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COVINGTON, Ky. -- Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington will celebrate National Rehabilitation Awareness Week September 14-21. This week-long celebration serves to increase knowledge of the powers and possibilities of rehabilitation and educate those that are unfamiliar with its benefits. Rehabilitation makes it possible for people to overcome injury or illness and teaches them ways of living their lives independently. The observance of this celebration applauds the determination of the nearly 50 million Americans that live with disabilities and the efforts of rehabilitation professionals.

The main purpose of rehabilitation is to prevent, diagnose and treat disabilities in order for people to live life with greater independence. A broad range of medical professionals, which include physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, vocational counselors, teachers and other specialists, are involved in rehabilitation. Medical professionals work with clients and their families to help restore functions lost as a result of a disability. Through the process of training and practice, each client is encouraged to focus on their abilities rather than on their disability.
Located in Lexington, Ky., Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is a non-profit facility that provides acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for both children and adults. Services include: medical and nursing care, physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, speech/language pathology, and counseling services.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is a division of the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System which is also comprised of outpatient facilities in Florence, Covington and Louisville and Camp KYSOC in Carrollton, Kentucky. The healthcare system will open a Long Term Acute Care Hospital located at St. Luke Hospital East in Ft. Thomas, KY in December 2003. The non-profit system spans the central, eastern and northern parts of Kentucky.
The Cardinal Hill vision is to provide benchmark patient and customer services in physical rehabilitation.



LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to announce the purchase of the Home Care division of the Interim Health Care Agency in Lexington. This agency is licensed to serve patients in Fayette, Franklin, Woodford, Madison, and Jessamine counties. Certification from Medicare is required before the new agency, to be named Cardinal Hill Home Care, may accept patients. The expected opening is January 2004.
In the last fiscal year, 49% of patients discharged from Cardinal Hill resided in the five counties served by Interim Health Care. "The opening of Cardinal Hill Home Care will allow us to continue to provide quality rehabilitation services to our patients who need continued nursing and therapy after an inpatient admission," said Kerry Gillihan, President/CEO. "We will also be able to provide home care services to the many patients referred to Cardinal Hill Hospital who choose not to be admitted because they would prefer to receive rehabilitation services in their home."
Cardinal Hill Home Care will offer the full array of home care services typical of most home health agencies. In addition, there will be an emphasis on the intense therapy services for which Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is known. The office of Cardinal Hill Home Care will be located at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital on Versailles Road.
Warren Hoffman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, noted "Cardinal Hill Hospital is committed to developing a full continuum of care for those we serve in central Kentucky. Adding home care to our available programs will allow the quality rehabilitation care provided at the hospital to be extended into the home setting. We are pleased to be able to continue to meet the needs of a community which so generously supports Cardinal Hill."
Cardinal Hill Home Care will be owned and operated by Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, a division of the Kentucky Easter Seal Society, Inc. aka Cardinal Hill Healthcare System. Other divisions in the system include Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky, which consists of outpatient facilities in Florence and Covington, and a Long Term Acute Care Hospital slated to open in December 2003 at St. Luke Hospital East. Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center of Louisville, another large outpatient facility, and Camp KYSOC in Carrollton, Kentucky are also divisions of the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System. More than 12,000 clients were served by all facilities within the system in the last fiscal year. This number is expected to grow significantly with the addition of home care and long-term acute care programs in 2003/2004.


