May 4, 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 17

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Ruth Brinkley Named on ‘Top 25 Women in Healthcare’ List 

Leading national health care publication Modern Healthcare has named Ruth Brinkley, KentuckyOne Health President and CEO, as one of 2015’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” The list recognizes female health care executives who are developing policy, leading change, and guiding health care delivery across our nation. 

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Prayers for Meetings:
Prayer (Christian Tradition)
Prayer (Jewish Tradition)

How We Can Help 

On April 25, Nepal was struck by an earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude. This is twenty-two times more powerful than the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. The capital city of Kathmandu and the surrounding area suffered devastating loss of life, homes and historical buildings. 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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Last Chance! PCA Closes Friday, May 8 

The Performance Culture Assessment employee survey will be open an extra week to ensure more of you have the chance to participate. Please take the survey by this Friday if you haven’t yet. Your unique login information was sent via email from Your feedback is valuable to help improve our workplace. 

Need an incentive? When your facility reaches a participation milestone, you and your co-workers will be entered in a drawing for 100 recognition points. Click here for a list of 50 winners from April 27, drawn from the eight facilities with 50 percent PCA participation. 

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Chief Nursing Officer Velinda Block Shares Message of Thanks to Nurses 

In honor of National Nurses’ Week, May 6-12, KentuckyOne Health thanks its dedicated nurses for making a tremendous difference in the communities we serve. “In times of stress and crisis, nurses are there to lead the way,” Velinda said. “They are vital to the well-being of our patients, and are truly the cornerstone of health care.” 

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Nurses' Week

Celebrations have been planned at all KentuckyOne facilities this week to honor our wonderful nurses. Please watch for details at your facility. Other noteworthy items: 

These Shoes Were Made for Walking
As a special appreciation for Nurses’ Week, the Walking Company is offering a free gift to all nurses at its stores nationwide. In addition to the special free gift, the Walking Company always offers KentuckyOne employees a 15 percent discount. Read More 

The American Nurse Exclusive Screening May 6
Nurses can receive continuing education credit hours for attending The American Nurse: Healing America, which will have an exclusive screening on Wednesday, May 6 (12 and 7 p.m.), at Carmike Theatres in Lexington. Read More

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Stay Curious 

The fifth concept your leader will be sharing with you this May to help us achieve our desired KentuckyOne culture is staying Curious. Practicing this concept will help us to always provide safe, quality care and exceptional service. Creating an environment where people explore other’s perspectives and new ways of doing things from a Curious mindset rather than close-minded is key to thriving in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. 

Visit the Culture Resource Center to preview the concept ahead of your team's discussion (username: employee / password: kyonehealth). 

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Changes Coming to Paid Time Off Plan 

Changes to our paid time off (PTO) plan will be effective the first full pay period in January 2016. You should be hearing about these changes at the local town hall meetings currently underway. The changes will make PTO plans more consistent and equitable across KentuckyOne and CHI. Plus, the new plan will encourage you to use PTO the way it is intended: for rest, relaxation and personal needs to support a healthy lifestyle. 

Employees with High PTO Balances-Cash Out in May:
To help employees with large PTO balances, and to prepare for the changes in January, CHI and KentuckyOne will cash out up to 80 hours of PTO this May. The cash out will happen automatically. Eligible employees will receive a letter at home with more details. 

Need to make a change to your 401(k) contribution before the cash out? The cash-out paycheck will be treated just like a regular paycheck with regard to deferrals. If you want to change your contributions to the 401(k) plan, you must do so by 4 p.m. ET on May 8, 2015, for May 15 paychecks.

Project Win to Begin in Kentucky in June 

Project Win, the CHI-wide upgrade of all computers to Windows 7, Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), will begin in Kentucky starting June 22. This mandatory upgrade will take place at KentuckyOne Health facilities in the following locations: Lexington, London, Martin, Berea, Bardstown, Erlanger and Mt. Sterling. This upgrade will be a phased approach over an eight-week period. 

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MusicGlove Therapy Helps Stroke and MS Patients Regain Hand Function 

Patients receiving treatment from KentuckyOne Health Neurology Associates and Multiple Sclerosis Care in Lexington now have a new, engaging way to work on repairing the fine motor functions in their hands following a stroke or other disability. MusicGlove, an FDA-approved rehabilitation device, improves hand function through a music-based game.  

