health http://wfpl.org en Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-based-kindred-healthcares-chairman-snares-loaded-retirement-package <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Kindred Healthcare Inc., retirement gifts have gone way beyond the farewell cake, the cheap wristwatch and the sendoff reception at the local sports bar.</span></p><p>Last December the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain announced that its chairman, Edward Kuntz, would be quitting the board of directors after its annual shareholders meeting in May. Kuntz is 68 and has been chairman since 1999. Until 2004, he was also the company’s chief executive. “</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:31:00 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8957 at http://wfpl.org Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-health-lays-500-cuts-200-vacant-jobs <p>Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health has laid off about 500 employees and cut 200 vacant positions in an effort to address a $218-million budget deficit.</p><p>In a <a href="http://kentuckyoneemployees.org/Becoming-KentuckyOne/Video-Messages.aspx#.UxH0HbRsA20">video posted Friday to&nbsp;employees, </a>KentuckyOne chief executive Ruth Brinkley confirmed the layoffs and said the laid-off employees would be given priority consideration for jobs in the system.</p><p>In January, KentuckyOne&nbsp;said it needed to make up $218-million by the end of its 2015 fiscal year.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:20:19 +0000 Joseph Lord 8746 at http://wfpl.org KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs Gov. Steve Beshear Launches Kentucky Health Initiative http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-launches-kentucky-health-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is launching a new initiative aimed at improving Kentucky’s health outcomes over the next five years.</span></p><p>The initiative, KyHealthNow, will use executive and legislative measures, public-private partnerships and momentum from growing enrollment in the state’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, in an effort to improve health across the state.</p><p>Beshear says he wants to cut by 10 percent the rates of obesity, smoking, heart disease and more by 2019.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:22:24 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8651 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear Launches Kentucky Health Initiative Only 23 Percent of Kentuckians Say They Eat Recommended Amounts of Fruits, Vegetables http://wfpl.org/post/only-23-percent-kentuckians-say-they-eat-recommended-amounts-fruits-vegetables <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Agriculture Department suggests that half of people's plates be made up of</span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> fruits or vegetables for every meal.</a></p><p>That's mostly not happening in Kentucky—23 percent of Kentuckians say they&nbsp;meet the dietary recommendations, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll released Thursday.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:05:24 +0000 Joseph Lord 8640 at http://wfpl.org Only 23 Percent of Kentuckians Say They Eat Recommended Amounts of Fruits, Vegetables Louisville Metro Council Members to Introduce Ban on E-Cigs, Hookahs By Minors http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-members-introduce-ban-e-cigs-hookahs-minors <p></p><p>In response to Mayor Greg <a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Health/HealthyLouisville2020.htm">Fischer's plan </a>aimed at improving health in the city, Louisville Metro Council members are set to introduce an ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs.</p><p>Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Mary Woolridge and Marilyn Parker are sponsoring a ban on the sale of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/new-york-city-extends-smoking-ban-e-cigarettes">electronic cigarettes</a> and the hookah mix—called&nbsp;shisha—to minors.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:32:18 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8638 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Members to Introduce Ban on E-Cigs, Hookahs By Minors KentuckyOne Health Begins Layoffs http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-health-begins-layoffs <p>KentuckyOne&nbsp;Health has begun cutting staff to make up the $218 million over the next 17 &nbsp;months its chief executive says is needed to make up a budget deficit.</p><p>KentuckyOne&nbsp;Health falls under Catholic Health Initiatives and was formed in 2012 to include Jewish Hospital and the St. Joseph Health System. In November 2012, University Hospital was added <a href="/post/university-louisville-hospital-announces-partnership-kentuckyone-health">through a joint operating agreement</a>—that was after Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;rejected a full merger.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:52:04 +0000 Joseph Lord 8627 at http://wfpl.org KentuckyOne Health Begins Layoffs University of Louisville Health Library Hosts Exhibit on Wounded Civil War Soldiers http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-health-library-hosts-exhibit-wounded-civil-war-soldiers <p>A national traveling exhibit that tells the stories of wounded Civil War soldiers opens Monday at the University of Louisville’s <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Kornhauser+Health+Sciences+Library.&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Kornhauser+Health+Sciences+Library.&amp;hnear=0x88690b1ab35bd511:0xd4d3b4282071fd32,Louisville,+KY&amp;cid=18048396622778169959&amp;t=h&amp;z=16&amp;iwloc=A">Kornhauser Health Sciences Library downtown.</a></p><p>The exhibit is called, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.”</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8618 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Health Library Hosts Exhibit on Wounded Civil War Soldiers Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-kynect-health-exchange-tops-200000-enrollees <p>Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.</p><p>New data says an average 1,600 people are signing up each day.</p><p>As of Friday, three-fourths of those who have signed up have enrolled in the expanded <a href="/term/affordable-care-act">Medicaid program. </a>And the remaining quarter have enrolled in new private plans.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8460 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-suspends-10-fewer-students-more-information-needed-know-whats-working <p>Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.</p><p>African American students make up the bulk of those suspensions (about two-thirds). But data presented to the school board Monday night suggests the group saw a decrease of around 10 percent in the first four months of this school year, which is on par with white students.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:25:58 +0000 Devin Katayama 8379 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown http://wfpl.org/post/norton-healthcare-university-louisville-talks-kosair-childrens-hospital-breakdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare over the operation of </span>Kosair<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Children's Hospital?</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It appears the matter is going court.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:38:30 +0000 Joseph Lord & Devin Katayama 8351 at http://wfpl.org Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown