KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Congratulations to Rob Edwards—MediStar Award Winner

Congratulations to Rob Edwards—MediStar Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that UK HealthCare Kentucky Regional Extension Center’s Executive Director, Rob Edwards, has been awarded the Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award, part of the 2017 MediStar Awards presented by IGE Media.

The Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization that has worked to raise awareness of health challenges in our region and worked to affect change.

Since 20017, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors seven healthcare professionals for their achievement in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, aging care, as well as announces the physician and nurse of the year.

Congratulations to Rob for this excellent honor!

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UKHC Kentucky REC’s Rob Edwards Nominated for MediStar Award

Rob-EdwardsWe are pleased to announce that UK HealthCare Kentucky Regional Extension Center’s Executive Director, Rob Edwards, has been nominated for the Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award, part of the 2017 MediStar Awards presented by IGE Media.

The Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization that has worked to raise awareness of health challenges in our region and worked to affect change.

Since 20017, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors seven healthcare professionals for their achievement in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, aging care, as well as announces the physician and nurse of the year.

Congratulations to Rob for this excellent honor!

See the full list of nominees here.

Kentucky REC Wins 2015 MediStar Award: A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education

MediStar_HonoreeKentucky REC has been selected as the honoree for the 2015 A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education presented to an organization that takes creative approaches to developing and implementing programs, which enhance the level of knowledge, education and career opportunity in healthcare.

Since 2007 IGE Media, publisher of Medical News and Medical News For You, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors eight healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, design, aging care, as well as announces the Physician and Nurse of the Year award. For more information about MediStar Awards, click here.

We are honored to receive this MediStar Award and join this elite group of healthcare leaders.

View 2015 MediStar Honorees here.

All Six Kentucky REC PCMH Cohort Members Receive National Recognition

pcmhWe are pleased to announce that all six healthcare organizations participating in our inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Cohort have received national recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a well-respected, non-profit organization that has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the healthcare system. PCMH designation by NCQA is an indicator that healthcare practices and clinics are providing high-quality, patient-centered care to their clients and in their communities.

Congratulations to:
UK HealthCare Family and Community Medicine – Lexington, KY – Level 3
Georgetown Pediatrics – Georgetown, KY – Level 3
Central Internal Medicine – Lexington, KY – Level 3
Bluegrass Community and Family Practice – Bardstown, KY – Level 3
Family Medicine Clinic of Danville – Danville, KY – Level 2
Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky – Hazard, KY – Level 2

These pioneer provider organizations, representing over 75 primary care providers, joined Kentucky REC’s inaugural group of PCMH practices in early 2014 and have worked diligently to improve patient care in their practices and communities.

“This is a major accomplishment for these practices. These six practices worked with us over 15 months, dedicating the time and resources needed to transform their practices to this patient-centered care model. The hard work by everyone involved allowed the practices to achieve the highest levels of recognition and improve the quality of care for their patients,” stated Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, Executive Director, Kentucky REC.

Kentucky REC provides coaching and assistance to support practices and clinics as they transform from a traditional sick care model to new models focused on comprehensive, coordinated care that keeps patients healthier and reduces complications. At the center of the PCMH model is a primary care physician office, where healthcare professionals work as a team to provide care that is individually determined to meet each patient’s specific need.

This approach fosters an environment in which patients develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with their primary care physician and a healthcare team focused on enhanced care coordination and office-based disease management planning. As such, the practice becomes the patient’s “home” for preventive, chronic, and ambulatory care.

The Kentucky REC PCMH Cohort focused on helping the practices demonstrate that they meet nationally recognized NCQA PCMH standards. Practices that achieved recognition worked with Kentucky REC to demonstrate the practice is able to:

• Provide access during and after business hours and communicate effectively with patients
• Use readily accessible, clinically useful information to assist in comprehensive care
• Collaborate with patients and families to pursue goals for achieving optimal health
• Improve effectiveness of care, safety, and efficiency by accessing timely information for tests and results, measuring and reporting performance, giving physicians regular feedback, and taking actions to improve, and maximizing use of electronic communications to facilitate coordination of care

Care provided by primary care physicians in a PCMH is consistently associated with better outcomes, reduced mortality, fewer preventable hospital admissions for patients with chronic diseases, lower utilization, improved patient compliance with recommended care, and lower Medicare costs.

“We’d like to congratulate these pioneer practices for becoming nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes,” stated Trudi Matthews, Managing Director, Kentucky REC. “UK and its Kentucky Regional Extension Center are pleased to provide support for innovative approaches to improving care for Kentuckians.”

Kentucky REC Nominated for 2015 MediStar Awards

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We are honored to be nominated for Medical News MediStar Awards two years in a row!

Kentucky REC has been nominated for the following 2015 MediStar Awards:
The A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education
The Kentucky Life Science Council Healthcare Innovation Award

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Rob Edwards for his nomination as well!

Click here for 2015 Nominees