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Get a ‘Behind the Screens’ Look at the New Mobile Screening Program May 7 

KentuckyOne Health Mobile Screenings will offer preventive health screenings at various locations throughout the state. Employees are invited to get a special “behind the screens” look at the program on Thursday, May 7, from 1-5 p.m. A mobile screening unit will be located outside of the Jewish Hospital Outpatient Care Center. Enjoy tours, refreshments and giveaways!

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Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Partners with Local Agency to Help Those in Need 

Being forced into homelessness due to serious injury is a hard road, but Damon Thomas of Louisville knows the power of a helping hand of compassion. Unable to work and waiting for a worker’s compensation claim to be settled, Damon went months without income and was struggling to make ends meet. But thanks to a partnership between the Shively Area Ministries and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Damon was given assistance ...

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Eric Gilliam, Sister Peggy Martin to be Honored for Contributions to Health Care 

Two Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) leaders are being recognized for their contributions to health care by the Catholic Health Association (CHA). They are: 

Eric Gilliam, president of Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Berea, has been named an honoree of the Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program. This program honors dedicated, high-performing young people who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic health care. 

Sister Peggy Martin, OP, JCL, and SVP of sponsorship and governance for CHI, will receive the 2015 Sister Concilia Moran Award from the CHA, the association’s highest honor. The award recognizes a visionary leader who uses creativity and breakthrough thinking to advance the health care ministry.  

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Dana Stephens Receives National Award for Infection Prevention 

Dana M. Stephens, MT, CIC, executive director of clinical and regulatory integration for KentuckyOne Health, has been selected as a nationally recognized “Hero of Infection Prevention,” by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She will be recognized with the award at the APIC Annual Conference In Nashville, set for June 27-29.  

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SafetyFirst Great Catch: Brittany Simmons 

This week’s SafetyFirst Great Catch was accomplished by Mental Health Worker Brittany Simmons, who works at Our Lady of Peace (OLOP). Brittany was conducting safety rounds on the 1 Lourdes unit of OLOP. During these rounds she noticed that a new admit appeared to be breathing heavily. The mental health worker attempted to rouse the patient, but was unable to do so. She immediately notified an RN ... 

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Amanda Carey Named Daisy Winner at Flaget Memorial Hospital 

Amanda Carey, RN, nursing administration, is the recipient of the Daisy Award at Flaget Memorial Hospital for the first quarter. Amanda was nominated by her colleague Lisa Nix for outstanding service to the Flaget Memorial Hospital community by providing compassionate care to patients seen in the emergency department. 

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Jamie Mitchell Castle Honored as ‘Best Physical Therapist’ 

The readers of Floyd County Times voted Jamie Mitchell Castle, PT, DPT, “Best Physical Therapist,” in the annual Floyd County Times Reader’s Choice Outstanding Service Awards. Jamie is a physical therapist at Saint Joseph Martin. The awards are meant to acknowledge excellence in Floyd County across many sectors.  

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Food for Thought: Cauliflower  

From your Registered Dietitians in KentuckyOne Health Food & Nutrition Services: Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be used in place of other high starch foods like rice, potatoes and pizza crust. Cauliflower is rich in dietary fiber, contains 77 percent of recommended daily intake of Vitamin C in one serving, and is a good source of many other vitamins and minerals ... 

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Discounted Tickets for Employees!

Events & Headlines 

Discounted Circus Tickets Available for KentuckyOne Employees in Louisville (hurry...order by May 11!) 

Lexington Man Reacted to Heart Attack Symptoms Thanks to KentuckyOne Medical Minute on WVLK 

Saint Joseph Berea Honors its Special Volunteers with Special Pins 

Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East Hosts Maternity Fair in Lexington on May 9 

Healing, Hope and Wellness for All Workshop is May 9 

Medical Imaging Scholarships in Louisville Market (RSL Development Award): Applications Due May 11 

Free Incontinence Screening at SIRH is May 13 

Education Fair at Jewish Hospital is May 14 

KentuckyOne Research Symposium is May 14; Reserve Your Spot, Earn CE Credit 

The Louisville Symposium on Heart Disease in Women is May 16; Earn CE Credit 

Ribbon Cutting & Open House for Drs. Miller and Sutherland (Mt. Sterling) is May 29 

Join Lexington's Walk to Stop Diabetes on May 30 

Education Fair at Saint Joseph Hospital is June 11 

Walk with a Doc this Spring! 

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