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Free colon cancer screening through KY Colon Cancer Screening Program  

The Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program (KCCSP) led by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and developed as a public/private partnership with the Kentucky Cancer Foundation will again be funding colon cancer screening in 14 health departments covering 47 counties throughout Kentucky during 2015-16.

The Lawrence County Health Department has received the grant for the FIVCO District. 

They will offer a free take-home FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) kit to all individuals who meet screening guidelines.  The FIT is a test to check for tiny amounts of blood which could detect a cancer or pre-cancer.  KCCSP trained patient navigators will guide patients through the process of being screened for colon cancer, either with a FIT take-home kit, or a colonoscopy if a patient is at high risk or their FIT is positive.  

Men and women who are age 50+ (age 45+ for African Americans) or at high risk for colon cancer should be screened.  To be eligible for this colon cancer screening one must be uninsured, low income, legal residents of Kentucky.

Preventive screenings are now covered through the Affordable Care Act with no out of pocket charges for those who are insured.   KCCSP navigators will also work with patients who inquire about colon cancer screening to link them to kynect, the Kentucky-run health benefit exchange, so that they can receive more information about their eligibility for private insurance or Medicaid.  

New this year is a statewide campaign by the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) called “Get the FIT Facts” which will provide information about the FIT option and colon cancer screening resources to health care providers throughout Kentucky.  KCP is part of the cancer control programs at the University of Kentucky/Markey Cancer Center and the University of Louisville/James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  They will be working with health departments to assist in educating the public about the importance of screening and the availability of the health departments’ colon cancer screening resources.

Thus far, more than 1,500 Kentuckians have been screened through the KCCSP, with 14 cancers detected.   Polyps have been detected in 179 patients and removed before they turned into cancer

The KCCSP has not only increased screening, but it’s affected the lives of many Kentuckians.  Visit to learn more about the stories of Kentuckians impacted through this life-saving program.

For more information about the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program call (1-800-633-8100) or call the regional office of the Kentucky Cancer Program at 606-793-7006.   

AUGUST 28, 2015

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

From left, Greg Kiser, TRMC CEO; Angela Fitch, RNC with TRMC Obstetrics Dept.; Dr. Palak Doshi, OB/GYN; Ashley Wilks, RN, CLS, Lawrence County Health Dept. WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor; and Abigail Ratliff, RN, BSN with TRMC Obstetrics Dept.

Three Rivers Medical Center and the Lawrence County Health Department have joined together this August to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. “Through education and awareness we can give new mothers the information and support they need to give their babies the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Greg Kiser, CEO with TRMC.  “We are excited about promoting Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the opportunity for the staff of our Obstetrics Department to complete the Newborn Breastfeeding training,” said Mr. Kiser.

 The Newborn Breastfeeding training at TRMC is provided by the Lawrence County Health Department’s Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator, Jan Johnson, RD, LD, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant); WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Ashley Wilks, RN, CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist); and Breastfeeding Coordinator, Carolyn McGinn, MS, RD, LD, CLS.  “Completing this hands-on Newborn Breastfeeding training provides essential skills to best assist moms and their new babies with breastfeeding,” said Ashley Wilks with the Lawrence County Health Department.  

“Breastfeeding reduces the risk of acute and chronic health conditions for both mothers and babies. As more moms are choosing to breastfeed their babies, having the help and support during those first few days of the baby’s life is crucial to successful breastfeeding,” said Ms. Tammy McGinnis, RN, MSN, and Obstetrics Department Supervisor at TRMC. “Our staff member, Tasha Davis, RN is scheduled to complete Certified Lactation Counselor training in October and will be a valuable asset for the OB Department, our new moms and their babies,” said Ms. McGinnis. 

“As an Obstetrician and breastfeeding mom, I strongly encourage the importance of breastfeeding and its vital role in your child's health and growth,” said Dr. Palak Doshi, obstetrician/gynecologist with TRMC. “I'm so glad I am able to continue to breastfeed and know it will provide my daughter with endless benefits." 

