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Med Center Health joins campaign to register organ, eye, and tissue donors

Friday, March 1, 2019

Med Center Health has joined other area healthcare organizations to create a donation-friendly community through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. This national initiative sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenges healthcare organizations to educate employees, patients, visitors, and the community about the crucial need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and give them opportunities to sign up as donors.

“One organ donor can save eight lives,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “And an eye and tissue donor can improve up to 50 lives. But each year, the number of people on the waiting list grows much larger than the number of donors and transplants. Med Center Health is committed to helping reverse this trend by encouraging our staff and other members of the community to register as organ donors and to spread the word among their friends and families.”

More than 114,000 people in the U.S., including approximately 1,000 in Kentucky, are waiting for an organ transplant, and 20 of them will die each day because no organ was available. Med Center Health is reaching out to the community to support its goal of registering 100 new organ, eye, and tissue donors in the Kentucky registry before April 30, 2019.

Kentucky residents can register for organ donation at donatelifeky.org. Med Center Health asks that when prompted what influenced their decision, registrants select a Med Center Health facility.

For more information about the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit organdonor.gov.

Helen Dinning Scholarship Applications Now Available

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Helen Dinning Scholarship Endowment was established by Med Center Health, the parent company of The Medical Center at Franklin, to honor Helen Dinning for her generous support of the Franklin hospital. Applications are now available for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year.

This scholarship includes $4,200 per year, payable over two semesters, which may be awarded to one student or divided between two students.

To qualify for the Helen Dinning Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School.
  • A full-time sophomore, junior, or senior at Western Kentucky University and be currently enrolled in a health-related degree program.
  • Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA in the fall semester to receive the scholarship for the spring semester.
  • Financial need may be a consideration.

Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 22, 2019. To request an application, contact Beverly Neves, Marketing and Development Coordinator, at 270-745-1543 or neveba@mchealth.net.

DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses Program Launched at Med Center Health

Monday, February 25, 2019

Med Center Health announces the launch of the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is an international program designed to say “thank you” to nurses who have truly made a difference in the lives of their patients. Founded in 1999, the DAISY Foundation was created to honor the exceptional nurses who profoundly impacted the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of medical complications from ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). DAISY, the award’s name, is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem—the type of disease Patrick suffered from.

“The DAISY Award is just one way that we can stop and reflect on the special moments that our nurses create for our patients each and every day,” says Dr. Jill Payne, RN, Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer. “A simple nomination, acknowledging a nurse’s extraordinary contributions and the impact their actions had on you or your family, will stay with a nurse for life.”

Since its founding, the DAISY Award has spread across the nation as patients, patient families and co-workers found a way to express their heartfelt appreciation of nurses. The goal of the DAISY Award is to let our nurses know they are valued for their skill, education and knowledge, and for the remarkable care they provide when treating their patients.

Nurses can be nominated by patients, families, physicians, co-workers and anyone else who experiences or observes extraordinary care by a hospital nurse. Each year, a total of six Med Center Health nurses will be recognized with a DAISY Award. Four will be from The Medical Center at Bowling Green and two will be from The Medical Centers at Scottsville, Franklin, Caverna and Albany combined. People interested in sharing a story of how one of our nurses impacted a life can submit a nomination at MedCenterHealth.org/DAISY.

Learn more about the DAISY Award at daisyfoundation.org.

Free Joint Pain Seminar Offered in Franklin on January 24

Friday, January 6, 2017

Medical Center Orthopaedics will host a free Joint Pain Seminar on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. at The Medical Center at Franklin Education Building, located behind the hospital. Orthopaedic Surgeon Rasesh Desai, M.D. will discuss the causes of hip and knee pain and the latest treatment options available at The Medical Center, including joint replacement surgery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. To register, visit MedCenterOrtho.com/JointPain. For questions, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750.

Med Center Health Facilities Earn ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

Monday, August 15, 2016

Three Med Center Health facilities have been designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Medical Center at Franklin, The Medical Center at Scottsville and Western Kentucky Diagnostic Imaging (WKDI), a department of The Medical Center at Bowling Green, have earned the ACR designation which is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs. For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

A recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggests that adults who have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer but who are at high risk for developing lung cancer should be screened every year with low-dose CT. High risk is defined as people who meet the following criteria:

• Are 55 through 77 years old, and

• Have a history of heavy smoking, and

• Are either current smokers or who have quit within the past 15 years.

Heavy smoking is defined as a smoking history of 30 "pack years" or more. A "pack year" is smoking an average of one pack per day for one year. For example, someone is considered a heavy smoker if they smoke one pack per day for 30 years or smoke two packs per day for 15 years.

Individuals who meet the criteria noted above should consider an annual screening for lung cancer. Individuals should talk with their doctor about their risk and obtain a physician’s order. The cost of the screening is $150. Traditional Medicare covers the screening. Screenings can be scheduled at WKDI, The Medical Center at Franklin or The Medical Center at Scottsville by calling (270) 745-1199 or (800) 231-9621.