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Baptist Health Lexington receives American Heart Association accreditation for acute cardiac care

Baptist Health Lexington has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The hospital is one of only two facilities in Kentucky to currently hold this accreditation; sister hospital Baptist Health Louisville is the other.


The accreditation program — provided by the American Heart Association — recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. The accreditation identifies healthcare facilities that meet specific criteria for lifesaving heart attack treatments that restore blood flow.


This is the third consecutive Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation for Baptist Health Lexington. The hospital was the first in Kentucky to receive the accreditation in 2012.


“Baptist Health Lexington is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program continues to help us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Susan Mobley, RN, BSN, MBA, NE-BC, vice president of cardiovascular services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”


Baptist Health Lexington underwent reviews by accreditation specialists from the American Heart Association. Key areas in which the hospital demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:



Facilitation of STEMI patient transport participation in a multidisciplinary team with representatives from EMS, cardiac catheterization lab, quality improvement, coronary care unit, physician and nursing staff, meet regularly to identify challenges and make continuous care improvements.


The American Heart Association’s overall goal for Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation is to significantly reduce cardiac death in patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive life-saving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.     

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Lexington Clinic’s Direct-To- Employer Program, "Provider Employer Pathways” has been nominated for the Hosparus Health Innovation Award.

The Hosparus Health Innovation Award is presented to an organization that has developed a new procedure, device, service, program or treatment that improves the delivery of care for patients. The award is a part of the MediStar awards presented by Medical News.


Lexington Clinic is one of eight finalists for the award, and the winner will be chosen and announced at the end of October.


Congratulations to the Lexington Clinic Direct-To-Employer program!

Lexington Clinc Announces

Dr. Trevor Wilkes, of Lexington Clinic Orthopedics — Sports Medicine Center, has served as the associate editor and content provider for The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery Continuing Medical Education program. Dr. Wilkes provided the testing content in his area of specialty — Shoulder and Elbow Pathology and Surgery - and worked with colleagues from around the country to edit and produce the content for the 2018 program.


The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery ( JBJS) has been the most valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers worldwide for over 125 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field.

Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East Welcomes First  Baby of 2019

Lexington, Ky. ( January 2, 2019) – The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East welcomed its first baby of 2019 at 11:52 p.m. on January 1.  The parents from Lexington, who preferred not to be named, welcomed Noah Musgrove. He weighed 7 lbs. and 4oz. and was 19 ¼ inches long.


Each year, hospital staff work with local businesses to create a welcome wagon for the first baby born in the new year, including gift certificates, diapers, wipes and assorted gifts.


“We always look forward to the arrival of the first baby of the year and enjoy making this experience so special for families,” said Joan Morrin, RN, Nurse Manager, Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East.


The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East delivered 2,300 babies in 2018.   

KentuckyOne Health Teams up With God’s Pantry Food Bank to Provide Food to Patients in Need

 Berea, Ky. ( January 2, 2019) — KentuckyOne Health has teamed up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to fund a pilot program that will provide immediate food assistance for patients in emergent need at Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea. As part of the partnership, KentuckyOne Health will have food baskets on hand at the two facilities, as well two health clinics in London and one health clinic in Berea.


“We are very excited about this and humbled that we will be able to assist our patients to meet a basic human need,” said Neva Francis, Vice President, Healthy Communities, KentuckyOne Health.


KentuckyOne Health identified Berea and London through screenings for social determinants of health – basic human needs – as two locations where incremental hunger- relief services would provide more timely aid to residents who are seeking access to food. The screenings are part of the work KentuckyOne is doing through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.


“Nutritious food helps improve health. Patients experiencing hunger or food insecurity may experience issues like prolonged recovery times that potentially increase medical costs,” said Michael Halligan, CEO, God’s Pantry in Lexington. “Working with Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea to identify those who are hungry will allow intervention and access to nutritious food.”


The emergency food baskets contain cans of vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce, boxes of pasta, milk, cereal, soup and crackers.


God’s Pantry Food Bank also recently initiated an emergency food box program in Lexington at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Lexington Clinic Welcomes New Family Medicine Physician

Lexington Clinic is excited to introduce our newest primar care provider!


 Dr. Jordan Prendergast, a family medicine physician, is now accepting patients of all ages at Lexington Clinic Veterans Park. She joins Dr. Marisa Belcastro and Dr. Craig Irwin at this location, and her arrival would be of interest for any of your readers needing to establish primary care in the new year.

Baptist Health Lexington  repeats its top 'A' grade for  hospital safety

Baptist Health Lexington has once again earned the top grade of “A” for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization. Of the 51 hospitals rated in Kentucky by The Leapfrog Group, only 12 received an A grade.


Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually. Baptist Health Lexington also received an A grade in Leapfrog’s April 2018 reporting. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.


Baptist Health Lexington was one of 855 hospitals across the United States awarded an A in the November update of grades.


“To receive an A again this year reaffirms all of our efforts to provide the safest compassionate care available,” said William G. Sisson, president of Baptist Health Lexington. “We continue to be recognized on a national level for keeping quality and safety as our No. 1 priority.”


The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.


The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. To see Baptist Health Lexington’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org .