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Cabinet reaches agreement with Bluegrass.org to manage Hazelwood ICF

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has reached an agreement with Bluegrass.org – a Kentucky-based, non-profit organization – to assume management of Hazelwood, a state-owned Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agreement includes Hazewood ICF, the Hazelwood specialty clinic, and three community homes. “Hazelwood plays an invaluable

Perry County stroke support group joins national registry

The Perry County Stroke Support Group is now registered with the National Stroke Association. The support group was established two years ago as part of a larger program known as the Kentucky Care Coordination for Community Transition (KC3T) Program. KC3T is a collaboration between UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH), UK College of

Widening Appalachian Health Disparities Study released

A study published in the August 2017 issue of Health Affairs found that the infant mortality rate in Appalachia is 16 percent higher than in the rest of the country, and that the life expectancy for Appalachians is 2.4 years shorter than for those living elsewhere in the United States. Both gaps have widened since 1990; there

Change for rural COPD patients with National Action Plan

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is number three on the cause of death list, with nearly 150,000 deaths every year. In rural America, it’s the sole major chronic disease with increasing death rates. In a 2015 American Thoracic Society abstract, Johns Hopkins researchers reported a national prevalence rate of 7.2 percent, but a prevalence rate of

New editorial board selected for Medical News

  IGE Media, publisher of Medical News and producer of the MediStar Awards, added six new members to the Editorial Board, effective June 23. The Board provides leadership for carrying out Medical News’ mission to help the healthcare business community in Kentucky stay informed, grow their businesses and build relationships around important issues. “We are

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