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Commonwealth Health Corporation Assumes Management of Clinton County Hospital

Friday, February 5, 2016

Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), parent company of The Medical Center, has assumed management of Clinton County Hospital effective immediately and will close on the acquisition of the hospital in March. Once the acquisition is complete, the hospital will become The Medical Center at Albany. Eric Hagan, Vice President of Commonwealth Health Corporation, will serve as Interim Administrator.

Clinton County Hospital is a 42-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital located in Albany, Kentucky. The hospital has served the residents of Clinton County and surrounding counties since 1951 and currently has 125 employees. With the addition of Clinton County Hospital to its family of hospitals, CHC now operates six acute care hospitals in Southcentral Kentucky including The Medical Centers in Bowling Green, Caverna, Franklin and Scottsville and Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital in Bowling Green. CHC employs over 3,400 healthcare workers with a medical staff that includes over 350 physicians.

In October 2015 CHC was asked by Clinton County Hospital to evaluate operations at the hospital to determine the feasibility of acquiring the hospital.

“We look forward to serving the healthcare needs of residents in Clinton County and providing access to quality care close to home,” said Connie D. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHC and The Medical Center. “We are honored to have been invited into the community and are committed to improving and expanding local healthcare services.”

Ten Kentucky Health Care Systems Form State-wide Health Care Collaborative

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Regional and community health systems across the Commonwealth partner to reverse KY’s poor health statistics, share best practices and prepare for a population health model of care delivery.

William L. Shepley hired as executive director

Today, 10 health care systems across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, collectively known as the Kentucky Health Collaborative, announced its primary objectives of raising the standards of care across the state, addressing the Commonwealth’s poor health statistics and reducing the cost of care through greater operational efficiencies.

The founding health systems’ chief executive officers or appointed executives are serving on a steering committee guiding the formation and development of the collaborative.

The initial health systems which have signed on as charter members of the collaborative are:

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (Lexington, KY)*
Baptist Health (Louisville, KY)
Ephraim McDowell Health (Danville, KY)
LifePoint Health (Brentwood, TN)
Norton Healthcare (Louisville, KY)
Owensboro Health (Owensboro, KY)
St. Claire Regional Medical Center (Morehead, KY)
St. Elizabeth Healthcare (Edgewood, KY)
The Medical Center (Bowling Green, KY)
UK HealthCare (Lexington, KY)

*Parentheses designate location of organization’s headquarters

Kentucky Health Collaborative is still in its early stages of development, and there are many details yet to be finalized, such as which issues and opportunities for improvement the group will tackle first. As the collaborative develops the systems and infrastructure needed to accomplish its goals, the opportunity to join will extend to a wider pool of potential members across the Commonwealth.

In addition, the collaborative’s steering committee has hired William “Bill” L. Shepley as the organization’s inaugural executive director. Shepley, who has more than 25 years of experience as a health care executive at organizations such as the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance and the Coastal Carolinas Healthcare Alliance, has devoted his career to developing and managing multi-facility alliances and networks to guide organizations through changes in the health care delivery system.

“Being offered this opportunity to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky was one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Shepley. “The Kentucky Health Collaborative has created a governance structure that supports the inclusion and participation of health care providers regardless of location within the Commonwealth, size or profit structure. The solutions we expect to develop through the collaborative have worked well for similar networks across the country, and I am honored to be a part of this important process.”

The Medical Center Launches Life-Saving PulsePoint App

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Medical Center has introduced the PulsePoint app to Warren County. PulsePoint is a free mobile app that is saving lives in more than 1,100 communities in the United States.

Launched today to the Bowling Green community at the meeting of the Warren County Fire Chiefs Association, local first responders got a first look at the PulsePoint app. Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic, Jim Williams, explained how it works. “The system will alert CPR-trained users through the free app when someone in a nearby public place is experiencing a heart attack and needs CPR. The app also shows the alerted CPR-trained person answering the call where to find the closest defibrillator.”

