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JANUARY 25, 2016
Ashland, Kentucky, January 25, 2016 - Eastern Kentucky Chapter volunteer, Jeffery Wilson, from Hazel Green in Wolfe County KY is heading to Flint, MI to support the water distribution efforts.
Jeffrey has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross for over 10 years; deploying close to 40 times all over the United States. His most recent deployments included Idaho, South Carolina and Texas in 2015.
Jeffery specializes in Mass Care, but is also trained to assist in Client Casework & Recovery, Disaster Cycle Services Logistics, and Operations.
Flint Water Crisis Overview and Red Cross Response
Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials first declared a public health emergency in October in response to tests that showed children with elevated levels of lead. And on January 16, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint.
In coordination with government and community partners, the Red Cross is supporting the crisis. Flint has a population of just under 100,000 people - approximately 45,000 households. So far, the Red Cross has visited more than 27,000 homes to provide relief supplies and offer support services. Volunteers have distributed more than 60,000 items, including cases of water, water filters, educational materials and testing kits. These filters have a 3-month lifespan so there will be a need to distribute additional filters and information to residents in the future. We are also serving meals and snacks – more than 7,700 to date – for volunteers on the operation.
More than 1,000 Red Crossers, both volunteers and staff, have assisted the operation so far. Trained Red Cross logistics specialists are working closely with government officials to identify vulnerable populations and develop operational plans for the coming months. We are working in close communication with Genesee County Emergency Management, the County Health Department and other partners to further evaluate community assets and develop long-term filter distribution plans.
At this time, the Red Cross has not identified a need for water donations, as the government is the lead for procuring all needed water supplies. According to our team on the ground, the government and other local nonprofit partners have even reached capacity or are nearing capacity of bottled water donations in their warehouses.
Red Cross Emergency App
The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of winter weather, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Some of the many features of the app include:
• A single map provides shelter locations and weather information.
• Information on emergency first aid for situations such as cold-related emergencies and safety after floods.
In dedicated service,
Eastern Kentucky Chapter
American Red Cross
4201 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101
O: 606-325-1626 I M: 606-831-8035 I F: 606-329-1507
JANUARY 19, 2016
LOUISA, Kentucky, January 19, 2016 – One of the great success stories in cancer research, since annual Pap test cervical cancer screenings were introduced in the 1950s, cases of what was once the number one cancer in women have plummeted. Human Papillovirus (HPV) vaccination has further reduced the numbers.
“Today, we know cervical cancer can be prevented with proper screening to find pre-cancers before they develop into invasive cancer,” said Dr. Timothy Yoost, Urologist at Three Rivers Medical Center. “If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts.”
One factor in cervical cancer is the prevalence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in society. An estimated 80% of sexually active women will become infected with the virus at some point, but of the more than 100 strains of HPV identified, only a few high-risk strains are connected to cervical cancer. The vast majority of HPV infections resolve without any treatment or intervention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends young women and men receive HPV vaccination at 11 or 12 years of age to provide the best protection long before the start of any sexual activity. Catch-up vaccines are recommended for males through age 21 and for females through 26 years of age. In females, vaccination helps protect against two types of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.
“Unfortunately, the CDC reports more than 4,000 U.S. women still die from cervical cancer every year,” said Dr. Yoost. “Women at risk of dying from the disease today are those who have been screened infrequently – or not at all.”
Recently, changing guidelines about screening frequency have created confusion. What used to be a clear direction from the American Cancer Society – “get a yearly Pap test” – has become less clear. Recommended time between screenings is now longer, and two separate tests are available.
While not all physicians agree on the new guidelines, following are good rules from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society to protect yourself against cervical cancer. Be proactive in discussing with your doctor whether these screening guidelines are right for you.
All women should begin cervical cancer screening via a Pap test at age 21.
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test at least every three years. HPV
testing should be done only if needed after an abnormal Pap test.
Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both a Pap test and an HPV test at least
every five years.
Women over 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened
for cervical cancer.
