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KentuckyOne Health, a leading health system committed to bringing wellness, healing and hope to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, recently announced a change to their leadership structure. Ruth Brinkley has made the decision to leave her role as president and CEO effective July 14. Chuck Neumann, current interim president of University of Louisville Hospital, will assume the role of interim president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health. Brinkley will work with Neumann in an advisory role through mid-September.
“Ruth has led KentuckyOne Health since the very beginning in 2012. As CEO, she developed the statewide structure for a complex organization and established the vision and purpose for our path forward,” said Richard Schultz, chair of the KentuckyOne Health Board of Directors. “As we move into the next evolution of our healthcare system, I am excited for her as she also enters the next phase of her life and career. I would like to thank Ruth for her dedication, spirit and commitment to the employees and physicians of KentuckyOne Health, our board of directors, our communities and most importantly, our patients.”
Chuck Neumann brings more than 40 years of healthcare and management experience to KentuckyOne Health, guiding integrated health systems through successful transitions of operations, all while maintaining a focus on the priorities of the organization: its patients, its employees and its physicians. He currently serves as interim president of University of Louisville Hospital and has previously announced that he will leave the role when operation of ULH and James Graham Brown Cancer Center transitions to University Medical Center on July 1.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health since 2012,” said Ruth Brinkley. “While I’m leaving the organization, I will continue my professional life through mentoring and developing leaders for success in executive management and board of director roles, and other leadership positions. I will also devote time to supporting organizations in their strategic growth and development through my service as a healthcare executive and as a board member. These activities will continue to receive my professional attention, my time and my passion.”
More information on the long-term leadership structure of KentuckyOne Health will be provided throughout the transition of care, announced on May 12.

Louisville Public Media is pleased to announce it has hired Eleanor Klibanoff to join the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR).
Klibanoff currently reports for WPSU and Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public radio collaboration that examines Pennsylvania’s changing urban landscape.
“I’m proud to be joining a team of reporters known for dogged, aggressive and fair reporting in Louisville and across the state of Kentucky,” Klibanoff said. “Now, more than ever, we need journalists willing to dig a little deeper to find the story, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do just that with KyCIR.”
Klibanoff recently covered lead paint poisoning issues, examined immigration across Pennsylvania and reported on infrastructure in crumbling cities.
She joins a KyCIR team focused on government, criminal justice, higher education and business, and how people interact with those institutions in daily life.
“Eleanor is a dynamic reporter with a strong sense of journalistic mission,” said Brendan McCarthy, KyCIR’s managing editor. “She has a knack for tackling tough issues and telling great stories. We are excited to have her on the team.”
Klibanoff previously worked as a Kroc Fellow at National Public Radio. There, she reported for NPR’s global health blog and “Weekend Edition,” worked for the national desk and at KCUR in Kansas City.
“This era of ‘fake news’ and misplaced trust demands accountability in all facets of public life, and Eleanor practices that in her reporting and storytelling,” said Louisville Public Media Executive Editor Stephen George. “She approaches stories with a rare mix of toughness and grace. I’m thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
Klibanoff has reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her byline has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, The Nicaragua Dispatch and Radio Free Europe.
She grew up in Philadelphia and Atlanta, and graduated from George Washington University. She starts June 26.

Whitehall House & Gardens is pleased to announce that it will honor Sandra Frazier at its seventh annual Summer Celebration on Friday, June 9, 2017, at its historic mansion at 3110 Lexington Road. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction in the formal garden; guests will also enjoy elegant dining, a live auction and a special commemorative presentation to Ms. Frazier under a tent on Whitehall’s garden terrace.
Individual tickets to the Summer Celebration are $200 per person. Reserved tables of eight are also available for $1,600 per table. Tickets may be purchased by calling Whitehall at 502.897.2944 or email at American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Sponsors of this year’s event include the Glenview Trust Company, Brown-Forman Corporation, Sterling G. Thompson Company, Yum! Brands Foundation, Bittners, Central Bank, Chase, Fifth Third Bank, Highland Cleaners, Kentucky Select Properties, LG&E/KU, and Stites and Harbison.
Proceeds from the Summer Celebration benefit Whitehall House & Gardens, a historic home owned and operated by the not-for-profit Historic Homes Foundation. The mansion began its life in the mid-1850s as an Italianate farmhouse. After extensive renovations in 1908, the house was transformed into the Classical Greek Revival-style mansion known today as Whitehall. Its collection features original gaslight fixtures and French and American antiques. Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
At just under 10 acres, Whitehall’s gardens have become the primary focus of its educational outreach, offering unique opportunities for both the amateur and professional horticulturalist. Throughout the year, the public is invited to participate in workshops, lectures and tours – all inspired by Whitehall’s special collection of trees and plants. A small but ever-growing arboretum features over 200 trees, including a rare specimen collection that has become an important resource for propagation of interesting species. Whitehall’s woodland garden, a Victorian stumpery nestled in a wooded corner of the grounds, presents a regionally unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants. Not only a popular tour destination for gardens clubs and other horticultural groups, the garden has received national recognition as an official display garden of the Hardy Fern Foundation. The gardens are open to the public free of charge from sunup to sundown seven days per week all 12 months of the year.

Louisville City FC and Sean Russell, a first-year defender/midfielder, have mutually agreed to terminate their contract, the club announced Saturday.
The 23-year-old was announced as a LouCity signing in January after playing two seasons with League of Ireland First Division winner Limerick FC. Russell was awaiting his LouCity debut through seven games.
“He found it hard to settle here and requested a release,” said LouCity coach James O’Connor, a fellow Irishman. “It’s our understanding he’ll look for other opportunities closer to home. We wish Sean the best with his future and thank him for his time at Louisville City.”
Russell’s departure brings LouCity’s roster to 20 players.