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News – Jun 2019


Yousef Darrat, MD, Joins CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Cardiology in Bardstown

Yousef Darrat, MD

BARDSTOWN Yousef Darrat, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Cardiology in Bardstown. Darrat specializes in pacemaker and defibrillation implants and has a special interest in treating patients with atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmias.

Darrat completed his residency in internal medicine and was the chief resident at Marshall University. He earned a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Kentucky, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine from Marshall University. He is board certified and specializes in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

He provides services for coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure and hypertension. His special interests include electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, stress tests, pacemakers and implantable defibrillator management, and external electrical cardioversion.

Dr. Darrat office is located at 4359 New Shepherdsville Road, Suite 205, in Bardstown.

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Offers Latest Technology to Test Hearing in Newborns

MOUNT STERLING Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has a good reason to recognize Better Hearing Month, raising awareness of communication disorders. Thanks to funding from WHAS Crusade for Children and the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, the hospital is able to provide the latest technology for testing hearing in newborns.

The hospital received a $10,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children last year to purchase the portable hearing screening monitor. The grant was matched by the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. The equipment allows staff to assess newborns’ hearing and refer for early intervention if there is a problem. The test is noninvasive, and parents receive the results before leaving the hospital.

“We are happy that we were able to upgrade the hearing screening monitor at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling with the help of a generous donation from the WHAS Crusade for Children,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. “This thin portable machine can provide early detection for any hearing issues newborns may have and alerts parents that they may need to seek a referral from their pediatrician for additional testing or treatment.”

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Sleep care center recognized for commitment to safe, effective patient care

MOUNT STERLING Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has earned Sleep Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards and a commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“We are pleased to receive the accreditation from The Joint Commission for our sleep center,” said Cinda Fluke, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NEA-bc, vice president of hospital operations, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “The designation indicates our commitment to providing the best quality care for patients who use the services offered by our program.”

Physicians at CHI Saint Joseph Health have developed a unique program that allows for the comfortable and efficient treatment of sleep disorders. Sleep specialists provide day and night sleep studies at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, periodic limb movement disorder, nocturnal behavior disorders (sleep walking, talking and eating in sleep, acting out dreams), and narcolepsy.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

The Morton Center Adds Full-time Medical Director

Ashley Peak, MD

LOUISVILLE Ashley Peak, MD, an addiction psychiatrist who works with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and mental health symptoms to improve vitality, restore functioning, and promote resilience, is now full-time medical director at The Morton Center. Peak believes treatment plans must be evidence-based, individualized, integrative, and should address the loss of intimate connections in an individual’s life. She has worked in hospital settings, private practice, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, detoxification and rehabilitation centers, and practices evidence-based medication management and psychodynamic therapy. Peak is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and completed residency training at UofL. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from UK.

The Morton Center, at 1028 Barrett Avenue, Louisville, is a comprehensive outpatient facility serving adult, adolescents, children, and families with substance abuse and mental health issues.