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CenteringPregnancy empowers women with high-risk pregnancies

By Elizabeth Adams With pillows propped behind their backs and workbooks in hand, a group of women in their third trimesters of pregnancy gathered at UK HealthCare’s Polk Dalton Clinic. They took turns meeting privately with a midwife. They chatted about baby movements with nurses, who measured their blood pressures. Then they formed a circle to discuss topics such as signs of labor, benefits of breastfeeding and

Eighth annual MediStar Awards introduces new format, awards and recognition.

The eighth annual MediStar Awards introduced many new changes this year, to the delight of attendees. The exclusive event held on May 13, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, kicked off with a Volunteers of the Year reception provided by new partner, Community Health Charities. After which, attendees, and the more than 30 honorees joined MediStar guests for a pre-MediStar Awards’ ceremony cocktail reception. Guests noshed on

Bariatric design strategies

Evidence-based design respects the dignity of obese patients. By Thomas Hammer Hospitals are struggling with ways to serve the growing number of obese patients. As a result, healthcare systems are turning to design professionals for bariatric design strategies to accommodate the additional services these patients will require. In addition, healthcare organizations are being forced to change their delivery of care model in addition to the

Why I became a healthcare architect

Building a commitment to the community isn’t just a passion, but a career. By Sydney Goetz I am a healthcare architect. My little Rotary badge categorizes me that way. I never mention that I am just an architect. That just sounds naked to me. I really can’t say when I started using the term healthcare architect, but I can say that my affection with

Do construction contracts require compliance with applicable healthcare laws?

Yes. Here’s why. By Brian A. Veeneman Your organization is building a new healthcare facility. There are so many things to think about when planning for the project—funding, project delivery methods, facility space use and design, how healthcare reform affects the future use of the facility, hiring numerous consultants, hiring the right contractor—the list goes

Compliance is good business

Why you should move compliance into the top five issues in your organization’s strategic plan. By Clay B. Wortham Strategic planning is more important than ever before for today’s successful healthcare organizations of all sizes. Establishing a plan that addresses rising external costs, reduces internal costs and maintains an effective workforce is at the top of the list for many organizations. Too often,