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KentuckyOne Workplace Care, a program of KentuckyOne Health, has recently partnered with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to better address the health needs of its manufacturing employees, increase productivity, and reduce healthcare costs. #kentucky #manufacturing #healthcare
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1.4 Million Americans Experience Traumatic Brain Injury Each Year
Learn risk factors, symptoms and treatments during Brain Injury Awareness Month

Studies show that 1.4 million Americans will experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) this year, leading to 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. These injuries may be mild to serious, and can lead to permanent mental damage and even death.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and KentuckyOne Health is working to increase awareness across the Commonwealth of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury.

"Traumatic brain injuries result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain," said Sarah Wagers, MD, University of Louisville Physicians and Frazier Rehab Institute. "They have become increasingly common in adults and children, so it's important to understand how to determine if a person is at risk for, or suffering from, a head injury."

There are many causes of TBI, with falls proving to be the most common. Falls disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest age groups. Other leading causes include an unintentional blunt trauma, like being hit by an object, and motor vehicle accidents.

TBIs are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Victims can display a wide variety of physical, cognitive and sensory symptoms, which can help classify the severity of the injury. About 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Concussions can appear right away or days or months after the injury.

Adults or children experiencing a concussion typically display loss of consciousness for seconds to a few minutes, a state of being dazed or confused, headache, nausea or vomiting, drowsiness or difficulty sleeping, dizziness and loss of balance. These victims may also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth or changes in the ability to smell. They can show signs of mood swings, depression or anxious behavior.

Severe to moderate brain injuries include symptoms such as loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours, severe headaches, repeated vomiting, convulsions or seizures, pupil dilation, fluids draining from the nose and eyes, weakness or numbness in fingers and toes and loss of coordination. Victims may display profound confusion, slurred speech, agitation or combativeness, and in extreme cases, they will become comatose.

Individuals with severe TBIs will likely require hospitalization. Severe TBIs can result in coma or amnesia after injury. These injuries can lead to death or lasting brain damage. Approximately 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability.

"Traumatic brain injuries can affect all aspects of the patient's life, and the lives of their friends and family," said Dr. Wagers. "Disabilities that develop from traumatic brain injuries can inhibit the victim's ability to drive, complete household tasks, maintain employment and even uphold relationships. Our goal is to provide customized treatment and help restore patients to their fullest potential of independence."

If you or someone in your care experiences a blow to the head, it is important to see a doctor right away. Do not wait for traumatic brain injury symptoms to occur. If you or a loved one has a concussion or think you may, call our Helpline at 502.420.0125.

#trauma #brain #kentucky
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For the fourth consecutive year, Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Saint Joseph London was recognized for providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. #Kentucky #London #healthgrades
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Neurosurgery, pulmonary care and stroke care at Saint Joseph Hospital are among the top 10 percent in the nation, according to this year's evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, hospital and care.

#pulmonary #stroke   #neurology   #kentucky   #Lexington  
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Jewish Hospital First in Louisville to Use GPS-Like Technology for Procedures to correct Heart Rhythm problems

MediGuide Technology is designed to improve precision as well as significantly reduce radiation exposure for patients, physicians and staff
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Jewish Hospital Adds Advanced Intraoperative CT 
Technology for Use in Neurosurgery. Hospital is first in Louisville using Airo technology

Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, now has advanced intraoperative CT technology creating a neuro hybrid operating room (OR) at the facility. Jewish Hospital is the first facility in Louisville to employ Brainlab Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT advanced imaging technology within the operating room.

The neuro hybrid OR at Jewish Hospital was designed to integrate diagnosis and surgery into a single room and offer the flexibility to perform multiple procedures in one OR setting.

The Brainlab Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT has many benefits, including allowing diagnostic-quality intraoperative images while in surgery, which aids in decision-making during surgery. The new technology cost $3 million and was funded by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation, also part of KentuckyOne Health.

Airo connects to the facility's Brainlab Curve™ Image Guided Surgery system, a GPS-like navigation system for the human body. The CT images are correlated to patient-specific anatomy with the spatial position of the physician's surgical instruments.

"Accessing diagnostic quality images while in the operating room is advanced technology that will aid our physicians during critical and delicate procedures," said Joe Gilene, president, Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health downtown market leader. "We are grateful to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation for funding this advanced technology for our operating rooms."

"Access to real-time CT images during neurosurgery benefits our patients in many ways," said Warren Boling, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at University of Louisville. "The technology allows us to make decisions rapidly during a procedure, which saves time and supports greater surgical accuracy. In addition, it may lead to a less-invasive surgical procedure for some patients, resulting in faster recovery times."

"Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation is able to acquire the latest medical technology for the talented medical teams at our hospitals," said Leslie Buddeke Smart, vice president of development, KentuckyOne Health. "These advanced tools directly benefit our patients and further our mission to bring wellness, healing and hope to all."

Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky., also part of KentuckyOne Health, was the first facility in Kentucky to use Brainlab's Airo technology.

#intraoperative #neurosurgery #airo #technology #kentucky
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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation to Hold Inaugural Yes, Mamm! 5K

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold an inaugural Yes, Mamm! 5K race on Saturday, October 17, 2015 presented by R.J. Corman Railroad Group. The event will be held at the R.J. Corman Railroad Group Headquarters at 101 R.J. Corman Drive in Nicholasville.

The race is open to all ages and is a fundraiser for the Yes, Mamm! Program, which provides mammography screening and diagnostics to underinsured patients. Every dollar raised will go towards the Yes, Mamm! Program, which serves individuals in Lexington and Nicholasville.

This year, the program is on pace to complete more than 500 mammograms through KentuckyOne Health Breast Care locations in Lexington, Kentucky (Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, & Saint Joseph Outpatient Imaging at Tate's Creek) and at the Sandra J. Adams Digital Mammography Suite at Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center in Nicholasville.

"We're running miles for mammograms and there is no better time to do it than Breast Cancer Awareness Month," said Leslie Buddeke Smart, vice president of development, KentuckyOne Health. "More than 500 Kentucky women will lose their battle with breast cancer this year, and the best way to improve this number is with early detection. The Yes, Mamm! 5K will help us raise funds to help women get the screenings and assistance they need."

Early registration for the Yes, Mamm! 5K is $40 until October 16, 2015 and $50 the day of the event. To register online, visit Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The race is timed for competitive runners, but is also open to families and groups wishing to run/walk at an enjoyable pace.

The Yes, Mamm! program has been funded in part from The Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate, Lexington Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Education Trust, Lexus of Lexington, LBX Co., Inc. and many foundations and generous individual donors.

Since its inception the Yes, Mamm! Program has provided more than 493 screening mammograms, 185 diagnostic mammograms, 168 breast ultrasounds, 11 biopsies and $620 in transportation assistance.

The Yes, Mamm! 5K will offer additional support to accommodate the demand and help supplement funds to allow us to help more patients and their families.
For more information about the Yes, Mamm! Program of the Yes, Mamm! 5K, call 859.313.1705. #lexington #kentucky
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Caring for You and Our Community Health Fair to be held September 26 Fourth annual event works to make positive changes in community

University of Louisville Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold the fourth annual Caring for You and Our Community Health Fair on Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Newcomer Academy at Shawnee, located at 4018 W. Market St.

The event will feature a number of free screenings and immunizations including blood pressure screenings, blood glucose screenings, flu shots for adults and children, immunizations (must bring immunization certificate), HIV testing, balance testing, hands-only CPR training, bone marrow registry, vision and hearing screenings and more. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center Mobile Mammography unit will also provide no-cost screenings to eligible women without insurance. Appointments should be made in advance by calling 502.852.6318. 

More than 40 exhibitors will provide information on a number of topics including cancer awareness, human trafficking, fire safety, bike safety, healthy eating habits, lactation consulting, sickle cell, mental health, dealing with stress, sexual abuse and domestic violence, kidney disease, health insurance and medications. 

Interpreter services will be on hand for Spanish, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Somali & Nepali languages.

Through September 18, school supplies will be collected to fill backpacks to pass out to as many children as possible at the health fair. Items requested include backpacks, loose-leaf paper, pencils, markers, glue sticks, pencil boxes, notebooks, crayons, pens and scissors. Last year, needed school supplies were distributed to more than 100 area children.

To raise awareness for traumatic brain injury and educate Kentuckians on helmet safety, KentuckyOne Health employees and volunteers will distribute free bike helmets at the event, while supplies last. Experts from University of Louisville Hospital and Frazier Rehab Institute, both part of KentuckyOne Health, will assist parents to properly fit a helmet for their child. Bicycles, big wheels and tricycles donated by the community will be given away to some lucky fair attendees to help them to improve their wellbeing through fitness. 

“Not only does this health fair provide beneficial information, but it helps those in need and helps create a healthy community,” said Anna M. Smith, RN MSN, Chair University of Louisville Diversity Committee. “Health begins with preventative care at home, and this event provides the tools to bring wellness, hope and healing to the West Louisville community.”

For more information or to make a donation towards the Caring for You and Our Community Health Fair, call 502.562.4457. The event is sponsored by the Diversity Committee at University of Louisville Hospital.

#healthfair   #louisville   #kentucky   #screenings  
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