AT&T gives $3,500 to United Way
ASHLAND - Representatives from AT&T were joined Wednesday by State Rep. Kevin Sinnette and United Way of Northeast Kentucky officials to announce a contribution of $3,500 at AT&T’s new retail kiosk in the Ashland Town Center.
The United Way of Northeast Kentucky serves Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence and Greenup counties.
“I’m always glad to hear when the United Way of Northeast Kentucky receives support,” Sinnette said. “United Way is vital to this area and the dedication they demonstrate each and every day for health and human services in northeastern Kentucky is unsurpassed.”
“We are thrilled to partner with AT&T and their employees in this area,” said Jerri Compton, executive director of United Way of Northeast Kentucky. “We are constantly looking for ways to make a meaningful impact in our region and are able to do that through the tremendous support of local businesses, community leaders and elected officials.”
“At AT&T, we strive to make a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Mark Osborne, retail manager for AT&T in Ashland. “We have hundreds of employees in this part of Kentucky and we want to support our friends and neighbors. The community work performed by agencies of the United Way of Northeast Kentucky is amazing and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”
OLBH again earns ‘wired’ status
RUSSELL - Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital has again been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired survey released Wednesday by the American Hospital Association in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Additionally, OLBH’s parent corporation, the Bon Secours Health System, was honored on the Most Wired list.
OLBH and other Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas. OLBH was recognized for its use of information technology to address and enhance patient safety and quality of care, public health, administrative processes and work-force decisions.
The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations. Thirty-two percent of Most Wired hospitals conduct controlled experiments or scenario-planning to make better management decisions.
“We are honored to have received this award twice now, particularly since health-care reform in this country is focused on better outcomes through the use of technology,” said Michael Gomez, OLBH’s director of Information Services.
“We feel our electronic medical record initiative, known as ConnectCare, has been a valuable investment for the future as we prepare for the measures by which all hospitals will be judged in a post-health-care reform environment.”
Wurtland POPS program set
WURTLAND - Wurtland Elementary School will have its annual POPS program (formerly called Kindercamp) from 9 a.m. to noon July 25 and 26 at the school.
The program is for incoming P1 kindergarten students and is designed to get students familiar with the school setting and accustomed to facilities. Parents with P1 students who haven’t submitted enrollment information may do so at the event.
OLBH wins supply expense award
RUSSELL - Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital has been recognized by a national health-care performance improvement alliance for its commitment to excellence in superior purchasing and distribution initiatives. OLBH is a winner of the Premier health-care alliance’s seventh Supply Chain Excellence Award.
Of 95,000 other care sites across the nation, OLBH is one of only 29 Premier members to receive the award and one of only two winners from OLBH’s hospital category. OLBH was selected for achieving superior supply expense performance. OLBH representatives accepted the award at Premier’s 2013 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio in June.
Supply expense performance is measured by SupplyFocus®, the industry’s largest comparative database of operational and supply chain cost information for acute-care hospitals. Winners were identified using four industry standard supply expense ratios and a case-mix-index-based peer grouping methodology to ensure organizations of diverse sizes and complexity were considered equally.
To be eligible, each organization had to submit four quarters of calendar 2012 data to SupplyFocus. With 40 indicators measuring and trending performance in cost and operations, SupplyFocus enables hospitals to compare supply expense performance to that of similar facilities and easily identify improvement opportunities.
Salvation Army drive continues
ASHLAND - The summer segment of the “Seasons of Sharing” campaign for the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter is under way.
Residents are asked to remember the homeless each season by donating items such as laundry detergent, bleach, dishwashing detergent, trash bags, cleaning supplies, plastic eating utensils and paper products, including toilet tissue, luncheon napkins, paper towels and paper plates. Cash and donations of clothing and household items are also encouraged.
The summer theme is “Sharing doesn’t take a vacation. Please join us as we ‘do the most good.’”
Donations will be accepted at the SA at 2212 Carter Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; the thrift store on the side of the building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; or the shelter, across from the store, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week. Receipts are available at all locations.
The ongoing campaign for the nonprofit was launched in the spring in response to a steep decline in giving through the kettle campaign at Christmas and the loss of some grant money.
New Ashland citadel leaders are Captains Patrick and Carey Richmond.
For more information, call the SA at (606) 324-5751.
Fairview amends meal policy
WESTWOOD - An amendment to the Fairview Independent Schools meal policy means the district will not charge for meals to students at its three schools and the Ashland Day Treatment Center for the 2013-14 school year.
Sale to benefit Morehead State
WESTWOOD - A local family will host a sale with proceeds donated to Morehead State University.
The family of the late Teresea Maze, an MSU graduate and 1973 Fairview High School graduate who died in January, will have the sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 205 Johnson St. in Westwood (near Fairview Elementary School). Proceeds will be placed in an account at Whitaker Bank in Mount Sterling and donated to the university to buy books.
AARF to have Saturday event
RUSSELL - The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund will have an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kroger on Diederich Boulevard during Russell’s Community Days.
AARF items will be for sale and the organization will accept donations, including Pedigree dog food, Purina dog, puppy, cat and kitten chows, puppy pads, leashes, collars, Dawn dishwashing liquid and garbage bags.
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