Boulanger named UK HealthCare CMO
LEXINGTON Dr. Bernard Boulanger has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for UK HealthCare effective June 12. He replaces Dr. Paul DePriest, who has accepted a position in Tennessee.
Working with his colleagues, Boulanger will be responsible for service quality, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and efficient practice – extending the excellent work begun by DePriest. To this role, he brings experience in supply chain management, facilities planning, and enterprise operational management.
Boulanger’s undergraduate education, medical degree, internship, and general surgery residency were obtained at the University of Toronto. Further trauma surgery/critical care training was completed at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland. Since 1998, Boulanger has been an attending trauma surgeon at UK. In 2005, he was named associate chief medical officer for UK HealthCare. In 2008, he became surgical director of perioperative services, and more recently, he took on additional responsibilities as a physician executive with UK Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven Named AMA President-Elect
LEXINGTON Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Kentucky, has been elected president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA. Following her year-long term as president-elect, Hoven will assume the office of AMA President in June 2013.
Hoven was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) in 2005. She initially served as secretary from 2008 to 2009, and then as chair from 2010–2011. Hoven has been a member of the AMA’s Group Practice Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Quality Forum, and the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation Board of Directors.
Hoven was president of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) from 1993 to 1994 and served as a delegate to the AMA from Kentucky prior to her election to the AMA BOT. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America. She is the recipient of many awards, including the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the KMA Distinguished Service Award.
Born in Cincinnati, Hoven received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and her medical degree from the University of Kentucky. She completed her internal medicine and infectious disease training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since that time, Hoven has been in active practice. She is currently the medical director of the Bluegrass Care Clinic, an infectious disease and HIV/AIDS practice affiliated with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Jewish Transplant Center Part of First International Paired Kidney Exchange in US
LOUISVILLE The Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, helped make medical history on April 19, 2012 as part of the first international paired kidney donor exchange in America, with the help of the Alliance for Paired Donation. Michael Marvin, MD, director of Transplantation at Jewish Hospital and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville (UofL), and Mary Eng, MD, a kidney/liver/pancreas transplant surgeon with The Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at UofL, performed the surgery.
Paired kidney donation takes place when a donor who is incompatible with their designated recipient promises to donate their kidney to a stranger in order to enable their designee to receive a compatible kidney from another stranger. An Elizabethtown, Kentucky, woman received a kidney transplant in Louisville at Jewish Hospital on April 19, 2012 as a result of the paired donation. Her husband donated a kidney on May 1, 2012 to help another individual and continue the chain.
The chain began when a 31-year-old Oklahoma woman altruistically donated her kidney to a stranger in Greece. In return, the Greek recipient’s wife donated one of her kidneys to another person in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., completing the first intercontinental exchange and opening a door that potentially can save thousands of American lives, as well as others throughout the world. A kidney from the donor in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. was flown to Jewish Hospital for transplant, and thus the chain continues. To date, one Greek and four American lives have been saved and three more transplants are expected within weeks as a result of the first intercontinental kidney donor chain.
Though paired exchanges have been taking place in the United States for over 10 years, the idea of enlarging the donor pool by including other nations, thereby getting more Americans transplanted, has been problematic due to the variability in national transplant laws.
Norton Healthcare Acquires LIFESCAN Louisville
LOUISVILLE Norton Healthcare has acquired LIFESCAN Louisville, an outpatient diagnostic imaging center located in the City of St. Matthews in eastern Louisville. The center provides PET/CT and CT services for cancer and cardiac patients, among others. Details of the transaction include:
Norton Healthcare purchased the 4,200-square-foot facility, including the PET/CT and related equipment.
The facility, located at 4046 Dutchmans Lane, is temporarily closed for several weeks, effective June 18, 2012, for necessary renovations to mechanical and electrical systems. When the facility reopens, the new imaging center will be named Norton Diagnostic Center – St. Matthews.
During this interim time, LIFESCAN patients can access the nearby Norton Diagnostic Center – Dupont, which offers PET/CT and CT services, among others.
