Russell County Hospital News

Laboratory Addition Building Project

Branscum Construction was awarded the bid on the RCH Lab Addition Project. This project will provide much needed space for the Laboratory. The current lab space is spread over three areas of the hospital and equals 800 + square feet. The new project is approximately 2,000 sf and will locate all Lab space in one area. Once completed the lab will have it's own entrance and parking area and patients will no longer have to access lab services by coming through our ER Admission area as they currently do. Patients can park close to lab and enter the lab area, be registered and have labs completed without having to travel the hospital corridors. The new lab will be located on the west side of the hospital in the space currently know as the gazebo area. Ground breaking on this project should be this Spring 2018 with an approximate one year to completion of new Lab space.

Janie Landis Appointed as Chief Financial Officer by Bill Kindred, CEO

Bill Kindred, CEO announced, "It gives me great pleasure to inform you of the appointment of Janie Landis as Chief Financial Officer of Russell County Hospital." Janie has been with the organization for 18 years and has demonstrated her ever increasing knowledge and skills which make her most suited and capable to perform the duties of CFO. "I look forward to working with her in her new role." Derek Jones, Interim CFO will continue in the short term as a financial consultant assisting Janie though a transition period. "Please join me in welcoming our new CFO, Janie Landis."

RCH Welcomes New CEO Bill Kindred

After an arduous process of vettng some 70 applicants by committee, the Russell County Hospital Board interviewed applicant finalists and decided on Bill Kindred of Metcalfe County to be the new hospital CEO, a choice that board chair Mark Antle said was a good combination of expertise and personability.

Kindred replaces George Walz who has been the interim CEO the past couple of months, himself replacing outgoing CEO Robert Ramey.

Chris McQueary Completes 2nd Term on RCH Board of Directors

CEO, Robert Ramey presented Board Chairman, Chris McQueary with a plaque at the February 21, 2013 meeting in recognition of 8 years of service Chris provided to Russell County Hospital.

Chris stated the eight years had passed quickly and RCH had come a long way in the years he has been here.

KEMI Announces Workplace Safety Award Winners

Ten Kentucky organizations have been selected to receive the 2012 KEMI Destiny Award presented by Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance (KEMI). The KEMI Destiny Award is presented annually to policyholders that best exemplify KEMI's motto, "Control your own destiny." It symbolizes what can be accomplished when organizations work together to improve workplace safety.
The following policyholders were selected after meeting a stringent set of criteria set forth by KEMI:

Ale-8-One Bottling Company
CLARK Material Handling Company
Clas Coal Company
Frankfort Plant Board
The Hayden Company
Kelley Construction
Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Northern Kentucky Water District
Russell County Hospital
Western Kentucky Minerals

Safety measures which have helped reduce workers' compensation costs for this elite group of policyholders include the establishment of interactive relationships with KEMI's Loss Education Department, the implementation of formal safety programs, onsite training and regular safety meetings, and an ongoing commitment to safety from all levels throughout their organizations.
"Workplace safety is both a core value and a top priority at every level for recipients of the KEMI Destiny Award," said Roger Fries, KEMI President & CEO. "Policyholders who are successful at minimizing workplace risks not only benefit from lower workers' compensation insurance premiums, but more importantly their employees go home safely to their loved ones each day."
Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance (KEMI) is the largest provider of workers' compensation insurance in Kentucky, providing coverage to more than 21,500 businesses in all 120 counties of the state.

Russell County Hospital Partners with Central Baptist Hospital

Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky., has entered into an agreement to manage Russell County Hospital.

The three-year agreement creates an opportunity to provide greater accessibility to a wider range of health services in Russell County. The management agreement will allow creation of a broader continuum of care, including enhanced alignment of physicians and hospital services.

The county-owned hospital has 25 critical-access beds, approximately 170 employees and 23 practicing physicians.

"Bringing together Russell County Hospital and Central Baptist Hospital provides us with an opportunity to create a comprehensive and high-quality health care system in Russell County that will be of great value to our patients, our employees and our community," said Chris McQueary, Chairman of the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors. "This strategic partnership will allow us to work more closely with a leading health care system to provide high levels of care in the most cost-effective way."

"We are very excited about this agreement with Russell County Hospital and the opportunity it will provide both facilities to further enhance the availability and delivery of health care services to residents of the area," said William G. Sisson, President and CEO of Central Baptist Hospital.

As part of the management agreement, Robert Ramey was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Russell County Hospital, effective immediately. Ramey has served in several capacities during his 17-year tenure at Central Baptist Hospital, most recently as administrator of Baptist- Physicians' Surgery Center.

Board of Directors Move Forward on RCH Expansion Project

At Januarys' monthly meeting of the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors, a decision was made to move forward with submitting the necessary paperwork for financing of the original building project to the USDA.

30 Year Service Award Recipients

At the 2011 Christmas Party and Service Awards Banquet this year there were eleven hospital employees and two physicians recognized for 30 years of service to Russell County Hospital.

Recognized were: Phillip Marcum, Dr. Richard Miles, Winston Roy, Paula Mann, Lori Antle, Cory Stearns, Lannette Harris, Janet Kimbler, Lila McGowan and Carolyn Wade.

Dr. Charles Peck, Bertha Foley and Teresa Murray were not in attendance.

Dr. Vijay Jain, General Surgeon Retires

Dr. Vijay Jain announced he will be retiring from active practice effective December 11, 2011.

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