Scheduling a Breast Cancer Screening Can Help Save Your Life

Louisville, Ky. (October 8, 2019) – It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month once again, a time dedicated to raising awareness about a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health, are encouraging women to learn more about screenings and early detection.

While breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, statistics show many women are beating the disease. Breast cancer death rates have decreased nearly forty percent since 1990, according to the American College of Radiology, as a result of screenings and better treatment.

“There’s no question that early detection can mean the difference between life and death,” said Christina Clark, MD, mammography radiologist at Medical Center Jewish East and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “The majority of women don’t experience any physical symptoms prior to a diagnosis, so regular breast cancer screenings are important to help catch cancer in the early stages.”

The American College of Radiology recommends women begin annual mammogram screenings starting at age 40 – even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer. For women with a personal or family history of breast cancer, including the BRCA genetic mutation, the risk is elevated and earlier screenings may be recommended.

“There are a host of common risk factors for breast cancer that women should be aware of, such as being over the age of 60, having a family history of the disease or inherited gene mutations, and/or lifestyle factors including not having children, heavy drinking, lack of physical activity, using oral contraceptives, or using combined hormone therapy after menopause,” said Dr. Clark. “It’s important to talk to a physician about a screening if any of those risk factors apply to you.”

There are two screening options that may be recommended for breast cancer, including digital mammography and tomosynthesis. Traditional 2D digital mammography can be manipulated by the radiologist to get a better view of shadows, light and contrast. This can help identify whether a spot is a mass that needs to be investigated further, or simply an area of dense breast tissue.

Tomosynthesis, more commonly known as 3D mammography, was approved by the FDA in 2011 and has become another valuable tool in breast cancer detection. Tomosynthesis creates multiple slices of the breast tissue, giving reviewing physicians a clear vision of a mass that may be clouded by complex, overlapping breast tissue. This tool is especially useful for women with moderate to extremely dense breast tissue.

Now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, make the time to schedule a mammogram if you are over age 40 or have risk factors for breast cancer. Getting a screening can help detect cancer early and give you peace of mind.

To find your nearest mammogram screening location, visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/mammogram, or call 502.587.4327.

A Parent’s Guide to Youth Suicide Prevention

Children and adolescents living with mental illness face great adversity. Approximately one out of every five children in the United States has a diagnosable mental health disorder. If left untreated, these disorders could potentially lead to suicide, substance use, the inability to live independently, involvement with the justice system, dropping out of school, economic hardship, and physical health problems.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and KentuckyOne Health and Our Lady of Peace are committed to helping parents and caregivers recognize the signs of mental illness in our youth and empower them to seek help.

While depression and suicide often coincide, not everyone who is depressed attempts suicide, and not everyone who attempts suicide is depressed. It’s important for parents, teachers, or anyone who spends time with children to be aware of the effects mental illness can have on children and young adults, including the factors that can elevate their level of suicide risk.

The facts are clear. As the second leading cause of death, suicide is a serious health issue among school-age youth. But it is preventable! By following the list below and making suicide prevention a priority, we can help children before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

  1. Pay attention: Recognize the difference between bouts of irritable behavior, and deep unhappiness over time, with a significant lack of interest in things.  
  2. Don’t ignore worrying symptoms, hoping they’ll go away: Talk to your child about the signs of depression that you’ve noticed and voice your concerns in a caring and non-judgmental way.
  3. Trust your gut feeling, you know when something’s just not right: FACT: Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
  4. Listen, even when they aren’t talking: Not all, but most kids who are thinking about suicide (this is called suicidal ideation) tip off their uneasy state of mind through troubled behaviors and actions.
  5. Seek professional help: If they won’t talk to you, nothing is helping, and the symptoms are worsening, don’t wait to contact your pediatrician. Call Our Lady of Peace’s Assessment and Referral Center at (502) 451-3333 for 24/7 No Charge Assessments.
  6. Combat isolation by encouraging connections: Make opportunities for seeing friends and family; make time to chat regularly; engage them in sports, activities, silly and fun things; make music; walk a dog; try to get them involved and interested in something.
  7. Encourage a healthy lifestyle: Make sure your teen maintains routine physical activity, eats well, and gets regular sleep.
  8. Prioritize safety: Store objects such as medications, guns, sharp knives, ropes, cords, cleaning products, etc., that could be used in a suicide attempt in a safe and inaccessible area. 

