A Day Just For Women

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Commonwealth Health Corporation September 26, 2012

Upcoming events 90 seconds to better health Scottsville-allen county community health fair


New Employees health sciences complex national drug takeback day ECHO Kickoff new employees brite scholarship Accomplishments Heart Walk Massage Specials get the flu shot

Commonwealth Health Corporation’s mission is to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

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3 Grace Lichtenstein

A Day Just For Women

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400 women attended The Medical Center’s A Day Just for Women Women’s Conference on September 13, to hear inspirational speakers, take advantage of free health screenings, and relax with soothing massages. In addition, several booth exhibits presented information on a variety of topics of interest to women while other booths provided a fun shopping experience. The 15th annual Women’s Conference was held at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. Featured speakers were Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Chief Correspondent for Discovery Health TV. Dr. Peeke is an author, spokesperson for American College of Sports Medicine, and professor at University of Maryland, Dr. Peeke spoke about the importance of the mind and body connection, and the science behind how we can take control of our health by changing our attitudes and behaviors. Grace Lichtenstein, M.S., a professional trainer and life coach, presented Turn Down the HEAT, which focused on conflict management

and ways to effectively communicate with others in a professional and productive manner. Education is the key to empowering women to make healthy lifestyle changes and A Day Just for Women provides them with the tools and information needed to make positive changes. Plans are already underway for next year’s A Day Just for Women, which promises to be even bigger and better than this year. For more information about programs on health and well-being provided by The Medical Center, contact The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center at 745-0942 or visit www.TheMedicalCenter.org.

Upcoming Events


Unless otherwise noted, events are held at The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center located at 1857 Tucker Way off Cave Mill Road in Chandler Park. Preregistration required by calling 745-0942.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 2 through January 10

9 to 10 a.m.

Preregistration required. Cost is $40, payable to instructor at first class. LIFE is a 12-week, “functional fitness” exercise program taught by Dustin Falls with Barren River District Health Department. It is designed to improve daily life by building stable bodies and minds. It is for adults who wish to stay active to maintain quality of life and prevent injury.

Alzheimer’s Care Class October 4

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an interactive Alzheimer’s care training course to learn research-based methods of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Learn helpful tips and techniques for providing care in this interactive program. Facilitated by Emily Harlan with Home Instead Senior Care.

A New Baby’s Coming Class October 4

6 to 8 p.m.

The Medical Center Auditorium. Preregistration required; register online at TheMedicalCenter.org/OBclasses. Participants should bring a doll or stuffed animal. This is a siblings class for kids ages 3 and older to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. A tour of the Obstetrics (OB) Unit and a view of the Nursery are included as well as refreshments and a video.

Understanding Medicare Class October 8

October 10

5 to 6:30 p.m.

8 to 9:30 a.m.

Kroger on Scottsville Road, Bowling Green. Preregistration required by calling 745-0942; space is limited. Linda Howsen, registered dietitian with The Medical Center Medical Nutrition Counseling Program, will lead a grocery store tour to teach individuals how to make healthier food choices while grocery shopping. The cost is $10.

Lunchtime Meditation

Wednesdays, October 10 through 31

Breast Cancer/Mammography L. Sharon Smith, M.D. Tuesday, October 2, 6 p.m. News Wednesday, October 3, AM Kentucky Tuesday, October 9, 5 p.m. News Wednesday, October 10, AM Kentucky Healthy Pregnancies Jeffery Nemec, M.D. Tuesday, October 16, 6 p.m. News Wednesday, October 17, AM Kentucky Tuesday, October 23, 5 p.m. News Wednesday, October 24, AM Kentucky


Insurance agent Austin McCay will provide an overview of how Medicare works and discuss steps to take before you enroll. Information will also be provided on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans.

Grocery Store Tour: Choosing Healthy Food

Watch WBKO for these upcoming segments of 90 Seconds to Better Health, a medical news program presented by The Medical Center.

noon to 1 p.m.

Spend your lunchtime with us and learn meditations to relieve stress, anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure. Chair meditation techniques are good for all levels. Cost is $20, payable to instructor at first class.

