September 6, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 34

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Heartfelt, Hopeful Voices from Sts. Mary & Elizabeth

“It really means something that you made a difference in someone’s life,” Jose Albovias said to Tiffany Brown, RN, as he explained his sense of purpose working at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Albovias’ and Brown’s reflections on the KentuckyOne Purpose & Values were captured on video during the first stop of the Purpose Tour Aug. 16.

Their conversation that day as well as highlights featuring Teresa Hanke, Father Bryan Lamberson, Jennifer Jordan, RN (left), and Stephan Smith (right) are captured in three short video clips – I Want to Be There for PeopleIt Feels so Much Like Family and Treating Persons – Not Just Symptoms.

It’s all part of the Purpose Tour, a systemwide celebration of the Purpose & Values that unite KentuckyOne.

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Dr. Pat Alagia Named KentuckyOne CMO

Damian “Pat” Alagia III, MD, will join KentuckyOne Health as chief physician executive and chief medical officer effective Sept. 16. Dr. Alagia is an experienced clinician, health care executive and entrepreneur.

Prior to coming to KentuckyOne Health, Dr. Alagia worked as an executive in two private equity-backed companies, first as the president of Safe Sedation, a provider of anesthesia services to ambulatory surgery centers and office-based practices, and later as the chief medical officer of Novasys Medical, the creator and developer of an office-based technology used to treat female incontinence.

Dr. Alagia is a board-certified OB/GYN physician.

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Go Red Girl Scout Patch Program Unveiled

Saint Joseph Heart Institute and the American Heart Association have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council to educate young girls about their hearts and how to keep them healthy.

The three have teamed up to create the Go Red Girl Scout Patch program to raise awareness of heart disease and the risks that it poses for women. To earn the special patch, troop members participate in various activities that will help them understand risk factors for heart disease, how the heart functions, the basics of cholesterol and its impact on the heart, what makes a healthy diet and CPR.

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Ground-Breaking Treatment for Chronic Acid Reflux Now Available 

Saint Joseph Hospital held a public seminar to highlight its newest treatment for chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on Sept. 5. Saint Joseph is the first hospital in Kentucky to offer the LINX procedure, which implants a small device around the outside of the esophagus to prevent reflux.

The LINX treatment is positively impacting the lives of hundreds of chronic heartburn and acid reflux sufferers. Patients with GERD who do not respond well to traditional medications are ideal candidates for this minimally invasive procedure.

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Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Office Building Opens

Flaget Memorial Hospital will hold the grand opening for the new Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) medical office building Friday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The new $7.1 million, 32,000-square-foot building has been named in honor of the hospital’s foundresses, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Some of the sisters will be speakers at the open house, as will representatives from KentuckyOne Health. The event will include refreshments and a tour of the building, which is connected to the hospital’s surgery discharge door by a covered walkway.

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KentuckyOne Heart Walk Teams Get Close to One Third of Fundraising Goal

As the largest health system in the state, KentuckyOne Health is committed to positively impacting the health of its communities. This includes helping the American Heart Association (AHA) lead the way in the fight against heart disease — the No. 1 killer in America. 

Please join our AHA Heart Walk teams and help us reach our $75,000 fundraising goal. We have reached $21,143 so far. This year’s walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8 a.m. at Waterfront Park’s Great Lawn in downtown Louisville. Register online to be a walker. Already registered? Learn how to raise more funds. Also, to the golfers out there, don’t forget about The Heart Walk Golf Scramble, slated for Monday, Sept. 23.

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Physician, Author to Discuss Plants-based Diets and Heart Disease

Cleveland Clinic physician and author Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., will speak about plant-based diets and heart disease in two public talks at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University Sept. 18 and 19, respectively. He also will host a special "Lunch and Learn" Sept. 18 for KentuckyOne employees.

Esselstyn is author of the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, where he discusses his patients’ reversals of heart disease by following a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. He was featured in the 2011 documentary “Forks over Knives.”

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ULH Hosts Legacy of Life Walk

On Saturday, Sept. 21, University of Louisville Hospital will co-host the Legacy of Life Walk with KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates). The walk/run will start at 9 a.m. at Iroquois Park in Louisville.

