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Justin Sensabaugh

SOMERSET, KY — Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that Justin Sensabaugh has joined to its Board of Directors. He will volunteer his time and expertise to direct PRIDE, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

Sensabaugh is an Operations Superintendent for Kentucky American Water, an investor-owned water utility that serves nearly half-million Kentuckians. Sensabaugh manages the company’s Northern Operations, which includes the town of Owenton and a 20-million-gallons-per-day water treatment plant serving Owenton and Lexington.

Sensabaugh has been with Kentucky American Water for seven years and has worked in the water and wastewater field for 17 years. He holds several state certifications in water and wastewater, has an Associate of Arts degree from Somerset Community College, and is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree at Midway College.

“My wife, Leah, and I are both originally from London, Ky., and our extended family still lives there,” Sensabaugh said. “Being from London, I am familiar with Eastern Kentucky and the counties PRIDE serves.”

“I have a personal connection to PRIDE, having volunteered for the Laurel Lake cleanup in the past,” he added. “I have witnessed PRIDE in the Laurel County area help with different environmental projects and initiatives over the years. Being a good steward to the environment is important to me.”

“Kentucky American Water has a connection to PRIDE mainly due to our vision ‘Clean Water for Life,’ and one of our core values ‘Environmental Leadership,’” Sensabaugh explained. “Kentucky American Water also has a long- standing relationship with Bluegrass PRIDE, currently Bluegrass GreenSource, which was modeled after Eastern Kentucky PRIDE.”

“We are pleased to welcome Justin to the Board of Directors,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE President/Chief Executive Officer.

“As a native of this region, Justin understands that a clean, healthy environment is closely tied to our overall quality of life,” she said. “His extensive training and experience with water and wastewater issues will be helpful as we assist communities to improve their water quality and wastewater service.”

“Dedicated, skilled board members are essential to the success of a small nonprofit, so I appreciate Justin’s commitment to PRIDE and the support shown by Kentucky American Water,” Wilson added.

The PRIDE Board of Directors meets bimonthly to establish guidelines for PRIDE programs and approve the organization’s budget. Nine board members are volunteers who bring particular expertise to fulfilling the PRIDE mission. One staff member, the President/Chief Executive Officer also serves on the board.

PRIDE promotes “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment” by encouraging and equipping communities to improve water quality, clean up solid waste problems and promote environmental education. PRIDE was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and the late James Bickford, who was the Kentucky Secretary for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

“The annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup is underway, and our theme this year is, ‘Take PRIDE, Company’s Coming,” Wilson said. “A great way to welcome spring and tourists is to make sure our incredible landscape looks its best. You can do your part by picking up litter near your home, church, business or favorite spot. If you need trash bags, gloves or safety vests, then call our toll-free number.”

The toll-free number for PRIDE is 888-577-4339. The PRIDE web site is  

MARCH 26, 2015

Louisa, Ky  – Healer. Detective. Adviser. Confidante. Comforter.  These are among the many roles doctors fulfill each day as they care for patients and their families. Whether it is in a hospital, a clinic, or a long-term care facility, doctors work tirelessly to make sure patients get the care they need. 

On March 30, healthcare organizations will celebrate National Doctors’ Day. First observed in Winder, Georgia in 1933, Doctors’ Day honors the contributions physicians make to communities across the country. We, at Three Rivers Medical Center and Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, are proud to honor the work of the nearly 270 physicians that represent 29 specialties on our medical staffs. 

Caring for the sick and maintaining good health for those who are well requires teamwork of the highest level, and doctors are at the core of this relationship. We work closely with the physicians on our medical staff to deliver quality, personalized care to each patient. Having physicians who share this commitment and our mission to deliver high-quality care is important to us and we’re fortunate that members of our medical staff share these beliefs.

We’re committed to making sure the community has access to the healthcare services it needs. That’s why recruiting and retaining talented physicians and surgeons to our community is a top priority. Combined, the two hospitals welcomed 33 primary care and specialty physicians to our medical staffs in 2014.  Currently, we are actively recruiting primary care, orthopaedics, pulmonary/critical care and psychiatry.  

And so, as we celebrate Doctors’ Day, we recognize all the doctors in the community for their contributions, and we say a special thank you to the members of our medical staff for their dedication to our patients.

Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row.  The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.   

Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center is a 72 bed Acute-Care hospital located in Paintsville, KY with certified staff specialists in surgery, neurology, obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, psychiatry, cardiology, radiology, urology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and oncology. Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center serves more than 45,000 people with a medical service that has not only remained in the top ranking of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, but has been the recipient of Accreditation with Commendation on three separate occasions in recent years.  Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital's medical staff.

March 16, 2015

From CDC, Tips from Former Smokers body


What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Most of the food a person eats is turned into glucose (a kind of sugar) for the body’s cells to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin that helps glucose get into the body’s cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use the insulin very well. Less glucose gets into the cells and instead builds up in the blood.

There are different types of diabetes. Type 2 is the most common in adults and accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes cases. Fewer people have type 1 diabetes, which most often develops in children, adolescents, or young adults.

How Is Smoking Related to Diabetes?

We now know that smoking causes type 2 diabetes. In fact, smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease.

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control.

If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes. Smokers with diabetes have higher risks for serious complications, including:

  • Heart and kidney disease
  • Poor blood flow in the legs and feet that can lead to infections, ulcers, and possible amputation (removal of a body part by surgery, such as toes or feet)
  • Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves to the arms and legs that causes numbness, pain, weakness, and poor coordination)

If you are a smoker with diabetes, quitting smoking will benefit your health right away. People with diabetes who quit have better control of their blood sugar levels.

For free help to quit, call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit   

How Can Diabetes Be Prevented?

Don’t smoke. Smoking increases your chance of having type 2 diabetes.4

Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.6

March 18, 2015

Greg Kiser CEO with Dr. Thomas H. Frazier gastroenterologist left and Dr. Aaron Kendrick anesthesiologist right


Louisa, Ky -- When Greg Kiser’s doctor recommended that he get a routine colonoscopy when he turned 50, he didn’t think twice about getting it scheduled.   

“A colonoscopy is the one screening test that can actually prevent cancer,” said Kiser, Three Rivers Medical Center CEO.  “With this one test, I am able to reduce my risk of dying from colon cancer in half, I can’t argue with those figures.” 

Colon cancer starts in the large intestine as a polyp, a benign growth made up of precancerous cells.  During a colonoscopy, most polyps can be removed before they turn cancerous.  Most patients who develop colon cancer experience no symptoms until the disease is advanced and difficult to treat.  That’s why screenings are so important. 

“Studies have proven that colonoscopies save lives,” said Kiser.  “Unfortunately, some people are afraid of them or embarrassed about having the procedure done.  As a result, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.  When you turn 50, listen to your doctor and schedule your colonoscopy.  It’s easier than facing a cancer diagnosis.”  

Colonoscopy is a painless procedure that uses a flexible scope with a camera to examine the lining of the colon for polyps.  To prepare for the procedure, patients have to drink a solution to clear out the colon so the doctor can easily see any polyps and remove them.  Different health conditions require different types of preparations.  

“No one looks forward to this procedure, but we do everything we can to help alleviate people’s fears when they come in for the test,” says Dr. Thomas H. Frazier, gastroenterologist.  “We explain all aspects of procedure. We are very conscious of protecting the patient’s dignity and privacy. “

“It sounds worse than it is.  You are sedated, so it doesn’t hurt,” said Kiser, who had the test performed on March 6th, which was national Dress in Blue Day.  Dress in Blue Day is a day designated to promote colon cancer screenings.  

“Our staff and physician are very professional.  They are committed to do the work they do to prevent cancer and save lives.  I wouldn’t go anywhere else when I can receive exceptional care from people I know and trust. 

About 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year, with nearly 90% of the disease occurring in people 50 and older.  Family history, smoking, obesity and having a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of developing colon cancer. 

Everyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy, and at-risk groups should start earlier.  For people of average risk, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years, if no polyps are found.  

Board certified gastroenterologist, Thomas H.  Frazier performs hundreds of colonoscopies a year at Three Rivers Medical Center to protect patients against cancer.  

Dr. Frazier has experience in treating patients with digestive tract problems, such as swallowing disorders, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  He also treats patients with diseases of the liver and pancreas.  

For more information about getting your screening colonoscopy or other services provided by Dr. Thomas H. Frazier, please call 606-638-9495.

March 15, 2015 

Eating the right foods can help keep blood sugar on an even keel. Find out what to put on the menu when you have type 2 diabetes.

