August 2, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 29

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OneCare Cerner EHR Live, Going Well

On July 27, physicians, nurses, clinicians and other caregivers began using Cerner – our new, advanced Electronic Health Record (EHR) system – at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Jessamine and Continuing Care Hospital. This system will improve care for patients into the future and provide quick access to a patient’s medical record at KentuckyOne Health facilities.

Less than a week into the Cerner conversion, and with only a few bumps in the road, the consensus is that people are adopting the new system with gusto, exhibiting tremendous attitudes during a major change. During the first week, 245,133 orders, including 102,905 orders from orders sets, were entered electronically across the Lexington-area facilities. 

Peggie Brooks, a nurse in the wound care unit, said, “I have seen many changes over my 20 years here at Saint Joseph Hospital and this massive endeavor has been one of the smoothest I’ve encountered. I feel empowered, qualified and comfortable with using Cerner PowerChart.” 

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Finance Organizing for Increased Effectiveness and Efficiency 

The “finance transformation” initiative was announced to finance professionals across the CHI system this past week. Finance transformation for KentuckyOne includes completing integration of our three formerly separate finance divisions and streamlining processes, as well transitioning certain functions to “centers of expertise.” The centers of expertise will centralize finance services in support of all local CHI organizations.   

Employees will step into their new roles as of Sept. 1. Across CHI and KentuckyOne, finance roles and functions will be clearer with standardized processes at the national and local levels. In the end, finance will be more strategically focused with greater collaboration using better forecasting and analytical tools for decision-making.  

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Join KentuckyOne for Colon Cancer Fundraiser 

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Walk Away from Colon Cancer & 5K Run will be held in Louisville at Iroquois Park. The event will raise funds for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project (C2P2), which works to end preventable colon cancer death and suffering. KentuckyOne Health is the signature sponsor. KentuckyOne employees are encouraged to take part and help raise funds for this life-saving initiative. As an incentive, a certificate for a Classic Bi-Plane Tours ride will be drawn at random and won by any staff member who joins a KentuckyOne team. Register online at

Laura Lagerstrom (pictured with family), C2P2 board member and wife of KentuckyOne physician Rex Lagerstrom, would love to see thousands of people turn out for the event. She would love to see the event raise $100,000 for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. That’s because Laura has battled this terrible killer. She takes part in the walk every year.  

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Management Team Announced for Patient and Family Experience Department 

As system director for KentuckyOne's Patient & Family Experience division, Melissa Marksbury Roe (left, top) formed a management team that will lead the charge in building a world-class patient and family experience within our facilities across the Commonwealth. Please welcome these talented leaders to their new roles. 

Cara Martinez - Language & Cultural Services Manager, KentuckyOne Health
Martinez (left, second from top) most recently served as language services supervisor for University of Louisville Hospital. In her new role, Martinez will implement best practices across KentuckyOne for the diverse populations we serve with a focus on language, culture and family needs.  

Melissa Deaver - Patient & Family Experience Manager, Louisville Market
Deaver (left, third from top) most recently served as a communications manager for KentuckyOne Health. Prior to joining KentuckyOne in March, Deaver spent nearly three years as the marketing and communications manager for University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Deaver will oversee all Patient & Family Experience staff in the Louisville market, work hand-in-hand with leaders to implement best practices and develop innovative approaches to the patient and family experience. 

Scott Mays - Patient & Family Experience Manager, Central/Eastern Market
Mays (left, bottom) brings with him five years of service excellence experience in the central and eastern Kentucky market. In his new role Mays will have responsibility for the central and eastern Kentucky market and will oversee all Patient & Family Experience staff in that market, work in tandem with Melissa Deaver to implement best practices, innovative approaches and a consistent message regarding service for the Patient & Family Experience across KentuckyOne Health. 

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Volunteer Registration Now Open for Kentucky State Fair 

Help support KentuckyOne Health at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25. KentuckyOne is returning as the principal sponsor and largest exhibitor of “Health Horizons.” Approximately 60 clinical and non-clinical volunteers will be needed each day to staff our exhibit. Volunteers are needed for areas such as registration, health screenings, health information tables and assisting with our giant inflatable interactive heart – back by popular demand! 

Volunteer Registration Now Open: To sign up for volunteering at our exhibit, please view the available shifts by following this link

Volunteers will receive a FREE KentuckyOne Health T-shirt and FREE State Fair parking and admission. At the end of the fair, volunteers will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift card and one of two $100 gift cards. The more shifts you volunteer for, the more chances you have to win!   

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Ironman Louisville Volunteers Needed 

Want to support Ironman Louisville athletes as an official volunteer for the race? Want a super-cool T-shirt to commemorate the day? Your opportunity has arrived. 

On Aug. 25, KentuckyOne Health staff and volunteers will be running an aid station for the Ironman Louisville race. This volunteer opportunity will raise support for the Frazier Rehab Ironman Housing Fund.  

We need at least 80 volunteers to step up and take part in our aid stop team. We are responsible for the Ironman marathon aid station #2 located on Old Louisville’s 3rd Street, between Park and Magnolia.  

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Bike Trek to Shakertown; Join Our Team 

KentuckyOne Health is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the American Lung Association’s 2013 Bike Trek to Shakertown, Sept. 14-16. Employees who enjoy cycling are encouraged to participate in the ride by joining the KentuckyOne Health Team. Register here

Support a great cause and have a spectacular weekend of cycling through gorgeous Kentucky countryside. Once you register, you will be sent specifics about setting up your personal webpage and other information to assist in your fundraising. Awards are given to the team 1) with the highest pledge total or 2) with the most members. Let’s show our KentuckyOne Health team spirit as we ride to end the cycle of lung disease! 

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Recording Artist Michelle Murray Visits Frazier Rehab Institute  

Patients, staff and guests at Frazier Rehab Institute received a little musical inspiration on Wednesday, July 31, from Nashville recording artist Michelle Murray (right). Murray, who is a spokesperson for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, greeted guests and shared an acoustic performance.  

Murray’s song, “It Won’t Be If But When” is featured in the film, “My Finish Line,” the inspirational story of quadriplegic INDYCAR team owner and former driver Sam Schmidt. The documentary was filmed during the 2010 Indianapolis 500.  

“It was such a pleasure for me to be at Frazier Rehab today,” Murray said. “The staff was amazing and I enjoyed spending time and seeing so many patients. I look forward to coming back.” 

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