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JUNE 15, 2015
"The American Medical Association, citing growing concerns about monitoring and tracking long-term human health impacts caused by shale gas development, is calling for the public disclosure of all chemicals" used in hydraulic fracturing, Don Hopey reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In addition to disclosing chemicals, the organization said monitoring “should focus on human exposure in well water and surface water and government agencies should share this information with physicians and the public.”
Physician Todd Sack, who authored AMA's policy, told Hopey, “Keeping the names of the chemicals secret is preposterous. It places an unreasonable burden on physicians . . . If we don’t know what chemicals are being used at specific well sites, physicians and public health officials can’t do their jobs.”
The industry, which says it meets all state laws, is opposed to making public all chemicals used, "citing commercial proprietary interests for keeping secret the chemicals used in fracking as biocides, friction inhibitors, anti-corrosives and acids to dissolve minerals," Hopey writes. "Most of the 25 states in the U.S. where shale gas drilling and development is occurring either don’t know or don’t publicly disclose all the chemicals used in fracking." (Read more)
Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 6/15/2015
June 12, 2015
June 5, 2015
The old adage “Never say never” strikes a loud chord with Judith Bowling Johnson.
As a young woman, she once declared she’d “never be a nurse”, but subsequently became an LPN, then RN, and later earned a Master Degree in Nursing. Most recently, Johnson became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C)—and now has been elected to serve a two-year term as secretary for the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives (KCNPNM).
Making sure patients receive the care they need seems to be what Johnson—who practices at Three Rivers Medical Clinics—was meant to do all along.
“Being able to help others understand disease processes that affect their lives, ways to control the negative effects, and teaching healthy behaviors—are all very gratifying,” she says, “especially if the patients are willing to become involved and make lifestyle changes.”
Johnson is especially interested in serving on the board of KCNPNM, citing the organization’s commitment to make healthcare more accessible to all Kentuckians: “KCNPNM has diligently worked with legislators to remove many barriers to nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery practice,” she says. “Delivering healthcare is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, it is a unique puzzle and providers must find ways to make the pieces fit together to benefit each individual.”
With passage of the Affordable Care Act giving more people access to healthcare, but a shortage of primary care physicians affecting many areas of the country, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives play a crucial role in the delivery of healthcare. As a certified nurse practitioner, Johnson is able to provide a wide range of care to all age groups, from diagnosing and writing prescriptions for bacterial infections to helping patients learn how to manage their diabetes.
She practices at Three Rivers Immediate Care in Louisa, Three Rivers Family Practice in Inez, and Immediate Care in Paintsville. All three locations provide routine wellness exams, preventive screenings, treatment for injuries and illnesses, and care for complex, chronic conditions.
“We are extremely proud to have someone of Judith’s character and caliber practicing at our medical clinics,” says Greg Kiser, Three Rivers Medical Center CEO. “She is obviously very dedicated to providing for the healthcare needs of people in this area, and her work makes a difference every day.”
Johnson initially worked as a home health clerk and later as a nightshift registration clerk in an Eastern Kentucky hospital where she interacted with patients arriving in the emergency room. That experience prompted her to purse a nursing career, and subsequently seek employment at Three Rivers Medical Center as an RN, where she worked for 10 years.
She obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from Maysville Community College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University. She received her FNP certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
KCNPNM has 2,200 members; in addition to advocating for its professionals, the organization also keep members updated of changes in laws governing their practices.
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.
June 9, 2015
Lawrence Arthur Vinson, BSN, RN, was recently promoted and named as the new Chief Quality Officer with the Quality Management Department for Three Rivers Medical Center effective May 18, 2015, announced Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA. He was previously a Clinical Data Abstractor, Quality Coordinator and a Charge/Staff/Staff R.N. with the Medical/Surgical Department.
“As CEO of Three Rivers Medical Center, I am very pleased about the promotion of Lawrence Vinson to the leadership team of the hospital in assuming the leadership and administrative responsibilities for quality operations. He has excellent credentials in nursing, clinical education and healthcare management to bring to his new role. He has proven to succeed as a capable leader and will thrive to strengthen hospital administration and quality operations with our facility,” Kiser stated.
Vinson was hired as a Staff R.N. in January 6, 2009. He received his nursing degree from the Ashland Community and Technical College in December 2008. Prior to him assuming his nursing responsibilities, he had previously worked at the hospital as a contract employee serving in the position of Financial Counselor in providing financial counseling advice to patients. He operated his privately owned company, AMAS Financial Services. Vinson later transitioned to the role of Clinical Data Abstractor, Quality Coordinator on May 7, 2012. Vinson was also honored with the award as Employee of the Quarter for the year 2011.
Vinson received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Ashland Community and Technical College in December 2008 and his Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from the University of Phoenix in May 2014. In October 2014, Vinson completed the Company’s Quality Officer training.
Vinson and his wife Tammie who reside in the Louisa area have two children Brady and Zoe. He is a welcome addition to the Management Team of TRMC.
