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News – Sep 2019


Baptist Health Lexington receives Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for cardiac care

LEXINGTON Baptist Health Lexington has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Baptist Health Lexington earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Being honored for providing excellent patient care makes us even more committed to continue our efforts to offer the very best of evidence-based services for heart attack patients,” said Susan Mobley, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, vice president of Cardiovascular Services.

Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinics Set through October 26

NEW ALBANY For athletes injured in Friday night games – through the fall sports season, Baptist Health Floyd Sports Medicine physicians will offer evaluation and treatment of athletes with sports-related injuries at a Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinic at the Baptist Health Medical Group Orthopedics office located at 2125 State Street, Suite 5 in New Albany. Appointments aren’t necessary. Athletes will be seen on a walk-in basis, but must sign in by 8 a.m. The office opens at 7:30 a.m.

Baptist Health Louisville ranks #1 in Metro Louisville, ties for third in Kentucky in 2019–20 U.S. News & World Report listing

LOUISVILLE Baptist Health Louisville was named #1 in Metro Louisville, and tied for third in Kentucky, in the 2019–20 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital ranking.

This is the seventh time in eight years that Baptist Health Louisville has been either #1 or tied for #1 in Metro Louisville. The hospital, along with sister hospital Baptist Health Lexington are listed as being “Recognized in the Bluegrass Region,” which encompasses both cities.

“This national recognition confirms the excellence we strive for on a daily basis at Baptist Health Louisville,” said Larry Gray, president. “I am so proud of the outstanding team of professionals who work here and care for our patients. We’ve achieved many accreditations and recognitions this year, and we appreciate this recognition.”

Baptist Health as a system had three hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Kentucky, as Baptist Health Paducah ranked sixth. This is the first time for Baptist Health Paducah to be ranked in the Best Hospitals survey.

“At Baptist Health, our physicians, nurses and staff are centered on providing high quality patient care every day. U.S. News & World Report rankings underscore that excellence and confirm that we’re living out our mission of leading in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth to meet the healthcare needs of our communities,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO.

Other nearby Baptist Health hospitals also were recognized. Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana and Baptist Health-managed Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown, Kentucky each rated as high performing in heart failure and COPD.

Baptist Health Louisville also earned high performing ratings in seven areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, and knee replacement.

Baptist Health Lexington is listed as high performing in seven of nine adult procedures and conditions rated in the U.S. News Report: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, COPD, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, and lung cancer surgery.

Baptist Health Paducah is rated high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart failure and COPD.

Kelly Grossman, MD, Joins Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Salem

Kelly Grossman, MD

NEW ALBANY, IN Baptist Health Floyd announced that board-certified family physician Kelly Grossman, MD, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Well-known to patients throughout southern Indiana, Grossman joins his wife Jeanne Grossman, MD, at the Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine practice in Salem and is accepting new patients.

Grossman earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at Wallace M. Adye Family Practice Center, affiliated with Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in biology from Morehead State University. Grossman is a member of the Indiana State Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians.

Jennifer Nolan Named President of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling

Jennifer Nolan

MOUNT STERLING Jennifer Nolan has been named president of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. Nolan is also the president of Flaget Memorial Hospital, which she has led since September 2017. Nolan will work with the leadership team led by Cinda Fluke, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NEA-bc, vice president, Hospital Operations, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.

“Jennifer is a proven leader and brings a wealth of experience and a history of success to the leadership at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling,” CHI Saint Joseph President Bruce Tassin said. “Under her leadership, both Flaget Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of Peace have been recognized among the Best Places to Work in Kentucky multiple times. We’re pleased to introduce her to the Mount Sterling community.”

Nolan came to Kentucky in 2011 as president of Our Lady of Peace. She previously served as president of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, and in roles of chief executive officer and chief operating officer for leading health systems ranging in size from 100 to 295 beds throughout the South. She started her career as a mental health technician at an acute care hospital.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve as president of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, working with the leadership team there, striving every day for continuous improvement,” said Nolan. “The hospital is very similar to Flaget, from the services we provide to the dedication of the staff serving their communities. We have several opportunities where we can leverage best practices and efficiencies.”

Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph London Earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification

LEXINGTON & LONDON Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph London have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. The hospitals were recognized for demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Both hospitals recently underwent a rigorous and unannounced onsite review, including physician, patient and staff interviews. A team of experts from the Joint Commission evaluated compliance with other orthopedic-related certification standards, including national standards, for the hospital’s Total Hip and Knee Replacement program.

Tharun Karthikeyan, MD

“These types of certifications are illustrative of a program that holds itself to a higher standard, driven by best practices established by people who have gone before us and those who evaluate the efficacy of these standards on a regular basis,” said Tharun Karthikeyan, MD, director of the hip and knee program at Saint Joseph Hospital and a surgeon at Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Center.

