The Power of Nursing

The Power of Nursing

The Power of Nursing

Offering patients compassionate, quality care is what nurses do best. Two such nurses lived this legacy while also breaking barriers for women and minorities in health care. A sizable nursing scholarship left in their name at Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation propels this pattern of Nursing excellence forward.

These two women — Willie Mena Jones-Glass and Grace M. Busey — were pioneers in the field of nursing in the 1950s when they became the first African-American nurses at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health.

Nurses Willie Mena Jones Glass and Grace Busey

Glass and Busey were best friends who transitioned from working at Red Cross Hospital, an all African-American hospital, to care for the needs of newborns, expectant mothers and other women at Jewish Hospital. This event was a major leap for two empowered women — and one their children remember well.

A Dynamic Duo

“Back then, doctors at Jewish Hospital also treated patients at Red Cross Hospital, where they met my mother, who was an OB-GYN nurse,” said Reginald Glass, Glass’ son. “They recognized her skills and dedication to caring for patients and asked her to join their team, which was a big deal back then. My mother was proud to step into this role, not only for herself, but for women and minorities like her.”

Glass was to be the first African-American registered nurse working at Jewish Hospital, but she become ill and that pushed back her start date. Always a woman who prioritized responsibility, she knew who could best fill her shoes and saw to it that Busey joined the team in her place, so that Jewish Hospital wouldn’t be short-staffed.

“Once she regained her strength, my mother joined Busey on the job, and that’s how two women made history for two decades doing what they did best — serving patients,” Reginald said.

Brenda Strickland, Busey’s daughter, remembers her mother’s dedication with pride.

“My mom was born to be a nurse,” Strickland said. “That gentle nature of hers led her to care for her neighbors, lending them the same courtesy she would patients at Jewish Hospital. That’s the caliber of nurse she was — that they both were.”

Both Glass and Busey are local healthcare celebrities. And now, with a $10,000 scholarship named in their honor, nursing students have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps, advancing quality nursing care.

Learn more about the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation and contribute to healthcare scholarship funds.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Summer edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.

Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole [Recipe]

Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole

Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole

In honor of American Diabetes Month, we’ve got a delicious Thanksgiving dish everyone at the dinner table can enjoy without blood sugar worries.



  • 1 ½ lbs of fresh green beans
  • 1 ½ cups of freshly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ cups of skim milk
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 cup whole wheat cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 qrt baking dish



Preheat oven to 375°F.

Bring a pot of slightly salted water to a boil, trim green beans and boil them for 10 minutes. Drain and place into your baking dish.

Heat butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Add in your flour, dry ranch seasoning, salt and pepper and stir. Whisk in your milk and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat.

In a large skillet, heat your oil over medium heat. Add in your onion and garlic and cook until soft. Remove ½ of the onion mixture and place to the side.

Add in your mushrooms and cook until tender. Once tender, add onion, mushroom and garlic mixture to the sauce and stir.

Pour your sauce mixture over top of your beans in the baking dish. Toss to evenly coat the beans.

In a small bowl, take your onion mixture and mix with your cracker crumbs. Mix and spread over top of beans in baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information


Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories Per Serving: 174
Prep Time: 25 minutes

When Wounds Won’t Go Away

When Wounds Won't Go Away

When Wounds Won't Go Away

Diabetes and poor blood flow can turn minor cuts and sores into major problems. KentuckyOne Health wound care centers have the expertise and advanced treatments to heal them.

Chronic wounds can occur anywhere on the body, but two of the most common locations are the legs and feet.

“Venous or arterial insufficiency can lead to blood flow or swelling complications, and in turn, cause ulcers on the legs or feet,” said Tina Hasty, BSN, CWCA, clinical program director at Saint Joseph Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, part of KentuckyOne Health. “Individuals who have diabetes may not notice a small wound on the bottom of the foot because the disease can cause nerve damage. Over time, these wounds may grow bigger without their knowledge, unless they check their feet regularly.”

Approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes develop foot ulcers (open sores or wounds). This happens because healing is typically slower for those with diabetes.

