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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.

Judith Bowling Johnson“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.

 

 

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.

John C. Dye was presented the Employee of the Year by TRMC CEO Greg KiserThe 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 received the award for Non-Clinical Manager of the Year for 2014.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 yearShe 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

Director of Medical/Surgical Services Jennifer Johnson, RN, BSN was selected as the Clinical Manager of the yearservices 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.

   

 

World No Tobacco Day is an initiative run by the World Health Organization (WHO). The aim of this event is to inform the public about the dangers of using tobacco and make them aware of the business practices of tobacco companies.

World No Tobacco Day also aims to educate people about the work WHO undertakes in fighting the global tobacco epidemic.

A large part of this work is educating the public about the manipulative tactics tobacco companies use to 'dupe' people into smoking their products.

Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars on advertising each year, portraying people who smoke as being cool, glamorous, macho and having other valued after traits.

In truth, cigarettes are highly engineered products designed to cause addiction and which often kill.

Cigarettes are highly addictive due to the presence of nicotine in the tobacco. However, over the years executives from the major tobacco companies have denied this.

Whilst there are more restrictions on how tobacco companies can advertise their products in developed countries such as the United States, in other parts of the world people are still subjected to the more aggressive & manipulative advertising tactics.

Whilst there are fewer restrictions in these countries, international sales will keep these tobacco companies going.

 June 3, 2015                                    

Palak DoshiLouisa, KY Palak Doshi, D.O., obstetrician and gynecologist has resumed practice at Three Rivers Medical Center following maternity leave.  

Dr. Doshi graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.  She completed both an internship and residency in at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY.  Most recently she completed a fellowship in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery at the Center for Women’s Care and Reproductive Surgery in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Doshi is Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.    

Dr. Doshi’s practice, Three Rivers Women’s Care is located at 2673 Hwy 644, Suite 2.  Her areas of specialty include, gynecology, care during pregnancy, childbirth, preparing for a healthy menopause.  She has extensive training in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomies.  She also specializes in treatment of rare congenital conditions call MRKH.  

Dr. Doshi will maintain office hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. She is currently accepting new patients. For more information, visit www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com and click on http://www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com/Physicians/Pages/Physicians.aspx to learn more about Dr. Doshi. 

Three Rivers Medical Center is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  TRMC offers cardiology, general/bariatric surgery, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiology, sleep lab, and mental health. 

 

LOUISA Ky.  (May 26,  2015)  — City of Louisa as part of it’s Rediscover Louisa initiative has received 6 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at public parks and the city pool as part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. 

The project is one of 89 recycling initiatives receiving support from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program.  Nationwide, the grant program is providing 5,300 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits, local governments and other community groups in 2015. 

“We hope this is a small step toward more recycling opportunities for residents of the city in the future” Mayor Slone said.

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”

“Research has shown that convenience is a key factor in getting people to recycle,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “With Coca-Cola’s continued support, the recycling bins provided through the grant program create literally thousands of new opportunities for people to recycle in public areas across the U.S.” 

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 45,000 recycling bins in over 560 communities across the U.S.  A full list of the spring 2015 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit kab.org and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship women’s empowerment and well-being. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.