If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255), the Crisis Text Line at 741741, the TrevorLifeline at (866) 488-7386, or the TrevorText line at 678678.

Jewish Hospital Cancels Planned Suspension of Heart Transplant Program

Louisville, Ky. (August 23, 2019) – KentuckyOne Health and the University of Louisville are working together to maintain the heart transplant program at Jewish Hospital.

KentuckyOne Health is canceling a voluntary action to place its heart transplant program on long-term inactivation. The health care company had announced on July 18 that it would place the program on long-term inactivation but is now asking the United Network for Organ Sharing, the organization that manages the U.S. organ transplant system, to disregard that action.

Following the signing of the Asset Purchase Agreement last week, KentuckyOne Health and UofL began discussions to maintain activation of the heart transplant program. On Nov. 1, UofL Health will assume leadership over Jewish Hospital, including its Certificate of Need for the transplant program. 

“UofL has assured us it is committed to the heart transplant program,” said Deborah Lee-Eddie, Interim CEO, KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market. “As part of the transition planning UofL is working on strategies to increase volume for the heart transplant program.”

Ken Dulnuan, MD, a cardiologist with University of Louisville Physicians, has been appointed as the medical director for the program. 

“The heart transplant program is simply too important for our university, our community and the patients who are depending on this life-saving procedure,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “We thank KentuckyOne for working with us to maintain the program. We are taking steps to shore up our efforts, and very soon we will have a plan in place to ensure the viability of the program for the future.”

Heart transplantation has been a collaborative program of both Jewish Hospital and UofL for more than 35 years. The first heart transplant in Kentucky took place on Aug. 24, 1984 at Jewish Hospital. Last year KentuckyOne and UofL celebrated a major milestone after the 500th heart was transplanted.

In addition to heart, Jewish Hospital performs transplants for lung, liver, kidney and pancreas, making it one of a select group of hospitals transplanting all five solid organs. All five programs will transfer to UofL Health upon closing of the purchase agreement. 

About Jewish Hospital 

Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health Louisville Region, is an internationally renowned, high-tech tertiary referral center, developing leading-edge advancements in hand and microsurgery, heart and lung care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neuroscience, organ transplantation and outpatient care. The hospital is the site of the world’s first successful hand transplant and AbioCor® implantable replacement heart procedures, in addition to the first trial of adult cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure. Jewish Hospital continues to be recognized for its specialized heart care procedures, including the implantation of ventricular assist devices (VAD), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center is in a select group of hospitals nationwide that perform heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. The center also includes a Pancreas Disease Center, a GI Motility Clinic, and Advanced Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Device programs. Jewish Hospital services may also be accessed throughout the community at multiple freestanding outpatient/ambulatory/emergency care centers, as well as through the Healthy Lifestyle Center located on the downtown medical campus. 

About the UofL School of Medicine

The University of Louisville School of Medicine, founded in 1837, is one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. On its metropolitan Health Sciences Center campus, more than 600 medical students, 275 graduate students and 1,000 resident physicians and post-doctoral fellows train each year with approximately 900 faculty members in five basic science and 18 clinical science departments. Researchers at UofL are using stem cells to regrow damaged heart muscle, investigating new cancer treatments and improving therapies for spinal cord injuries, among many areas of clinical and basic research. In addition to teaching and research, faculty members see patients at facilities throughout the city, including the Ambulatory Care Building, the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville Hospital, the primary adult teaching hospital for the School of Medicine, and Norton Children’s Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital for the school.

The Heat Is On

Keeping your child safe from the heat both on and off the field.

Nothing says fall like a high school football game under Friday night lights. However, with practices for most school sports underway, soaring temperatures remind us we’re still in the dog days of summer. The average high temperature in Louisville remains in the 80s through September, meaning dangerously high heat indices—and the threat of heat exhaustion or heatstroke—remain a concern well into the season.

Taylor Zuberer, MS, LAT, ATC with Frazier Rehab Sports Medicine, is also an athletic trainer at DuPont Manual High School, said it’s important to take heat exhaustion seriously—on or off the field. 

