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Med Center Health joins campaign to register organ, eye, and tissue donors

Friday, March 1, 2019

Med Center Health has joined other area healthcare organizations to create a donation-friendly community through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. This national initiative sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenges healthcare organizations to educate employees, patients, visitors, and the community about the crucial need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and give them opportunities to sign up as donors.

“One organ donor can save eight lives,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “And an eye and tissue donor can improve up to 50 lives. But each year, the number of people on the waiting list grows much larger than the number of donors and transplants. Med Center Health is committed to helping reverse this trend by encouraging our staff and other members of the community to register as organ donors and to spread the word among their friends and families.”

More than 114,000 people in the U.S., including approximately 1,000 in Kentucky, are waiting for an organ transplant, and 20 of them will die each day because no organ was available. Med Center Health is reaching out to the community to support its goal of registering 100 new organ, eye, and tissue donors in the Kentucky registry before April 30, 2019.

Kentucky residents can register for organ donation at donatelifeky.org. Med Center Health asks that when prompted what influenced their decision, registrants select a Med Center Health facility.

For more information about the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit organdonor.gov.

DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses Program Launched at Med Center Health

Monday, February 25, 2019

Med Center Health announces the launch of the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is an international program designed to say “thank you” to nurses who have truly made a difference in the lives of their patients. Founded in 1999, the DAISY Foundation was created to honor the exceptional nurses who profoundly impacted the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of medical complications from ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). DAISY, the award’s name, is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem—the type of disease Patrick suffered from.

“The DAISY Award is just one way that we can stop and reflect on the special moments that our nurses create for our patients each and every day,” says Dr. Jill Payne, RN, Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer. “A simple nomination, acknowledging a nurse’s extraordinary contributions and the impact their actions had on you or your family, will stay with a nurse for life.”

Since its founding, the DAISY Award has spread across the nation as patients, patient families and co-workers found a way to express their heartfelt appreciation of nurses. The goal of the DAISY Award is to let our nurses know they are valued for their skill, education and knowledge, and for the remarkable care they provide when treating their patients.

Nurses can be nominated by patients, families, physicians, co-workers and anyone else who experiences or observes extraordinary care by a hospital nurse. Each year, a total of six Med Center Health nurses will be recognized with a DAISY Award. Four will be from The Medical Center at Bowling Green and two will be from The Medical Centers at Scottsville, Franklin, Caverna and Albany combined. People interested in sharing a story of how one of our nurses impacted a life can submit a nomination at MedCenterHealth.org/DAISY.

Learn more about the DAISY Award at daisyfoundation.org.

Med Center Health Announces 29th Annual Women in the Arts Exhibit Call For Entries

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Entries are now being accepted for Med Center Health’s Women in the Arts exhibit, which is scheduled for Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 in The Medical Center at Bowling Green Auditorium. The exhibit is open to any female artist over 18 years old residing in Kentucky. Artists may enter their artwork in the following categories: painting, sculpture, ceramics, works on paper, fiber works and photography. Awards include Special Purchase, Cash Merit, Honorable Mention, and ArtWorks Award.

"The creation and enjoyment of art brings a therapeutic atmosphere of comfort that is important for healing and recuperation,” says Sarah Widener, director of Community Wellness. “Many works that were shown in past Women in the Arts exhibits can be found throughout The Medical Center.”

A $20 entry fee is required covering all artwork submitted. Two pieces of artwork are allowed per person. Entry forms are available online at TheMedicalCenter.org or may be picked up at Health & Wellness in the Community Clinic building at 740 East 10th Avenue in Bowling Green. Entry forms should be returned by March 15.

For more information, call 270-745-1010 or 1-800-624-2318.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Changes Regulation In Effort to Help Greenview Hospital After Losing Recent Battle Over Ambulance Service

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has changed a regulation following Greenview Hospital’s recent defeat in its attempt to establish an ambulance service in Warren County. The Cabinet’s changes improperly favor TriStar Greenview Hospital, an HCA-affiliated, for-profit, Tennessee-based corporation. The newly amended regulation brazenly seeks to remove the obstacles Greenview encountered when its Certificate of Need application was denied on January 4, 2019.

“Quite honestly, we are at a loss for words,” said Wade Stone, Executive Vice President of Med Center Health. “The Cabinet unnecessarily took aim at Warren County last September by crafting special legislation to benefit Greenview. It failed to get the wording right the first time, so now it is continuing its assault on Warren County and Med Center Health by amending the regulation. The Cabinet is dead set on helping Greenview feed market share to its affiliated hospitals in Tennessee under the disguise of addressing a non-existent ‘public health crisis.’ It’s baffling at best, and we question the real motives behind such behavior.”

Med Center Health has a lawsuit pending in Franklin Circuit Court which challenges the constitutionality of the regulation issued last September. Kentucky law prohibits the creation of laws and regulations that are written for the purpose of benefiting a specific organization.

“The Cabinet’s statement accompanying the new regulation point blank admits that the Cabinet is actively trying to interfere in the CON process, a process that is supposed to be free from political interference. Both the original and amended regulations were developed for the sole purpose of benefiting one particular corporation, Greenview. Not only do these regulations threaten to disrupt what is regarded as one of the very best ambulance service operations in the Commonwealth, but they expose Warren County taxpayers to a substantial tax burden that has been avoided for nearly forty years.” Stone concluded, “We look forward to presenting evidence of these illegal actions by the Cabinet in a court of law, where political influence is checked at the door,” said Stone.


Cabinet's Amended Regulation 01/15/19

Cabinet Denies TriStar Greenview’s Ambulance Service Application

Friday, January 4, 2019

Today, the independent hearing officer assigned to hear the case involving TriStar Greenview’s certificate of need (CON) application to initiate a second ambulance service in Warren County issued a Final Order denying the application. TriStar Greenview will therefore not be able to proceed with its proposed ambulance service. The Final Order (copy attached) cancels the CON hearing scheduled for January 7-10 and 16, 2019.

“We are very pleased with the hearing officer’s decision,” said Wade Stone, Executive Vice President of Med Center Health. “The decision is very well-reasoned, and we are relieved that neither our community nor our Medical Center EMS service will be adversely affected by TriStar Greenview’s proposal,” said Stone.

Stone added, “We will continue reaching out to officials in Frankfort now that the CON application has been denied and hope they will be receptive to our position. We will convey to those officials that our committed staff and responders are offering an award-winning service to the residents of Warren County without local taxpayer subsidization that so many other Kentucky counties experience. A second ambulance service will only create confusion with dispatch, negatively affect our existing service and possibly lead to the need for taxpayer subsidy.”

Medical Center EMS is an award-winning ambulance service. It is the only ambulance service in Kentucky accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™) - both of which are gold standards within the industry.

Stone concluded, “As always, we will focus our efforts and energies toward improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve while respecting patient choice.”