October 20, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 43

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Ebola Virus Action

KentuckyOne Health continues to closely monitor the Ebola virus situation in collaboration with state health officials, CDC and CHI’s national office of Infection Prevention and Emergency Management. With the safety of our patients, employees and physicians a top priority, we have implemented a screening protocol across the system to identify and respond to potential cases of Ebola virus which is consistent with CDC and national CHI best practices. Leaders are in constant communication with all employees to guide response and action, and will provide updates based on the evolving situation and collaboration with national leaders. Click here to see a letter from Dr. Stephen L. Moore, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, for information on our unified national response. 

In addition to education materials provided to employees and leaders, a patient-facing information page is now available online at This is designed to educate the community, and address questions and concerns. All clinical staff members are applauded for their focus and excellence in providing care, and educating our communities during this challenging time.

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Workplace Culture Survey Now Open 

Please take a few minutes to complete the Performance Culture Assessment online survey, open now through Oct. 31. This “pulse survey” is an abbreviated version of the full PCA survey we took in spring 2013. Your feedback will help us improve our workplace and measure progress toward becoming KentuckyOne. Responses are anonymous, and recognition points will be awarded in random drawings based on your facility’s participation rate. Click here to take the survey. Thank you for participating! 

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New Prescription Drug Administrator in 2015 

Caremark will be the prescription drug administrator for the CHI Medical Plan starting in 2015. Our prescription benefit plan design is not changing. Caremark’s national network of nearly 68,000 retail pharmacies includes CVS, Walgreens and many others. Caremark also has one of the nation’s largest mail-order pharmacies. Click here to find a list of Caremark network pharmacies on the My Healthy Spirit website. You also may call Caremark at 1.877.232.7925. Refer to the tip sheet attached to this email for ways to maximize savings on prescription drug costs. 

Annual enrollment for 2015 benefits will be Oct. 31 to Nov. 14, 2014. Refer to the attached Question and Answer document about 2015 benefits. Also, watch for more information in your home mailbox. 

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David Joos Named New VP of Access Management and Transitions of Care 

David Joos, MBA, has been named the new vice president of access management and transitions of care for KentuckyOne Health. David will lead the development and implementation of a strategic and operational plan aimed at ensuring access and the “right site of care” for all patients throughout the KentuckyOne system.  

He will be responsible for transfer center operations; patient placement services; care management and transition of care processes; hospital-based services; physician partnerships; and utilization management. He will serve as the KentuckyOne liaison/coordinator for all call centers and central scheduling operations. David will begin his new job responsibilities on Oct. 31. 

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Governor Appoints KentuckyOne Social Worker to State Board 

After working for more than 17 years in the Care Coordination Department of University of Louisville Hospital, Sandra Dattilo, MSSW, CSW, has been appointed to the state’s Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Board by Gov. Steve Beshear. The appointment was not a surprise to Sandra’s boss, Sharon Susral, RN, MSN, CCM, director of care coordination for the hospital. “Her experience with mothers and babies will be a priceless asset to the board,” Sharon said. “She has developed her own network of resources throughout the state.” 

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KentuckyOne Facilities Honored for 'Excellence Through Insight' 

KentuckyOne Health continually measures patient satisfaction to gain valuable insight about patients’ experiences and community perceptions of its services. Our organization focuses on turning insight into action – how to best utilize research findings to keep raising the bar in the delivery of health care. HealthStream Research is KentuckyOne's vendor for the facilitation of patient satisfaction surveys.  

Congratulations to the following HealthStream Excellence Through Insight award winners: 

• Medical Center Jewish East Emergency Department 
• Medical Center Jewish South
• Frazier Rehab Institute Outpatient Rehab Southwest
• Saint Joseph Jessamine
• KentuckyOne Health Imaging (Tates Creek) 

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Earn Wellness Incentive Points Through the 'Celebrate Your Spirit' Workshop 

The final Healthy Spirit wellness challenge for 2014 is all about celebrating you. The Celebrate Your Spirit workshop takes employees through weekly topics that focus on healthy eating, taking time for yourself, staying active, and managing everyday stress. Employees can begin the online workshop at any time.  

It takes four weeks to complete, and must be completed by Dec. 31 to earn 50 wellness incentive points. The approaching holidays can be a time of stress, making it a good time to participate in the Celebrate Your Spirit workshop. To access the workshop, click here

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SafetyFirst Focus: Team Member Checking 

When we are working together, we should be looking out for our fellow team members. Be aware not just of what you are doing, but of the status of the working environment. Notice what others around you are doing as well.

• Offer to check the work of others
• Point out unintended slips and lapses
• Point out work conditions that your team members 
   might not have noticed 

When we are performing these routine, frequent, skill-based tasks, a cross-check significantly improves our probability of "getting it right." It's called the multiplier effect. 

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My Voice, My Vote 2014 

All members of the Catholic Health Initiatives/KentuckyOne Health family are encouraged to vote in the general election on Nov. 4. Voting is our right and our responsibility as United States citizens. Your single vote can make a difference–congressional elections have been decided by only a few hundred votes, and state and local elections may have even slimmer margins. As you advocate for candidates and issues, please do not use your company email to demonstrate your support for political campaigns or to solicit votes. 

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Pink-a-BOO! Wear Pink on Oct. 31 in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness 

KentuckyOne Health facilities will trade in the traditional Halloween orange for pink on Friday, Oct. 31, for breast cancer awareness. Employees are encouraged to wear pink! We will host Pink-a-BOO events at all of our facilities to encourage employees and guests to schedule their annual digital mammogram. An information area with giveaways will be at each facility from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ("read more" to see details). Plus, there will be an opportunity to win prizes! 

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Headlines from Across KentuckyOne 

Ribbon Cutting & Open House for Expanded Breast Center at Saint Joseph East to be Held Oct. 29 

New TAGS Process Makes System Access Requests Easier on Leaders in the Central and Eastern Market 

KentuckyOne Health Offers Tips to Stay Well as Flu Season Peaks 

Ebola Preparedness Update for KentuckyOne Health 

KentuckyOne Health Donation Helps First Responders Save Lives in Montgomery County 

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Upcoming Events 

Peace For Parents: Managing Difficult Behaviors Oct. 21 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Oct. 22 

Walk with a Doc at Shawnee Oct. 25 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Lvlle Walk Oct. 26 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Oct. 29 

2014 Acute Care Symposium Oct. 29 

Ribbon Cutting: Expanded Breast Center at SJE Oct. 29 

Pink-a-BOO Events–Wear Pink! Oct. 31 

26th Annual Evening with the S*T*A*R*S Nov. 15 

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