Four LIFESCAN employees have joined Norton Healthcare.
When Norton Diagnostic Center – St. Matthews reopens, Norton Healthcare will offer five outpatient diagnostic imaging centers conveniently located around Greater Louisville: Norton Diagnostic Center – Dupont, Norton Diagnostic Center – Fern Creek, Norton Diagnostic Center – Brownsboro, Norton Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center – Dixie, and Norton Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center – Springs.
Norton Healthcare Accredited for Noninvasive Cardiovascular Diagnostics
LOUISVILLE Norton Healthcare recently achieved national accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in all noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic programs. This includes nuclear/ positron emission tomography (PET) scans, echocardiography, and noninvasive vascular testing. Norton Healthcare is the first hospital system in Louisville to be granted accreditation for all three noninvasive cardiovascular modalities.
In November 2011 the Norton Healthcare Cardiovascular Service Line Advisory Committee unanimously approved a proposal to seek systemwide accreditation for noninvasive cardiology diagnostic services. The facilities underwent a thorough review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts in nuclear medicine. Accreditation is granted only to facilities providing quality patient care throughout a detailed case study review, which encompasses everything from department team members to physician participation. Nuclear cardiology services went through a strenuous evaluation to ensure quality and subsequently received full accreditation from the IAC.
Shoulder Symposium Reaches 15 Year Milestone
LEXINGTON The Shoulder Center of Kentucky and the Lexington Clinic Orthopedics-Sports Medicine Center present the 15th Annual Shoulder Symposium at the Hilton Lexington in downtown Lexington, July 27–28, 2012.
The Shoulder Symposium is conducted each year by Dr. Ben Kibler, Medical Director of Lexington Clinic Orthopedics-Sports Medicine Center and founder of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky, a nationally recognized expert on the shoulder mechanics, the scapula and biomechanics of tennis and throwing motion.
“Every 3 years or so, we have brought together some of the top scapula dyskinesis researchers and clinicians in a summit format, to try to improve understanding of this complex problem,” states Kibler. “This is our 4th summit and these meetings have progressed from simply defining scapular dyskinesis in a consistent way, to the development of a consensus statement on scapular function, dysfunction and evaluation. Since the publication of the consensus statements in 2009, clinical research has progressed and there now are considerable data associating scapular dyskinesis with various other shoulder pathologies. This year the summit will look at the clinical implications of that association along with treatment options and plans. This symposium is an opportunity to provide this information and cutting-edge thinking to a wider audience of clinicians,” says Kibler.
According to information provided by the Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Center, the 2012 Shoulder Symposium will present literature and on-going research on the conditions that involve “altered scapular mechanics,” such as shoulder and elbow injuries to the labral, rotator cuff, nerve impingement, MDI/ instability, clavicle/AC joint and scapula muscle detachment. Special attention will focus on baseball, tennis swimming and contact sports, the clinical exam, rehabilitation protocols and outcome research.
The agenda topics will include current theories and techniques in the evaluation and rehabilitation of the kinetic chain, scapula and shoulder and will feature a national and international assemblage of speakers including: Ben Kibler, MD; Klaus Bak, MD, from Parkensprivat Hospital, Denmark; Peter Hester, MD, Lexington Clinic; David Dome, MD, ATC, Lexington Clinic; John (Jed) Kuhn, MD, Vanderbilt University and Sports Medicine Center; Augustus Mazzocca, MD, University of Connecticut; Trevor Wilkes, MD Lexington Clinic and numerous professors of physical therapy.
More information is available at (859) 258 8506 and online at ww.lexingtonclinic.com/ksportsmed.
Kosair Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Program Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
LOUISVILLE The cancer care program at Kosair Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 16 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Kosair Children’s also was rated among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation, out of 178 hospitals eligible to participate in the survey, in six other specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012–13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
Kosair Children’s Hospital (the only full-service, free-standing children’s hospital in Kentucky and the only hospital with Level I pediatric trauma certification) ranked a full 29 places higher than last year’s cancer care ranking. The hospital also was ranked No. 24 in orthopedics, 24 in pulmonology, 29 in neurology and neurosurgery, 31 in urology, 38 in cardiology and heart surgery, and 49 in nephrology.
