Business briefcase: Oct. 4, 2013

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By The Staff

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.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have a Wine & Nibbles event at 6-8 p.m. today at Talon Winery in Shelbyville. Thomas Hood will perform, and the cost is $20 per person for appetizers with a cash bar.
  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s community room, 1201 Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville. RSVP by Oct. 14 to shelbyvilleboardofrealtors@gmail.com.
  • The Shelby Development Corporation’s annual meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Sixth & Main Coffeehouse in Shelbyville. Register by Oct. 19 at Judy.Guetig@ShelbyDevCorp.com, Eilene.Collins@ShelbyDevCorp.com or 502-633-5029.


Bits & bytes

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery is considering building a new distribution center, and local leaders are negotiating with the company to ensure it’s located in Frankfort. Distillery spokesperson Amy Preske told The State Journal it’s too early in the planning process to provide details such as size, economic impact and job creation, but she said the company is looking at a number of locations within a 50-mile radius.
  • All 71 employees of Nextlife, a plastics recycling company that opened in Frankfort in 2010 as Mountain Valley Recycling, have been laid off, and the facility may not open its doors again, the plant manager said. The factory’s Florida-based parent company has hit dire financial straits, and its owners are in New York trying to find investors to continue operations, Nextlife plant manager Greg Tennell said.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance ranks Passport Health Plan as No. 21 among 131 Medicaid health insurance plans in NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan rankings for 2013-2014.
  • The Louisville Home & Design Show, presented by Window World on Oct. 19-20 at The Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center on Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville, will feature holiday design ideas from two local interior designers.
  • The Gold 100, an annual list of the top 100 trade shows compiled by Trade Show Executive magazine, once again listed numerous shows held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For 2012, four shows at the Kentucky Exposition Center are listed in the top 100, tying the facility for sixth place on the list of locations. The shows recognized, The Mid-America Trucking Show, ABC Kids Expo, GIE + EXPO and the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s National RV Trade Show, generated a combined $36.31 million of economic impact.
  • Kosair Charities will celebrate more than 90 years of helping children at 11 a.m.-10 p.m.  Oct. 12 with its 90th fall festival on the Kosair Charities Campus located at 982 Eastern Parkway.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 11.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43.

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.