Passport and March of Dimes donate 50 diaper bags to families with babies in UofL Hospital NICU

As part of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Passport Health Plan and March of Dimes are stepping up to help 50 families who have babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Louisville Hospital.

Passport (the provider-sponsored, nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Medicaid benefits to more than 310,000 Kentuckians) and March of Dimes (the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit) are donating 50 fully stocked diaper bags to help families during one of the most emotional and tense times in their lives.

The preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for the third year in a row, a trend signaling an urgent health crisis for moms and babies, March of Dimes says. In Jefferson County, the preterm birth rate is an alarming 10.9 percent, based on 2016 data. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and around the world.

The official donation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 (World Prematurity Day) at UofL Hospital, 530 South Jackson Street. Members of the news media are invited to attend. Officials from Passport, March of Dimes, and UofL Hospital will be available for comment.

For more about March of Dimes, go online to marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

 

Compassionate Louisville: Compassionate Acts Make Our City Sparkle

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Louisville has its red carpet rolled out for Kentucky Derby visitors, who may or may not realize the thousands of compassionate acts that have gone into making the city sparkle.

A record 205,000 acts of compassion and volunteerism took place as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day Week. That number includes more than 19,000 people who joined the Brightside and Passport Health Plan Spring Community Wide Cleanups, removing litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks and schools.

Nowhere is the need for compassion more pronounced than in the healthcare field. Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation co-sponsors a special program, along with Passport and Insider Louisville, to recognize and honor those who have shown a sincere commitment to compassion in their daily lives. Dozens of people from throughout the city’s health care sector were nominated for awards, and seven were recognized as winners at the Third Annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon at the Frazier History Museum in February. Click here to read more about two of them.

 

Passport Health Plan Names Don Kupper as New Vice President

Kupper3Passport Health Plan has officially named Don Kupper as its Vice President of Clinical Operations. Prior to joining Passport, Don was an executive with the Baptist Health System in Memphis and also previously served as Vice President of Pharmacy and Supply Chain for the University of Louisville Medical Center. Don is a pharmacist by training and has extensive background in business management and clinical operations. “Don will work closely with our Medical and Clinical Directors to bring increasing focus to quality and health outcomes efforts,” said Dr. Stephen Houghland, Passport’s Chief Medical Officer. “Passport expects Don to be a key contributor in the pursuit of our vision and the achievement of our mission to improve the health and quality of life of our members.” For more, please click here.