs and ligaments, as well as paintings of stand-alone body parts, including hands, feet and heads. An integral element of Misleidys' work, the squares of brown packaging tape are maintained around the edges of each cutout.
Since she started creating the figures a few years ago, Pedroso's work has evolved with the addition of female figures in bikinis and groupings of heads joined together to depict human relationships, such as twins or families. Pedroso's mother has observed her standing in front of her drawings, looking at them and gesturing as if she were speaking to them. Misleidys looks at her paintings in the eyes, as though she recognizes them.
"Whatever the true nature of this work may be, Misleidys is clearly breathing life into her figures, creating beings that exist in the space between our world and her own," Phillip March Jones, curator for the UK Arts in HealthCare program, said.
Pedroso's work has recently appeared in Havana Biennial and Art Papers magazine. The exhibit, coordinated by the UK Arts in HealthCare program, will be on display throughout the summer.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2015) -- Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute have been awarded a four year, $2.85 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study the mechanisms by which diet and family history increase the risk of heart attacks.
"Although the risk of heart attacks is clearly increased by lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity, family history is also an important factor, but we don't know exactly how the genes that associate with this risk alter the biological processes that give rise to heart disease" said Andrew Morris, Ph.D., with the Gill Heart Institute. "This new grant will support ongoing studies into the genetic cascade of events that gives rise to increased risk for cardiovascular disease."
A gene called PPAP2B is responsible for a process that confers substantial protection against the development of heart disease.
"Recent advances in analysis of the human genome have revealed a link between subtle variations that determine how the PPAP2B gene is turned on and increased cardiovascular disease risk," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute and co-PI for the grant. "The question is, 'what is the process by which this gene either protects -- or fails to protect -- people from cardiovascular disease?'"
"The answer to this question might lead to the development of drugs to prevent cardiovascular disease."
Morris also noted that being overweight or obese increases cardiovascular disease risk and the PPAP2B gene may play a role in the process by which increased levels of certain lipids or fats in obese or overweight people promote heart disease.
"One implication of this idea is that our studies of the PPAP2B might reveal a connection between diet and inheritable risk factors for heart disease," he said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2015) — Kentucky Arts Council musicians representing the genres of jazz, Bluegrass, classical piano and more will give live performances at the UK Chandler Hospital during the UK Arts in HealthCare program's Spring Forward concert series.
Performances will begin at noon every Wednesday in the Pavilion A atrium lobby. The series runs through June 24. The schedule of performances includes:
· May 13 – Diane Earl, Pianist
· May 20 – Joe Earl, Guitarist
· May 27 – TDH4, Jazz/Regional Band
· June 3 – Butch Rice, Singer/Songwriter
· June 10 – Kyle Meadows, Hammered Dulcimer
· June 17 – No Tools Loaned, Bluegrass Band
· June 24 – Dale Pyatt, Singer/Songwriter
The Kentucky Arts Council, a state arts agency, supports the UK Arts in HealthCare program’s Spring Forward performance series with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2015) – UK HealthCare nurses show courage, compassion and clinical competency as they interact with patients, families and fellow staff members every day. Several UK HealthCare employees were recently singled out for their extraordinary work as recipients of the 2015 Nursing Week Awards.
“These leaders have demonstrated not only extraordinary clinical competency and great thinking, but the courage to step up and out to change things for the better, said Colleen Swartz, chief nurse executive for UK HealthCare. “These changes improve the care environment and allow us to take better care of our patients and families.”
The AI/UK HealthCare Quilt of Teamwork Award for Nursing Support was given to respiratory therapist Lisa Wright, who is a member of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital nursing management team. Wright has played an instrumental role in elevating KCH’s level of care in neonatal ventilation and improved nursing efficiency by providing expertise in respiratory illness.
The Diana Weaver Leadership/Management Award honors a dynamic and confident nurse in the position of a manager or administrative leader. Kimberly Blanton, director of enterprise ipac and quality safety at UK HealthCare, received this award for her ability to disseminate important information to the nursing teams, to manage programs that enhance nursing, to promote a spirit of teamwork and charisma in nursing, and to lead during the Ebola crisis with confidence and composure.
The Karen E. Hall Nursing Education Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated quality education to his or her colleagues. Donna Woolums, a clinical nurse at the UK Good Samaritan Hospital, received this award for her efforts to fill an instructional need in her unit, and for fostering an environment of learning in her workplace.
