October 26, 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 42
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We Are One – Advertising Campaign Launches Today!

Nothing shows the spirit of excellence, quality care and collaboration at KentuckyOne Health better than people like YOU, our own nurses, physicians and employees. That’s why REAL KentuckyOne Health nurses are featured in our brand new advertising campaign launching today, Oct. 26. The advertising, part of our We Are One campaign, is designed to attract talented new nurses to join our team.

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Refer a Friend and Receive $1,000!

Tell your friends about KentuckyOne Health, and as our simple “Thank You,” we will give you $1,000 for each full-time Staff RN who is hired. Plus, you get an additional $1,000 each year of their consecutive commitment. You also can earn points in our employee recognition program. Go to and fill out the electronic form to tell us about your referral. Your friend must list you as the person referring when applying online at

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Annual Enrollment Begins Today:
Take Action Oct. 26–Nov. 8

The amount you pay for health benefits and supplemental life may change for 2016. Starting today, Oct. 26, you can view your 2016 per paycheck cost by clicking on the “Enroll Now” button from My Healthy Spirit and selecting the “Open Enrollment Change” message. It’s important to go through the Annual Enrollment process to make sure your benefit elections are correct.

NEW! You Must Select Your Tobacco Status during Annual Enrollment: If you do not select your tobacco status, you will default to tobacco user and will pay the tobacco-user medical contribution rate.

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Ready to Break Up with Tobacco?

Becoming a non-tobacco user is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your quality of life and add years to it. The CHI Medical Plan supports your journey to become tobacco-free by covering tobacco cessation drugs prescribed by a physician 100 percent as a preventive benefit. In addition the CHI Healthy Spirit Wellness Program offers a tobacco cessation program through Preventure, smoking cessation classes across the KentuckyOne regions, and nicotine replacement products.

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Stop the Flu – Roll Up Your Sleeves and Be Immunized Today!

All KentuckyOne Health staff and employed providers are required to participate in an influenza vaccine program this year. This includes completing a LEARN module and receiving a flu vaccine by Dec. 15. Complimentary flu vaccines are available through KentuckyOne employee health offices, or look for employee health staff members to round on your unit. 

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KentuckyOne Partners with Webster to Offer Employees Discounted Tuition

As an educational partner with KentuckyOne Health, Webster University is passionate about all health care employees earning an advanced degree. Through our partnership, KentuckyOne employees can take advantage of a preferred tuition rate, 20 percent less than the published rate for all programs. Students can pursue graduate and undergraduate programs on campus and online. 

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Process Improvement:
ED Lab Turnaround Time

Our performance excellence team continues to improve many areas of our organization. Recently, the team gathered historical data from Jewish Hospital ED and noticed a negative trend in lab turnaround. It took an average of 69 minutes from when the provider ordered a lab test until the specimens were sent to the lab or placed in the Point of Care testing equipment. A new process was formally implemented the first week of October. This process is already resulting in a 63 percent improvement.

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Be Aware of Your Filters

Our culture concept of Filters, which your leader should have introduced to you this month, encourages us to remember to understand the diversity of perspectives as we interact with all of our customers at KentuckyOne Health – patients, co-workers, physicians and the broader community. Lynn Tanner, vice president of payer strategy and operations, shares with us her thoughts on Filters, and how important this concept is to excelling in our culture journey.

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People on the Move

Cathy Spalding Named Vice President of Operations for Frazier Rehab: In this new role, Cathy will continue to oversee the daily management of inpatient services at Frazier Rehab, as well as support rehabilitation services across the KentuckyOne facilities. Cathy has been with the organization for more than 27 years, most recently as the executive director of operations for Frazier Rehab.

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Pink-a-BOO! Wear Pink on Oct. 30 in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

KentuckyOne facilities will trade in the traditional Halloween orange for pink on Friday, Oct. 30, for breast cancer awareness. Employees are encouraged to wear pink! We will host Pink-a-BOO events at our facilities to encourage employees and guests to schedule their annual digital mammogram. Information and giveaways will be at each facility ...

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It’s Time to ‘Fall Back’

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. Set your clocks back an hour. Please note the Standard Time and Attendance database (Kronos), time clocks and TTE systems will automatically update the time correctly at 2 a.m. Employees’ shifts that span the time change will automatically be increased by one hour ...

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Join KentuckyOne During Breeders’ Cup Festival Week

KentuckyOne Health is the title sponsor of the Breeders’ Cup Festival Week, being held now through Oct. 31, in Lexington. KentuckyOne will be represented at various festival venues. Visit us in the KentuckyOne Health “Paddock” downtown (in front of courthouse) or in our booth at the Red Mile. The week's events will include outdoor concerts, art shows, horse farm and distillery tours, parades, parties, food, a 5K run/walk, and more.

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More Headlines & Events

Melissa Pritchett, RN, and Salvatore Bertolone, MD, to Receive the 2015 Marc Lehmann Spirit of Service Awards

KentuckyOne Health Opens Primary Care Clinic at St. Catharine College; Open House Oct. 28

Saint Joseph Jessamine Recognized with Tissue Donation Award

KentuckyOne Health Names New Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Our Lady of Peace Expands Equine Therapy Program

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel Discount Savings Offer

KentuckyOne Health Breeders’ Cup Festival NOW-Oct. 31

Top Ten Training/Public Speaking Tools Workshop Oct. 28

KentuckyOne Nurses Must Renew License by Oct. 28

Regulatory Annual Compliance Training Due Oct. 31

Statewide Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium (Earn CE!) Nov. 4-6

Shine A Light on Lung Cancer at Slugger Field Nov. 5

Evening with the S*T*A*R*S Nov. 7

Clean Hands Campaign at Jewish Hospital and Frazier Rehab Runs through Dec. 18

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