“Once heatstroke begins, you only have about 30 minutes or so before brain damage can set in,” said Zuberer. “It’s important to know the signs and symptoms and to catch it early.”

To keep their students safe Zuberer and her colleagues start by measuring the heat index every 30 minutes during practice using a hydrometer placed in the middle of the playing field or gym. They then refer to the Kentucky Heat Index Chart  provided by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to determine if it’s safe to hold practice. Heat indices under 95 are generally considered safe, while indices over 99 call for special precautions including practicing without heavy equipment like padding, providing cold towels to players, and requiring 10-minute water breaks every 30 minutes. If the heat index reaches 104, practice will be called off.

“A temperature in the 90s with 50 percent humidity can easily get to a heat index of 104,” said Zuberer. And while most smart phones are equipped with a hydrometer, Zuberer said they can be very inaccurate.

While Zuberer and her colleagues are trained to quickly identify and treat signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke during athletic practice, there are also things parents can do to help keep their children safe at home.

First, know what to look for. Heat exhaustion is usually accompanied by a fever lower than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, excessive thirst, nausea, fainting, muscle aches, cool and clammy skin, weakness and dizziness. If any of these symptoms are present, children should be sheltered from the heat, provided with water, and given cold towels or ice packs to the back of the neck, knees, and groin area. 

Heatstroke may set in if heat exhaustion is not treated, and is marked by many the same symptoms listed above, but also accompanied by hot and dry skin, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. “If they stop sweating, call 911 immediately,” advises Zuberer.

Even if a child doesn’t experience heat exhaustion or heatstroke, parents should be on the lookout for signs of dehydration and help their child recover following practice. First, divide a child’s weight in pounds by two to determine the amount of water in ounces they should be consuming daily. Zuberer says parents can also weigh their children before and after practice to measure how much fluid weight needs to be regained. 

Also, Zuberer reminds parents that sweating means the body is losing electrolytes that need to be replenished—PediaLyte, Gatorade, mustard packets, and even pickle juice are all effective ways of restoring the body’s nutrients. 

Most importantly, Zuberer recommends having your child complete a thorough, annual physical (required for most school sports) with a family physician and establishing a good relationship with that doctor. She says those with blood pressure issues or heart murmurs may be especially susceptible to heat exhaustion, and that some medications, like those often used to treat ADHD, can exacerbate signs of heat exhaustion. 

“It’s crucial for student athletes and their parents to have a strong relationship with a family physician who knows their medical history well and can help them play safe,” said Zuberer.

To schedule your child’s annual physical, or to find a primary care physician, call 502-589-3027.    

Best Workout Practices with Dr. Edwards

The key to a healthy lifestyle is keeping physically active. It’s a commitment that comes with the need to overhaul your diet, begin an exercise program, and start going to sleep at a reasonable hour again. 

Now that it’s officially summer, many people will start getting active but may not understand that although moderate physical activity is safe for most people, that may not be the case for everyone. KentuckyOne Health suggests talking to your primary care physician before starting a new exercise program, if any of the following apply:

  • You have heart, kidney, or cardiovascular disease, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, OR if you have symptoms related to any of these serious diseases.
  • You are being treated for cancer, or you’ve recently completed cancer treatment.
  • You have not exercised within the last few months or are over the age of 40.

“Exercise is the cheapest prescription that a doctor can write for a patient, and it comes at no cost,” said Traci M. Edwards, MD, KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates. “I constantly remind my patients to move something EVERY DAY, whether you go for a walk, dance with friends, take a Zumba class, or swim laps.”

Don’t be discouraged if you find it difficult to stick to some form of exercise, or don’t know where to start. Which is easy with Dr. Edwards 7 Steps to Keeping Active: 

  1. Start slowly, don’t go from zero exercise to a 5K.
  2. Make sure to always warm-up and stretch.
  3. Hydrate before, during, and after your workout.
  4. Exercise indoors during extreme weather.
  5. Invest in a GOOD pair of workout tennis shoes.
  6. Diabetics check blood sugar before beginning a workout
  7. Be patient, results don’t happen overnight!

Whatever you do, move something. Any little increment of physical activity will be a great boost to weight loss and feeling better. By working with your doctor ahead of time, you can plan the exercise program that’s right for you. And that’s a good first step on your path to physical fitness.