The Legacy of Life 5K walk/run is a major fundraiser in the state that helps raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. Proceeds will assist in establishing a donor memorial at University of Louisville Hospital to honor organ donors, provide community outreach and continue education for caregivers and family members.

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Congrats to Ironman Mike Hermanson

Congratulations to Mike Hermanson and all the other KentuckyOne employees who competed in the recent Ironman Triathlon in Louisville. 

Hermanson, a registered nurse at University of Louisville Hospital, finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and marathon run (26.2 miles) in 9 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second! He placed sixth in the competition.

Let us know if you also competed in the Ironman, and we’ll recognize your efforts.

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Watch for Common Thread

Watch for Common Thread to arrive in your home mailbox soon. In the new issue, several KentuckyOne Health employees are featured including Susan Howard, pictured left on the cover. 

Susan, a heart disease survivor, is a Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association and is encouraging others to join her in the Louisville Heart Walk Sept. 21.

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More Headlines 

KentuckyOne Primary Care - Open House in Willisburg 

Recovery Trees to Sprout All Over Louisville in September 

Heart Walk Basket Raffle Tickets On Sale 

More Events 

Special Walk With a Doc at Parklands Sept. 7 

Circle of Care Classic Sept. 9 

SJH Foundation Donor Wall Reception Sept. 10 

SCN Office Building Grand Opening Sept. 13 

Walk With A Doc at Parklands Sept. 14 

Tri-County March for Babies Sept. 14 

CEU Opportunity: Vestibular Course Sept. 14-15 

Bike Trek to Shakertown Sept. 14-16 

Peace for Parents: Anti-Bullying Sept. 17 

CEU Opportunity: Dementia Course Sept. 18 

Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Public Talk Sept. 18 

Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Lunch and Learn Sept. 18 

Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Public Talk Sept. 19 

Spoonbread Festival & 5K Sept. 21 

Walk With a Doc at Iroquois Park Sept. 21 

Louisville Heart Walk Sept. 21 

Legacy of Life Walk Sept. 21 

Heart Walk Golf Scramble Sept. 23 

Peace for Parents: Managing Difficult Behaviors Sept. 26 

Walk With a Doc at Shawnee Park Sept. 28 

Flaget Health and Wellness Fair Sept. 28 

Kidney Walk Sept. 29 

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Oct. 5-Jan. 26 

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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. 

Note: ULH/JGBCC employees will not be able to access all of the links in this issue until they transition to the CHI Connect program. 

Pharmacy Standardizes Medication Assistance Program
For Information
During the next three years, CHI's pharmacy team and facility pharmacies will undergo an optimization effort to deliver excellent patient care in a more efficient manner. As part of this initiative, the goal of the Patient Medication Assistance Program is to treat patients who need pharmaceuticals regardless of their ability to pay. To identify and connect qualified patients to this program, CHI has enlisted MedData Solutions. MedData Solutions will help CHI and local pharmacy teams: 

• Reduce costs associated with charity care
• Supply free medications to patients who qualify
• Help qualified patients apply for pharmaceutical assistance
• Keep an accurate inventory log of drugs received and 
• Report on pharmaceuticals and cost savings
• Centralize program management and operations 

Several CHI markets are scheduled to pilot the new program, including Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, TN; Franciscan Health System-Tacoma, WA; Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY; Saint Joseph London, London, KY; and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, CO. Learn more about this project on Inside CHI. 

People on the Move  

Market Leaders
Ann Oasan to VP, Nebraska Clinically Integrated Network, from executive director, UniNet Healthcare Network, effective Aug. 28. 

National Leaders
Brad Ludford to VP, Operational Finance and CIT (CHI Integration Team) from VP of finance for CIT, effective Aug. 19. 

Amanda Trask to VP of administration for the National Hospitalist Service Line, from VP of operations for WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA, effective Aug. 30. 

Brian Weber to VP, finance systems, from VP, financial systems and operational finance, Novant Health, effective Aug. 26.

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