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The Medical Center at Bowling Green Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Medical Center at Bowling Green, flagship hospital of Med Center Health, has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is the fifth accreditation cycle The Medical Center has completed since 2004. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the use of cardiac catheterization to treat narrowed coronary arteries to the heart. The Medical Center is the only Chest Pain Center in Southcentral Kentucky accredited with PCI.

“The Medical Center is committed to providing the best standards of care for our patients,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “Receiving the highest level of accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is proof of that commitment. As an accredited facility, we use state-of-the-art methods and continually seek to improve our processes and procedures.”

“The work we are doing has produced some amazing outcomes,” said Muhammad Akbar, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist with Western Kentucky Heart and Lung. “We have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals – from Medical Center EMS, Emergency Department, Cardiac Cath Lab, Nursing and various ancillary departments – who ensure our patients receive the most appropriate, evidence-based care. Together, we work tirelessly to save lives and reduce the damage from a heart attack.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, The Medical Center at Bowling Green demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
• Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
• Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
• Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
• Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
• Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
• Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
• Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About The Medical Center
The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the flagship hospital for Med Center Health. Located in Bowling Green, Ky., The Medical Center is a 337-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital specializing in heart care, cancer care, obstetrics and neonatology, neuroscience and orthopaedic services. With a mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, Med Center Health contributed $80.4 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2016. Med Center Health treats patients regardless of their ability to pay and annually provides millions in community benefit through charity care for the uninsured and shortfalls in governmental reimbursements (Medicare and Medicaid). To learn more, visit www.TheMedicalCenter.org.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease. For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

Free Joint Pain Seminar Offered on February 21

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Medical Center Orthopaedics will host a free Joint Pain Seminar on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex. Orthopaedic Surgeon Sameer Badarudeen, M.D. will discuss the causes of hip and knee pain and the latest treatment options available at The Medical Center, including joint replacement surgery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, visit MedCenterOrtho.com/JointPain. For questions, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750. The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex is located at 700 First Avenue on The Medical Center campus.

The Medical Center Offers Hip and Knee Procedures Performed with Highly-Advanced Robotic Arm Technology

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Enables a New Level of Accuracy and Reproducibility for Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement

The Medical Center is the first in Southcentral Kentucky to offer partial knee replacement and total hip replacement procedures, performed using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System marketed by Stryker. The Mako system is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. The Medical Center is the one of only three hospitals in Kentucky which have invested in the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System.

“Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures,” said Rasesh Desai, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Medical Center Orthopaedics. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. The Mako system enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The Mako System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

Mako Partial Knee Replacement is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

"There is no need to replace the entire knee joint when the arthritis is only affecting a small portion of it,” said Sameer Badarudeen, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Medical Center Orthopaedics. “By doing a partial knee replacement instead of total knee replacement we are able to preserve a patient’s own ligaments and avoid cutting the rest of the joint which is unaffected by arthritis. Studies have shown that partial knee replacement when compared to total knee will help patients have improved outcomes especially 'early return to activities' and a more 'natural' feeling knee than a total knee replacement. By doing the partial knee replacement with the help of the MAKO robotic-arm assisted technology, we are able to place the implants with extreme precision and accuracy which is impossible to achieve by using regular handheld instruments. This will prolong the life of these implants and improve patient outcomes."

During Mako Total Hip Replacement surgery, the Mako system provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then implants the femoral implant. The Mako procedure offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration.

“We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology in Southcentral Kentucky,” said Connie Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with the latest advances and the very best in orthopaedic care.”

Free Joint Pain Seminar Offered on January 17

Friday, January 6, 2017

Medical Center Orthopaedics will host a free Joint Pain Seminar on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m. at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex. Orthopaedic Surgeon Rasesh Desai, M.D. will discuss the causes of hip and knee pain and the latest treatment options available at The Medical Center, including joint replacement surgery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, visit MedCenterOrtho.com/JointPain. For questions, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750. The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex is located at 700 First Avenue on The Medical Center campus.

Kentucky Hospital Association and March of Dimes Recognize The Medical Center at Bowling Green for an Early Elective Delivery Rate of three percent or less

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Louisville, Ky. (October 13, 2016) — In 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Engagement Network. Through that program many Kentucky birthing hospitals joined together to reduce the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. The Medical Center at Bowling Green was one of the participating hospitals.

While participating in the Hospital Engagement Network, The Medical Center at Bowling Green significantly reduced the number of early elective deliveries (inductions) and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes says.

“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who improved the delivery of care by putting in place policies to avoid unnecessary C-sections or inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Connie D. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center at Bowling Green.

“In the last few weeks of pregnancy, the brain, liver and lungs are still developing. So even though your baby may look the right size to be born at 37 weeks, he or she is not quite ready. Electing to have an early delivery may even impact how your child performs in school,” said Jeffery Nemec, M.D., who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at The Medical Center.

“Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than babies born at 40 weeks. I commend The Medical Center at Bowling Green for being a champion for babies and families. The goal for this project was an early elective delivery rate of 3 percent or less, and the obstetrical team at The Medical Center at Bowling Green was able to achieve this goal,” said Melanie Moch, the KHA Director of Data Collection and Training.

“Kentucky hospitals are always working to raise the bar to improve patient safety and quality improvement efforts. Every year, Kentucky’s 46 birthing hospitals welcome some 53,000 babies into the world and hospitals want these newest citizens to have the healthiest start possible” said Michael T. Rust, president of the Kentucky Hospital Association.

About the Kentucky Hospital Association
The Kentucky Hospital Association was established in 1929 and is a not-for-profit organization of which all Kentucky hospitals are members. The Association represents and facilitates collaborative efforts among Kentucky hospitals and is the source for strategic information about the constantly changing health care environment. KHA is a membership-driven organization that provides proactive leadership to create an environment in which Kentucky hospitals are successful in serving their communities. For more information, go to www.kyha.com

About KIPSQ
The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is a non-profit subsidiary of KHA focusing on the statewide collection and analysis of adverse patient event data from health care providers and the dissemination of recommendations for improvement in care delivery. Based in Louisville, the mission of the federally-certified patient safety organization (PSO) is to improve health care quality and patient safety and provide a learning environment for persons engaged in the delivery of health care services. For more information, visit www.kipsq.org

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
In 2007, The Kentucky Chapter began a comprehensive pilot program entitled Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait® (HBWW) in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Johnson & Johnson. HBWW, now a nationwide effort, addresses the growing problem of premature birth. Kentucky’s preterm birth rate was 11.4 percent in 2014, down from 15.1% in 2006, the year the national rate peaked. Kentucky again earned a “C” on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.com/39weeks