Answering Dr. King's Call

KentuckyOne Employees Honor the Legacy of
Martin Luther King, Jr., through Acts of Service

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” It’s in this spirit that KentuckyOne Health celebrates Dr. King's legacy during the federal holiday in his honor every January, and every day as we work collectively to bring wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.

His vision is one that included love, compassion and dignity for all human beings. At KentuckyOne, we work in our professional and personal lives to live by our four core values: Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. When we demonstrate these values in all we do, we are role models for Dr. King’s vision of serving others.

This January 2016, KentuckyOne asked employees to devote the month to service in honor of Dr. King's vision. Below, employees shared their community service projects and random acts of kindness. Thank you for working together to make a positive impact in our communities. 

View the many ways our employees have answered Dr. King's call to serve!

KentuckyOne Health is proud to support the Surgery on Sunday program, which started in Lexington more than 10 years ago. On Jan. 24, 2016, Surgery on Sunday was held at Medical Center Jewish South. The surgeons donating their time and skill were Dr. Sutton, Dr. Tuckson and Dr. Scheker. Thanks to all the volunteers who supported this cause! You are truly a reflection of our mission and core values. Surgery on Sunday helps out those most in need. Surgery is profited to individuals at no cost. KentuckyOne provides the facility and supplies at no cost. Every person involved in the care provided, volunteers their time.
In honoring the values of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., employees at University of Louisville Hospital, James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Jewish Hospital collected hats, gloves and scarves this January for The Center for Women and Families.
During our Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration this January, the wall in the lobby of University of Louisville Hospital was covered with inspiring quotes from Dr. King and cards for employees and visitors to write down their dreams.
During our Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration this January, the wall in the lobby of University of Louisville Hospital was covered with inspiring quotes from Dr. King and cards for employees and visitors to write down their dreams.
Paul Southgate, CCP, HR systems administrator, served his neighbors during both recent snow storms this winter, honoring the values of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Armed with a snow blower, he spent about 3-4 hours blowing snow from driveways. He had the opportunity to serve six households over several days during the snow storms. When snow plows kept pushing more snow from the street, he would clear the driveways so his neighbors could make it to and from work. Paul has been serving his neighbors and their snow needs for years (even before purchasing a snow blower!) Thanks Paul!
On Jan. 29 six leaders and Sr. Alfreda Crantz, SCN, from Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital spent the morning visiting cancer patients at the nearby Cancer Blood Specialists center. In addition to their cheerful faces, the team took care packages for each patient and doughnuts for the staff. The care packages included a KentuckyOne Health blanket as well as an inspirational and decorative stone.
On Jan. 29 six leaders and Sr. Alfreda Crantz, SCN, from Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital spent the morning visiting cancer patients at the nearby Cancer Blood Specialists center. In addition to their cheerful faces, the team took care packages for each patient and doughnuts for the staff. Leaders visited with patients who were waiting for treatments and shared not only their listening ears but also words of encouragement. “We wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of service by helping brighten the day of others,” said Jennifer Nolan, president of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Our Lady of Peace. “Battling cancer is hard and we wanted to let patients know they are in our thoughts and prayers.” From left to right are Lynn Kaiser, Janisha Amobi, Netta Nusz, Angelica Thompson, Jennifer Nolan, Melissa Burchett and Sr. Alfreda Crantz, SCN.
Saint Joseph Berea employees and physicians brought in non-perishable foods this January in conjunction with the Berea Food Bank. Katie Heckman, left, and Sherry Kates, right, coordinated the project in honor of Martin Luther King’s call to service.
The KentuckyOne Health Marketing and Communications division collected new or gently used blankets and other warm weather items as a service project to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., this January. The blankets are being distributed through a charity called Blanket Louisville which collects donations and then goes out on the streets to distribute them to those in need. The group plays a role in helping the homeless or those living outside endure winter’s frigid conditions. Thanks to everyone who generously donated blankets, coats, hats and scarves.
In observation of January’s month of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the KentuckyOne Health Human Resources department volunteered at the Hope Center, assembling 180 sandwiches to deliver to those in need in downtown Lexington. Left to right are Tim Holbrook, Karen Epperson, Brittany Belcher, Claudia Carroll, Bhavika Patel, James Brown and Ben Forsyth. (Not Pictured: Jayne Jarvis)
Frazier Rehab partnered with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and the Louisville Spokes and Spires Team to hold an ability awareness program at Douglass Community Center on Martin Luther King Day. They worked with athletes on UofL teams (Rowing and Men’s Basketball) to demonstrate wheelchair basketball, create awareness of the team itself as well as educate on the various disabilities that participate in adaptive sport.
Frazier Rehab partnered with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and the Louisville Spokes and Spires Team to hold an ability awareness program at Douglass Community Center on Martin Luther King Day. They worked with athletes on UofL teams (Rowing and Men’s Basketball) to demonstrate wheelchair basketball, create awareness of the team itself as well as educate on the various disabilities that participate in adaptive sport.
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at Flaget Memorial Hospital, Shane Fitzgerald, VP of mission integration, led a reflection with prayer on the life and work of Dr. King with all leaders. The daily prayer on the overhead speakers recognized and commemorated the day. Chaplain Coordinator Karl Lusk read a Scripture and offered a reflection on Dr. King’s ministry and influence for the community-wide service at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, with a standing room only congregation. Several employees participated in the service in the community choir and as attendees.
Angie Tingle, UofL Outpatient Center, joined the Coalition for the Homeless for the annual street count in Louisville this January. Every year the Coalition performs a street count from 4-6 a.m. to interview any persons sleeping outdoors and to distribute care packages. They use the information collected to apply for funding to decrease homelessness in the city. Pictured are the volunteers who gathered for the event.