Jewish Hospital Celebrates more than 50 CardioMEMS implantations

Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, last month held a celebration for its 50th CardioMEMS HF System implantation, a revolutionary wireless monitoring sensor that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. Jewish Hospital has performed more of these implantations than any other provider in the state, with a total of 53 procedures completed since 2018.

The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

“Traditional methods to prevent heart failure admissions, such as monitoring daily weights and fluid intake, have proven largely ineffective at keeping patients out of the hospital. With CardioMEMS we now have the technology to monitor patients so intensively that we can identify the onset of heart failure before symptoms even begin,” said Dr. Chandhiran Rangaswamy, MD, one of two KentuckyOne Health cardiologists who perform this procedure. “With an 80 percent reduction in heart failure admissions, the CardioMEMS program at Jewish Hospital has transformed heart failure management.” 

Dr. Amir Piracha, MD, reports that one of his patients was once admitted to the hospital three consecutive weeks in a row with congestive heart failure. “But since we deployed CardioMEMS in October 2018, he has had no hospital admissions for heart failure. CardioMEMS has proven to remarkably improve his quality of life, as well as that of so many other patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6 million Americans are currently living with heart failure, and that number is expected to increase by 46 percent over the next 15 years. Today, heart failure costs Americans about $30 billion each year, and the costs are expected to rise to almost $70 billion by 2030. 

Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Rolls out First Bilingual Weight Loss Support Program in the Country

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital lanza el primer programa bilingüe para perder peso en el país.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky has the fifth-highest rate of obesity in the country, while the Hispanic population has the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity at 47 percent.

Según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, Kentucky tiene la quinta tasa más alta de obesidad en el país, mientras que la población hispana tiene la mayor prevalencia de obesidad ajustada por edad con un 47 por ciento. 

In an effort to help address these devastating statistics, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has created a bilingual weight loss support program for Spanish-speaking patients seeking bariatric surgery, specifically the Lap Band System. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

En un esfuerzo por ayudar a enfrentar estas estadísticas devastadoras, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, parte de KentuckyOne Health, ha creado un programa bilingüe de apoyo a la pérdida de peso para pacientes hispanohablantes que buscan cirugía bariátrica, específicamente el sistema de banda gástrica. Es el primer programa de este tipo en el país.

Over the past several years, we noticed more and more Hispanic patients reaching out to us via our Facebook page, using the translating feature to communicate,” said Amber Sims, RN, MSN, who has served as a Bariatric Program Coordinator at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital for five years. “It became clear that there is a large population that would benefit from our services and we needed to ensure these patients had access to our program.”

Durante los últimos años, notamos que más y más pacientes hispanos se acercaban a nosotros a través de nuestra página de Facebook, usando la función de traducción para comunicarse,” dijo Amber Sims, RN, MSN, quien ha servido como Coordinadora del Programa Bariátrico en el Hospital Sts. Mary & Elizabeth durante cinco años. “Quedó claro que hay una gran población que se beneficiaría de nuestros servicios y necesitábamos asegurarnos de que estos pacientes tuvieran acceso a nuestro programa”.

Obesity can have a devastating effect on one’s long-term health, contributing to a host of dangerous conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and much more. Many patients find success through a procedure called the Lap-Band® System, during which a smaller gastric pouch is created by implanting an inflatable ring around the stomach, creating a comfortable feeling of fullness for the patient with a smaller amount of food.

La obesidad puede tener un efecto devastador en la salud a largo plazo, contribuyendo a una serie de condiciones peligrosas que incluyen enfermedades del corazón, diabetes tipo 2, presión arterial alta, ciertos tipos de cáncer y mucho más. Muchos pacientes encuentran éxito a través de un procedimiento llamado Sistema Lap-Band, durante el cual se crea una bolsa gástrica más pequeña mediante la implantación de un anillo inflable alrededor del estómago, lo que crea una sensación de plenitud cómoda para el paciente con una menor cantidad de comida.

Though it’s considered the safest weight loss operation available, the Lap-Band® System carries the same risks as any other surgical procedure and requires a lifetime commitment to maintaining a healthier lifestyle to minimize complications. Though Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital offers its patients several resources including informational seminars, frequently asked questions and answers from the bariatric surgeons and online support groups before and following the procedure, until recently, those resources were only available in English.

