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Business briefcase: Nov. 8, 2013

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By The Staff

KentuckyOne launches

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.”

 

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Day at the Races at Churchill Downs is today. Tickets are $40 per person and cover the cost of admission, reserved seating, a race program and a buffet lunch. A cash bar will be available. Register at www.shelbycountykychamber.com.
  • The chamber’s next business after hours will be at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension, at
1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville.
  • Campbellsville University’s School of Business and Economics will hold an information session at the Louisville Education Center, 2300 Greene Way, Louisville, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information contact Keith Spears at hkspears@campbellsville.edu or Jim Woolums, director of regional centers and assistant professor of Christian studies, at jwoolums@campbellsville.edu or call the LEC at 502-753-0264 or 877-4CU-GRAD.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 annual meeting and awards luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Thursday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Featured guest will be retired Army Col. Walter Herd. Reservations are required, with ticket price of $25 per person, and the deadline is Nov. 8. For more information or reservations, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or johnna@shelbycountykychamber.com.

 

Bits & bytes

  • Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are encouraging customers to help community members who may have difficulty paying their heating bills during the winter  months. Now through March 31, the utilities will be matching $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers to the utilities’ heating assistance programs.
  • The utilities first announced plans to increase this year’s donations in October following the recent federal government shutdown when Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, funds were expected  to be delayed. LIHEAP appointments for subsidy assistance begin Tuesday. During the past five years, customer donations and matching funds from the utilities have raised more than $1.67 million, with approximately $923,000 of that donated by the utilities. These funds have assisted  thousands of families pay their heating bills.
  • After a yearlong effort with four Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association today released the first-ever Bourbon historical timeline of pioneers, landmark events and noteworthy occurrences. It’s available under the “History” tab at www.kybourbontrail.com.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.23 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26.

 

Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.