The 2012 MediStar Awards

Celebrating the region’s best-of-the best and 20 years of Medical News. 

On May 22, 2012 the Hyatt Regency Louisville filled with more than 500 healthcare professionals and executives to celebrate the 6th annual MediStar Awards. Since 2007 IGE Media, publisher of Medical News and Medical News For You, have recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at this exclusive event, which honor eight outstanding healthcare professionals and organizations. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event featured networking, a cocktail reception and acknowledged the 20th anniversary of Medical News.

This year more than 40 organizations and 80 individual nominees were represented. Leading the way was University of Louisville/University of Louisville Health Care with a solid 14 nominations. Norton Healthcare had ten nominations.

Winners received a pewter repoussé MediStar award, which was exclusively created for the event by Louisville-based sculptor, Craig Kaviar of Kaviar Forge & Gallery.

2012 MediStar Award Winners

The ARGI Financial Physician of the Year Award
Scott T. Hedges, M.D.
Seven Counties Services

This year, the ARGI Financial Physician of Year Award was presented to a physician who demonstrated outstanding leadership on a local, state or national level to improve accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare in our region.

Scott T. Hedges, M.D. is senior vice president for medical services with Sev¬en Counties Services, Inc., the regional mental health center for Louisville, Ky. and surrounding counties. Dr. Hedges is also clinical faculty with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. Dr. Hedges actively looks for opportunities to create community partnerships that lead to better and longer lives for individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities. He helped place psychiatric advance registered nurses on site at the Phoenix Health Center, which has aided more than 40,000 persons since 2000. He’s working with Metro government to develop an integrated assertive treatment team to deliver intensive services to people who have multiple arrests and incarcerations—often stemming from untreated behavioral health issues.

The Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award
Michael W. Bukosky
University of Louisville Physicians

This year, the Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award was presented to an individual demonstrating outstanding leadership in the business of healthcare.

Michael W. Bukosky has more than 30 years of strategic and operational experience in the healthcare industry. As CEO of University of Louisville Phy¬sicians, the clinical practice for the University of Louisville School of Medi¬cine, he serves as senior business leader, managing the integration of 25 physician practices into a unified, collaborative and effective faculty prac¬tice group. He is charged with developing new organizational, management and opera¬tions structures, as well as building the processes and supporting infrastructure required for an integrated group practice. University of Louisville Physicians is the largest, multi-specialty physician practice in Louisville with more than 78 sub specialties, 1,200 dedicated staff pro¬fessionals and more than 600 primary care and specialty physicians.

The Crowe Horwath Innovation Award
Kentucky Health Information Exchange

This year, The Crowe Horwath Innovation Award was presented to an organization that has positively impacted healthcare delivery costs through the development, design or implementation of new technology.

The need for accurate, up-to-date, electronic health data is critical in order for Kentucky physicians to provide qual¬ity healthcare, especially when time is critical for the patient. The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) provides the technical infrastructure to allow for data exchange with health¬care facilities, provider electronic health records, and existing or emerging Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) across the state. The core components of the statewide KHIE include: a master patient/person index; record locator service; security; provider/user authentication; logging and audits; and alerts. The system supports electronic prescribing, patient demographics, laboratory and imaging reports, past medical diagnoses, dates of services, hospital stays, immunization and cancer registry, syndromic surveillance and a provider portal. It also has the functionality to support stage 1 Meaningful Use.

The Seven Counties Services Healthcare Advocacy Award
Vasti Broadstone, M.D.
Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate

This year, The Seven Counties Services Healthcare Advocacy Award was presented to an individual that is the effective advocate at the local, state or national level concerning issues such as, but not limited to, access to care initiatives that support healthy lifestyles.

