Compassionate Louisville member works to increase conversation around death

Most people struggle to adequately reflect on their mortality and prepare when the inevitability of death comes for them or their loved ones.

That’s why Justin Magnuson, Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation co-host, has been working to introduce the conversation our community should be having about death and dying by presenting events that show this is not just a concern for healthcare professionals or the elderly, but everyone. His passion for this topic is rooted in the transformative experience of being his grandmother’s health care surrogate when he was 25, and being a longtime hospice volunteer.

For more information about this subject or to get involved, please click here.

 

Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation is Hosting the First U.S. Healthcare Leadership School

Louisville’s commitment to compassion in healthcare extends beyond the region.

One example of the reach of this commitment is Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation’s announcement that it will be hosting North America’s very first Healthcare Leadership School (HLS) for emerging health care leaders from around the globe in June 2017.

HLS is a weeklong immersion that mobilizes the next generation of healthcare leaders to catalyze compassionate change for the health of the communities they’re called to serve. Started four years ago by a group of international medical students, HLS has already reached hundreds of young professionals through programs sponsored in the Netherlands, South Africa and Portugal.

The HLS experience is filled with interactive lectures, group collaborations and exercises that boost personal and professional growth, leadership skills and connections that allow participants to emerge as the inspired, courageous and resilient leaders that are needed to transform health in our communities and the world. The rich curriculum is delivered by peers, seasoned teachers and wisdom practitioners.

The HLS-Louisville Organizing Team has reserved 20 participant slots for students and emerging health care leaders from Louisville to join international participants from more than a dozen countries. The team’s vision is for the HLS experience to inspire ongoing collaboration, so our future leaders are even better prepared to work together to make compassion the driving force of every Louisvillian’s experience with our health care system.

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Local healthcare professionals honored for compassionate care at Passport-sponsored ‘Compassionate Care’ event

Compassionate LouisvilleThe Louisville community is fortunate to have many healthcare professionals who are beacons of compassion. A luncheon in downtown Louisville on Tuesday, Feb. 7, aims to shine a light on these inspiring individuals who make a difference every day in the lives of others.

“A Commitment to Compassion” will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., in Downtown Louisville. The event is co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, Compassionate Louisville, and Insider Louisville.

“We are pleased to sponsor this event to honor healthcare professionals who go the extra mile by offering compassion and loving kindness to their patients,” said Jill Joseph Bell, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Passport Health Plan. “Studies have proven that when healthcare providers practice compassion, their patients have a shorter recovery time and better overall health outcomes.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

 

Meet two more ‘Compassion Champions’ in Louisville Healthcare and nominate someone for this year’s ‘Commitment to Compassion’ event

Insider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation are partnering to recognize individuals who are making a positive difference in the healthcare community through a monthly article series.

This fourth installment celebrates Dr. Teresa Couts and Randa Deaton, who were among eight professionals honored at the 2016 Commitment to Compassion Luncheon. Teresa and Randa were recognized for being drivers of community-wide healthcare improvements as co-executive directors of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative and directors of the UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative. Click here to read more.

Meanwhile, the next “Commitment to Compassion” luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Muhammad Ali Center in Downtown Louisville. The event will recognize and honor dedicated healthcare professionals who exemplify true compassion in the workplace. These are people who go above and beyond their job duties to extend needed consideration, kindness and compassion to patients, their colleagues and the broader community. We welcome nominees who are students, teachers, physicians, nurses, therapists, other health professionals, administrators, healthcare support personnel and community advocates. To nominate someone to be honored for their commitment to compassion in healthcare, click here. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 23, 2017.

 

Meet two more ‘Compassion Champions’ in Louisville healthcare

Compassionate Care Lunch GraphicInsider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation are partnering to recognize individuals who are making a positive difference in the healthcare community through a monthly article series.

