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Gentrup’s research project honored by vision group
Dr. Ashley Gentrup, a post-doctoral pediatrics and vision therapy resident at Bowersox Vision Center in Shelbyville, is a recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Scientific Project award from The American Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section.
The award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of eye care in the public health field.
Gentrup and faculty advisor Dr. Marc B. Taub at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., worked to highlight the successes and difficulties of implementing a vision therapy scholarship program in an urban environment. Previous research demonstrates that poor visual skills commonly affect students below the poverty line and play a crucial role in learning, especially reading.
The FUNDS scholarship program at Southern College of Optometry allows disadvantaged students to receive optometric vision therapy at reduced rates. Gentrup and Taub found that a lack of consistent attendance hinders children’s ability to improve the visual skills through vision therapy.
Dr. Gentrup is a family doctor of optometry and practices primary care with a special emphasis in pediatrics and binocular vision.
Jewish accredited as chest pain center
Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is a part of that system.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
To earn the certification, Jewish Hospital was evaluated for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Jewish Hospital, this means that processes are in place that meet criteria aimed at reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, treating patients more quickly when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved and monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
FFA prep in Louisville
More than 80 Kentucky and Indiana FFA members gathered in downtown Louisville on Wednesday to plant mums, less than a month before the 86th annual National FFA Convention & Expo will bring more than 56,000 students and advisors to Louisville, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
During the 4-day convention, students will compete, attend leadership and career development workshops, tour area businesses and volunteer hours of community service. FFA will utilize 133 hotels and numerous businesses, all within a 60-mile radius of Louisville.
The convention will bring an estimated economic impact of $40 million, making it the largest convention for Louisville in 2013. The Mid-America Trucking Show holds the next spot with an estimated economic impact of $14 million. FFA will stay in Louisville for 2013, 2014 and 2015, beginning a 3-year rotation with Indianapolis.
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