In 2011, the Kentucky WIC Program and University of Louisville provided Kangaroo Care training for all birthing hospitals in the state. Kangaroo Care promotes skin-to-skin contact for the mother and her baby immediately after birth and throughout the hospital stay. TRMC completed this training and implements Kangaroo Care as the standard practice for new mothers and their babies. The Kentucky WIC program also coordinates the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program that provides education and support for WIC participants that are pregnant or breastfeeding. “Kangaroo Care and the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program have helped significantly to increase the number of breastfed babies in our state,” said Ms. Carolyn McGinn, Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Lawrence County Health Department.

“As Lawrence County’s breastfeeding rates continue to rise, having trained staff at our local health department and Three Rivers Medical Center helps ensure mommies get the counseling and encouragement they need to reach their breastfeeding goals,” said Ms. Wilks.   

For more information about breastfeeding call the Lawrence County Health Department at 606-638-9500 or visit these websites: and


AUGUST 13, 2015

General surgeon treats patients with minimally invasive surgical proedures

Dr. Luis RondonLouisa, KY (August 13, 2015) – Three Rivers Medical Center welcomes Luisangel A. Rondon, MD, board-certified surgeon to its staff. Dr. Rondon is a part of Three Rivers Surgical Associates. Appointments are often available at Three Rivers Medical Plaza, Suite 203. 

Dr. Rondon is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of intestinal conditions. He specializes in general and laparoscopic surgery including gallbladder removal, appendectomy, hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and bowel surgery. He is also experienced in thyroid disorders as well as treating patients with minor foot disorders such as ingrown toenails.

Dr. Rondon earned his medical degree from Escuela Luis Razetti at the Central University of Venezuela. He completed two general surgery residencies at the Medical University of Graz in Austria and at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI. He then completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Dr. Rondon is board certified in general surgery. 

“I am committed to delivering personalized care for male and female conditions and disorders,”      Dr. Rondon said. “I am pleased to be bringing additional services and surgical techniques to patients in the Louisa and Williamson communities. My goal is to help my patients experience a better quality of life.”

Three Rivers Medical Center offers diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of conditions at Three Rivers Medical Plaza and Three Rivers Medical Center. With 2 general surgeons serving patients across the region, TRMC is dedicated to offering patients comprehensive care for all types of intestinal concerns—close to home. For more information, call 1-606-638-3813.


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 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.

AUGUST 21, 2015


AUGUST 12, 2015

Melissa Hutchinson, PharmD Selected as 'Employee of the Quarter'


Melissa Hutchinson, PharmD, of Pharmacy Department was selected as the Employee of the Quarter of Three Rivers Medical Center. The announcement was made during the recent Employee Recognition Reception by our Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser.

Hutchinson is a Clinical Pharmacist and has been with the hospital since November 14, 2007. She was acknowledged by management and her co-workers for exhibiting outstanding performances in DSCN1536 (2) her role with Pharmacy Services for going the extra mile in exhibiting outstanding care and services for the patients who come to the hospital for their healthcare needs. She is the epitome of what it takes to be a “high performer” with TRMC. She always finds a way to make the most difficult day Hutchinson being congratulated by REMC CEO Greg Kiserenjoyable through her laughter and good wit. Hutchinson will leave no stone unturned until she has the answer that the physician, nurse, therapist or dietitian needs to appropriately care for the patient. She is a team player and serves as the safety coach in looking for ways to make TRMC a safer place to work, expressed Victor Swinney, PharmD, Pharmacy Director.

Hutchinson, who resides in the Louisa area with her husband Duke will receive a complimentary dinner for two recognizing her with the distinction as Employee of the Quarter. She is also a recipient of a monetary award as a token of appreciation for her exemplary service for this deserving recognition.

She along with the other Employee of the Quarter recipients that will be selected during the year will be considered for the honor of Employee of the Year. Congratulations to Melissa Hutchinson for exhibiting outstanding qualities of service as TRMC’s Employee of the Quarter!