Community Health Fair

Saturday, October 20 8 a.m. –noon YMCA of Scottsville & Allen County 309 West Cherry Street, Scottsville

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS Activities include: Mini massages Healthy food demonstration Back health presentation Meet with a Diabetes Educator

Call 622–2800 for more information.



to new CHC employees!

Standing, left to right: Jenee Beck, 5B; Jenna Tarter, OHR; Rita Pierce, 3C-ICU. Seated, left to right: Matt Geegan, 3D; Marissa Howard, 3B; Paul Beachlem, ED.

Health Sciences Complex

Standing, left to right: Kerry Wilton, OHR; Aly Lindsey, 5A; Angela Martin, Labor & Delivery. Seated, left to right: Tiffany Bruelley, CRSH; Mark Smith, 4C; Jody Lee, ED.

On September 18, Ron Sowell, Executive Vice President, Jean Cherry, Executive Vice President, and Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, symbolically tightened the bolts of the first steel beam to be raised into place for the Health Services Complex on the campus of The Medical Center. Completion of the project, which will house Western Kentucky University’s nursing and physical therapy programs as well as an auditorium and bed labs for The Medical Center, is expected for the start of the 2013 Fall semester. Photo courtesy of Dennis Reeder, Senior Project Manager, Scott, Murphy & Daniel, LLC.

National Drug Takeback Day is September 29 The

Standing, left to right: Lindsay Williams, 5A; Bethany Wadley, 5A; Audrie Hinson, 5A. Seated, left to right: Tonja Wilt, 4C; Ashley Lambury, 4B.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Admini­stra­tion’s (DEA’s) fifth semi-annual National Takeback Day program will be held Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the last event in April, 276 tons of unused, expired, or excess medication were collected. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that about 70% of the time someone misuses a prescription opioid medication, the source of that medication is family or friends—often from home medicine cabinets. Please eliminate unwanted or unneeded medications from your homes to reduce the risk of diversion, misuse, and abuse. Collection Sites in Bowling Green: Kentucky State Police Post 3, 3119 Nashville Road

Standing, left to right: Felicia Finch, Care Coordination; Rachel Boyken, Rehab Services; Janis Spalding, OR. Seated, left to right: Stephanie Slinkes, Heart Institute; Ben Bedo, IT; Rebecca Clark, Behavioral Health.

Bowling Green Police Headquarters 911 Kentucky Street Safety City, 5065 Scottsville Road

4 ECHO Kickoff Rocks The Medical Center!


to new CHC employees!

The ECHO campaign is underway with a kickoff event that brought the house down on the campus of The Medical Center September 20. ECHO’s Got Talent featured employees who entertained while the crowd signed up to support Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, The Dental Clinic, and the Hospitality House through ECHO. Many thanks to the members of the ECHO committee and other volunteers whose dedication is truly making a difference in the lives of our communities. For more information, visit www.CommonwealthHealthFoundation.org.

ECHO Kick Off Dates LUNCH – $5

(All proceeds benefit Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, The Dental Clinic and the Hospitality House)

The Medical Center at Scottsville

Wednesday, September 26 • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Employee Courtyard – Compliments of The Medical Center at Scottsville E-Cafe

The Medical Center at Franklin

Friday, September 28 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Education Building – Compliments of Morrison Healthcare

The Medical Center at Bowling Green

Tuesday, November 1 • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Auditorium – Compliments of Morrison Healthcare

Standing, left to right: Christy Odell, OB/GYN; Mitzi Dooley, Commonwealth Health Foundation; Diane Barron, Patient Registration. Seated, left to right: Kelly Hargis, Rehab Services; Haxhi Shabani, ESD.

James W. and Mary Carolyn Wolfe Brite Scholarship If you are interested in applying for the James W. and Mary Carolyn Wolfe Brite Scholarship for nursing, please contact Jennifer Pratt, Marketing/ Development Coordinator, at ext. 1543 or [email protected] for more information and/or to obtain an application. The completed application and accompanying documentation must be returned to Human Resources by September 28, 2012.

