January 11, 2017 | Volume 6, Issue 1
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MLK Day of Service —
What Are You Doing for Others?

To further the devotion and commitment that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., demonstrated to service throughout his life, KentuckyOne Health calls you to serve. You’re encouraged to participate in a service project anytime this month. Get involved and share with us by Jan. 31! Individually or with your co-workers, you can serve meals at a homeless shelter, organize a food drive, clean a neighbor’s yard or help someone in need.

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New 30-Minute ER Pledge Now in Effect

KentuckyOne Health is making emergency room visits faster for all patients with a new “30-minute ER pledge,” which is expected to cut down the time it takes to see a physician by 50 percent. With our new approach to emergency room care, patients will begin to be treated as soon as they walk through the door. This is expected to streamline patient flow and positively affect patient wait times ...

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Medical Center Jewish South Recognized as ‘Best of Bullitt County’

Medical Center Jewish South was voted the “Best Emergency Care in Bullitt County” in the “Best of Bullitt County” awards. This is the fifth year in a row that the hospital has been selected for this honor by community members. Congratulations to doctors, nurses and staff for this impressive achievement!

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Employee Achievements

Congratulations to the following employees and physicians for their recent awards, honors and recognitions!

Pamela Elzy, Clinical Education, KentuckyOne Health
Alice Bridges, Healthy Communities, KentuckyOne Health
Barbara Smeland, Surgery, Medical Center Jewish East
Dr. Muhammad Babar, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Dr. Jason Chesney, James Graham Brown Cancer Cntr.
Dr. Darryl Kaelin, Frazier Rehab Institute
Dr. Kathrin LaFaver, UofL Movement Disorders Clinic

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Professional Image — Badge Buddies

To coincide with our professional image initiative, we will be adjusting our use of the “badge buddies” that are worn with our KentuckyOne name tags. Patients now will be able to connect the employee to their specific role as staff will be wearing standard scrub colors designating the care they provide within our facilities. Therefore, there will be less of a need for badge buddies ...

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Healthy Spirit Program Offers
Biometric Screenings

The Healthy Spirit Wellness Program is back and it makes it easy to pursue your wellness goals in 2017. Sign up today for your biometric screening and start earning your financial incentive for being healthy! Screenings run February through April and you can register through the My Healthy Spirit website to get your screening at a facility near you ...

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Healthy Spirit Offering New Monthly
Well-Being Video Webinars

The Healthy Spirit Wellness Program is offering employees an opportunity to view monthly webinars on well-being. This January, a webinar on the importance of getting the proper amount and good quality sleep is available. Coming up in February and March look for webinars on managing anxiety and depression. Download a flier with more details ...

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Refocusing on Safety in 2017

Facility Safety Summits are being held this January for leaders to refocus and re-energize safety efforts at each facility. Tables will be set up near the cafeterias of each facility during lunch to share facility-specific safety information with staff as well as provide the opportunity to receive prizes ...

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Safety Topic of the Month: Falls Prevention

Patient falls are a universal problem in health care. Clinicians must continuously think of ways to solve this age-old concern. The stakes have never been higher, and the need for holistic falls/injury prevention programs has never been greater. Clinical outcomes can be improved and sustained when evidence-based practices are implemented ...  

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Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Training Classes Offered this January   

Learn about KentuckyOne Health’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, increase your understanding of the important role of diversity and cultural competence in health care and gain insights on how to be a team member who honors the diversity of our workforce and patients ...

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Read Our Latest Issue of
Common Thread eStories

Our monthly newsletter Common Thread eStories focuses on celebrating extraordinary employees living our mutual commitment to the KentuckyOne Health Promise. Read the December edition featuring Lisa Beckner. Don't forget to tell us about the awe-inspiring things your co-workers are doing! And watch for the January issue later this month!

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Foundation Update: Puppy Donation

Frazier Rehab Institute on Dec. 15 debuted its newest member of the pet therapy program—a yellow Labrador retriever puppy named Stanley. The new puppy will join Frazier Rehab Institute’s pet therapy program, which provides emotional support for patients. The puppy was made possible by a generous $164,000 donation from the June and Stanley Atlas family, through the University of Louisville and the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.

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New Headlines & Events

University of Louisville Hospital Unveils New $5 Million Inpatient Psychiatry Unit

New KentuckyOne Urgent Care Center Opens in London

2017 Sports Medicine Symposium is Feb. 4 — Earn CEU

Saint Joseph London Foundation Mardi Gras Gala Feb. 4

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