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Health

  • Fiscal Court to consider needle exchange support

    When the southern Indiana town of Austin experienced an outbreak of HIV last year as a result of epidemic intravenous drug use, Gov. Mike Pence declared a public health emergency, allowing addicts to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

    Alarmed by what happened across the Ohio River, Kentucky’s legislature last year enacted a bill to allow health departments here to follow suit.

  • Hip fractures are a major hazard for senior citizens

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    For senior citizens, a simple fall can lead to a serious injury – a fractured hip. Each year, more than 300,000 senior citizens are hospitalized for hip fractures. The majority of these fractures occur from a fall, a common occurrence in colder weather due to the added hazard of snow and ice outside.

  • November is the time to honor our caregivers

    By Carol Marak, Aging Advocate

    November is the National Caregivers Month and the group of individuals consists of family members, friends, neighbors and volunteers across America. With caregivers in mind, I reached out to professionals in the SeniorCare.com Aging Council on the topic to get feedback and suggestions that help them.

    Get respite care, find support

  • Learn all you can about diabetes prevention

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging the public to educate themselves on how to prevent or manage the disease. More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, including more than 467,000 people in Kentucky. With such high numbers, it’s important that community members take time to learn more about this disease, how it affects the body, and risk factors to watch out for.

  • Low-dose CT screening detects lung cancer early

    By Monte Martin, M.D., Flaget Cancer Center

  • Vancise takes leadership position at Flaget

    As Flaget Memorial Hospital says farewell to its president, Sue Downs, a familiar face will be stepping up to continue her work.

    Rick Vancise, vice president of ambulatory services, has been named interim site executive.

  • Downs retires after more than 40 years in health care

    After four decades in health care, Sue Downs has decided to take a little time for herself.

    Downs officially retired from Flaget Memorial Hospital Oct. 20, where she served five years as its president and many more as a staff member in other areas.

    Observing the hospital’s growth firsthand, Downs said she felt comfortable leaving and that there were “good people in place” to carry on her work.

    Downs began her career as a nurse.

  • Avoid Medicare mistakes

    By Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate

    Since 10,000 boomers join Medicare each day, it’s time to learn the facts about the health insurance program to avoid the pitfalls and traps which are costly.

    In an AARP article, Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, states, “Avoiding the most common mistakes in Medicare is the difference between having good financial and health security — or not.” He warns older Americans to learn the rules to avoid higher premiums and snags.

  • Flaget honors Sandy Lamar with award

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has named environmental services employee Sandy Lamar a ROSE Award winner for the third quarter of 2016.

    The ROSE Award is a program that honors Flaget Memorial’s non-nursing personnel. The award recognizes that in order for the hospital to achieve its goal to make every patient’s experience the best, it takes a total team effort from every employee of the organization.

    Sandy Lamar was nominated by Josh Wethington, director of critical care, and by Vicki Lee, critical care technician.

  • Sosnin elected to state medical association

    Dr. Brian Sosnin, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, has been elected to the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA) board of trustees. He is board certified in family practice.

    Sosnin owns and operates the Bluegrass Community Family Practice, a primary care and urgent care facility, serving the Bardstown area.