Aunque se considera la operación de pérdida de peso más segura disponible, el sistema Lap-Band System conlleva los mismos riesgos que cualquier otro procedimiento quirúrgico y requiere un compromiso de por vida para mantener un estilo de vida más saludable y minimizar las complicaciones. Aunque el Hospital de sts. Mary & Elizabeth ofrece a sus pacientes varios recursos, que incluyen seminarios informativos, preguntas frecuentes y respuestas de los cirujanos bariátricos y grupos de apoyo en línea antes y después del procedimiento; hasta hace poco, esos recursos solo estaban disponibles en inglés.

“All patients have a fundamental right to fully understand the procedures and treatments recommended to them, and to be supported throughout their weight loss journey,” said Dr. Vincent Lusco III, general surgeon at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “By offering all of our support services in Spanish, we are able to reach a broader population on their journey toward better health.”

Todos los pacientes tienen el derecho fundamental de comprender completamente los procedimientos y tratamientos recomendados para ellos, y recibir apoyo durante su travesia hacia la pérdida de peso”, dijo el Dr. Vincent Lusco III, cirujano general de Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “Al ofrecer todos nuestros servicios de apoyo en español, podemos llegar a una población más amplia y alludarlos en su travesia hacia una mejor salud”.

A key component of this effort is the addition of a Bilingual Bariatric Care Navigator. Paola Mott, LPN, a native of the Dominican Republic who speaks Spanish as her first language, has six years of nursing experience, and earned a certificate as a medial interpreter from Catholic Charities. In her new role, Mott will serve as a liaison between Spanish-speaking patients and their surgical team. She will also translate informational patient resources into Spanish and facilitate support groups for Spanish speakers.

Un componente clave de este esfuerzo es la adición de un navegador bilingüe de atención bariátrica. Paola Mott, LPN, nativa de la República Dominicana que habla español como su primer idioma, tiene seis años de experiencia en enfermería y obtuvo un certificado como intérprete medico de Catholic Charities. En su nuevo papel, Mott servirá de enlace entre los pacientes de habla hispana y su equipo quirúrgico. También traducirá al español los recursos informativos para pacientes y facilitará los grupos de apoyo para los hispanohablantes.

“Undergoing any medical procedure can be scary, and a language barrier can contribute to that apprehension,” said Mott.  “I’m passionate about improving the health of the Hispanic community in Kentucky, and helping our patients feel confident and supported along the way.”

Someterse a cualquier procedimiento médico puede ser aterrador, y lo es aun mas cuando el idioma es una barrera”, dijo Mott. “Me apasiona mejorar la salud de la comunidad hispana en Kentucky y ayudar a nuestros pacientes a sentirse seguros y apoyados en el camino”.

The bariatric team at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital have placed more than 3500 LapBand Systems®, and the facility is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Society Center for Excellence. Services are available at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Medical Plaza I in Southwest Louisville, and at Jewish Hospital East. For more information, please visit https://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/louisville-weight-loss-surgery

El equipo bariátrico del Hospial Sts. Mary & Elizabeth ha colocado más de 3500 LapBand Systems. El Centro Bariatrico es miembro del Centro para la Excelencia de la Sociedad Americana para la Sociedad Metabólica y Bariátrica. Los servicios están disponibles en el Hospital Sts. Mary & Elizabeth y Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Medical Plaza I en Southwest Louisville, y en Jewish Hospital East. Para mas informacion por favor visite nuestra pagina web

https://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/louisville-weight-loss-surgery

Frazier Rehab Sports Medicine Offers FREE Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Training Program

Frazier Rehab Sports Medicine, part of KentuckyOne Health, is proud to once again be the official training partner of the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, presented by the Louisville Sports Commission.

As part of this partnership, Frazier Rehab’s Sports Medicine team will host a free marathon training program to help novice and seasoned runners alike prepare for the big race on October 19.

“The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® has become a staple to the fall Louisville running calendar,” said Karl Schmitt, President and CEO of Louisville Sports Commission. “We are excited to work with our partners at KentuckyOne Health to assist individuals with their training. Whether it’s your first half marathon or your fiftieth, this training plan can propel you to the finish line on October 19.”

