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Opening of Medical Center Orthopaedics Expands Access to Orthopaedic Services

Friday, May 1, 2015

Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), parent company of The Medical Center, and UK HealthCare celebrated the opening of Medical Center Orthopaedics, Southcentral Kentucky’s new orthopaedic surgery practice, with a Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 30. The Medical Center created the new physician practice in affiliation with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine to expand availability of orthopaedic surgeons in Southcentral Kentucky.

Orthopaedics is one of the fastest growing service lines in the country. National models predict a 15% increase in Orthopaedics over the next few years.

“For years, Orthopaedics has been a significant part of The Medical Center. Patients have made it clear that they want a choice and they want to receive their orthopaedic care at The Medical Center,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Health Corporation. “To facilitate the expansion of Orthopaedics, The Medical Center has partnered with UK HealthCare. UK has an excellent reputation in Orthopaedics, and we feel that combining that reputation with The Medical Center made sense.”

The first physician recruited to the practice is Rasesh Desai, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Desai’s extensive fellowship training includes Orthopaedic Spine at University of Louisville, Pediatric Orthopaedic and Pediatric Spine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Adult Reconstructive (Total Joints) Orthopaedics at University of Louisville.

"The recruitment of Dr. Desai onto our faculty and into the Bowling Green community represents just the first investment in new models of care by two strong healthcare systems, UK HealthCare and The Medical Center," said Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky. "Our relationship in orthopaedics and also stroke care will allow UK HealthCare and The Medical Center to provide advanced medicine for Kentuckians as close to home as possible, in the most appropriate setting." In 2014, The Medical Center joined the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Care Network to allow for the sharing of best practices and outcomes data to promote continuous quality improvement in stroke care.

Medical Center Orthopaedics is located in the Riverside Professional Center on The Medical Center campus. To learn more, visit To schedule an appointment, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750.

Kohl’s Grant Supports The Medical Center’s Newborn Care & Safety Program

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kohl’s Cares® has once again awarded Commonwealth Health Foundation a grant to enable The Medical Center to reach expectant parents with vital obstetrics education classes. This year’s grant totaling $31,381 will be used for The Medical Center’s Newborn Care and Safety Class which teaches expectant parents essential baby care skills.

“Having a baby can make parents feel apprehensive. They want to know the proper way to do everything from diapering, to feeding to comforting their newborn,” said Cindy Gilliam, OB Educator for The Medical Center. “The Newborn Care and Safety Class provides all this information and much more. It is one of our most attended classes. By teaching parents the basic skills they want and need to know, they feel much more comfortable and confident in caring for their new infant.”

The Newborn Care and Safety Class is a free, hands-on class where participants use baby dolls to practice swaddling and holding a newborn, diapering and giving the baby a bath. A variety of safety issues are addressed, and a CPR demonstration shows parents what to do in an emergency. Last year 34 classes were held with 472 total participants, and 36 classes are already scheduled for 2015.

The Kohl’s grant also funds the purchase of items such as “The Joy of Parenthood” publication on baby care and safety and swaddle blanket that are provided to parents who attend the class at no cost.

Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated $219,602 to The Medical Center to support its health and wellness programs including construction of two community walking trails at local elementary schools.

In 2000, Kohl’s introduced the Kohl’s Cares® philanthropic program to support children’s health and education initiatives in the communities it serves. Since that time, the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program has raised more than $257 million for children nationwide.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,163 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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About Commonwealth Health Foundation

Commonwealth Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC). Commonwealth Health Foundation helps build relationships and partnerships across Southcentral Kentucky that will inspire charitable giving by individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations. These gifts help support the mission of CHC to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information about the Foundation, please visit or call 270-796-6519.

About The Medical Center

The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the flagship hospital for Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC). Located in Bowling Green, Ky., The Medical Center is a 337-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital specializing in heart, cancer care, obstetrics and neonatology, and orthopaedic services. With a mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, CHC and its entities including The Medical Center at Bowling Green contributed $63.3 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2014. The Medical Center treats patients regardless of their ability to pay and annually provides millions in community benefit through charity care for the uninsured and shortfalls in governmental reimbursements (Medicare and Medicaid). To learn more, visit

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

Monday, December 1, 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 1, 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