This third installment celebrates two University of Louisville School of Medicine leaders who were among eight professionals honored at the 2016 Commitment to Compassion Luncheon. Dr. Toni Ganzel and Tony Simms were recognized for their significant efforts to infuse compassion and mindfulness into the practices, curriculum and culture at the School of Medicine. Click here to read more.

Meanwhile, the next “Commitment to Compassion” luncheon will be held Feb. 7, 2017, at the Muhammad Ali Center. The event will recognize and honor dedicated healthcare professionals who exemplify true compassion in the workplace. These are people who go above and beyond their job duties to extend needed consideration, kindness and compassion to patients, their colleagues and the broader community. We welcome nominees who are students, teachers, physicians, nurses, therapists, other health professionals, administrators, healthcare support personnel and community advocates. To nominate someone to be honored for their commitment to compassion in healthcare, click here. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 23, 2017.

 

Meet Two “Compassion Champions” of Louisville Healthcare

Compassionate Care Lunch GraphicAs part of the Compassionate Louisville campaign that was started in 2011, organizations across the city have assumed a leadership role in cultivating positive change. This is a mission that has been taken to heart by local healthcare professionals.

Insider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation are partnering to recognize individuals who are making a positive difference in the healthcare community through a monthly article series.

The latest installment celebrates two professionals who were among the eight honored at the 2016 Commitment to Compassion Luncheon: Betsy Cambron of Hosparus and Sylvia Simpson of Volunteers of America’s Freedom House were recognized for serving people in their organizations with unwavering compassion and extraordinary kindness.

To read more about them, please click here.

 

Meet two “compassion champions” of Louisville healthcare

Compassionate Care Lunch GraphicAs part of the Compassionate Louisville campaign that was started in 2011, organizations across the city have assumed a leadership role in cultivating positive change. This is a mission that has been taken to heart by local healthcare professionals.

Insider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation are partnering to recognize compassion champions in the Louisville healthcare community through a monthly article series.

This first installment puts a spotlight on two professionals who were among the eight honored in early 2016 at the first annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon, held at the Muhammad Ali Center. Mary Lee Eady is a founder and a volunteer registered nurse with the Family Community Clinic, and Dr. Scott Hedges is a senior vice president and chief medical officer for Seven Counties Services, Inc. Both professionals have dedicated themselves to bringing high-quality care to the city’s most vulnerable populations.

Mary Lee Eady, a compassionate nursing volunteermary Lee Eady

Mary Lee Eady has worked tirelessly to deliver compassionate care to Louisville as a nurse and founding member of the Family Community Clinic, and more than 6,000 individuals in the city and surrounding areas are healthier as a result. The clinic, located inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Butchertown, provides medical assistance to uninsured individuals and families through the contributions of volunteer health professionals. Mary Lee is among the clinic’s passionate volunteers. Every day, in every one of her interactions with patients and clinic staff, Mary Lee puts kindness and thoughtfulness into practice. In doing so, she exemplifies the clinic’s mission of caring for the underserved.

Dr. ScottDr. Scott Hedges, a catalyst for better mental healthcare

Dr. Scott Hedges has devoted his medical career to serving people who are coping with a serious illness, disability, poverty or marginalization. During his tenure at Seven Counties Services, Scott’s focus has been on improving the health and quality of life for the homeless and those with severe psychological disability. He has actively sought out community partnerships to help support people with mental illness. These efforts, combined with a deep care and respect for individuals in his care, have allowed Scott to become a catalyst for work that has had a profound impact in Louisville and the surrounding region.

 

Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation activates, convenes and hosts initiatives that enable Compassion to be more of a driving force of the healthcare experiences in our community.

 

Passport co-sponsors SOAR Hackathon for teams to find solutions to health problems in Appalachia

Soar logoHigh school students in Eastern Kentucky will have the opportunity to work alongside researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thanks to Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), Passport Health Plan, and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC).

Students from Pikeville, Paintsville and Whitesburg will participate virtually in the first-ever Appalachian Health Hackathon, scheduled in Somerset at The Center for Rural Development from October 6-8.

