August 30, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 33

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Watch for Common Thread

Watch for the summer issue of Common Thread to arrive in your home mailbox soon! In the new issue, several KentuckyOne Health employees are featured including Susan Howard, pictured left on the cover.  

Susan, a heart disease survivor, is a Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association and is encouraging others to join her in the Louisville Heart Walk Sept. 21. 

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Your Paycheck May Grow 2% Starting Sept. 15 

Most KentuckyOne employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase effective Sept. 15, showing on your paycheck dated Oct. 4. To be eligible, you must have been hired by June 30, 2013; have received a minimum of “meets expectations” (or equivalent) on your latest performance review; and not have an active final warning or suspension in your employee file.  

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Assistance with Health Care Costs Available to Eligible Employees  

KentuckyOne and CHI share a commitment to offering affordable health care coverage to all employees. This commitment includes offering the CHI Health Care Assistance Program. The program helps pay out-of-pocket costs for full-time employees whose household income is
below program limits. 

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Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Farmers Market Expanding Access to Fresh Produce 

Area residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits now have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables. SNAP beneficiaries can now use food stamps to purchase farm-fresh produce from a number of select vendors at the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital weekly farmers market. 

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Playground Opens for Young Patients of Our Lady of Peace 

Children with emotional and developmental disorders now have an expanded place for play at Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace. A new outdoor recreational space, as well as improved accessibility for the current play area, is made possible with help from the Daniel Pitino Foundation, the WHAS Crusade for Children and the Etscorn Foundation.  

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Carleigh’s "Kicks for Kids" at OLOP 

When St. Patrick Elementary student Carleigh Hoeflich’s parents asked her what she wanted for her eighth birthday, she already felt like she had enough. Carleigh’s wish was to bring happiness to kids and teens receiving treatment at Our Lady of Peace by donating tennis shoes, a necessary item for staying active and “being a kid.” Carleigh’s goal was to collect 188 pairs of tennis shoes by her eighth birthday on Sept. 2. 

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Play Golf, Raise Money to Save Lives 

Whether you’re great at the game of golf or a rank amateur, you can have a day of fun while you raise money for a vital cause at The Heart Walk Golf Scramble, which is set for Monday, Sept. 23, at the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville. All funds raised go to the American Heart Association (AHA). Download the flyer/registration form. 

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Heart Walk Basket Raffle Tickets On Sale 

The Heart Walk Basket Raffle began this week in Louisville to raise money for the American Heart Association. Employees are now able to purchase raffle tickets for donated baskets online at Here you will be able to view the baskets being raffled off, like the “Possibilities” basket donated by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. The drawing for all baskets will take place Sept. 12. 

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Congrats to Ironman Derek Davidson 

Congratulations to Derek Davidson, and all the other KentuckyOne employees who competed in the recent Ironman Triathlon in Louisville. Derek, a financial analyst with Jewish Physician Group, finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and marathon run (26.2 miles) in 13 hours, 55 minutes. The milder summer weather vanished just days before the race, with highs in the 90s on Ironman Day.  

Let us know if you also competed in the Ironman, and we’ll recognize your efforts.

Strike Out Cancer Night is Sept. 1 

Louisville Bats Baseball is holding the 4th Annual Strike Out Cancer Night on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6:05 p.m. For each $10 ticket purchased through the attached offer, they will donate $2 to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center or Jewish Cancer Care. You will also receive a free Bats logo hat in red or yellow. Tickets must be ordered by Aug. 30. 

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More Headlines 

London Health Care Forum with McConnell and Rogers 

Physician, Author to Give Free Public Talks in Louisville 

SIRH Cookout Aids Stroke Survivors 

SJL Foundation Announces New Board Leadership 

SJMS Foundation Announces New Board Leadership 

SJH Foundation Announces New Board Leadership 

SJB Foundation Announces New Board Leadership 

More Events & Reminders  

Four De Lis Classic Run in Louisville LABOR DAY Sept. 2 

Chronic Acid Reflux Seminar in Lexington Sept. 5 

Special Walk With a Doc at Parklands Sept. 7 

Walk With A Doc at Parklands Sept. 14 

Bike Trek to Shakertown Sept. 14-16 

Peace for Parents: Anti-Bullying Sept. 17 

Walk With a Doc at Iroquois Park Sept. 21 

Louisville Heart Walk Sept. 21 

Golf Scramble to Benefit Heart Walk Sept. 23 

Walk With a Doc at Shawnee Park Sept. 28 

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Oct. 5-Jan. 26 

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CHI News Update 

KentuckyOne This Week will include the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) publication e in each issue. CHI is a sponsor of KentuckyOne and will be sharing news of interest to all employees. 

Note: ULH/JGBCC employees will not be able to access all of the links in this issue until they transition to the CHI Connect program. 

Yammer Social Network is ITS Security Threat
URGENT ACTION: Do not subscribe to the Yammer Catholichealth network; if you already subscribed, discontinue use immediately
Recently, many CHI employees have received email invitations to join the Catholichealth network on Yammer, claiming that it is a "private social network for inside your company." CHI has not engaged Yammer to provide any services; Yammer is not an approved application. Please discontinue any use of Yammer immediately. 

CHI ITS Security’s concerns about Yammer are: 

• The risk that protected health information or other
   confidential/sensitive information could be shared with or
   accessed by unauthorized parties and not stored in a
   secure manner.
• The information is not secure behind CHI firewalls.
• Today, Yammer is free but future ongoing costs and
   licensing issues for Yammer are unknown.

