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Events – Jan 2015

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26th Annual Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Evening with the STARS Gala

LEXINGTON The 26th annual Evening with the STARS Gala, November 15, 2014, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, raised a record amount of more than $100,000 for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health. Proceeds from the event are used to further the success of Saint Joseph Hospital’s, Saint Joseph East’s, and Saint Joseph Jessamine’s healthcare initiatives.

This award recipients were: David Blake, MD — The President’s Award for Physician of the Year at Saint Joseph Hospital; Kimberly Stigers, MD — The President’s Award for Physician of the Year at Saint Joseph East; Helen O. Hamilton — Outstanding Community Volunteer of the Year

Others who were recognized at the event, including nominees for the President’s Award for Physician of the Year at Saint Joseph Hospital, were: Jon Bowen, MD, Grant Breazeale, MD, Dermot Halpin, MD, Joshua Huffman, MD, Charles Kennedy, MD, Samer Kseibi, MD, Scott Pierce, MD, John Stewart, MD, and Jeff Weaver, MD.

Nominees for the President’s Award for Physician of the Year at Saint Joseph East were: Marta Kenney, MD, Hossam Zohary, MD, and Yasser Zohary, MD.

The Evening with the STARS Gala has raised over $1.2 million for projects such as the Patient Family Assistance Fund, nursing scholarships, transportation for cancer patients, and services for the under-served, including screening mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women. Most recently, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation provided a portion of the funding for the $1 million expansion of KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at Saint Joseph East.

“Mindfulness” Workshop Presented at State Conference of Counselors


LOUISVILLE- Jan Anderson, PsyD, LPCC, sole practitioner at Life Wise by Dr. Jan, presented a “Mindfulness and Resilience” experiential workshop at the 2014 conference of the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) in Louisville on November 7, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The presentation was entitled “How to Focus Your Attention, Reduce Emotional Reactivity and Connect to an Inner Wisdom” and focused on two aspects of mindfulness: “Mindful Breathing” and “Mindful Movement.”

Anderson described mindfulness as “the ability to focus in a receptive, relaxed way on present moment experience.” To give attendees an actual experience of mindfulness, Anderson led participants through a series of simple mindful movements that can be done in a standing or seated position. “Rhythmic movement integrated with rhythmic breathing has been found to have a calming, centering effect, both mentally and physically,” according to Anderson.

Anderson then focused specifically on The Calming Breath, an effective anti-anxiety technique that she recommends for patients having MRIs and non-sedated procedures and examinations. Anderson noted, “Mindful breathing techniques such as these have also been found to help improve sleep and energy, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and blood glucose, and even correct heart arrhythmias.”

Anderson led participants through “The Calming Breath Part 1,” which is a 1:2 ratio breath (Inhale to a count of 4 and exhale to a count of 8). “The calming effect comes from extending the length of the exhalation,” explained Anderson. After mentioning conditions for which “The Calming Breath Part 2” might be contraindicated, Anderson then introduced this 1:1:2 ratio breath, which includes breath retention.

Anderson concluded by mentioning that both mindful movement and mindful breathing can be a preparation for, or alternative to, mindfulness meditation. “These simple practices are powerful ways to help ourselves and our patients achieve focus, calm, and center.”

In addition to mindfulness-based therapies, Anderson specializes in relationship and life strategy counseling. One difference in her approach is that in addition to training in counseling psychology, she draws on 20 years of experience in the corporate business world and holistic expertise in the mind-body connection. Anderson notes, “The diversity of my background, training, and experience puts me in a unique position to be able to focus on the well-being of the whole person – whether it relates to relationships, life transitions, wellness, or work.”

As an additional resource, Anderson referred participants to podcasts of The Calming Breath available on her website at Each podcast takes two-to-three minutes, so it makes the calming, centering effect quickly and easily accessible to her clients.

Over 500 professionals attended the KCA conference where sessions were designed to strengthen skills, provide new information, and encourage professional development. The KCA is a nonprofit, professional organization having over 1,300 members and is an affiliate of the 40,000 member American Counseling Association. For more information contact Karen Cook, KCA executive director, at or 1-800-350-4522.

Go Red For Women Luncheon raises funds, awareness for heart disease prevention.

LEXINGTON Go Red For Women (GRFW)) is the American Heart Association’s national call to raise awareness of heart disease as women’s No. 1 killer, and empower women with the knowledge they need to take charge of their health. The Lexington GRFW event was November 14, 2014 and featured Central and Eastern Kentucky women with ties to heart disease and stroke. Keynote speaker was Bonnie St. John, a former Olympian and best-selling author,

Bluegrass MGMA Annual Vendor Fair

LEXINGTON The Bluegrass chapter of the Medical Group Management Association held its annual Vendor Fair at the Red Mile Clubhouse on Thursday, November 13th, 2014. A diverse group of vendors participated including:

KORT – Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team

Elucidate Financial Solutions

Credit Bureau Systems

SecureStream, a Waste Solutions Company

Intellisuite Technologies: IT services & Tech support

Professionals Insurance Agency

State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company

RH Clarkson Insurance Group

Soterion Medical Services

MD Update Magazine

Representatives for each company were on-site to answer questions and provide information, including brochures and other materials, on their services. Vendors offered giveaways and drawings for prizes were held at the end of the fair. It was an excellent opportunity to discover new vendors and check with representatives for updates.

KentuckyOne Health Louisville celebrates second anniversary of Walk with a Doc at the Parklands of Floyds on November 8, 2014

LOUISVILLE Walk with a Doc is a free, nation-wide, non-profit program for people interested in taking steps for their health. Physicians and other healthcare professionals from KentuckyOne Health answer participants’ questions while walking in a beautiful setting. During the months of December, January, and February, the walks are held indoors at the Mall St. Matthews on Shelbyville Road in Louisville.

Walk with a Doc is part of KentuckyOne Health’s ongoing efforts to engage people in healthy lifestyle habits that prevent disease and promote wellness. Deborah Ann Ballard, MD, MPH, an internist and integrative medicine specialist, is the physician champion for the Walk with a Doc program in Louisville.

As an integrative medicine specialist, Ballard encourages lifestyle strategies such as diet, exercise, stress reduction, and toxin avoidance to treat or reverse many common conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease.

KentuckyOne Health physicians affiliated with Flaget Memorial Hospital walk through historic downtown Bardstown with participants there. More information on other locations of the Walk with a Doc program is available at

Old Courthouse Building — 10am 2nd Saturday of Each Month at the Old Courthouse Building Downtown Bardstown, KY

Parklands of Floyds — 10am 2nd Saturday of Each Month At the Egg Lawn Louisville, KY

Iroquois Park — 10am 3rd Saturday of Each Month at the shelter near the amphitheater, Louisville, KY

Shawnee Park — 10 am 4th Saturday of Each month at the middle concourse Parking Lot just north of the Bandstand Louisville, KY