February 2, 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 4

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A Video Message from Ruth Brinkley 

In a new video message, KentuckyOne President & CEO Ruth Brinkley reflects on important milestones and financial progress achieved in 2014 through the hard work and dedication of all employees, volunteers and physicians. Also, she shares her plans and enthusiasm for continued success in 2015 and beyond as we continue becoming the KentuckyOne of our vision. 

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Becoming KentuckyOne – Appreciation 

The third concept your leader will be sharing with you this February to help us achieve our desired KentuckyOne culture is Appreciation. Practicing this concept will help us to always provide safe, quality care and exceptional service. Appreciation is the glue that holds teams together. Our core values of Reverence and Compassion leads to an atmosphere where people are recognized for the things they do well. Showing appreciation gives everyone a foundation for putting forth their best effort. Not only do people perform better in an environment of appreciation, but they also feel more fulfilled. 

Visit the Culture Resource Center (username: employee/ password: kyonehealth) to view and reflect on the concept ahead of your team's discussion. NOTE: Leaders need to use their unique username/password to access their materials.

Effective Leadership #2: I Contribute to the Organization’s Success 

Some days we might wonder if our work makes a difference in the big picture. It does! In the Performance Culture Assessment this spring you will be asked if you agree or disagree with this statement: “I understand how my job contributes to the organization’s success.” 

Leaders are encouraged to talk with you about how individually we can influence KentuckyOne’s success. Even if you aren’t a supervisor or manager, you still lead others by example in how you act and go about your work every day. Take a moment to notice how co-workers take actions that support our values. Then reinforce their behavior by sending a peer-to-peer note through the employee recognition program. Everyone’s contributions help us provide wellness, healing and hope to all. 

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Referrals: Your Friend Gets Hired, You May Earn Points 

KentuckyOne has job openings for nurses, therapists, other clinical jobs and many more. Send a qualified friend our way, and if he/she gets hired you may earn up to 4,000 points in our employee recognition program. Full-time, part time and PRN employees (below director level) are eligible to earn referral points. Managers who refer candidates to departments other than their own also are eligible for points. Click here for more information about referral points eligibility.

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5-Year Anniversaries Shine with Online PURLs 

Our employee recognition program includes a special gem for your five-year service anniversary: a PURL. This personal web page is a collection of messages and photos from co-workers, friends and family members acknowledging your milestone.                                            

If you are the honoree, you will receive an email from the recognition site ( with a link to your PURL. During the year you may receive an invitation to submit a note for someone’s PURL, given at the five-year anniversary and every five years thereafter. Please take a moment to do so! It’s a great way to act on our culture theme of appreciation and thanks. 

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Match Your Email to KentuckyOne Brand Standards 

The KentuckyOne email system is a business tool that should always reflect the KentuckyOne brand. Emails should be treated as professional correspondence, similar to sending a letter on KentuckyOne letterhead. Today we begin a series of articles about KentuckyOne’s email guidelines and tips for using our email system effectively. Please revise your email signature to reflect our brand. 

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Nursing Leaders Focus on Professional & Leadership Development in KentuckyOne Nursing 

In order to craft KentuckyOne’s new 2015 Nursing Vision and Strategies, KentuckyOne Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Velinda Block, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and her nursing leaders are focused on professional and leadership development. Dr. Block believes in investing in nurses and in giving each of them a voice; therefore, she is gathering feedback from all levels and facilities that will aid her in shaping the nursing strategies. 

“As we build KentuckyOne, we have a choice about how the nursing culture will look,” Dr. Block said. “Every nurse has a chance to contribute to its design.” 

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Flaget Memorial Hospital President Recognized By Becker's Hospital Review

Sue Downs, president of Flaget Memorial Hospital, was recognized as one of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” in Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives. The list contains 50 presidents, CEOs and administrators that dedicate their time to bettering health care in their communities and triumph in providing health care in rural or smaller towns.

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Flaget Nurse Honored with DAISY Award

The DAISY Award for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2014 was awarded to Brooke Dadisman, RN, who works in the obstetrics department at Flaget Memorial Hospital. One of Brooke’s nominators, co-worker Katy Marcum, RN, said Brooke always goes above and beyond to assist her co-workers and take care of her patients. Katy said she knows firsthand of Brooke’s nursing skills having been one of her patients a few months ago.

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Debra Riley Joins KentuckyOne Health Partners

Debra Riley, MSN, DNP, FNP-c, PNP-c, has been hired by KentuckyOne Health Partners to serve as the regional director for western Kentucky. In this role, she will work with physicians and other health care providers to improve the health, wellness and quality of care for populations or groups of patients. Debra has a 20-year record of achievement as a nurse practitioner and physician practice integration specialist in the Paducah area. 

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Get Ready to Go Red!

Friday, Feb. 6, is National Wear Red Day. You're invited to wear red to show your support of the fight against women’s cardiovascular disease. Deck yourselves out in red or just grab a red scarf or pair of socks. KentuckyOne will host informational tables at each of our locations to provide materials on cholesterol, exercise and other ways to have a healthy heart. Don't forget to show us how you go red. Send your pictures to

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Headlines from Across KentuckyOne   

Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Goes Red for Heart Disease Awareness                                          

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Temporarily Relocates Entrance to Emergency Department

Insurance Coverage of Critical Screening Could Improve Survival Rates for Lung Cancer Patients

KentuckyOne’s Louisville Market Recognized as Fit-Friendly Worksite by the AHA

KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at Saint Joseph East Featured in Business Lexington for Recent Expansion, New Technology

KentuckyOne Employees Can Join the Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at UofL

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Events This Week 

Yoga Lunch & Learn at Jewish Hospital Feb. 3 

Tai Chi Lunch & Learn at Jewish Hospital Feb. 4

Peer Interview Training Class at SMEH Feb. 5

Saint Joseph London Great Gatsby Gala Feb. 7

On the Horizon

UofL Women’s Basketball Go Pink! Game Feb. 15

Healthy Lifestyle Center Grand Opening Feb. 24

Saint Joseph Berea Gala for Healing and Hope Feb. 28

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