The Karen Sexton Firestarter Award, which honors a nurse who exemplifies the values of teambuilding, education and a commitment to excellence, was presented to Linda Clements. Clements is involved with training and mentoring nursing students and new nurses. She has served as a catalyst for improvement by thinking critically about patient issues and training other health care providers to perform life-saving skills.
A nurse part of the Children’s Oncology Group, Diana Holtzhauer is the 2015 recipient of the M.J. Dickson Quality Nursing Care Award. The award recipient is a clinical nurse who reflects a strong commitment to high standards and quality care. Holtzhauer, who serves as a resource in ambulatory and impatients, meets high standards of care by modeling policies, championing positive change and utilizing evidence-based practices.
The Nightingale Preceptor Lamp Award recognizes a preceptor who has provided exceptional guidance to new nurses. This year’s award was presented to Diana Gregory, a nurse at the UK Good Samaritan Hospital who has served as an enthusiastic mentor, advocate and teacher to many students, new members of the profession and co-workers.
Janice Bugg was named the recipient of the Nursing Professional Advancement Award, which honors an individual who has maintained the “Gold” status of the profession and contributes to the standards of nursing in their unit, hospital and community. Bryan Boling was presented with the Dorothy Brockopp Annual Research Award for a project examining the use of social media as a support system for patients using LVADs. Psychiatric nurse Peggy Scheibel was awarded the Eastern State Hospital Foundation Award for providing exceptional, compassionate care for patients in the mental health community.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2015) -- UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute has received the "Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award" for maintaining specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.
This year marks the second year that Gill has received Gold designation.
"We are committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our patients, and it's gratifying to have the quality of our care acknowledged by the American Heart Association," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute.
According to Dr. Melina Aguinaga-Meza, Gill Heart Institute's Resuscitation Committee Chair, patients aren't the only ones who benefit.
"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines program, we are able to share expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," Dr. Aguinaga-Meza said.
"What this means for Kentuckians is that the gold standard for heart care is available right here in Lexington."
The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save the lives of those who experience cardiac arrests by following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-emergency care.
More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2015) — The Kentucky Hospital Association presented a 2015 Quality Award to Eastern State Hospital on Friday during a special awards presentation by Board Chair Dennis Johnson held as part of the Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Conference in Lexington.
The Quality Awards are presented in six categories with Eastern State honored in Psychiatric Care. Other categories include Critical Access Hospital; Under 100 Beds; 100 to 250 Beds; Greater than 250 Beds; and Post-Acute Care.
Eastern State Hospital, managed and operated by UK HealthCare through an agreement with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), opened its new facility in September 2013 and provides recovery-focused, individualized care in a supportive environment that features the latest in mental health treatment. The facility provides an extensive range of inpatient mental health services to adults living within the 50 counties surrounding and including Fayette County.
“We are honored to receive the 2015 KHA Quality Award that recognizes our clinical teams’ hard work to improve the quality of care we provide to some of our state’s most vulnerable patients,” said John Phillips, chief administrative officer, Eastern State Hospital. “Our focus on trauma-informed care and new clinical processes has enhanced our patient-centered care philosophy.”
The award honors hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment in patient care. According to KHA, the goals of this award are to:
According to the hospital’s award submission, Eastern State Hospital has developed and adopted the definition of quality as "a lifestyle as well as an ongoing commitment to provide optimal care to our patients. Quality is accomplished by empowering staff, focusing on evidencebased practice, and striving for continuous regeneration of exemplary treatment.”
Administrative leadership has empowered managers to encourage autonomy in their staff, and to evaluate, treat and educate patients using best practice and evidence-based standards.
One of the hospital’s most significant accomplishments has been to reduce the number of restrictive interventions by focusing on trauma-informed care and changing the culture. That culture change has included emphasizing nonviolent de-escalation techniques; individualizing emergency medication protocols; and expanding use of behavioral supports. Since implementing such measures, restrictive interventions have dropped 85 percent, and employee safety has improved.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2015) -- May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – a good time to look at how children learn speech and language. Frequent conversations with children in their early years are the best way to set them on the road to language learning and academic success. Studies have demonstrated a link between the number of words a child hears and later academic achievement.
While they should spend quality time listening, talking, playing and reading with their parents, our children are instead spending time with technology. According to a poll recently released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the average child age 8 and under uses more than three different personal tech devices, including tablets, video game consoles, and smart phones. Even children as young as 2 are now “connected” via technology.
