Health

Longtime Healthcare Executive in Bowling Green Dies

Aug 14, 2012

A former president and chief executive officer of The Medical Center in Bowling Green has died. John Desmarais passed away Tueday at his home in Logan County.

Some doctors are expressing concerns about new regulations that require them to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse.

So far this year, 23 children nationwide have died from being left alone in cars in the summer heat.  In most cases, children are unknowingly left behind, but regardless, parents experience the life-long grief of losing a child.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has apologized to a federal judge and is asking him to drop a contempt order against the agency. U.S. Senior Judge Karl Forester held the agency in contempt last month after ruling that the cabinet did not comply with his order to process thousands of requests from Appalachian Regional Healthcare patients who wanted to switch Medicaid managed-care companies.

A long-term cancer study is getting underway across the country, and enrollment in Kentucky starts Tuesday. 

Experts say Lyme disease is likely underdiagnosed in Kentucky in part because it's so rarely seen in the state. The number of cases is rising nationally, but just five cases were reported in Kentucky in each of the past two years.

Summertime is always a challenge, but the American Red Cross says blood donations are at a 15-year low. To help out, a blood drive will be held in Bowling Green Friday from 10:30am to 4:30pm at Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center.

The financially struggling University Hospital in Louisville is cutting services that will save the facility about $2.5 million a year. The Courier-Journal reports that the hospital will close its sleep center in November, halt open-heart surgeries and limit non-emergency outpatient services for people who don't have insurance.

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State Health Officials in the Commonwealth are calling on parents to take steps to be certain their children have been immunized for a variety of diseases. This is National Immunization Awareness Month, and State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says its important not to become complacent about the issue.

The next public forum over Kentucky's upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Wednesday in Somerset. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplace in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.

Students will soon be returning to the classroom, and a nurses group and others are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against meningitis. The group Voices of Meningitis says meningococcal meningitis can be spread through activities such as sharing water bottles and drinking glasses and points out that 10 percent of people who contract the disease don't survive it.

State officials will be in Somerset Wednesday explaining the federal health care law and how it applies to the average citizen. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Insurance and Cabinet for Health and Family Services will talk about the health insurance exchange the state is in the process of establishing. 

Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are taking their issue on a five day tour before Fancy Farm to drum up support. The Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition has pushed a statewide smoking ban law in the General Assembly for the last two years. And they are making next year’s legislative session a key moment in their fight.

Two women who each lost a daughter to prescription drug abuse are becoming the faces of a billboard campaign alerting Kentuckians to the dangers of improperly popping pills. Karen Shay said Thursday she joined in the campaign in hopes of sparing others from her heartbreak.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he's not ready to make a decision about expanding the state's Medicaid rolls. The federal health care law, upheld by the Supreme Court, allows states to opt out of a Medicaid expansion, which some Republican leaders in the Kentucky legislature have urged the governor to do.

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