KentuckyOne invests in new equipment at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville
Public Relations Director
Shelbyville, Ky. (September 24, 2013) — KentuckyOne Health is making their presence known in Shelbyville through a significant investment in new equipment, all to ensure high quality and safe care. The $1.3 million investment at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville (JHS), primarily in medical imaging services, includes a new large bore 64-slice CT scanner, new fluoroscopy equipment, a new -ray unit in the Emergency Department’s Trauma Room, and a new cardiac monitoring system in Critical Care.
“The investment in new equipment at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is part of KentuckyOne Health’s mission to provide better care throughout the state,” said Michael Collins, the local hospital’s president. “The physicians and hospital staff provide excellent care every day. We believe these new “tools” will help them provide even better care and service to our community.”
In addition to the KentuckyOne investment, the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Foundation awarded the hospital with a grant to purchase HoverMats and mounted patient lifts in the nursing unit, surgery and critical care. The mats and lifts are used during bed transfers and repositioning to increase the safety of patients and to keep the patient care staff safe. JHS is participating with CHI’s evidence-based Safe Patient Handling Movement and KentuckyOne Health’s Safety First initiative.
Ann Spencer, RN, chief nursing officer for JHS, said the HoverMats and lifts have already made a big difference. “Moving patients can be a challenge. Many nurses leave the profession because of the strain on their bodies. This new equipment is a huge win for both our patients and our clinical team.”
The hospital has also created a new outpatient services unit on the first floor by relocating wound care and sleep services to space already occupied by a hospital based pain clinic. The new outpatient area will also house chemotherapy and breast stereotactic services.
Along with the investments, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville was recognized in August by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services as a “Mentor” Hospital – and by the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network for excellence in a number of quality initiatives.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.