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Events – Dec 2015

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Doctors’ Ball Raises Funds for New Mobile Cancer Screening Van

LOUISVILLE – The 20th Anniversary of the Doctors’ Ball, presented by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, a part of KentuckyOne Health, honoring physicians and medical and civic leaders, was held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. The 2015 Doctors’ Ball proceeds are going to help fund the new mobile cancer screening van for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, which will screen for seven different cancers.

This year’s honorees were: Morris Weiss, MD, Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year; Eugene Shively, MD, Compassionate Physician Award; John Shaw, MD, Excellence in International Humanitarian Service; Jesse Wright, MD, PhD, Excellence in Mental Health; Melissa Currie, MD, Excellence in Community Service; Michelle Perry, RN, Excellence in Nursing; Debbie Scoppechio, Community Leader of the Year; and Lelan Woodmansee, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Over 650 attended and $380,000 was raised at the 2015 Doctors’ Ball,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, KentuckyOne Health vice president of development. “The Doctors’ Ball honors deserving individuals in our community who are improving the lives of the patients and families we serve every day through philanthropic support, education, research, service, and leadership. This year’s honorees are making a true difference in our community and around the globe.”

An Evening with the STARS Gala Honors Leaders

LEXINGTON-THE 27th annual Evening with the STARS Gala was held Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Convention Center, downtown Lexington. Nearly 350 guests attended to support KentuckyOne Health’s Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation raise over $95,000. STARS is an acronym for Saint Joseph Associates for Renowned Service.

Physician of the Year winners were Mahmoud Moammar, MD, Saint Joseph East, and Charles Kennedy, MD, Saint Joseph Hospital. Nominated finalists also included Kal Jundi, MD, and Ketan Merchant, MD, for Saint Joseph East and Jeffrey Weaver, MD, and Timothy Adkins, MD, from Saint Joseph Hospital. Community Volunteer of the Year went to Larry Cowgill and Doug Hacker representing Congleton – Hacker Company.

KentuckyOne Health Vice President of Development Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, said, “I’m very grateful to the STARS Gala committee, who worked tirelessly to make this annual gala such a memorable evening. Over $1.3 million has been raised since its inception to help support our hospitals and patients. It was an inspiring evening to celebrate and honor our physicians and community leaders.”

Lexington Medical Society Gives Community Service Award and Receives KY Legislative Preview

LEXINGTON It was a busy and fact-filled night at the November 10, 2015 meeting of the Lexington Medical Society (LMS) at the Hilary J. Boone Center, University of Kentucky.

The Jack Trevey Award for Community Service was presented to Ardis D. Hoven, MD, past president of the AMA and LMS. Hoven said she feels she “has come full circle” following her career path through organized medicine leadership. She is once again involved in public health and infectious disease at the UK Department for Public Health while chairing the Council for World Medicine. “Get your flu shot, and make sure your staff gets theirs too,” she exhorted the gathering while accepting the award.

Details on the new Physician Wellness Program (PWP) developed by the LMS were discussed by Robert Granacher, MD, who along with Dr. John Patterson developed the PWP for LMS. The PWP is designed to provide physicians a safe harbor to address normal life difficulties in a confidential and professional environment. The PWP provides confidential counseling sessions for LMS active physician members with a local psychologist group. The PWP starts January 1, 2016, and the confidential appointment hotline is 1.800.350.6438.

Lexington Medical Society Elections

New officers were elected for 2016. They are president-elect was Robert P. Granacher, MD, and vice president-elect V. Theresa Little, MD. Dr. Nat Sandler was selected for the judicial committee.

Legislative Preview

Dr. Ralph Alvarado, KY State Senator-R, 28th District, gave an extensive preview of topics and bills coming up at the Kentucky Legislative session beginning in January, 2016. Alvarado, a family practice doctor in private practice in Fayette and Clark counties, said, “There was pent-up demand for bills dealing with medical issues after the 2015 year-long lay-off.”

Alvarado said he will introduce a “comprehensive smoking bill in the January 2016 session.” He declined to give details but said it will be stronger than the bill proposed in 2014. “The public is behind us now,” he said, citing a survey that 56 percent of Kentuckians favor smoking legislation.

Other topics Alvarado mentioned that may be addressed included: a bill that would limit the KBML and disallow maintenance of certification as a condition for maintaining Kentucky physician license; medical review panels and protection of hospital peer review; protecting an “I’m sorry” statement by doctors following a patient’s death from liability; adding drug convictions to KASPER reports; reigning in scope of practice and oversight of prescribing controlled drugs by nurse practitioners and physician assistants; and curtailing Medicaid fraud/waste and restructuring Medicaid by modeling Indiana’s Medicaid system, which requires all recipients to pay a premium, as little as a $1 per month for the poorest. “A dollar a month doesn’t sound like much,” said Alvarado, “but it’s a start for people to have some skin in the game of paying for their healthcare.”

“I take a common sense approach to healthcare and legislation,” Alvarado said. “And that includes keeping the physician as captain of the healthcare team.”

YES, Mamm! 5K Raises Funds for Mammograms for the Underserved

NICHOLASVILLE Over 400 runners and walkers turned out for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Inaugural Yes, Mamm! 5K race on a cool Saturday morning, October 17, 2015, at the RJ Corman Railroad Group complex in Nicholasville, Ky. The race raised over $22,000 and will support the successful Yes, Mamm! program that provides free mammograms for women and men at KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at Saint Joseph East and also at the Sandra J. Adams Digital Mammography Suite at Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center.

Di Boyer, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation director of major gifts, indicated that, thanks to the generosity of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation donors, over 500 free mammograms will be funded this year. “It was an inspiring day,” said Boyer. “The late Rick Corman was the largest single benefactor to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. It is very special to see his children and company continue that generosity by hosting this race on this beautiful private course.”

The runners were also treated to prizes, homemade ice cream, and lunch. Plans for next year’s 2nd Annual Yes, Mamm! 5K are already underway.

Kentucky Counseling Association Fall Conference

LOUISVILLE The Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) Fall Conference was held on November 4–6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed over 400 licensed professional clinical counselors at the conference as she continues to advocate for the healthcare needs of veterans. Jan Anderson, PsyD, LPCC, president of LifeWise Inc. and columnist for MD-UPDATE, also presented at the conference – Hooking Up is the New Dating: What You Need to Know About College Hookup Culture.

The KCA is a nonprofit professional organization with over 1300 members statewide and is an affiliate with the American Counseling Association.