Our Lady of Peace to Host Free Seminars, Alleviate Spring Allergy Symptoms, and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

Our Lady of Peace to Host Free Seminar Focused on Making a Successful Transition to Middle School

Midway, Ky. (April 5, 2018) — Transitioning from elementary school to middle school isn’t an easy task. That’s why Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold an upcoming free seminar focused on how to make a successful transition to middle school.

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Saint Joseph Hospital Recertified as Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

Lexington, Ky. (April 4, 2018) – Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, announced today that it has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

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Our Lady of Peace to Host Free Seminar to Address How to Speak to Children After a Traumatic Event

Lexington, Ky. (April 3, 2018) — Natural disasters, accidents and violence are topics that we hear of often, but how do they affect children? Traumatic events can sometimes cause fear and anxiety in children, which is why Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold an upcoming free seminar focused on talking to children after an emotionally disturbing or devastating event.

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Alleviate Spring Allergy Symptoms Through Prevention and Treatment

Louisville, Ky. (April 2, 2018) – Spring has sprung, which means that many Americans are already dealing with seasonal allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing and watery eyes.

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Saint Joseph London and Community Partners Promoting Child Safety During Child Abuse Awareness Month

London, Ky. (April 2, 2018) – April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, a time when many community organizations across the country work together to help prevent child abuse.

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Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

Severe and persistent mental illness can affect a person’s ability to function in daily life. But with the right help, there is hope.

Left untreated, conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder can have severe consequences. Individuals with these illnesses may find it difficult to maintain personal relationships, live independently and keep steady jobs.

Careful intervention, counseling and support are the keys to changing that narrative.

Finding Peace

Our Lady of Peace in Louisville, part of KentuckyOne Health, has an intensive outpatient program that provides help to those who are living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. These groups incorporate the recovery model, focusing on building resilience and coping skills to improve patients’ daily experiences and long-term well-being.

“There’s a definition of recovery that we use in the group,” said Heather Marcus, LCSW, intensive outpatient therapist at Our Lady of Peace. “We say recovery is a process by which a person overcomes the challenges presented by a mental illness to live a life of meaning and purpose.”

Daily Improvement

Peer support plays an important role in the group therapy process. The psychotherapy groups Marcus leads meet five days a week and welcome people at all stages of their recovery. Members of the group work toward learning ways to manage the symptoms of their illnesses while strengthening their relationships with friends and family.

“People can join the group on the same day that others are graduating,” Marcus said. “That helps new attendees see it is possible to make progress and feel better; graduates are examples of hope that recovery is possible.”

During and after the program, Our Lady of Peace offers supplemental resources for patients and family members to help ensure they maintain the positive momentum started in group counseling. These include a no-charge, after-care program that lasts six months after graduation, multiple on-site family support groups and a long-acting injection clinic to make it easier for eligible patients to receive their long-acting, anti-psychotic medication.

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

Our Lady of Peace offers a comprehensive array of clinical behavioral health services. For more information or for a no-charge assessment, call the Assessment and Referral Center at 502.451.3333 (Louisville) or 859.313.3515 (Central/Eastern Kentucky).

Amory Haley, LCSW Talks About Suicide Awareness [Video]

Clinical Social Worker Amory Haley Talks About Suicide Awareness

 

Video Transcript

 

Adolescent suicide rates are on the rise. Licensed clinical social worker Amory Haley offers advice to parents regarding this alarming trend.

 

Amory Haley, LCSW

 

If you’re in a situation where you realize that your child is struggling, whether it’s with bullying or a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression, talk to your child. Ask the difficult questions and then reach out for help.

Our Lady of Peace has clinicians available 24/7 to help assess a child and find the appropriate level of care.

The Crossroads or the partial hospital program at Our Lady of Peace is a more intensive day program where they attend group therapy and individual and family therapy. And they have a psychiatrist that would work with them to address any medication concerns or issues.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression, please contact Our Lady of Peace for an assessment and assistance with treatment options. Our assessment and referral center is available 24/7 at 502.451.3333.

