• A pup with a purpose

    Equipped with her blue vest and identification card, Bayleigh is ready for whatever comes her way.

    The year-and-a-half old Labrador will soon be called away for her first disaster relief mission, something her owner, Greta Wilson, has been preparing her for since she was just a few weeks old.

    Bayleigh is a registered therapy dog as well as a registered emotional support animal, a certification that allows her to travel with Wilson on planes and enter different public facilities.

  • Bardstown friends open Kentucky’s first floating spa

    Whether it’s the aches and pains of pregnancy, the stress of work or a constant battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a group of Bardstown friends say flotation therapy can help.

    “It’s an amazing experience,” said Michele Bowling, co-owner of Floating on Cloud Nine. “There’s nothing holding you down or back and you can completely let everything go.”

  • Howard, Lucas recognized for service at Flaget Memorial

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has named Daisy Award and Rose Award winners for the first quarter of 2016.

    Lynn Howard, RN, critical care unit, was the recipient of the Daisy Award. Carolyn Lucas, admitting/registration department, received the Rose Award.

    The Daisy Award is a nationwide program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. KentuckyOne Health is proud to be a Daisy Award Partner, recognizing a nurse with this special honor every quarter.

  • Medical grants are available for children in Kentucky

    The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from Kentucky families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

  • Survivors inspired by Relay for Life

    Bright blue sky and cool weather made Friday a good day for a stroll at Garnis Martin Field.

    More than 20 teams participated in this year’s Nelson County Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    Cancer survivors were honored with the first lap. Wearing purple T-shirts, they walked the Bardstown High School track and then released scores of purple balloons into the azure sky.

    They were followed by the cancer caregivers, carrying white balloons, and then the Relay teams took their turn around the track.

  • DONATE LIFE: Exhale

    Bardstown resident Lisa Cissell is an out-of-the-ordinary case. Like nearly 30,000 others in the United States, Cissell has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe.

    But unlike the majority of the CF population, Cissell wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood.

    She was 25, active and didn’t have any major issues with her health, but when her younger sister was diagnosed at 13, the rest of the family underwent screenings. Out of seven siblings, three were positive.

  • Hope Celebration stresses life beyond diagnosis

    There was a lot of purple to be found inside the General Nelson Inn Sunday afternoon as the annual Hope Celebration met to celebrate survivors and promote Relay for Life.

    The event, hosted this year by Carrie Durbin, brought together cancer survivors and those affected by cancer to talk about support, strength and survivorship.

    Durbin said she had been greatly affected by cancer, having lost many family and friends. She has been a part of Relay for Life for nearly 10 years.

  • Simple advice for advance care planning

    By Carol Marak

    Advance care planning is necessary, even for young adults because a medical crisis could leave an individual incapable to make their preferred health care decisions. Even if you are healthy, make your wishes and preferences known to family members.

  • Shoulder pain? You might have shoulder impingement

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Many people suffer with shoulder pain for weeks or months, simply trying to ignore it and write it off as a simple “pulled muscle.” However, there’s a good chance nagging shoulder pain may be attributed to a problem seen almost daily in my practice — shoulder impingement.

  • Donate Life: Dealing with dialysis

    For Nelson County High School graduate Kristin Fleig, health issues have prolonged her wait for a new kidney.

    Fleig has a genetic disorder known as MYH-9 chromosome mutation, which affects her hearing, kidneys and blood.

    “Since it’s a genetic disorder, I was born with kidney issues,” she said. “But they didn’t know that was what it was at the time,” and it took 13 years for an official diagnosis.

    When she was 9, she was told that she would have to go on dialysis and eventually have a transplant.