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Dispose of unused or expired drugs at most State Police posts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kentuckians can get rid of their unused or expired prescription drugs Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Most collections will be made at Kentucky State Police posts.

"The goal of these programs is to reduce the volume of drugs that could end up on the streets and then used illegally," says the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy website.

All but two of the 16 KSP Posts will have "Take Back" locations on-site. Post 11 will have its collection at the Laurel County Health Department in London, and Post 8 will have a location at the Morehead Covention Center.

Sgt. Michael Webb, KSP spokesperson, said in the news release that the the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

* Participants may dispose of a medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location.

* All solid-dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted.

* Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers.

* The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

* Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

* Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

Not including this Take-Back Day, "Kentucky has collected a total of 59,719 pounds of unused and/or unwanted prescription medications at all Drug Take-Back events and locations since October 2011," says the ODCP website. For more information about the Take-Back program, contact KSP at 502-782-1780 or click here.

Posted by Melissa Patrick 

Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

 

Three Rivers Medical Center,  Echocardiography Laboratory receives accreditation by IAC

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion. 

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Three Rivers Medical Center,  Echocardiography Laboratory located in Louisa, KY has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). 

Accreditation by the IAC means that Three Rivers Medical Center,  Echocardiography Laboratory has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography.  When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.

 

NURSE PRACTITIONER/PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

THREE RIVERS MEDICAL CENTER HAS AN OPENING FOR A FULL-TIME FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER/PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT. THE IDEAL CANDIDATE MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

THE SALARY IS NEGOTIABLE AND IS LINKED TO AN ATTRACTIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE.  INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD FORWARD RESUME TO:

THREE RIVERS MEDICAL CENTER

ATTENTION: ADMINISTRATION

P.O. BOX 769

LOUISA, KY  41230  

T R M C

www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com

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 'The Real Cost Campaign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched a campaign on the dangers of smokeless tobacco among rural teens. FDA is expanding its “The Real Cost” campaign "to educate rural, white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use," it says. "For the first time, messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco use—including nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss, and multiple kinds of cancer—are being highlighted through the placement of advertisements in 35 U.S. markets specifically selected to reach the campaign’s target audience."

 

FDA’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study found that 31.84 percent of rural, white males ages 12 to 17—629,000 total youths—either experiment with smokeless tobacco or are at-risk, says FDA. "According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, each day in the U.S. nearly 1,000 males under the age of 18 use smokeless tobacco for the first time—almost as many male teenagers who smoke their first cigarette—making early intervention critical and highlighting a need for targeted youth smokeless tobacco prevention."

The campaign will be conducted through advertisements on television, radio, print, public signs, billboards, the internet and social media, says FDA. The agency is also partnering with Minor League Baseball teams, with stadiums promoting tobacco-free lifestyles "by displaying campaign advertising and providing opportunities for fans to meet and interact with players who support the campaign’s public health messages." (Read more)


Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 4/19/2016 03:28:00 PM

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER WEEK, April 10 – 16, 2016

Three Rivers Medical Center is pleased to recognize the dedicated volunteers for their services and contributions to the hospital’s healthcare team in celebration of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, announced Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA.  

“Our volunteers are a special group of people who work with us and are always there to serve the hospital in the spirit of compassion and commitment.  They provide warmth and care, perform many skills to help others, run the gift shop, assist our employees with special projects and visit our patients to render a kind deed,” says Kiser

“TRMC’s volunteers often go the extra mile and do the little things that go unnoticed.  Volunteers are an integral part of the healthcare team and are greatly appreciated for their time, commitment and the spirit of volunteerism for the hospital, stated Kiser.”  

This special recognition week in April as a salute to volunteers is celebrated to promote the public awareness of volunteerism and extend thanks to the dedicated individuals who offer their skills and talents in touching so many lives with so many ways at Three Rivers Medical Center. 

Three Rivers Medical Center is proud to salute the dedicated individuals of the community who volunteer and make a difference in serving others for the good of Three Rivers Medical Center.  The following individuals of the community are serving as volunteers for the hospital: Bob Armstrong, Joe Arnett, Beth Bradley, Dean Bradley, Pamela Branham, Janie Campbell, Aileen Compton, Jan Crum, Emily Davis, Debbie Fitch, Elaine Frazier, Kathy Guss, Linda Hammond, Debbie Hill, Sandy Jobe, Gloria Johnson, Nadine Little, Jo Ann Marcum, Martha Meek, Loretha Muncy, Rita Pigg, Shirley Quesenberry, Toby Roberts, Robbie See and Debbie Thompson.