“High levels of blood glucose can negatively impact one’s blood circulation and nervous system, which ultimately affects the body’s ability to heal,” said Timothy Ford, DPM, podiatric physician and surgeon. “It is very important for patients with diabetes to take care of their feet and look for any wounds. If not treated properly, wounds could lead to amputation.”

A Two-pronged Approach

If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in 30 days, you should visit a wound care center, where specially trained physicians and nurses can treat the wound and ensure you receive care for its underlying causes. KentuckyOne Health has three wound care centers, which are located in Bardstown, Louisville and Lexington.

“Our wound care team develops treatment plans for patients and as indicated, refers them to specialists, including vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialists and podiatrists,” Hasty said. “We have a variety of treatments we can use to heal wounds, including advanced dressings, compression therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Educating patients about their wounds is also an important part of our work.”

Have a wound that won’t heal? Learn more about treatments and find the wound care center nearest you.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Summer edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.

Annual Doctors’ Ball Supports Trager Transplant Center, Saint Joseph London Receives Grant and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events


22nd Annual Doctors’ Ball Raises Nearly $100,000 for Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center Patient Assistance Fund

Louisville, Ky. (November 1, 2017) —The 22nd annual Doctors’ Ball, hosted by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, helped raise nearly $100,000 to benefit the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center patient assistance fund.

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Saint Joseph London Receives Grant to Improve Heart Care for Region’s Youngest Patients

London, Ky. (October 26, 2017) – Pediatric and infant heart and vascular patients at Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, now have better monitoring technology closer to home.

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Innovative Intervention for Pancreatitis

Innovative Intervention for Pancreatitis

Innovative Intervention for Pancreatitis

Local doctors pioneer treating pancreatitis without the onset of diabetes at Jewish Hospital.

The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach that produces enzymes to help digest food and insulin to control blood sugar. In some people, genetic predisposition, medical conditions such as gallstones or lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol lead to inflammation in the pancreas called pancreatitis. This condition can be dangerous if left untreated.

Based on 2013 data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, chronic pancreatitis in Kentucky contributed to over 4,500 emergency room visits, 3,200 hospital admissions and approximately $75 million in annual medical costs.

“Removing the pancreas is the only way to cure pancreatitis,” said Michael Hughes, MD, transplant surgeon with Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, associate professor of surgery at the University of Louisville and surgeon with University of Louisville Physicians. “But the pancreas is responsible for creating insulin — the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Without the pancreas to create insulin, patients who have the organ removed to correct pancreatitis used to develop brittle diabetes. The islet auto-transplant procedure changes that.”

What Are Islets Cells?


The pancreas contains clusters of cells that produce hormones. These clusters are known as islets, and they are the source of insulin. In patients who undergo islet auto-transplant, their islet cells are harvested from the pancreas when it is removed. The process takes place at the Clinical Islet Cell Laboratory at the University of Louisville, under the direction of Balamurugan Appakalai, PhD, a leader in the field of islet cell transplantation.

Cells are processed into a solution that is then slowly reintroduced into the patient’s body through catheters connected to veins that feed the liver. The islet cells make themselves at home in the liver, where they begin producing insulin again. Doing this allows doctors to effectively prevent diabetes from developing permanently in patients who have had their pancreas removed.

Watch the video to learn more about islet auto-cell transplantation from Dr. Hughes.

“Islet auto-cell transplantation is a complex process that takes cooperation and collaboration during each step of the process,” Dr. Hughes said. “We are fortunate to be in an environment where medical professionals and institutions embrace the spirit of collaboration for the benefit of patients.”

To learn more about islet cell transplantation, call 844.739.2998.

A Growing Program


The islet cell transplantation program has, in a very short period of time, grown to become one of the largest in the world. Islet cell recipients experience excellent outcomes, raising the hopes for continued breakthroughs in the years to come.

Islet cells are separated from the pancreas in a clean room facility and will later be infused into the patient’s liver, where they will produce insulin to control the body’s blood sugar levels.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Summer edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.