Channeling C.A.R.E.

Channeling C.A.R.E.

Tranquil scenes play 24 hours a day on the new C.A.R.E. Channel at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Hospitals can be a stressful environment for patients who are undergoing treatment or awaiting test results, as well as the visitors, physicians and staff members working diligently to provide the best of care. The new Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment (C.A.R.E.) Channel at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is a resource to help decrease stress and optimize patient recovery times. The channel was made possible by a gift from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

“The C.A.R.E. Channel is available on every television in Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Lynnette RauvolaBouta, vice president of mission integration. “The channel always plays nature scenery videos and calm instrumental music, which have been shown to have a positive impact on anxiety and pain.”

The C.A.R.E. Channel began broadcasting in May and is one of the ways Saint Joseph Hospital strives to provide a more healing environment for patients and hospital team members. Additionally, the hospital offers 24-hour chaplain services and pet therapy. Research published in medical journals, including Journal of Music Therapy and Anxiety, Stress & Coping, shows that exposure to music and interacting with animals can be effective complements to standard medical treatment.

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

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A Judge’s Journey of Healing

A Judge's Journey of Healing

A Judge's Journey of Healing

After surviving a devastating automobile accident, County District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens found healing at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health.

On the evening of June 29, 2015, the life of Judge Stephens changed forever.

“My cousin and I were in the car driving down a two-lane road with my dogs when a driver came flying around the curve,” Judge Stephens said. “A mountain was on one side and a river on the other, so there was nowhere to go. At 7:28 p.m., a man who had been in my courtroom once for drunk driving hit my car head on, killing himself and one of my dogs, Judge Butterscotch.”

The Impact of the Accident

Though Judge Stephens, her cousin and one of her dogs survived the collision, they required serious medical intervention from the closest medical facility, Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Judge Stephens had a broken left leg and shattered heel bone. But that wasn’t the full extent of the consequences the accident would have on her health. She later developed an infection from her injuries and sought treatment at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

With the support of Frank Burke, MD, with the Saint Joseph Wound Center and board-certified foot and ankle surgery specialist Bradford Fine, DPM, Judge Stephens underwent a robust regimen of treatments to manage the infection. The team administered antibiotics, performed surgery and ultimately had to amputate her left foot.

“I look back on that time, and I think that they knew I was going to eventually lose the foot. But their first priority was to save my life,” Judge Stephens said. “I have never felt so cared for, loved and encouraged.”

Healing and Hope

Following the amputation, Judge Stephens received hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Saint Joseph Wound Center and has been steadily adjusting to a series of prosthetics. The course of treatment she received has been boosted by the faith-filled friendships she cultivated at Saint Joseph Hospital.

“Having people around to share faith and pray with me was the best possible scenario,” Judge Stephens said. “The doctors and nurses saved my life and healed my spirit. I may have lost my foot, but I am so very blessed.”

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

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Best Places to Work, Celebrating 140-year Anniversary and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

 

Saint Joseph London Hosts Ninth Annual Foundation Gala

The Saint Joseph London Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host its ninth annual Foundation Gala on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, to help raise funds for Saint Joseph London.

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Saint Joseph Martin Receives Five-Star Hospital Compare Rating

Martin, Ky. (January 26, 2018) – Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, is among a select group of facilities nationwide to receive a five-star rating from the Hospital Compare website, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program.

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KentuckyOne Health Has Strong Showing on “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” 14th Annual List

Louisville, Ky. (January 19, 2018) — Our Lady of Peace, Flaget Memorial Hospital, and Medical Center Jewish Southwest, all part of KentuckyOne Health, have earned a place on the 14th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list, which identifies and recognizes Kentucky’s best employers.

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Community Mass to Celebrate 140th Anniversary of Saint Joseph Hospital

Founded in 1877, Saint Joseph Hospital is celebrating 140 years in the Lexington community. The hospital, which was the first in Lexington, has pioneered many firsts in the health care community.

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