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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:24 AM
On Thursday, November 9, the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) held its annual Thoroughbred Awards. The awards luncheon, held in conjunction with the KSHRPRM fall conference at the Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, honored and recognized excellent work throughout the commonwealth in the areas of health care marketing and public relations.

Organizations were eligible to submit entries in 34 categories ranging from television advertising to direct mail design, community events and social media campaigns. This year, entries were judged by the Georgia Society for Marketing and Public Relations. In total, 83 entries were submitted for consideration. Entries receiving 4.5 to 4.9 points earned a Certificate of Merit, while those receiving 5 points and higher earned Thoroughbred Award statues. Thus, there were 24 Thoroughbred Awards and 30 Certificates of Merit presented at the event.

The following is a list of all winners:

KSHPRM...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 8:43 AM
Twenty-one Kentucky hospitals were were recognized in U.S. News and World Report's latest rankings of the best hospitals in the country. The top seven hospitals in Kentucky (according to the magazine's recent ratings) were:

UK Chandler Medical Center, Lexington Nationally ranked in four specialties: Adult Cancer, Adult Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics and Adult Neurology and Neurosurgery High Performing in 8 Procedures/Conditions St. Elizabeth Edgewood High Performing in 8 Procedures/Conditions Baptist Health Lexington High Performing in 9 Procedures/Conditions Norton Hospital, Louisville High Performing in 6 Procedures/Conditions Baptist Health Louisville High Performing in 5 Procedures/Conditions Jewish Hospital, Louisville High Performing in 3 Procedures/Conditions Owensboro Health Regional Hospital High Performing in 3 Procedures/Conditions Fourteen additional Kentucky hospitals were recognized as High Performing facilities...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:20 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented awards to four hospital volunteer groups during the Association’s Auxiliary/Volunteer Luncheon on May 18, at the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state. This year’s recipients are:

Baptist Health La Grange Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital Hardin Memorial Health UK HealthCare Baptist La Grange 2017 HANDS AwardBaptist Health La Grange volunteers created a library project for their facility. The Little Free Library Project began in 2015 after one of the hospital’s volunteers, Dede McIntyre, saw an article describing the Little Free Libraries, a non-profit organization with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:53 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 19, as part of the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital , in Irvine, for their work in LEAN Management and Rapid Improvement Events; Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center , in Leitchfield, for their use of a patient safety partner in implementing a discharge follow-up call system to collect data and prevent unnecessary readmissions; Frankfort Regional Medical Center , in Frankfort, for using an innovative approach in managing COPD patients across the continuum of care; Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital , in Louisville, for studying...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:08 AM
Dr. Karpf Receives KHA Distinguished Service AwardThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 19, at the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2017-2018 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, Jerome Penner, chief executive officer of Murray-Calloway County Hospital, in Murray. Penner will begin his tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, was bestowed upon Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Kentucky. This award is presented to an individual who has given untiring and exceptional service to their hospital, community, the state and the Association. Since coming to the...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:34 AM

Each year, KHA recognizes an outstanding hospital trustee with its Health Care Governance Leadership Award during the KHA Annual Convention Awards Luncheon. This year’s Awards Luncheon will be held on May 19 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington.

Nomination criteria and a nominating form are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/HealthCareGovernanceAwardNominationForm.pdf. Please return the form by March 31. Should you have any questions regarding the awards process, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 05, 2016 8:40 AM
Twenty-three Kentucky hospitals were recognized in U.S. News and World Report's latest rankings of the best hospitals in the country. The top five hospitals in Kentucky (according to the magazine's recent ratings) were:

University of Kentucky, Lexington Ranked 45th nationally in Geriatrics High Performing in 8 Procedures/Conditions Baptist Health Louisville High Performing in 9 Procedures/Conditions Baptist Health Lexington High Performing in 8 Procedures/Conditions St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood High Performing in 7 Procedures/Conditions Norton Hospital, Louisville High Performing in 5 Procedures/Conditions Kosair Children's Hospital was ranked nationally in 3 children's specialties:  Diabetes & Endocrinology, Neonatology and Neurology & Neurosurgery

Seventeen additional hospitals were recognized as High Performing in at least 1 category of procedures/conditions:

Baptist Health Paducah (2 Procedures/Conditions) Ephraim...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:48 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 13, at the 87th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital , in Irvine, for their “Network Community Lung Cancer Screening Program”;
  • Rockcastle Memorial Hospital , in Mount Vernon, for their “I am the Patient Experience” project;
  • Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center , in Leitchfield, for “Creating a High Reliability Organization”;
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital , in Louisville, for their “Reduction of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections” program;
  • Central State Hospital , in Louisville, for “Improving Patient Safety in Environment”; and
  • Continuing Care Hospital , in Lexington, for their Medication Reconciliation” program.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:51 AM
Susan Starling accepting Gavel from Kevin HalterThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 13, at the 87 th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2016-2017 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, Susan Starling, chief executive officer of Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital, in Irvine. Starling will begin her tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s Award of Excellence was presented to Senator Ralph Alvarado. The Senator has devoted his career to unselfishly serving the health care needs of Kentucky’s citizens and with his “servant” attitude, took this a step further and sought public office, being elected to the Kentucky Senate serving the 29th district covering Clark, Fayette...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:24 AM
Note: In the original publication of this article, Rockcastle Regional Hospital was not listed among honorees; a corrected list is below.

