May 18, 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 19

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Vote Today! Ruth Brinkley Named Finalist on “100 Most Influential People” List 

KentuckyOne Health President and CEO Ruth Brinkley is a finalist in Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This list recognizes exceptional leaders from all aspects of the health care industry who have been deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to have had the most influential impact in health and wellness in the United States. 

To help put Ruth on the final list, we need your votes! Click HERE to vote for Ruth and up to four other leaders, including CHI’s Kevin Lofton and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Voting is open through June 26

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Celebrate Your Team This Month 

The KentuckyOne recognition program is focusing on teamwork this month. Our online recognition program makes it easy to send a co-worker a note of thanks or a message of congratulations on their service anniversary. Your good wishes get extra mileage in May. The “Give One for the Team” campaign will award points to the department that sends the most peer-to-peer recognition.  

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Enter to Win a Trip by Referring a New Employee  

You might be packing your vacation bags if you refer a successful candidate to an open position at KentuckyOne. The employee referral program is sponsoring a travel contest! When someone you refer to any job opening is hired, you will be entered to win a trip to Cancun, San Diego or Las Vegas. You’ll also earn recognition points if the referral is for a nurse, therapist, lab technician, physician or other key position at KentuckyOne.  

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Healthy Spirit Weight Loss Challenge
Sign-ups Begin Today

Employees on the KentuckyOne or CHI insurance plan can earn $50 in their Health Equity Account for successful completion of the Healthy Spirit Weight Loss Challenge. Sign up through My Healthy Spirit any time beginning today through May 31. The challenge will run from June 1-July 12. Get ready to shed those extra pounds! 

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Louisville Market: Environmental Services Moving In-House 

Louisville-market facilities will be providing environmental services (EVS) entirely with in-house staff starting Aug. 10. Medical office buildings that use Aramark for EVS are also part of this transition. Other facilities have already made the change. The vendor’s employees at those sites are being encouraged to apply for the open positions, which will be KentuckyOne employee positions. Jobs will be posted in the coming weeks.  

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Thanks for the Feedback on Revised Culture Survey 

We saw new topics, more questions and a different rating scale in the 2015 Performance Culture Assessment (PCA) employee survey. The results will help us improve our workplace and show how we compare with other health care systems nationwide. You will hear more about the results in the weeks and months ahead. Recognition points have been awarded to employees randomly drawn from facilities that reached certain PCA participation levels! 

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Tonya Whitehouse, Bridgett Youngblood Help Patients Face Breast Cancer 

There’s no day more frightening in a woman’s life than the day she’s told she has breast cancer. But with the expert, loving care of Tonya Whitehouse, RN, and Bridgett Youngblood, MSW, breast cancer patients—and their families—don’t have to walk the path alone. And now that both the nurse and the social worker have been specially trained and certified as guides and advocates for these patients, their quality of life can be even better. 

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Saint Joseph Martin President Honored as Business Person of the Year 

Every year, the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the accomplishments of businesses and community leaders in Floyd County at its annual awards banquet. Kathy Stumbo, president of Saint Joseph Martin, was honored as the 2015 Business Person of the Year at the Chamber’s annual banquet on May 7. 

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Bilingual Employees Help ‘Bridge the Gap’ 

This past March, a group of 11 bilingual KentuckyOne Health employees, plus two community members, gathered to receive Bridging the Gap medical interpreter training at Jewish Hospital. Language Services Supervisors Lynn Fors and Jessica Cano led the group, which included both clinical and non-clinical staff and even one physician, through this nationally recognized 40-hour course. Bridging the Gap, a minimum requirement for those wishing to serve as medical interpreters, teaches interpreter skills, ethics and medical terminology. 

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Saint Joseph Berea Staff Teaches Kids that ‘Life is Cool’ 

Clinicians from Saint Joseph Berea (SJB) took part in a Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates event at Berea College on April 7 that showed 400 elementary school children that “Life is Cool.” Ten SJB staff members, most of them registered nurses or respiratory therapists, manned 10 learning stations that used iced pig organs to show how diet and exercise affect health. 

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Second Quake Hits Nepal 

After suffering two major earthquakes, just weeks apart, the people of Nepal are trying to pick up the pieces. The capital city of Kathmandu and the surrounding area suffered devastating loss of life, homes and historical buildings. The recovery efforts continue and your help is greatly needed. KentuckyOne employees may help by offering support to the following agencies: 

Jewish Community of Louisville
Catholic Relief Services
American Red Cross 

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Food for Thought: The Power of Lemons 

–From your Registered Dietitians in KentuckyOne Health Food & Nutrition Services 

This ancient fruit is packed with vitamin C and provides about 88 percent of the daily recommended intake. They help the body develop resistance against infectious diseases. High in fiber and beta-carotene, they contain no fat and just 15 calories. They are versatile flavor enhancers and work as an anti-browning agent for fruits and vegetables. 

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Book by May 29 for exclusive savings!

Events & Headlines 

Kentucky Center Musicians to Perform for Patients, Employees in Louisville Facilities Beginning May 18 

Saint Joseph East Achieves National Bariatric Surgery Accreditation 

Flaget Memorial Hospital Receives Crusade for Children Grant 

Saint Joseph Martin Receives Five-Star Hospital Compare Rating from CMS 

KentuckyOne Health Nurse Practitioner Debra Lusk Now Providing Primary Care in Meade County 

KentuckyOne Health Primary Care in Meade County Now Offering After-Hours Care 

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Receives Komen Funding for Yes, Mamm! Program 

Gray Street Farmers Market Now Open Every Thursday 

Free Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Lifestyle Classes Begin at Saint Joseph Berea May 28 

Open House for Drs. Miller and Sutherland is May 29 

Book Your Stay at Great Wolf Lodge by May 29 and Enjoy Exclusive KentuckyOne Savings! 

Lexington's Walk to Stop Diabetes is May 30 

Lymphedema Course at Frazier Rehab is June 5-7 

Volunteers Needed–SJH Found. Golf Tourney is June 8    

Education Fair at Saint Joseph Hospital is June 11 

Education Fair at Saint Joseph East is June 12 

SJMS Foundation Golf Tournament is June 18 

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