ST. MATTHEWS -- With the new biplane angiography suite in the operating room at Baptist Hospital East, endovascular and surgical procedures can be performed more swiftly and with an even greater degree of safety for patients.
"This new equipment reduces the length of a procedure by at least 50 percent," said Neurosurgeon Jonathan Hodes, M.D. "It also reduces the risk of a procedure because the number of times radiographic dye has to be injected into the artery is reduced by 50 percent."
The biplane system takes very detailed and clear X-ray pictures. By watching these images, physicians can thread extremely fine catheters through blood vessels that lead directly to problem areas in the brain. Once there, they can seal off aneurysms, destroy clots, choke off the blood supply to tumors and open up clogged arteries with stents -- all without surgery.
Also, high quality images can be obtained during craniotomy, allowing real-time control of aneurysm displacement or fistula occlusion.
Blood vessels can be viewed from two different angles at the same time with the biplane system. The old imaging equipment gave a view of the brain in only one plane. With that limited view, it could be difficult to navigate some arteries or enter some aneurysms or branch vessels.
"This new system demonstrates the anatomy of an aneurysm in a very robust fashion that was not available to us before," said Ranjit Bagga, M.D., director of interventional neuroradiology. He and his partner, Stephen Anvar, M.D., also use the biplane suite to perform endovascular procedures.
In addition, the system offers three-dimensional rotational angiography. After dye is shot into a blood vessel, the machine spins on a 180-degree axis, giving three-dimensional information about an aneurysm.
"In order to more effectively treat the aneurysm, you have to understand the aneurysm from the most accurate anatomic perspective that you can," Dr. Bagga said. The biplane angiography system fits that bill.
Locating the biplane system in Surgical Services offers a distinct advantage for patients, Dr. Hodes said.
"We are unique in the area because a patient coming in the Emergency Department with a ruptured aneurysm can go directly to the operating room, have a diagnostic arteriorgram performed, and a decision can be made immediately on an open surgery or endovascular procedure -- both of which could be performed in the same room."
The biplane system, in use since last November, is a sophisticated system comparable to those found in most top academic institutions. "It really puts us on top of the technological curve in our community," Dr. Bagga said.
"It's great. It's just wonderful," Dr. Hodes said.


ST. MATTHEWS -- Studies have shown that exercise helps people with arthritis by reducing joint pain and stiffness, increasing flexibility, muscle strength and endurance plus helping with weight reduction.
People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) class at the Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center fits the bill. Geared to beginners, it's a gentle exercise class that includes stretching, strengthening and fitness exercises tailored specifically for people with arthritis.
PACE, recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, is offered from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Wellness Center, 750 Cypress Station Drive near the Mall St. Matthews. Cost is $3 per class for non-members; free for members.
For more information, contact Aquatic Director Mary Duke Connell at (502) 896-3900, ext. 132.
Exercise is an integral part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan, which can include rest and relaxation, proper diet, medication and instruction about proper use of joints as well as the use of pain relief methods.
Before starting an exercise program, people with arthritis should discuss options with their doctors.


ST. MATTHEWS -- Women who suffer a pregnancy loss after infertility bear a double burden -- mourning the loss of a child while knowing that child may be irreplaceable.
"It is one of the most isolating and emotionally tumultuous experiences a woman can have," said JoAnne Morris, M.Div., chaplain at Baptist Hospital East. Morris and her husband, Jimmy, have personally struggled with the issue for the past five years.
A new support group -- Companions -- will offer women struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss an opportunity to share with others who are suffering the same hardships. The free group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at The Springs Medical Center, 6420 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 360. The first meeting will be Tuesday, June 3; the second on Tuesday, June 17.
"I know what it feels like to be part of the infertility journey, but this takes it to a whole new dimension," Morris said of pregnancy loss. Pregnancy loss can be a miscarriage, stillbirth, or failure of an implanted embryo to attach and thrive. With the technology available today, women know much earlier that they're pregnant. The hopes and dreams invested in an expected child are shattered by pregnancy loss.
Pregnancy loss affects one million women each year; about 15 percent of couples deal with infertility. While there are support groups to help couples deal with infertility, there are few resources to help those wrestling with both infertility and pregnancy loss, Morris said.
"There can be such a sense of hopelessness, resentment and anger," she said. Couples dealing with infertility may have spent months or years, thousands of dollars and significant emotional energy in trying to have a baby. To then suffer pregnancy loss is a double blow.
For more information on Companions, contact Morris at (502) 896-7112.