The Addison Jo Blair Cancer Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital is the country’s oldest continually accredited children’s oncology program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC), holding accreditation since 1959. It is one of only 11 COC-accredited pediatric cancer programs in the country.
This year, U.S. News sent surveys to 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey of 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – made up the remaining 25 percent. Specialists were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.
Two KentuckyOne Health Hospitals Receive Quality Awards from KHA
LOUISVILLE AND LEXINGTON Two KentuckyOne Health facilities were honored by the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) at the organization’s annual convention. Our Lady of Peace in Louisville and Continuing Care Hospital in Lexington both received the “KHA Quality Award,” Peace in the “Psychiatric” category and Continuing Care in the “Physical Rehabilitation or Long – Term Acute Care” category.
The awards recognize hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment in patient care. The hospitals were honored for patient safety and quality initiatives that have been integrated into the facilities’ culture, and for achieving quality goals.
Our Lady of Peace is the largest private non-profit psychiatric hospital in the U.S. that provides care to children and adolescents. The facility’s Safety First initiative places patients’ and employees’ safety first in providing quality care. The program encourages the participation of families in the treatment process of the patient and in helping initiate and improve quality measures to promote safety. Daily safety huddles and a safety coach program are key components of the initiative.
Continuing Care Hospital is a general acute care hospital that addresses the unique and complicated physical, emotional, spiritual, nursing, and rehabilitation needs of the long-term acute care patient. The facility developed a Patient Safety Quality Improvement Committee that works to meet the core strategy of the organization, quality. The committee sets goals, reviews outcomes and evaluates the effectiveness of initiatives implemented, as well as makes recommendations for changes and improvements. Continuing Care Hospital also implemented a Safe Patient Handling and Movement Initiative to keep patients and employees safe from work-related injuries.
UK College of Public Health Part of MPROVE Study
LEXINGTON A new large-scale research project called MPROVE (Multi-Network Research Practice and Outcome Variation Examination), the first project to bring together the power of six public health practice-based research networks (PBRNs) from across the country, will look at how geography may play a role in the delivery of public health services that promote health and prevent disease and injury in communities.
Each of the six PBRNs has received a $50,000 MPROVE grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to participate in the study being coordinated by the PBRN National Coordinating Center (NCC), housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Each PBRN will collect data on the scope, intensity and quality of local public health services delivered in the areas of communicable disease control, chronic disease prevention, and environmental health protection.
The results of MPROVE will help to identify why some communities receive more or better health services than others – and what health and economic impacts result from these differences. These findings will help public health practitioners and policy officials make better decisions about where best to invest new resources to maximize gains in population health, and where to cut resources during times of depleted funding to minimize the negative impact on people’s health.
Frazier Rehab Therapist Honored with U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award
LOUISVILLE The U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected Karey McDowell, MS, CTRS, to receive a 2012 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, or nutrition-related programs.
In her work at Frazier Rehab Institute, a part of KentuckyOne Health, McDowell has been instrumental to the development of the Frazier Community Fitness and Wellness Facility, a partnership with the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, to provide a world-class fitness opportunity to the disabled community of Louisville and surrounding areas. The facility ensures that all patients have the utmost opportunity to improve the quality of their life, regardless of disabling conditions.
Jewish Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
LOUISVILLE Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the facility’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Jewish Hospital achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Historic Cancer Research Project Seeking Greater Louisville Participants
LOUISVILLE Residents throughout Greater Louisville have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Jewish Cancer Care, part of KentuckyOne Health, and the YMCA of Greater Louisville during August 7–11, 2012.
CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to your health; have your waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update your information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals.
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study.
For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cps3kentucky.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
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