Patrice Belivearu, MD

“We are pleased The Joint Commission has recognized Saint Joseph London with this certification,” said Patrice Beliveau, MD, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics in London. “Our comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to patient-centered care is aimed at getting that patient back to a normal routine as soon as possible.

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Awarded HFAP Stroke-Ready Certification

Facility recognized for outstanding specialty care

MOUNT STERLING Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has been awarded Stroke-Ready Certification by HFAP, the nation’s original, independent accreditation program. This certification garnered through an independent, external evaluation illustrates the commitment of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling to providing prompt recognition and treatment of stroke patients.

“Time is of the essence in treating symptoms of a stroke. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death,” said Cinda Fluke, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NEA-bc, vice president, Hospital Operations, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “We’re honored to receive this certification as it shows our continued commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

“Saint Joseph Mount Sterling clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems, HFAP’s nonprofit parent company. “Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

Lexington Clinic Welcomes Three New Physicians

LEXINGTON Lexington Clinic welcomes three new physicians, Bruce Bradley, MD, Omada Omosebi, MD, and Michael Totten, MD.

Bruce Bradley, MD

Bradley joins Lexington Clinic Cardiology at Lexington Clinic East. Bradley is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in cardiology. He completed a fellowship in cardiology and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky. Bradley provides services in general cardiology.

Omada Omosebi, MD

Omosebi joins Jessamine Medical and Diagnostics Center and will provide services in family medicine. Omosebi is board-eligible in family medicine. She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Kentucky after receiving her medical degree from St. Matthews University School of Medicine. Omosebi provides general services for both adults and children.

Michael Totten, MD

Totten joins General Surgery at CHI Saint Joseph Health Office Park. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Kentucky after receiving his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Totten will provide breast surgical services, from diagnostic to consultative and surgical therapy; colorectal surgical services, including laparoscopic colon surgery; and general surgical procedures, including advanced laparoscopy.

Lexington Clinic was founded in 1920 and is Central Kentucky’s oldest and largest group practice. Lexington Clinic has more than 200 providers and serves more than 600,000 patients every year. Lexington Clinic has providers in 30 different specialties and has more than 25 locations throughout Central Kentucky.

KentuckyOne Health and CommonSpirit Health Confirm Asset Purchase Agreement with UofL Health for Ownership and Operation of Louisville Region Facilities and Operations

LOUISVILLE KentuckyOne Health and CommonSpirit Health have signed an Asset Purchase Agreement for the transfer of ownership and operation of KentuckyOne Health sites of care and operations in the Louisville region to UofL Health.

The Asset Purchase Agreement for the transaction of the operations was confirmed on August 14, 2019. Closure of the transaction is expected to occur on October 31, 2019 and UofL Health is expected to assume ownership and operation beginning November 1, 2019.

“We are pleased to reach this milestone for our employees, physicians, patients and the community. Following many months of discussions with interested organizations, we believe that UofL Health will carry the legacy and excellence of KentuckyOne Health Louisville operations into the future,” said Kevin Lofton, CEO of CommonSpirit Health. “This commitment of providing access to quality care and innovation has been the focus of these hospitals for generations, as founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Jewish community leaders.”

Facilities and operations included in this agreement are Jewish Hospital, Frazier Rehab Institute, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Our Lady of Peace, Medical Centers Jewish East, South, Southwest and Northeast, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and KentuckyOne Health Medical Group provider practices in the Louisville region.

“We are grateful to the University of Louisville, CommonSpirit Health and our legislative leadership for their joint efforts to preserve healthcare programs, services and jobs that are vital to the University of Louisville, the UofL Medical School, Metro Louisville and the entire Commonwealth,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “UofL’s acquisition of the KentuckyOne Health facilities will maintain more than 5,000 jobs in the healthcare sector and ensure that our healthcare delivery system in Metro Louisville is preserved. I am confident that this acquisition will further the incredible medical research occurring at these facilities, while simultaneously meeting the growing demand for quality, cutting-edge healthcare services.”

Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Rolls out First Bilingual Weight Loss Support Program in the Country

LOUISVILLE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Kentucky has the fifth-highest rate of obesity in the country, while the Hispanic population has the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity at 47 percent.

In an effort to help address these statistics, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has created a bilingual weight loss support program for Spanish-speaking patients seeking bariatric surgery, specifically the Lap Band System. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

“Over the past several years, we noticed Hispanic patients reaching out to us via our Facebook page, using the translating feature to communicate,” said Amber Sims, RN, MSN, who has served as a Bariatric Program Coordinator at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital for five years. “It became clear that there is a large population that would benefit from our services, and we needed to ensure these patients had access to our program.”

Though Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital offers its patients several resources, including informational seminars and online support groups before and following the procedure, until recently, those resources were only available in English.

“All patients have a fundamental right to fully understand the procedures and treatments recommended to them, and to be supported throughout their weight loss journey,” said Vincent Lusco III, MD, general surgeon at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “By offering all of our support services in Spanish, we are able to reach a broader population on their journey toward better health.”