health

Investigations
11:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package

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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.

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. “

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Local News
10:20 am
Sat March 1, 2014

KentuckyOne Health Lays Off 500, Cuts 200 Vacant Jobs

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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.

In a video posted Friday to employees, KentuckyOne chief executive Ruth Brinkley confirmed the layoffs and said the laid-off employees would be given priority consideration for jobs in the system.

In January, KentuckyOne said it needed to make up $218-million by the end of its 2015 fiscal year. 

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Politics
4:22 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear Launches Kentucky Health Initiative

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Gov. Steve Beshear is launching a new initiative aimed at improving Kentucky’s health outcomes over the next five years.

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.

Beshear says he wants to cut by 10 percent the rates of obesity, smoking, heart disease and more by 2019.

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Local News
8:05 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Only 23 Percent of Kentuckians Say They Eat Recommended Amounts of Fruits, Vegetables

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The U.S. Agriculture Department suggests that half of people's plates be made up of fruits or vegetables for every meal.

That's mostly not happening in Kentucky—23 percent of Kentuckians say they meet the dietary recommendations, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll released Thursday.

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Local News
9:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members to Introduce Ban on E-Cigs, Hookahs By Minors

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In response to Mayor Greg Fischer's plan aimed at improving health in the city, Louisville Metro Council members are set to introduce an ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs.

Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Mary Woolridge and Marilyn Parker are sponsoring a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and the hookah mix—called shisha—to minors.

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Business
12:52 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

KentuckyOne Health Begins Layoffs

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KentuckyOne Health has begun cutting staff to make up the $218 million over the next 17  months its chief executive says is needed to make up a budget deficit.

KentuckyOne 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 through a joint operating agreement—that was after Gov. Steve Beshear rejected a full merger.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

University of Louisville Health Library Hosts Exhibit on Wounded Civil War Soldiers

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A national traveling exhibit that tells the stories of wounded Civil War soldiers opens Monday at the University of Louisville’s Kornhauser Health Sciences Library downtown.

The exhibit is called, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.”

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Local News
6:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees

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Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.

New data says an average 1,600 people are signing up each day.

As of Friday, three-fourths of those who have signed up have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program. And the remaining quarter have enrolled in new private plans.

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Education
11:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working

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Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.

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.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown

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Remember the dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare over the operation of Kosair Children's Hospital? 

It appears the matter is going court.

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