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Walls honored for his work for perinatal association
Gary Walls, executive director of the Kentucky Perinatal Association, was awarded the Dr. Thomas H. Pauly Memorial Award by the Kentucky Perinatal Association board during a ceremony Lake Cumberland State Park.
The award goes to Kentucky residents and members of the KPA who are recognized for their diligent work in promoting the health of mothers and babies in Kentucky in any of several areas: education, patient care, legislative/legal advocacy and volunteerism. KPA board members review nominees annually and make the final selection.
Walls is a charter member of the KPA and has worked for the organization both before and since his retirement. Currently its second executive director, Walls “is a huge part of the heart and soul of our organization,” KPA board member John Morrison said in a release announcing the award.
“Without Gary, it would be extremely difficult for the KPA to continue to advocate as well as it has in the past for perinatal issues. Gary’s knowledge of state perinatal partners
and advocates throughout the entire state has been a large part of our effectiveness,” Morrison said. “His dedication is matched only by his southern grace and his sense of humor.”
Walls has been associated with the KPA since its beginning in 1988.
The award memorializes Dr. Tom Pauly, who provided leadership in the development of the Kentucky Perinatal Association back in the late 1980s.
Shelby Countians working at fair
Several Shelby County residents are among about 80 employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture who are working the Kentucky State Fair, serving in a variety of roles:
Comer honored each worker by issuing a release to commend them on their contributions to the department and the fair itself. And the employees showed their commitment to what they do.
DeEsch named as CFO
Valiant Management & Holdings LLC, a leader in management services for the automobile transportation industry, announced that Jesse W. DeEsch, CPA, will join the corporation as chief financial officer.
DeEsch, a resident of Shelby County, has been the principal partner of DeEsch & Associates, LLC in Shelbyville for the past eight years. Before moving to Shelbyville, DeEsch was the assistant controller for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in Trenton N.J.
KentuckyOne Health drops CoventryCares
KentuckyOne Health has sent notice of termination of all contracts with CoventryCares of Kentucky, which operates as a Medicaid managed-care organization under contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. These terminations will be effective for the former Saint Joseph Health System facilities on Dec. 1, 2012, and for the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare on Nov. 1.
CoventryCares is one of four MCOs providing managed Medicaid services for Kentucky Medicaid recipients. KentuckyOne Health is and will continue to be contracted to participate with Kentucky Spirit, Wellcare and Passport.
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