KentuckyOne Health Welcomes New Physicians, Upcoming Fundraising Events, and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

Dr. Kevin Moore Joins KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates in Bardstown

Bardstown, Ky. (August 3, 2017) – COL (ret) Kevin Moore, MD, has joined KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates, located at 919D Chambers Boulevard in Bardstown.

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Dr. Syed Bokhari Joins KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates in London

London, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2017) – Syed Bokhari, MD, has joined KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates, located at 1210 West 5th Street in London.

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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation to Host Fourth Annual Boots & BBQ Bash

Louisville, Ky. (July 28, 2017) — It’s time to bring out your country western boots and cowboy hats to help benefit the Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health.

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Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital Hosts Cookout to Aid Stroke Survivors

New Albany, Ind. (July 26, 2017)—Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital (SIRH) will host a community cookout on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds for the 22nd Annual Stroke Camp.

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A New Resource on the Road to Recovery

A New Resource on the Road to Recovery

An injectable medication for patients recovering from opioid addiction helps them get their lives back on track.

Addiction is a major health concern in the Commonwealth, and that’s particularly true of the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications and their illegal cousin, heroin. Drug overdose claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Kentucky residents in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No single treatment or program can solve the opioid epidemic, but the Long-Acting Injection (LAI) Clinic — a new service at Louisville behavioral health hospital Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health — plays an important role in recovery for many patients struggling with opioid addiction.

Buying Time to Get Well

Since the LAI Clinic opened its doors in February, the clinic’s providers have been focused on providing monthly injections of the drug naltrexone to individuals who have completed the detoxification process for opioid addiction. The long-acting injectable form of naltrexone is called VIVITROL®.

“VIVITROL blocks the chemical receptor responsible for the euphoria patients experience from taking prescription opioids or heroin,” said Steve Cummings, PharmD, pharmacy and LAI Clinic manager at Our Lady of Peace. “The drug blocks that feeling for a month. During that time, patients can pursue outpatient treatment, such as counseling, while
VIVITROL helps prevent them from relapsing.”

Psychiatrists prescribe VIVITROL and determine the length of each patient’s course of treatment. Providers at the LAI Clinic regularly update behavioral health professionals about patients’ progress and compliance with the injection regimen.

The Right Service at the Right Time

A pharmacist and a medication access coordinator run the LAI Clinic. The medication access coordinator schedules patients’ visits to the clinic, handles prior authorization paperwork to clear individuals to receive VIVITROL, and connects patients with outpatient behavioral health services.

Most patients who visit the LAI Clinic learn about it during or just after completing inpatient detoxification at Our Lady of Peace. That is by design, according to Cummings.

“We don’t want people to be discharged without giving them the option to receive naltrexone on-site,” Cummings said. “For many individuals, detoxification is a low point when they’re more likely to desire treatment. We want each patient to beat addiction and live a normal life.”

The LAI Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 844.297.8982.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Spring edition of One Health magazine. Learn more about the opening of the Long-Acting Injection Clinic

Six Steps to Beat the Blahs

Six Steps to Beat the Blahs
There are ways to overcome cloudy, gloomy days.

“The wintertime and holidays can be difficult for many people suffering from depression or grieving the loss of a loved one,” said Kelly Gillooly, MEd, LCADC, director of behavioral health outreach at Our Lady of Peace (OLOP), part of KentuckyOne Health. “For those who struggle with depression during the holiday months, it’s important to not dwell on what the holidays are supposed to be like or how you’re supposed to feel.”

 

One Foot Forward

 

  1. Accept help from others — whether it’s with cooking, shopping or decorating.
  2. Avoid alcohol and other substances used to self-medicate.
  3. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have the perfect holiday.
  4. Find someone you can turn to when you’re feeling stressed.
  5. Get some exercise. Physical activity can help relieve depression.
  6. Give yourself permission to grieve if you’re struggling with the loss of a loved one.

“If you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Everyone needs support from time to time in their lives,” Gillooly said.

 

Need help finding peace and hope during the holidays or colder months?

 

Please do not hesitate to call — day or night — Our Lady of Peace’s Assessment and Referral Center. Our Lady of Peace is open 24/7 and offers assessments at no charge.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of One Health Magazine. Want more behavioral health information like this? Subscribe to One Health Magazine to hear from experts.