Women who are at increased risk for cervical cancer may need to increase the frequency of
these screenings. Notably, African American and Hispanic women have a higher incidence of cervical cancer than other ethnic groups.
In short, the American Cancer Society no longer recommends getting a Pap test every year, because it generally takes longer than that (10-20 years) for cervical cancer to develop. As the debate continues, there is also the option to have a separate test for HPV alone. Again, discuss with your doctor the appropriate actions based on your age, lifestyle and risk factors.
To find a physician or learn more about taking care of your health, visit www.kentuckyurology.com or call 606-638-7488.
About Three Rivers Medical Center
Three Rivers Medical Center is your community healthcare provider; a 90-bed acute care facility accredited by The Joint Commission. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We provide essential hospital essential hospital services and are proud to house an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Sleep Disorders Center. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.
About Dr. Timothy Yoost, M.D.
Dr. is a board certified physician trained in treating illnesses and injuries specific to the urological tract, providing preventative care to help keep you healthy. Dr. Yoost and his practice, Kentucky Urology Associates, treats people of all ages at Three Rivers Medical Plaza, located next to the hospital in Suite #102.
Call 606-638-7488 for a same- or next-day appointment.
JANUARY 13, 2016
Kentucky Press News Service
FRANKFORT — Kentucky experienced a rise in reported cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at the end of 2015, with public health officials reporting 87 cases of the illness between August and December.
Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria and is transmitted through respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing or talking. The vaccine-preventable disease can be deadly to infants too young to have been fully vaccinated, so it’s especially important for parents and caregivers of young children to be up-to-date on immunizations, a state news release said.
A spokesman for he Kentucky Department for Public Health reminds all Kentuckians who meet age recommendations to receive vaccine, particularly for individuals who are providing care for infants under the age of six months old.
Kentuckians of all ages have been impacted.
“It’s important for communities to work together to control the spread of the disease,” Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner at DPH, said in the release. “Developing community-wide immunity through vaccination is an important strategy for pertussis control. We strongly encourage those who haven’t done so to get an adolescent or adult pertussis booster vaccine.”
Whooping cough is a vaccine-preventable disease. DPH encourages all Kentuckians to remain up-to-date on immunizations against whooping cough. A series of vaccines is available for children to protect them against the disease. Teens and adults should be protected with a booster.
Caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, whooping cough is contracted by breathing in contaminated respiratory droplets or from contact with articles freshly contaminated with infected droplets. Early symptoms of pertussis include runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and low-grade fever. After one to two weeks, long coughing spells develop, which can last for weeks. Whooping cough can create both health and economic burdens, resulting in missed work and school days, numerous doctor visits and sometimes hospitalization or death.
Though anyone can get whooping cough, the illness can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants younger than 12 months, and anyone with a pre-existing health condition that could worsen with a severe cough. Examples of such pre-existing conditions include cystic fibrosis or other chronic lung diseases, moderate to severe medically treated asthma, severe heart disease or a weakened immune system.
Community immunity can be increased through improved vaccination of all age groups. Infants are recommended to receive their first dose of pertussis vaccine, in combination with diphtheria and tetanus (DTaP), at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months of age. Boosters are given as early as 12 months through 18 months and then around age 4 or 5. People ages 10 to 64 should get a pertussis booster, called Tdap. Parents should assure that children are current on their vaccinations.
Pregnant women should receive Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy, even if they have received Tdap previously, to protect themselves during the pregnancy and provide protection for their newborn until six months of age.
More information about whooping cough can be found online at http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/
JANUARY 18, 2016
Louisa, Ky. – Three Rivers Medical Center is pleased to welcome the addition of Nurse Practitioner, Tammy Webb, APRN, PMHNP-BC, specialized in psychiatry, to the Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates staff.
With over 15 years working in mental health, Webb is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Utilizing evidence - based treatments in mental health management, she treats and cares for all types of mental illnesses.
Webb received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Morehead State University and furthered her education receiving a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the team at Three Rivers, Tammy Webb was a seasoned Nurse Practitioner for psychiatric care at the VA in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, for over eight years.