Eight Kentucky hospitals were recently honored with 2016 Women's Choice Awards for creating an extraordinary patient experience for women and their families. The honors are awarded annually to help women make smart health care choices. The methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

The following Kentucky hospitals were honored for performance in different categories:

Baptist Health Lexington

100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience (251-400 beds) Bariatric Surgery Breast Center Cancer Care Patient Safety Stroke Baptist Health Louisville

100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience (over 400 beds) Heart Care Cancer Care Baptist Health...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:53 AM

KHA is now accepting applications for the Annual KHA Quality Awards. Please see the application for the full details. Applications, including full payment are due on April 1. Awards will be presented at the KHA Annual Convention Awards Luncheon on May 13 in Lexington.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:49 AM
Improving organ and tissue donation has been a point of focus for many health care organizations over the last several years. The Joint Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, organ procurement organizations such as the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), along with hospitals have taken steps to implement effective donation policies and practices. A number of facilities were recognized by KODA at its annual awards dinner on September 15 in Louisville for achieving remarkable results in organ and tissue donation.

Those hospitals receiving the Organ Donation Performance Award were:

Baptist Health Lexington Jewish Hospital - Louisville Kosair Children's Hospital - Louisville Saint Joseph Hospital- Lexington UK HealthCare - Lexington University of Louisville Hospital Those facilities receiving the Tissue Donation Performance Award were:

Baptist Health Richmond Breckinridge Memorial Hospital - Hardinsburg Caldwell Medical Center...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:13 AM
KSHPRM 2015 Call for Entries LogoThe Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) 2015 Thoroughbred Awards will be presented at the KSHPRM Fall Conference on November 5 at the Kentucky Horse Farm in Lexington. The competition is designed to recognize Marketing/Public Relations professionals who achieved excellence in projects ranging from publications and multimedia to advertising and fundraising. Projects entered must have been completed between July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.

This competition is open to all health care marketing/public relations professionals. KSHPRM membership is required.

Online entries are due September 11, and the fee is $45 per entry. This year, all entries will be submited online via OmniContests at https://omnicontests4.com/?comp_id=C7779828-9361-42FC-9C3A-7E27D18C8B2F.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 22, 2015 8:15 AM
The KHA Quality Award, honoring leadership and innovation in patient care quality, safety, and commitment, was created in 2006 to honor and spotlight those hospitals excelling in patient safety and quality efforts.

In order to help other hospitals learn from this year's winners (listed below), KHA has posted the winning award applications on its website at http://www.kyha.com/2015-quality-award-recipients/.

Critical Access Hospital – St. Elizabeth Grant in Williamstown Under 100 beds – Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon 100 to 250 beds – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville Over 250 beds – Owensboro Health in Owensboro Psychiatric Care – Eastern State Hospital in Lexington Post Acute Care – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:26 AM

The KHA HANDS (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) Awards are presented annually at the KHA Convention in honor of hospital volunteer and auxiliary groups that are conducting outstanding projects and services in Kentucky. Five hospitals were recognized this year in three categories.

In-Service Hospital Program

  • Under 100 Beds - Baptist Health La Grange
  • Over 100 Beds - Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington

Community Outreach/Collaboration

  • Under 100 Beds - Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs
  • Over 100 Beds - St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas

Fundraising

  • Over 100 Beds - UK HealthCare in Lexington

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:52 AM
Kevin Halter Taking Oath of Office with Dennis JohnsonThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 8, at the 86th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2015-2016 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, Kevin Halter, system chief executive officer of Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, which includes Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Halter will begin his tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, was bestowed upon J. Milton Brooks Receiving the KHA Distinguished Service AwardMilton...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 09, 2015 3:30 PM

KHA is now accepting applications for the Annual KHA Quality Award. Please see the application for the full details. Applications, including full payment are due on March 20.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 17, 2014 3:45 PM
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing (KSHPRM) held its annual Thoroughbred Awards in conjunction with the KSHPRM conference at Keeneland.  Thoroughbred Awards honor and recognize excellent work throughout the Commonwealth in the areas of health care marketing and public relations.  

Organizations are eligible to submit entries in 32 categories ranging from print and television advertising to websites to campaigns.  All entries are sent to a sister society in another state for judging.  This year, entries were judged by the Tennessee Society for Marketing and Public Relations.  In total, 14 organizations submitted 73 entries for consideration.  To see the KSHPRM Thoroughbred Award Winners for 2014, please click here for the full press release.  To see pictures of the event, please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/128370147@N05/sets/72157649343099555/

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 10, 2014 7:48 AM
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is recognizing outstanding examples of influenza vaccination mandates in health care settings. According to IAC, the best way to prevent transmission of influenza to patients is to mandate vaccination of health care personnel. The Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll represents the champions who have taken the lead in mandating influenza vaccination within their organization or institution.

Methodist Hospital in Henderson is the only hospital or health system in Kentucky that is listed on the Honor Roll, http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll/influenza-mandates/honorees.asp#ky.

Kentucky hospitals can apply to be listed on this Honor Roll at http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll/influenza-mandates/apply.aspx....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 03, 2014 7:46 AM
Healthgrades has recognized 381 hospitals across the nation that have achieved the 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. The distinction places this group of hospitals within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.Two Kentucky hospitals received this recognition: Baptist Health Lexington and T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

In its related report, entitled Finding and Preventing Patient Safety Incidents, Healthgrades explores the ways U.S. hospitals successfully find ways to not only reduce their events, but to outperform expectations in prevention of safety incidents. A copy of the report, which includes a listing of all the recipients of the Patient Safety Excellence Award, is available here.

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