“The goal is for everyone with CPR training to sign up for the free PulsePoint app. They can then be alerted when someone in a public place within a quarter mile of them is in need of CPR. The person alerted by the app will perform necessary life-saving CPR until emergency personnel arrive. When someone is experiencing a heart attack, every minute counts,” said Jim Berry, Interim Director for Medical Center EMS.

In addition to the life-saving CPR notifications, the app provides a current list of accident locations to which EMS is responding. Knowing the accident locations will save individuals drive time by being able to plan an alternate route and avoid being slowed in traffic tie-ups.

To download the free PulsePoint app, go to either the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for “PulsePoint.”

The Medical Center Acquires Caverna Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Caverna Memorial Hospital, which has served the residents of Hart and surrounding counties since 1967, will become The Medical Center at Caverna effective January 1. The Medical Center at Caverna will continue to operate as a 25-bed, not-for-profit critical access hospital and provide needed access to healthcare for area residents.

On August 24, The Medical Center and Caverna Memorial Hospital announced that the boards of directors for both hospitals agreed to the acquisition by the Bowling Green – Warren County Community Hospital Corporation d/b/a The Medical Center with the transaction targeted for completion by the end of 2015. The Medical Center is a 337-bed, not-for-profit regional referral hospital located in Bowling Green.

With the addition of The Medical Center at Caverna to its family of hospitals, Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), the parent company of The Medical Center, now operates five acute care hospitals in Southcentral Kentucky including The Medical Centers at Bowling, Scottsville and Franklin and Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital. CHC employs over 3,300 healthcare workers with a medical staff that includes over 300 physicians.

Two of CHC’s hospitals, The Medical Center at Franklin and The Medical Center at Scottsville, are critical access hospitals like The Medical Center at Caverna. “We recognize the importance of critical access hospitals and the significant role they play in providing local residents in rural communities with access to quality medical care,” said Connie Smith, President and CEO of The Medical Center and CHC. “We have been very successful in operating two critical access hospitals, and we look forward to bringing our experience to Hart County as we expand services and enhance the quality of care for area residents.”

“We are proud to become part of The Medical Center’s healthcare system and look forward to what the future holds for healthcare in Hart County,” said Alan Alexander, Vice President and Administrator of The Medical Center at Caverna. “Caverna Memorial Hospital has served the residents of Hart and surrounding counties well over the past 48 years, and we can rest assured that starting this new chapter in our history as The Medical Center at Caverna will mean great things for the communities we serve.”

Medical Center Primary Care Now Open, Accepting Patients

Monday, September 14, 2015

Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), parent company of The Medical Center, opened Medical Center Primary Care on September 1 to expand the availability of primary care physicians in Southcentral Kentucky. Medical Center Primary Care is located at 1901 Scottsville Road, across from Edmonton State Bank at light #5.

“An extreme shortage of physicians who specialize in internal medicine and family practice is affecting access to primary care services for patients in Southcentral Kentucky,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Health Corporation. Recent studies indicate that Bowling Green and surrounding communities have a combined need for up to 30 additional primary care physicians. “Primary care physicians play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system. They provide continuing care throughout a patient’s adult life, including diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, management of chronic conditions, preventive care such as screenings and immunizations, and coordination of care with specialists.”

The first physician to join Medical Center Primary Care is Mabel Alvarez, M.D. Dr. Alvarez completed her medical degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She completed residency programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida and Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently she was in private practice in New York, New York.

Rima Desai, M.D. will begin October 15. She earned her medical degree at Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She completed post graduate training in Internal Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. She relocates to Bowling Green from Bellevue, Kentucky where she practiced at Healthpoint Family Care.

A third physician, Maya Khoukaz, M.D., will join the practice in January 2016. Dr. Khoukaz earned her medical degree from American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She completed residency training at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She presently works at Veterans Affairs in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Medical Center Primary Care sees adult patients. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 270-901-0629.