Vasti L. Broadstone, M.D., is medical director at the Joslin Diabetes Cen¬ter affiliate at Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services and chair of the board and medical director at Camp Hendon, Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children. Camp Hendon gives children with diabetes a life changing experience that empowers them to take control of their journey with diabe¬tes. This one-week medically supervised summer camping opportunity is for children ages eight to 17 with juvenile diabetes. Dr. Broadstone has volunteered as the medical director for the American Diabetes Association (ADA)-sponsored Kentucky juvenile diabetes sum¬mer camp since 1985. In 2010, she and five others formed the Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children after the ADA decided to merge Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia into one camp. The 2011 first session had nearly 100 children participating.

The Facility Design Award
Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro
designed by LMH Architecture

This year, The Facility Design Award was presented to an organization that designed, built or implemented the most innovative facility in the region.

The vision for the architectural design of Kosair Children’s Medi¬cal Center-Brownsboro designed by LMH Architecture is based on a “ribbon of life” theme. Design elements throughout the facility carry this theme, including the canopies and the ribbon itself as it undulates across the front of the building. Inside the theme continues in floor and ceiling patterns and artwork provided by local artisans in metal, glass and fabric mediums. There exists an intuitive way-finding system to navigate the facility and bring a sense of ease to patients and families. Environments within the building and outside provide a healing at¬mosphere. Healing gardens on the grounds give patients and families a place of respite. Patient safety and risk management were also a design focus. The facility is LEED certified. A geo-thermal system provides HVAC needs, insulated concrete form walls creates a tight, highly efficient envelope, and a TPO roof provides for reflectance of solar gain.

The Governor’s Dignity of Humanity Award
Kelly Gunning, M.A.
NAMI Lexington

This year, The Governor’s Dignity of Humanity Award was presented to an individual that through its mission and its actions has improved availability and/or access to healthcare services for our regions underserved or vulnerable populations.

Kelly Gunning, M.A. has worked in the behavioral health field since 1986, where she launched community education campaigns related to Fetal Alcohol Effect and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in tribal communities in rural Alaska. In 2000 her youngest son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophre¬nia and since that time Gunning has devoted her life to improving the men¬tal health system and advocating for any person whose life is impacted by serious mental illness. Gunning has been executive director and operations director for NAMI Lexington since 2004. She’s been instrumental in advocating for the replacement of the 185-year-old Eastern State Hospital. The new facility opens in 2013.

The Consumer First Award
James Graham Brown Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Unit

This year, The Consumer First Award was presented to an organization that has demonstrated the most “consumer friendly” program or facility.
Since 1991, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Unit Program has made breast cancer screenings convenient and accessible to women at locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. The program saves lives through early detection and provides affordable or even free mammograms to those in need. The Mobile Mammography Unit meets patients on their “home turf,” providing a level of comfort that makes the screening process less intimidat¬ing. Many patients are from underserved populations who often don’t get screened due to either economic or cultural barriers, so the Mobile Mammography Unit partners with busi¬ness, community organizations and the healthcare community to develop targeted events designed to overcome these barriers. Last year they provided free screening mammograms to 1,500 uninsured women.

The A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education
UofL Pediatrics – Forensic Medicine

This year, The A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education was presented to an organization that has developed and implemented programs, which increase the level of knowledge, education and career opportunity in healthcare.

UofL Pediatrics-Forensic Medicine is Kentucky’s only child physical abuse and neglect assessment pro¬gram. Their two full-time physicians are board certi¬fied in child abuse pediatrics, making it possible for a child abuse medicine fellowship training program at UofL Pediatrics. They developed a child abuse curriculum for medical students and resi¬dents at UofL. Physicians consult with physicians throughout the state, engage in legislative work, and assist child victims of sexual abuse at Family & Children’s Place Child Advocacy Center. Forensic psychologists provide high-level, court-ordered forensic mental health as¬sessments for caregivers in alleged maltreatment cases. They partner with child advocacy organizations to develop outreach programs to educate citizens and end child abuse. Cur¬rently, they are one of only four child abuse programs nationwide participating in an NIH-funded study about bruising in children.


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