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2019 Expectant Parent Fair bigger and better than ever

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Med Center Health is delivering a bigger and better Expectant Parent Fair. This year, the Fair will be held Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex at the corner of Park Street and 31-W Bypass on The Medical Center campus. A semiannual event in the past, the Fair is being expanded and will now be held once a year.

The Expectant Parent Fair features a variety of exhibits, vendors and educational opportunities:

  • Educational workshops for moms, dads and grandparents:
    • Q&A with a Pediatrician (Debra Sowell, MD)
    • Meet the Midwives (Leigh Lindsey, PhD, CNM, Courtney Maxfield, CNM, and Heather Finney, CNM)
    • Infant CPR Demonstration (Kimmy Rheaume, EMT)
    • Car Seat Safety Demonstration (Beverly Phelps, RN)
    • Lactation Lounge (Calista Adams, RN, IBCLC, and Stacy Mosier, RN, IBCLC)
  • Interactive booths and demonstrations
  • More for parents with toddlers! A special area, hosted by the Warren County Public Library, will be set aside for story time, face painting and balloon animals
  • Photo booth
  • Light refreshments
  • Tours of The Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit
  • Fantastic door prizes, including a year’s supply of diapers and an Owlet Baby Care baby monitor with camera!

This event is free. For more information, call (270) 745-1098 or visit

The Medical Center at Bowling Green Earns Blue Distinction® Centers+ Designation for Cardiac Care

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized The Medical Center at Bowling Green, the flagship hospital of Med Center Health, with a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation, hospitals must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.

Only those hospitals that first meet nationally established quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers are considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Centers+.

“The Medical Center’s Cardiac team is committed to providing the highest standards of care to our community,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “We strive to offer advanced quality usually found only in major metropolitan areas right here, close to home. We are proud that our efforts have been recognized with the Blue Distinction Center+ designation, which affirms to our patients they are receiving the best, most cost-efficient care.”

“The Medical Center’s designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ is a testament to their innovative approach to cardiac patient care,” said Dr. Jeff Reynolds, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky medical director. “The Blue Distinction program is designed to recognize commitment to quality and to help consumers identify high performing health care providers. This is a well-deserved honor and I congratulate the entire team at The Medical Center.”

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and third party data registries, and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated providers.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit


Med Center Health is a not-for-profit health system with a mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Our integrated healthcare system includes hospitals in Bowling Green, Albany, Caverna (Horse Cave), Franklin and Scottsville, as well as Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital, a long-term, acute care hospital. Combined, the hospitals comprise 454 acute care beds and 110 extended care beds, 400+ physicians in more than 50 specialties. Med Center Health has more than 3,700 employees and 90 employed providers, and is a two-time recipient of the Gallup Great Workplace award. In FY 2018, Med Center Health provided more than $117 million in community benefit. As a resource deeply rooted in the communities we serve, Med Center Health offers more access to top-quality healthcare than any other provider in Southcentral Kentucky. A wide footprint, combined with our commitment to proactively invest in the resources our communities need, helps people heal closer to home. Learn more at

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky:

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About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health of America Report® series and the national BCBS Health IndexSM. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and follow us on Twitter.

About Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

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 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

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

Learn more about the DAISY Award at

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 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.