Three Rivers Medical Center honored a number of deserving employees during their Annual Awards Luncheon and Program recently. Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA and Director of Human Resources Patton R. Hart conducted the Awards Program to all of the honorees.
The highlight of the afternoon was the announcement of the Employee of the Year, the Clinical Manager and Non-Clinical Manager of the Year for the hospital. John C. Dye was honored as the 2014 Outstanding Employee of the Year. Dye has been with the hospital since May 2006 and serves as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with the Respiratory Therapy Department. “I am pleased that Dye was honored because he goes the extra mile for the hospital and his patients, “said Sherry Pigmon, Respiratory Therapy Care Supervisor. Dye works well with other departments and is a team player. He is a kind and caring person that takes pride in his work and is an advocate for his patients. In being selected as Employee of the Year, Dye went to Nashville, Tennessee to attend a company-wide banquet with Community Health Systems, Inc. in March as part of the celebration honoring the 2014 company award winners.
Paula Hayes, RN, MSN who is the Education Director was honored as the Non-Clinical Manager of the Year for 2014. Hayes has been employed with the hospital since September 27, 2006. She serves as the Education Director in managing the clinical education and makes available continuing education classes for all disciplines associated with the hospital. In addition to her role as educator, Hayes has taken on the implementation of CPOE and the building and maintenance of the HMS system in the past year. She has worked diligently in building a system that meets the needs of the facility.
Director of Medical/Surgical Services Jennifer Johnson, RN, BSN was selected as the Clinical Manager of the year. Johnson has been with the hospital since October 21, 2002 as she manages successfully the
services of the Medical/Surgical department. Johnson has worked to implement MEWS on the medical/surgical unit. She has implemented Pretense monitoring to improve patient safety and has dramatically decreased adverse events in the department. Thus, improving fall score as well as decreased the number of code blues called by the department. Johnson rounds successfully on her patients in the Medical/Surgical department on a daily basis to assure that their care needs are being met. Johnson is committed to quality as well as excellent patient and staff satisfaction. She also works well with physicians to assure that the nursing and medical care delivered is exceptional on her department.
Congratulations are in order to Dye, Hayes and Johnson for excelling with distinction as they contribute to the advancement and success of TRMC’s healthcare mission to the community.
They are outstanding in their own special way in displaying quality distinctions in the roles that they perform for the hospital.
Service awards for three years of service to TRMC were presented to the following recipients: Beth Blevins, Angela Browning, Samantha Cochran, Shelley Crooks, Melissa Dixon, Shawna Forrest, Dr. Tom Frazier, Regina Hale, Dr. Spencer Harris, Josh Howard, Crystal Kazee, Dr. Aaron Kendrick, Natalie Lowe, Deanna Muncy, Lorna Osborne, Amanda Skaggs, Wendy Sturgell, Janell Tripp, Courtney Trout, Debra Waybright, Johnna Webb, Paula Wheeler and Dr. Timothy Yoost.
Award recipients for five years of service included: Jennifer Bentley, Jessica Browning, Tiffany Caines, Marsha Chaffin, Amanda Copley, Sherri Ellis, Christie Ford, Patricia Frazier, Davida Jude, Lue Malcolm, Lawrence Vinson, Amie Ward and Dr. Brandon Webb.
Awards for 10 years of service were presented to the following employees: Lyndella Bevins, Mechele Biehl, Amy Campbell, Jill Cantrell, Dr. Corazon Chua, Charyln Davis-Hager, Dawn Jordan, LaShea Hudnall, Jessica Pyles, Abigail Ratliff and Renee Swafford.
Service awards for 15 years were presented to the following employees: Kim Brumfield, Raymond Delong, Heidi Maynard, Abbie Moore, Jeanette Music and Tammy Pack.
Employees who were honored with 20 years of service were: Danielle Doss, Catherine Heston, Marinda Kirk and Sherry L. Martin.
Cynthia Robertson was honored and extended special tribute for 25 years of service to the hospital.
For distinguished and loyal service of 40 years to the hospital, the following employees were recognized: Joe Bevins, Ramona Hatfield, Brenda Hughes, James Osborne, Sharon Preece, Christine Robertson and Connie Sammons.
Perfect attendance awards for the year 2014 were recognized for their achievement. The following employees with perfect attendance were: Belinda Baisden, Shana Boggs, Shela Bowens, Samantha Cochran, Jamie Coleman, Joetta Dixon, Dwana Doss, Sarah Gudino, Patton Hart, Paula Hayes, Catherine Heston, LaShea Hudnall, Donald Jarrell, Jennifer Johnson, Rose Kingston, Amanda Kirk, Diane Martin, Charlotte Napier, Terecia Polley, Kayla Salmons, Connie Sammons and Sharon Smith.
Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser was pleased to recognize all the award recipients of TRMC for their notable contributions. Kiser extended his appreciation to all recipients for their contributions and loyal service in making a difference to enhance the mission and TRMC to be the best it can be in delivering quality health care services to our area.