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Across the state, the number of teens giving birth improved according to the Kids Count Data Book — one of many bits of information about Kentucky that can be found.
In Boyle County, however the number hovered around the middle to upper 30s in rate per 1,000. While one of the lowest counties in the region, it is also one of the few that has continued to grow, even slightly.
The latest numbers for the data come from 2011-2013, which states that 37.4 teens per 1,000 in Boyle County were pregnant; 59.3 per thousand in Casey County, which is down from the previous three years; 42.1 per 1,000 in Garrard County, up slightly from the previous measure; 52.2 per 1,000 in Lincoln County, down from the previous measure; and 47.6 per 1,000 in Mercer County, up from the previous measure. Statewide, teen births have dropped to 35 per 1,000.
The data comes from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Vital Statistics Branch, and is processed by the Kentucky State Data Center.
Not sure of the causes behind why the numbers locally hover around the same, Tiffany Johnson, the director of Haven Care Center, a pregnancy care center in Danville, said she could understand why the numbers might be dropping across the state.
Johnson believes the ease-of-access to the morning after pill could have a direct impact on the reduced numbers. No prescription is needed to pick up the medicine, which can be obtained at Walmart and other stores.
“People are using the morning after as a form of birth control, especially among college students,” Johnson said.
FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working with Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and State Parks to inform residents about the risks of exposure to the Zika virus through mosquito bites and how to stay safe in the outdoors throughout the summer.
“It is important that everyone act to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer from mosquito bites and potential illnesses that mosquitos may carry,” Dr. Ardis Hoven, Infectious Disease specialist for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said in a state news release. “With the summer season upon us and residents spending more time exploring the great outdoors in Kentucky, we want people to be aware of Zika virus and we want to advise residents to follow these recommendations in order to prevent mosquito bites while outside.”
· Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. In warmer weather wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin. Wear socks that cover the ankles and lower legs.
· Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. When used as directed these are safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Always follow directions, and reapply as directed. Apply sunscreen prior to insect repellent if using both.
· Do not use insect repellents on babies under two months of age. Instead, dress your baby in clothing that covers the arms and legs, or cover crib, stroller, or carrier with mosquito netting.
· Treat clothing and gear with permethrin. Do not use permethrin directly on your skin.
“We encourage state park guests and anyone who will be outside this summer to take these precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” Donnie Holland, commissioner, Kentucky State Parks, said in the news release. “It’s a good idea to keep these steps in mind when you make plans to camp, hike or play outside.”
“We want families to enjoy Kentucky’s great outdoors this summer,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gregory Johnson. “These simple, common sense precautions will help protect people against illnesses borne by both mosquitoes and ticks.”
DPH recently launched its “Fight the Bite Day and Night” campaign to provide information to the public about the Zika virus and ways to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes that carry it. Currently, no Kentuckians have acquired the Zika virus infection through local transmission in Kentucky. Careful prevention is key to preventing a public health emergency in our Commonwealth!
For further information regarding Aedes mosquitoes and the diseases that they may transmit, visit the DPH website http://healthalerts.ky.gov/zika or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/zika. Be sure to follow KYHealthAlerts on Twitter and DPH’s Zika mascot, Marty Mosquito, on Instagram, @martymosquito.
SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) held a 5K race in Pikeville, KY on Sunday, June 5th in preparation for their SOAR Innovation Summit on the following day. Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) brought a 9 person team to represent them in the 5K.
Fred Mills, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor - clean & sober 10 years, Megan McGlothen, Residential Billing Coordinator - clean & sober 4 years, Kristi Roberson, Peer Support Coordinator - clean & sober 3 years, Kylen Webb, Peer Support Specialist - clean & sober 3 years; and his wife, Lena, Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to the CEO - clean & sober 2 years; and his wife, Summer, Angela Vinson, Bookkeeper in Finance Department, JT Campbell, graduate of Belle Grove Springs men's center; clean & sober 9 months.
Founded by Tim Robinson, CEO, ARC supports SOAR's efforts to improve and shape OUR region. ARC owns and operates residential and outpatient treatment centers spanning the eastern half of the state. ARC believes in assisting people in their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by helping them discover their purpose and walk in their destiny. With a robust internship program that allows graduates to become full-time employees, ARC has over 120 employees with approximately 15-20% being program graduates.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, call Addiction Recovery Care at606.638.0938 to find help, hope, and love. Please contact:
Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to the CEO
Addiction Recovery Care
PO Box 726
Louisa, KY 41230
(606) 638-0938 work
(606) 615-2872 cell
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Kim Horn of Administration was honored as Employee of the First Quarter for 2016. She was acknowledged by management and her co-workers for exhibiting outstanding customer service due to her strong work ethic and contributions that she has made to the administrative and accounting functions in her service to Administration.
Horn is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and has been with the hospital since May 23, 2012. She will be promoted effective May 31, 2016 as the Controller with the Accounting Department.
She attended Morehead State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1991. Her area of concentration with her degree was in Finance and an emphasis in Management.
Horn is married to husband Kenny and they have two children, Kendra and Colton. They reside in the Louisa area where they enjoy helping with youth sports especially the girls Softball Team with Lawrence County High School.
She was a recipient of a basket of goodies acknowledging her with this distinction, a floral tribute, a complimentary dinner for two and a monetary award as a token of appreciation for her exemplary service for this deserving recognition.
Congratulations to Deanna Muncy, RT for passing her SDS certification! She is now a Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist.
This gives the opportunity for Three Rivers Medical Center to become a Certified Sleep Lab Center in the near future.
A recognition reception was recently held at the hospital during hospital week to honor the retirement of Linda Everage, RN and Patty Laney, RN, announced Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA.
Everage, serving as Registered Nurse with Medical/Surgical and Mental Health Services, will be retiring as of June 08, 2016 from her full-time position with over 18 years of service. She started on April 07, 1998 with the hospital. Everage was instrumental in serving a vital role to the healthcare team of the hospital in providing the nursing care and services with Medical/Surgical and Mental Health patients. She executed her duties in a professional and effective manner.
Patricia K. Laney served as Registered Nurse with the Surgery Department at TRMC. She was employed with over 10 years of service to the hospital since October 24, 2005 until April 02, 2016. Patty served in other capacities as a RN with the hospital from time to time prior to her regular tenure from October 2005 to April 2016. She was a stable force and seasoned RN in providing significant patient care services on a daily basis in Surgery. She was noted as a stellar employee in performing her duties and providing patient care services to recovery patients with Surgery Services in an efficient and positive manner.
A host of employees and staff were on hand to recognize Patty Laney and Linda Everage for their noteworthy contributions and to express their gratitude for their distinguished tenure with the hospital. CEO Greg Kiser presented the honored retirees with a beautiful plaque, rocking chair and gifts to commemorate their loyal and dedicated service to the hospital. During the recognition event, numerous hospital employees, staff, families of the recipients and friends extended their appreciation and presented gifts of best wishes to the retirees for a successful and enjoyable future.
Special thanks are in order to Everage and Laney for their distinguished services rendered in the pursuit of the healthcare mission of Three Rivers Medical Center, and for making the hospital a better place because of their individual contributions. They will be greatly missed, and for all of us at Three Rivers, we wish them a happy, healthy and successful retirement.