The program will kick off on Wednesday, July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Medical Center Jewish Northeast, located at 2401 Terra Crossing Blvd. in Louisville. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the Sports Medicine team, tour the facility, enjoy refreshments, and take part in an optional two-mile run. Those who register for the program kick-off online will receive a free running shirt while supplies last. 

As part of the training program kick-off, attendees will receive a booklet containing 12 weeks of workouts, plus important tips for preparing for a distance run. They’ll also learn about personalized training through Frazier Rehab’s ongoing Runner’s Edge performance training program.

“Preparing for a running a race such as the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon can be wonderful exercise, but it can also be daunting,” said Jon Holland, Frazier Rehab Sports Medicine. “Our sports medicine specialists are excited to meet with this year’s runners and help give them the confidence they need to find success in their training process.”

About Frazier Rehab Institute 

Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health Louisville Region, has been setting the standard of excellence in rehab medicine. Through an expansive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities across Kentucky and southern Indiana, Frazier Rehab offers a wide array of services based on a common goal – helping people of all ages with disabilities reach their fullest potential in physical and cognitive functioning. Frazier Rehab services include nationally recognized brain injury, spinal cord, pediatric and stroke recovery rehab programs. The hospital is the lead center for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, working to cure spinal cord injury. In collaboration with the University of Louisville, Frazier Rehab received a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grant to establish a Spinal Cord Injury Model System. Frazier Rehab continues to be on the cutting edge with many other rehabilitation services, such as a Minimally Disorders of Consciousness Program called EMERGE, designed to help patients with severe traumatic brain injuries who are at low levels of consciousness.

About Louisville Sports Commission
The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. The LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote active lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages, and connect local businesses with student-athletes for future job opportunities. More information is available online at louisvillesports.org
and www.facebook.com/louisvillesportscommission.  

Age and Driving: Frazier Rehab Institute’s Driver’s Education and Training Program

The ability to drive is a crucial component of a person’s independence. However, driving often seems an unattainable goal for those who are limited by illness, injury, psychological, and the physiological changes associated with aging.

The Frazier Rehab Institute’s comprehensive Driver Education and Training Program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain back their independence in driving. Within the program, occupational therapy professionals, certified as driver rehab specialists, work closely with physicians to review the participant’s medical and driving history, perform a pre-driving and vehicle evaluation, behind-the-wheel evaluation and, if necessary, training and equipment recommendations.

“Our main goal is to get you back to driving and get back your independence,” Suzanne F. Farnan-Maddux, OTR/L, CDRS, Frazier Rehab Institute – Newburg, said while discussing the main goal for the program. “We understand the importance of remaining in control of your life and we are determined to do everything we can to help return our clients to independent driving, even on a limited/restricted basis if they have the skills to drive.”

Participants must possess a valid driver’s license or permit, be physically and medically stable, seizure-free for three months, and possess endurance to tolerate a two-hour evaluation. Candidates for the Frazier Rehab Institute Driver Training and Education Program include:

  • Individuals with physical impairments interested in returning to driving
  • Individuals with physical or cognitive limitations who are unaware of their potential to drive.
  • Individuals with physical or psychosocial deficits (ADHD, Spina Bifida, CP, or Multiple Sclerosis) interested in beginning to drive.
  • Anyone needing information on driving issues concerning the following:
    • Visual impairments*
    • Diabetes
    • Older drivers
    • Arthritis
    • Congenital disabilities
    • Cardiac, orthopedic or spinal conditions, illnesses or injuries
    • Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related syndromes and neurological impairments

Frazier’s comprehensive driving program provides pre-driving evaluation, behind-the wheel evaluation, individualized driving training, and vehicle and equipment evaluation. All participants are given every opportunity to maximize their driving potential before completing the program. Occasionally, an individual can initiate or return to driving only under certain restrictions, such as daytime driving only. The program will also make these recommendations on an individual basis. To learn more about the comprehensive program details, click here.

To learn more about Frazier Rehab Institute’s comprehensive Driver Evaluation and Training Program and costs, please contact Frazier Rehab Institute Newburg at 502.451.6886.

*Individuals with visual disturbances or visual field cut will be given a form to present to an ophthalmologist prior to the evaluation. To learn more about driving for the visually impaired, click here