Since technology cannot substitute for face-to-face communication, children who spend their time preoccupied with solitary devices lose out on language learning opportunities. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has made several suggestions on how to manage your child’s technology use to keep communication at the forefront:
· Create tech-free times. Find opportunities for everyone to disconnect and talk.
· Don’t over-rely on technology for entertainment. Everyday activities like errands provide great opportunities for conversation and learning for young children. Resist the urge to rely on devices.
· Don't overestimate the value of educational apps. Children learn best simply through talking, conversing, and reading. Technology cannot replace these activities.
· Make tech use a group activity. Do things together with the device and talk about what you’re doing.
· Consider whether young kids really need their own devices, which lead to more time spent alone with technology.
· Set and enforce daily limits on "tech time."
· Teach safe listening, especially when using ear buds or headphones. Teach kids to keep the volume down (a good guide is half volume) and take listening breaks to avoid noise-induced hearing loss.
· Model good tech habits. Practice what you preach when it comes to tech time and safe-listening habits.
· Learn to recognize the signs of communication disorders. This is important for all parents, regardless of their children’s technology use. Early treatment can prevent or reverse many communication disorders. Parents should not wait to see if a child “outgrows” a suspected speech or hearing problem. If you have concerns, seek an assessment from a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Learn more at http://IdentifytheSigns.org.
Judith L. Page, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
This column appeared in the May 10, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 7, 2015) – The Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) and UK HealthCare announced today a groundbreaking partnership aimed at providing more than 800 patient care providers access to UK HealthCare support services such as supply chain contracts, medical professional placement services, practice transformation support/training and an after-hours pediatric call triage center.
KPCA has more than 250 member clinics from Paducah to Pikeville and from Covington to the Tennessee border serving some of Kentucky's most underserved citizens and focusing on improving the health of those they serve.
The partnership provides KPCA members access to services at heavily discounted rates or at no charge to the facilities. One of the prominent features of the partnership is the recognition of KPCA organizations as “affiliate” sites under UK HealthCare's group purchasing contract. Under this purchasing arrangement, the savings to some of the larger health centers and clinics is quiet significant, adding thousands back to the annual budget, and more efficient management of purchasing volume.
“Primary care physicians, especially those in rural areas, have the extra burden of high patient volume, limited staff, and stretched resources,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “By partnering, UK HealthCare and KPCA members can grow important programs and services for their patients while also controlling and reducing operating costs. In today’s health care environment, this will be a game changer for many KPCA members.”
However, this collaboration is as much about improving the quality of care provided in KPCA member clinics as it is reducing costs.
"By addressing some of these issues related to costs, clinics with already scarce resources can instead focus on improving the quality of care provided across the Commonwealth," said Joseph E. Smith, executive director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association. “We’ve had a longstanding association with the University and UK HealthCare and this partnership elevates that relationship by adding a strong commitment to assisting rural doctors, nurses and practice managers who face some of the toughest transitions taking place in medicine today.”
KPCA members will have access to robust staffing solutions through Kentucky Medical Professional Placement Services and the Kentucky Medical Opportunities Website, an online marketplace linking candidates to vacancies across the state, active job search features for recruits, and links to offline events that link job seekers with interested organizations looking to fill positions across the clinical spectrum.
This cooperation also affords KPCA members access to practice transformation services, or Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) consultants, that work with intensive cohorts across the state, assisting practices in the transition to quality and value-based care models. As a compliment to the PCMH model, UK HealthCare’s afterhours pediatric call triage service has been extended to KPCA members as well, providing organizations with around the clock access to specially trained registered nurses and over twenty-six community pediatricians and nurse practitioners throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky.
The Kentucky Primary Care Association was founded in 1976 as a private, non-profit corporation of community health centers, rural health clinics, primary care centers and other organizations and individuals concerned about access to health care services for the state’s underserved rural and urban populations. Association members are providers of primary care – first contact, broadly trained physicians, nurses and other professionals deliver that whole-person health care.
UK HealthCare is the University of Kentucky's health care system and encompasses UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital as well as the patient care services at Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute and all UK’s clinics and outreach locations. UK HealthCare is a research intensive, referral academic medical center that aims to ensure all Kentuckians — no matter how complex their medical problem — can be taken care of in Kentucky and not required to leave the state for advanced subspecialty medical care.
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