March 7, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 10

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Becoming KentuckyOne
Questions & Answers for Employees

Question: When you say we have completed this phase of the layoffs/reductions, it leads to the idea that it is likely we will have a next phase. Do you have a timeframe in which to evaluate the outcomes of these reductions, in order to assess the need for the next phase?

Answer: We continue to evaluate the savings from this most recent phase of reductions. Some savings are immediate, but we need additional time to ...  

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KentuckyOne Streamlines Leadership

The next phase of improving operational performance across KentuckyOne Health includes realigning, and in some cases, consolidating leadership responsibilities. Streamlining leadership roles began in fall 2013 and we will continue to carefully assess each leadership role as part of the ongoing work to transform our organization and become the KentuckyOne Health of our vision.  

"While these changes provide cost reduction opportunities, they have the added advantage of creating professional advancement opportunities for our strong leaders within KentuckyOne,” said Ruth Brinkley, KentuckyOne CEO. 

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Are You Wearing Your Best Blue? 

KentuckyOne Health is celebrating national "Dress in Blue" day to support Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Information tables are set up at our facilities to offer education and giveaways today. Show us your best blue; send group photos to

Did you know KentuckyOne supports the Kentucky Cancer Foundation by helping provide colon cancer screenings for low income, uninsured Kentuckians ...  

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Benefits Update: Contraceptive Services & Prescriptions Coverage 

In January, it was announced that KentuckyOne Health employees were experiencing a delay disrupting access to contraceptive prescription drug coverage (read more). This is now resolved. Express-Scripts (ESI) began mailing contraceptive communications and ID cards on Feb. 21. If you or your family member have paid for contraception prescription coverage in 2014, be sure to submit for reimbursement directly to ESI. 

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Earn a Reward, Designate Your Primary Care Physician by March 31 

An important step in maintaining your health is establishing a relationship with a primary care physician. Make the most of your medical plan and designate an in-network primary care physician for yourself and your enrolled dependents. Act by March 31 and earn up to $20 in gift cards. Select your provider through the My Healthy Spirit website. Read More 

In-Network Coverage: KentuckyOne Health Partners, our clinically integrated network, is celebrating the admission of more than 1,000 providers. Employees should choose a physician within this network for the highest level of coverage ... Read More

Patient Portal Initial Launch March 15 

On March 15, the patient portal soft launch will occur for three KentuckyOne Health hospitals using Cerner: Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Jessamine. Initially, the patient portal will have limited functionality; patients will be able to use the portal only to view visit summaries and send secure messages. Patient Access staff will provide patients with information about accessing the site. Minimal patient support information will be available.  

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Win the Chance to Play on the Rupp Arena Court! 

Ladies, would you like to have a chance to play basketball in Rupp Arena? Yes, you heard us right! Win a chance to participate in a women's basketball clinic, sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, on the Rupp Arena court. Winning is easy: The first 10 callers to 859.313.1708 will win a ticket to the basketball 101 clinic that will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m.

Good Catch: Danielle Hill Speaks Up for Safety, Prevents Harm 

Danielle Hill, a certified nursing assistant at Saint Joseph London, noticed a high fall risk patient's bed alarm was unplugged during her rounds. She plugged in the alarm, possibly preventing a fall event.

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Jessica Russell Named ROSE Award Winner at Flaget 

Jessica Russell, a patient access representative with Flaget Memorial Hospital’s admitting department, is a recent recipient of the ROSE (Reflection of Service Excellence) Award. Rev. Karl Lusk, who serves as a chaplain for the Bardstown hospital, said “I have, on more than one occasion, observed her putting vulnerable, concerned patients at ease by her demeanor ... " 

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Saint Joseph Martin Physician Chandra Varia is “Rural Health Champion” 

The Kentucky Office of Rural Health has named Chandra Varia, MD, a physician at Saint Joseph Martin, a “Rural Health Champion.” The honor went to recipients across the state who have had a positive impact on the health of rural communities. “Dr. Varia has achieved much with great humility during her time in Floyd County,” said Kathy Stumbo, president of Saint Joseph Martin. “She has made a real difference in our community.” 

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Dr. Jesse Adams Encourages Participation in Walk with a Doc Events 

Just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, elevate mood, and reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes. That’s why Jesse Adams, MD, a cardiologist with KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates, is on a mission to get Louisvillians to take a “Walk with a Doc.” Dr. Adams will share his message on WHAS-TV on Wednesday, March 12, during the noon newscast. 

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Headlines from Across KentuckyOne 

Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time Begins this Weekend 

KentuckyOne Health Imaging Center Opens in Winchester 

Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Will Glow Blue through March 

KentuckyOne Works to Reduce Colon Cancer Deaths through Screening 

ICD-10 Training (Phase I Staff) Deadline is March 31; Complete Mandatory Training in LEARN 

Corporate Responsibility Education Deadline is March 31; Complete Mandatory Training in LEARN 

Become a Volunteer Reader, Tutor or Mentor for a Local School Student in Jefferson County (Every 1 Reads) 

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Upcoming Events 

Walk with a Doc at Parklands March 8 

Walk with a Doc at Saint Joseph London March 8 

Annual Leader Training March 10 

Biometrics Screenings at SJH March 10 & 14 

Biometrics Screenings at SJJ March 11 

Biometrics Screenings at SJL March 12 

Peer Interview Training in Lexington March 12 

Biometrics Screenings at SJE March 13 

Health Benefit Exchange Enrollment Event, SMEH, March 13 

Health Benefit Exchange Enrollment Event, SMEH, March 15 

Walk with a Doc at Iroquois Park March 15 

Leadership Advance with Ruth Brinkley March 18 

Free CME: Developments in Spine Surgery March 20 

CEU Course, Louisville: Serial Casting March 22 

Walk with a Doc at Shawnee March 22 

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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.

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