Students will work with their teachers, KVEC staff and local subject-matter experts – alongside more than 150 medical professionals, engineers, social workers and entrepreneurs gathered in Somerset – to solve healthcare challenges in Appalachia.

“The Hackathon is part of a larger health initiative that fits with SOAR’s mission of bringing experts together to find solutions to larger problems facing Kentucky’s Appalachia,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR. “Engaging students in this mission is critical. We not only will be opening up the world to these students, but we will be bringing the world to them.”

Passport will provide two prizes to the team that can best answer these challenges:

  • How can we improve pain management among the Medicaid population – both before and after people receive prescriptions for medicine that could potentially lead to inappropriate use and/or abuse?
  • How can we improve the A1c screening rates for diabetes (and other diabetes-related screening rates) among the Medicaid population?

“Passport Health Plan is pleased to be a founding partner of the SOAR initiative,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “We are dedicated to working together for a healthier Kentucky, and we have a special commitment to Eastern Kentucky. Through innovation and combined expertise found from events like this hackathon, we will build a healthier future for all Kentuckians. Thanks to all who are participating in this exciting event.”

The event, sponsored by SOAR and facilitated by MIT, is free.  Those wanting to participant should register as soon as possible at soar-ky.org/hackathon because space is limited. For more information, please click here.

 

Improving Kentuckians’ health and reducing healthcare costs remain top priorities in election

Vote for 2015Reducing healthcare costs and improving the health of residents are two priority areas Kentuckians want the next governor and legislature to work on in the next year, according to new data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP).

Overall, KHIP found the economy, jobs, and education as the top three priorities.

Regarding health priorities, nearly 9 in 10 Democrats (88%) said reducing healthcare costs was extremely or very important to them, while almost 8 in 10 Republicans (78%) said that. The gap was wider on improving residents’ health, with 91% of Democrats and 71% of Republicans viewing this aspect of Kentucky life as very or extremely important for the state.

Overall, priorities seen as extremely or very important were:

  • Improving the economy: 91%
  • Improving K-12 education: 90%
  • Improving job situation: 89%
  • Reducing healthcare costs: 83%
  • Improving residents’ health: 81%
  • Government transparency: 71%
  • Fully funding retirements: 70%

“These results give us a reliable snapshot of the most important issues Kentucky adults want to see the next governor and members of the legislature address,” Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said in a news release. “It is important for our policymakers to know what priority Kentuckians place on these issues facing the Commonwealth.”

Additional KHIP releases on health-related topics – including a statewide smoke-free law, experiences with kynect and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the impact of prescription drug abuse, and more – are available online at the KHIP website.

Among the offices up for election on November 3 are Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, and more. For more information about the election, including finding out where you can vote, go online to elect.ky.gov. Don’t forget to make your voice heard, and vote!

 

Passport is the Special Guest on this Week’s “On Track with Ben Rhodes” TV Show

Ben Rhodes LogoPassport Health Plan is proud to be one of the sponsors of Kentucky native Ben Rhodes, driver of the #88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Every week, Ben can be found on the television show “On Track with Ben Rhodes,” talking about NASCAR, Kentucky, and other issues that are relevant to his life and work. Passport is the official sponsor of the show’s “Ask Ben” segment, and this week, Passport Communications Director Michael Rabkin is the special guest on the show, talking all about healthcare and different things that people can do to get and stay healthy. To watch this week’s episode, please click here.

Ben is part of the JR Motorsports (JRM) organization, which cultivates young drivers on the path to NASCAR success. JRM is co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and Rick Hendrick. He has competed in nine XFINITY races in 2015, with his 10th and final race of the season coming on Saturday, November 14, in Miami. For more information about Ben Rhodes, go online to benrhodes.com or find him on Facebook, Twitter (@benrhodes), Instagram (@benrhodes), or YouTube.