Because of these potential security risks, anyone associated with CHI is directed to: 

• Discontinue any use of the Yammer Catholichealth
   network immediately.
• Delete all email invitations to use the service and do not
  forward invitations to others.
• Stop adding content to the site and remove content 
  already submitted.  

If CHI were to provide a service such as Yammer, announcements and information would come directly from your manager, CHI or your local organization. CHI is exploring an approved application that would create an internal network similar to Yammer. 

For more information on social networking guidelines visit CHI Secure on Inside CHI. If you have questions, contact Security Compliance

Search Underway: Market CEO,
Nebraska and Southwest Iowa Network
For Information
In collaboration with the board of directors of CHI's Nebraska and Southwest Iowa Network, CHI began a national search for a new SVP/market CEO for the Network on Aug. 26. 

The need for a new leader is a result of the impending retirements later this fiscal year of Rick Hachten, SVP of divisional operations for CHI and president CEO of Alegent Creighton Health; and Bob Lanik, SVP of divisional operations for CHI and president and CEO of CHI Nebraska. Both will take part in the CEO selection process, along with Michael Rowan and the search committee. 

While the search process may take up to six months, the intention is to fill the position by the end of the calendar year and to have the new leader in place by early 2014. 

Lofton No. 30 on List of “100 Most Influential"
For Information
For the ninth consecutive year, Kevin Lofton is on Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in HealthCare.” He is number 30 on this year's list, and was number 48 last year. A former board chair of the American Hospital Association and now a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Health Association, Lofton has served as CHI’s president and CEO since August 2003. 

GPS@CHI Adds Tools for Employees
For Information
CHI is adding new tools to GPS@CHI, its web-based system for talent management, which will enhance the development of CHI employees. GPS stands for Goals, Performance, Succession, and the system helps employees and their managers set goals, manage performance and plan employees’ development. The expansion will add new tools for goal setting and performance management. With these tools, employees and their managers will be able to: 

• Align each individual employee’s goals with CHI’s
   organizational goals
• Make performance management an ongoing process: 
   Track employee progress and record performance notes
   Provide continuous, consistent feedback and coaching to

This expansion of GPS@CHI will roll out during the next three years. The implementation schedule and a demonstration of the new system will be available on Inside CHI.  

Training will be available to all employees. Local HR staff will provide more information. 

National Hospitalist Service Line
Launches Severe Sepsis Protocol
For Information
CHI's National Hospitalist Service Line (NHSL) is implementing an enterprise-wide standard clinical protocol for severe sepsis, to be used in all acute care settings. Developed by national and market-based clinical leaders, the protocol will deliver: 

• Consistent care for patients with severe sepsis
• Better outcomes
• Lower costs 

There is wide variation in sepsis protocols currently used in CHI facilities, which contributes to higher-than-expected patient mortality and morbidity rates, as well as increased cost. Studies show significant improvement in sepsis mortality when evidence-based treatment protocols are used: the national Surviving Sepsis Campaign estimates that 400,000 lives can be saved if just half the sepsis patients in the U.S. are treated with evidence-based protocols. 

CHI’s protocol aligns with the guidelines of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and emphasizes early resuscitation. Physician champions have been identified for each market and will work with clinical leaders to implement the protocol by December. A patient screening tool, a copy of the protocol and communication resources are posted on the Severe Sepsis Prevention page of Inside CHI. 

Web Resources Assist in Outreach
and Enrollment Efforts
For Information
The new CHI Outreach & Enrollment page on Inside CHI has information to help employees educate patients, families and communities about health insurance marketplaces and the enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act. The marketplaces open for enrollment Oct. 1, with coverage beginning in January. Prospective enrollees with questions and concerns are likely to turn to health professionals for help in understanding what the changes mean and how to enroll for coverage. Resources on CHI Outreach & Enrollment page will help CHI organizations and employees reach out to people who are uninsured and make them aware of affordable coverage options. Access and coverage for all has been a top priority for CHI for more than a decade. Health care reform helps move CHI closer to that goal. 

Take Note: Monthly Email Maintenance
For Information
To help bring stability to CHI’s Outlook email, beginning Sept. 19 ITS will perform regular maintenance on CHI's Exchange servers the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. MT. During this maintenance window, depending on the maintenance required, email may be available intermittently; email may be unavailable; or, there may be no disruption in email. 

Users who have difficulty accessing their email during a maintenance window should try using Outlook Web App (OWA) ( If you are not able to use OWA, check the IT Outage Notification page on Inside CHI. If your issue is not already listed there, contact the ITS Service Desk, 866.236.0441. 

A monthly email maintenance window is in keeping with industry standards for large organizations such as CHI. Additional maintenance activities may be performed outside this window as needed.   

Important Information for CIBSA Users
Action: CBISA users - ensure your computer has Internet Explorer version 8 or above
On Sept. 14, Lyon Software is releasing a new version of the CBISA web application used to collect, track and report community benefit data. This new version can only be accessed using Internet Explorer (IE) 8 or above. 

To check your computer’s IE version, follow these instructions. If you do not have IE 8 or above, contact the ITS Service Desk, 866.236.0441 or, by Sept. 2 and ask for an upgrade to IE 8. You will need to provide your computer name (located on the upper right corner of your home screen; if you cannot find it, an ITS Service Desk analyst can help you). If you have already made a request for an upgrade to IE 8, you do not need to contact the ITS Service Desk again. 

New Issue of OneCare's For the Record
For Information
A new issue of For the Record, an electronic update on CHI's OneCare program, is available on Inside CHI. 

People on the Move
National Leaders
Steven Thayer to director, Analytics Center of Excellence, from quality consultant, clinical quality improvement, effective Sept. 1.

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