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The Medical Center Joins Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Medical Center, Norton Healthcare and UK HealthCare announced today that The Medical Center has become the newest member of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, a community-based stroke initiative providing the highest quality clinical and educational programs to hospital staff and the community. The Medical Center is the only hospital in Southcentral and Western Kentucky to join the network that includes 25 affiliate hospitals.

“This affiliation with the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network will enhance The Medical Center’s ability to carry out our mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Health Corporation, parent company of The Medical Center. “Through collaboration with affiliate members, we will ensure patients in Southcentral Kentucky have access to the most advanced stroke treatment and prevention.”

As part of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network, The Medical Center will continue to be a first-line stroke treatment center. The collaboration will allow for the sharing of best practices and outcomes data to promote continuous quality improvement in stroke care.

“By educating members of the community and Emergency Medical Services personnel in the region, we work together to provide valuable information about recognizing the signs of stroke and the importance of early treatment,” said Dr. Michael R. Dobbs, Director of the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network. “Our affiliate hospitals teach us about their communities and their patients. Meanwhile, we provide access to the resources and knowledge we have as an academic medical center.”

The Medical Center is the first hospital that was already designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission before joining the network. Other hospitals in the network obtained their Primary Stroke Center designation after becoming affiliates of the network.

“Primary Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission is testament to the outstanding stroke care already provided by The Medical Center for stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” said Smith. “This affiliation will further enhance the stroke care we provide by allowing us to tap into the resources and expertise of other affiliate members.”

The Medical Center Enhances Oncology Services with Acquisition of Tomorrow's Woman

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Medical Center announces the acquisition of Tomorrow's Woman effective October 1. The addition of Tomorrow's Woman will allow The Medical Center to expand its medical supply service and enhance its services for cancer patients.

Tomorrow's Woman is a full-service mastectomy supply and wig boutique uniquely geared toward serving female cancer patients and survivors. Staffed with certified fitters, Tomorrow's Woman assists women with their specific needs, including customized mastectomy bras, wig essentials, headwear and more.

The current owner, Bonnie Strode, will stay with Tomorrow's Woman as an employee of The Medical Center and will continue to manage operations. All staff will become employees of The Medical Center.

Tomorrow's Woman will become a division of MedEquip, The Medical Center's home medical and respiratory supply retailer, but will remain at its current location of 2362 Russellville Road in Bowling Green. The acquisition of Tomorrow’s Woman also includes The Perfect Fit, a lingerie and swimwear shop owned and operated by Bonnie Strode and located adjacent to Tomorrow’s Woman.

"Tomorrow's Woman will be an essential complement to The Medical Center's overall oncology service line," says Connie Smith, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center. "Our resources, coupled with Bonnie's expertise, will allow Tomorrow's Woman to further grow and meet additional needs of cancer patients in our region."

Commonwealth Health Corporation - Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Worksites take steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity

Commonwealth Health Corporation has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. This is the fourth year CHC has achieved the Platinum Level.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Commonwealth Health Corporation. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Lynn Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”

Platinum-level employers:

  • Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

“At CHC, we support our employees who each have unique wellness needs by offering a variety of health and wellness opportunities,” said Williams. CHC focuses on offering healthy vending options and encouraging smarter choices in its cafeterias. CHC offers incentive-based activity programs, activity/food-based challenges and on-line health workshops, and recognizes employees who achieve health and wellness goals.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program’s national website. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, visit

The Medical Center Is First Hospital in Kentucky to Implement NICVIEW

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Camera System Connects NICU Babies with their Families

The Medical Center is the first hospital in Kentucky to install NICVIEW, an innovative camera system that allows for streaming video of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The $35,000 investment in the new system will include 10 cameras.

“Bonding with a new baby is so important, but when a baby is born prematurely or sick and must be cared for in the NICU, bonding can be a challenge when parents and their baby can’t be together all the time,” said Caitlin Burklow, Director of Women’s Services for The Medical Center. “NICVIEW allows that bonding to occur by giving parents the opportunity to stay connected with their baby through video streaming even if miles apart.”

The NICVIEW system includes a small camera that is mounted to a baby’s bed or incubator. The system allows for video streaming through a secure online portal. NICU staff can post notes in the portal to share information with parents about baby’s activities.

The portal is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. All video and information are secured with up to 256-bit SSL encryption, the current web security standard. Usernames and passwords are only issued to parents who consent to use the system. Parents are advised to safeguard their username and password, but parents can choose to share the information with family and friends at their discretion.

The implementation of the new camera system is just one enhancement to The Medical Center’s Obstetrics and Neonatology Services. A recent renovation includes a new waiting area for families, a new triage area in Labor & Delivery and a new Obstetrics Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) in Labor & Delivery.

About The Medical Center Obstetrics and Neonatology Services

The Medical Center is the sole provider of OB services in Warren County and offers the only NICU and Neonatology Services in Southcentral Kentucky. Neonatology Services includes a team of physicians, registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are trained to provide specialized neonatal care for newborns with a variety of conditions including prematurity (babies born less than 37 weeks gestation), infection and respiratory problems. In fiscal year ending April 2014, The Medical Center delivered 2,355 babies. The NICU cared for 215 babies during that same time period.

Barren River Adult Day Care Center Wins Adult Day Care Center of the Year Award for Fourth Year

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Barren River Adult Day Care Center (BRADCC) for the fourth year has won the Adult Day Care of the Year Award as part of the Kentucky Aging Network. The award was presented at the Kentucky Association of Gerontology (KAG) conference in Pikeville, Kentucky.

“We are very excited and honored to receive this award,” said Steve Creekmore, Director of Barren River Adult Day Care. “What makes it monumental is, we have been chosen four years in a row out of the whole state of Kentucky.”

Families know they can receive valuable resource information and guidance from the professional staff. The employees of Barren River Adult Day Care are always available to lend a helping hand as they recognize the struggles families face in caring for a loved one.

“The award is based on recognition for significant contributions through our role in the aging network,” said Creekmore. “Families and clients know that our ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of life of the individuals who we serve and provide valuable information and guidance.”

Barren River Adult Day Care staff use their creativity to develop daily activities that aid memory recall, enhance sensory stimulation, and promote body strengthening.