DRAWINGS New or current ECHO donors who attend kick off event: Name placed in a drawing for a Nook—one given away at each kick-off event.


Current ECHO Donors, New Donors or One-time donations ($26 or greater) receive a complimentary gift, PLUS enter to win a GPS, and iPod docking station.

Congratulations to Meg Stamps, Women’s Health Specialists, for achieving the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Current ECHO Donors who increase your pledge receive a complimentary gift, PLUS enter to win an Apple iPad, GPS and iPod docking station. Current ECHO Hour Club or new Hour Club Donors receive a complimentary gift, PLUS double your chance to win an Apple iPad. Name will also be in a drawing for a GPS, iPod docking station and receive a Rockstar t-shirt! These events are endorsed by Commonwealth Health Corporation.


Southcentral Kentucky Heart Walk & 5k Fun Run October 6 – 8 a.m. Kereiakes Park in Bowling Green Join The Medical Center in the fight against heart disease as it presents the Southcentral Kentucky Heart Walk & 5K Fun Run. All proceeds from the event go toward the fight against the number one cause of death in both men and women, heart disease, as well as the third leading cause of death in all Americans, stroke. Become a team captain or join a team. Contact Emily Martin at ext. 6291 or [email protected]

October Massage Specials from Hartland Massage and MCF Rehab Services! In honor of The Medical Center 10K Classic, Hartland Massage is offering 60-minute Sports Massage for only $45 ($15 off regular price) during the month of October! Call ext. 6838 or visit hartlandmassage.com to purchase. Don’t forget, CHC employees receive 20% off massages and massage services (may not be combined with other offers). The Medical Center at Franklin Rehabilitation Services is offering a Fall Massage Special. Get 35% off of Swedish or Deep Tissue massage gift certificate purchases during the month of October. Call 270-598-4935 for more information.

Seasonal Influenza Protection

Don’t get caught without the shot! Why do we stress the importance of getting the flu shot each year? Influenza viruses

are always changing and immunity does wane over time. Each year the United States Food and Drug Administration chooses certain flu viruses for inclusion in the seasonal flu vaccine based upon recommendations from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their goal is to try and match the viruses in the flu vaccine to those most likely to cause the illnesses during the upcoming flu season. The 2012–2013 flu vaccine will protect against the following influenza viruses: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and influenza B virus. What is the flu? Influenza (flu) is a virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness that is contagious and can lead to death. Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. So how did we do? CHC’s overall influenza vaccination rate for 2011–2012 was 84%. While the 9% increase is encouraging, our goal is to reach 90%, which is The Joint Commission’s expectation. In fact, The Joint Commission expects all hospitals to achieve an influenza vaccination participation rate of 90% by 2020! Why do CHC employees choose to not receive the flu vaccine? The number one reason given by our employees for not receiving the vaccine was “they don’t think they need it.” Why would a healthcare worker think they don’t need the flu vaccine? don't think I need it 23% This question has many people puzzled. Given the nature of our work, it would never had the flu 10% appear we would be the first in line to better protect our patients and families. However, this is not the case. As a never had the shot 18% result, there are healthcare employers 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% who mandate their employees receive the flu vaccine. In addition, The Joint Commission and CDC have strongly voiced their opinion for all healthcare workers to receive the vaccine. It is the number one thing that we can do to prevent the spread of the flu, and it really is our professional responsibility. How can we break through these barriers? Currently, CHC has not mandated the flu vaccine for employees. We believe the best way to increase our percentages is through education, persistence and making it easier to get the vaccine. This year we will start the Traveling Flu Cart earlier and will set up specific dates and times to visit departments and areas of the organization. It is our goal to achieve 90% participation, and it will require everyone’s commitment. Beginning January 2013, we will be required to report our influenza vaccination participation rate to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). This information will be publicly available and will be used for comparison purposes to other hospitals. All the more reason to reach the 90% participation rate as quickly as we can — let’s make this happen! Vicki Weaver, RN Director, CHC Employee Health Services