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24/7 in-home care
KentuckyOne Anywhere Care, a phone and video chat-based medical service available 24/7 launched this week, offering what KentuckyOne Health said is one of the first such a services in the country.
Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is part of KentuckyOne Health.
New or established patients can consult with board-certified family practice providers without leaving home and can request care at www.KentuckyOneAnywhereCare.org or by calling a toll-free phone number.
Following a request, patients would receive a phone or video chat call from a provider within 30 minutes. Providers may prescribe medications, if appropriate, recommend an over-the-counter medication or provide home-care options. Providers do not prescribe or refill prescriptions for controlled substances such as narcotic pain relievers.
KentuckyOne Anywhere Care also provides a follow-up report to the patient’s KentuckyOne provider following a visit. If needed, the KentuckyOne Anywhere Care provider will refer patients for a follow-up visit to a clinic or to an emergency department.
New hybrid ER
Jewish Hospital broke ground on a hybrid operating room and resuscitation center, the first of its kind in Kentucky. The hybrid operating room will create more space for innovative new procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients who are not candidates for open-heart surgery but need heart valve replacement.
The resuscitation center will allow for new treatments, such as the use of hypothermia therapy for some patients in cardiac arrest, a treatment endorsed by the American Heart Association.
A hybrid OR features diagnostic and imaging equipment, advanced robotics and operating equipment, allowing cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to work side by side. The combined facility enables heart care experts to work collaboratively to make informed decisions about patient care, allowing them the opportunity to evaluate procedures in real-time.
Construction began Oct. 21 and is expected to be complete by the end of February at a cost of $5 million.
Banks fund LG&E/KU projects
LG&E and KU Energy LLC, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, announced a financing agreement with local banks – including Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Republic Bank & Trust and Fifth Third Bank – to fund $75 million in working capital needs. The arrangement also supports regional economic development throughout the LG&E and KU service territories.
LG&E and KU Energy teamed with PNC Capital Markets LLC and other regional and local banks to develop a senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The transaction capitalizes on substantial local bank deposits and offers investment-grade lending opportunities to local bank participants. Additionally, it strengthens LG&E and KU Energy’s access to capital markets by diversifying funding sources.
“This financing strategy is truly a win-win for all parties,” Kent Blake, LG&E and KU Energy’s chief financial officer, said in a release announcing the program. “It provides our company with another cost-effective financing alternative and promotes healthy local businesses and a stronger local economy. This partnership with regional and local banks further solidifies our long-standing commitment to the communities we serve.”
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