By Mikel Theobald

Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD

Following a type 2 diabetes diet doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love — you can still enjoy a wide range of foods. The best diabetes diet is one that is well balanced and includes a variety of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The trick to this balancing act is choosing the right combination of foods that will help keep blood sugar level in your target range and avoid big swings that can cause diabetes symptoms — from the frequent urination and thirst of high blood sugar to the fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and mood changes of low blood sugar.

The Basics of the Type 2 Diabetes Diet

To follow a healthy diet, you must first understand how different foods affect your blood sugar. Carbohydrates, which are found in grains, bread, pasta, milk, sweets, fruit, and starchy vegetables, are broken down into glucose in the blood faster than other types of food, which raises blood sugar levels. Protein and fats do not directly impact blood sugar, but both should be consumed in moderation.

To hit your blood sugar level target, eat a variety of foods but monitor portions for foods with high carbohydrate content, says Alison Massey, RD, LDN, CDE, director of diabetes education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. “Carbohydrate foods have the most impact on blood sugar levels. This is why some people with diabetes count their carbohydrates at meals and snacks,” she says.

Best and Worst Type 2 Diabetes Choices by Food Group

As you fill your plate at each meal, here’s a helpful guideline to keep in mind: Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables. Round out the meal with other healthy choices — whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and small portions of fresh fruits and healthy fats. Sugar should be limited, says Massey.

Here’s what you need to know about choosing the best options from each group.


Best options: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends lean proteins low in saturated fat, like fish or turkey. Aim for two or three servings of seafood each week; some fish, like salmon, have the added benefit of containing heart healthy omega-3 fats. For a vegetarian protein source, experiment with the wide variety of beans. Massey adds that nuts, which are protein and healthy fats powerhouses, are also a great choice — just watch portion sizes as they're very high in calories.

Worst options: Processed deli meats and hot dogs have high amounts of fat along with lots of sodium, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure. Heart attack and stroke are two common complications of diabetes, so keeping blood pressure in check is important.


Best options: When choosing grains, make sure they’re whole. Whole grains such as wild rice, quinoa, and whole grain breads and cereals contain fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health. Whole grains also contain healthy vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Worst options: Refined white flour doesn’t contain the same health benefits as whole grains. Processed foods made with white flour include breakfast cereals, white bread, and pastries, so avoid these options. Also try to steer clear of white rice and pasta.


Best options: With only 6 to 8 grams of carbohydrates in a serving, plain nonfat Greek yogurt is a healthy and versatile dairy option. You can add berries and enjoy it for dessert or breakfast; you can use it in recipes as a replacement for sour cream, which is high in saturated fat.

Worst options: Avoid all full-fat dairy products and especially packaged chocolate milk, says Massey, as it also has added sugar.


Best options: Non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and carrots are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and other nutrients, Massey says. You can eat non-starchy vegetables in abundance — half of your plate should be filled with these veggies. If you’re craving mashed potatoes, give mashed cauliflower a try, she adds.

Worst options: Stick to small portions of starchy vegetables such as corn, potatoes, and peas. These items are nutritious, but should be eaten in moderation. The ADA groups them with grains because of their high carb content.


Best options: Fresh fruit can conquer your craving for sweets while providing antioxidants and fiber. Berries are a great option because recommended portion sizes are typically generous, which may leave you feeling more satisfied, Massey says.

Worst options: Avoid added sugar by limiting fruits canned in syrup, and be aware that dried fruits have a very high sugar concentration. Also, fruit juices should be consumed in moderation as they’re high in sugar and don’t contain the same nutrients as whole fruit.


Best options: Some types of fat actually help protect your heart. Choose the monounsaturated fats found in avocados, almonds, and pecans or the polyunsaturated fats found in walnuts and sunflower oil, which can help to lower bad cholesterol.

Worst options: Saturated fats increase bad cholesterol, so limit butter, cheese, gravy, and fried foods. Keep calories from saturated fat to less than 10 percent of your total daily intake. Trans fats are even worse than saturated fats, so avoid them as much as possible. Look for the term “hydrogenated” on labels of processed foods such as packaged snacks, baked goods, and crackers. “I always tell my clients to double-check the ingredient list to make sure they don’t see any partially hydrogenated oil in their food products,” Massey says.