Joining TRMC, Webb will be complementing the medical staff of Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, staffed by Corazon Chua, M.D., Michael J. Light, M.D, and Sheila Short, APRN, PMHNP-BC.
Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, will be expanding its outreach with Tammy Webb, who will be located at 958 Broadway, in Paintsville, Kentucky, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Referrals are not necessary (walk-ins welcome) and appointments are now being made, for all four providers, by calling 606.789.8222.
Tammy Webb, APRN, PMHNP-BC is excited about joining the staff at Three Rivers Medical Center. Specialized in treating mental health illnesses, Webb will be seeing patients at the Paintsville location, which is also the current outreach office of Three Rivers Gastroenterology, with Tom Frazier, M.D. and Lynn Hill, APRN.
JANUARY 11, 2016
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2016) – After three years of successfully serving Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) is expanding statewide to help people with disabilities who cannot afford durable medical equipment (DME) or assistive technology.
In addition to the original locations in Hazard and Thelma, Project CARAT has added sites in Louisville and Paducah to collect, clean, repair and redistribute medical equipment and assistive technology to Kentuckians who need it but do not have insurance or funds to pay for it.
The new sites are located at EnTech at Spalding University at 812 S. Second St. in Louisville, and Lourdes Hospital at 911 Joe Clifton Drive in Paducah.
“We are excited about expanding coverage to all of Kentucky because Project CARAT has helped so many people in Eastern Kentucky who do not have insurance or resources to buy medical equipment such as wheelchairs, shower chairs and hospital beds to lead safer, more independent lives,” said Dave Matheis, Program Planning and Development Branch manager at the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
Since the first locations opened in 2012 at the University of Kentucky’s Physical Therapy Program at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard and the Carl D. Perkins Assistive Technology Resource Center in Thelma, Project CARAT has provided more than 700 pieces of free equipment valued at over $298,000 to more than 300 individuals with disabilities.
Like the first two locations, the centers in Louisville and Paducah have developed a network of providers and volunteers who donate devices or identify and collect unused assistive technology and DME; recondition and refurbish the equipment to make it suitable for use; and redistribute the equipment to individuals who need it and are unable to acquire it otherwise.
In Louisville, Spalding University is housing the center and its occupational therapy students are volunteering their services while learning how to repair and clean donated devices.
In Paducah, Lourdes Hospital has donated renovated space for volunteers to operate the center. The Center for Accessible Living in Murray is assisting with this site’s implementation. Students from West Kentucky Community and Technical College are staffing the center.
“Project CARAT is a tremendous resource and savings for people with disabilities or chronic health problems and their caregivers and families. It can keep people independent and in their homes longer or help them make a successful transition from a rehabilitation facility to home,” said Matheis. “It also gives students valuable learning experiences in their fields of study. And it keeps medical equipment that could be reutilized from ending up in the garbage because people don’t know what to do with it when they don’t need it anymore.”
The equipment offered and needed for donation at the sites include Hoyer Lifts, shower chairs, toilet chairs, manual and power wheelchairs, power scooters, hospital beds, lift chairs, rollator walkers, stair lifts, canes, bed rails, standers, crutches and portable ramps for wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices, exercise equipment, environmental controls and hearing aids.
Funding for the program is through the Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network in OVR. It is a collaboration of several partners including the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), the Bluegrass Technology Center (BTC), the University of Kentucky Division of Physical Therapy, Lourdes Hospital, Enabling Technologies (enTECH) of Kentuckiana at Spalding University, West Kentucky Community and Technical College and KATS.
“We appreciate all the volunteers and organizations that donate, collect, recycle and distribute the equipment. The benefits to everyone involved are well worth the effort,” Matheis said.
The program began with a federal grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a rural health care outreach program in Eastern Kentucky. The $450,000 grant provided funding over three years for Project CARAT to purchase equipment to sanitize and repair medical devices, and set up a distribution network.
Find more information about donating or receiving equipment at the centers, contact Shelia Levy 1-800-327-5287 or visiting http://www.katsnet.org/projectCARAT/.