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HOSPARUS HEALTH ANNOUNCES DR. BETHANY SNIDER AS NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Hosparus Health has named Bethany Cox Snider, M.D., as its new vice president and chief medical officer. She succeeds Jim Gaffney, M.D., who will retire March 30. Dr. Snider is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Snider joined Hosparus Health in 2013, and has served as senior medical director. In that role, she has led the growth of the nonprofit provider’s Kourageous Kids pediatric hospice and palliative care program. She has also formalized a home-visit program for providers and led telehealth initiatives, including serving on the Kentucky Telehealth Network Workgroup. She co-founded the newly formed Kentucky Palliative Care Coalition, and is working to finalize the infrastructure of this new nonprofit. 

Dr. Snider is the newest physician member on the Passport Physician Partnership Council and will represent the Greater Louisville Medical Society as a 2018 delegate to the Kentucky Medical Association. In addition to her role with Hosparus Health, Dr. Snider is a volunteer clinical professor with the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is engaged in continually training fellows and medical students in home hospice. In 2015, she received the medical school’s Gratis Faculty Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr. Snider earned her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with high distinction in 2009. She completed internal medicine training at UK in 2012, during which she served as chief resident of the internal medicine primary care track. She completed her hospice and palliative medicine fellowship with Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass).

“There is no better choice to lead our medical team than Dr. Snider,” said Phil Marshall, Hosparus Health president and CEO. “During her five years with us, she has demonstrated that she is not only an incredible advocate for patients, but also our care teams. I’m confident Dr. Snider’s leadership will help us continue to provide the quality compassionate care our communities have come to expect over the past 40 years.”

“I am humbled by this opportunity and the support shown by our executive team as I take on this new role,” said Dr. Snider. “I am confident that I can help lead Hosparus Health through the ever-changing health care landscape while staying focused on our mission of improving the quality of life for people in all communities we serve.”

MIRACLE LEAGUE OF LOUISVILLE RECEIVES $200,000 GRANT FROM DELTA DENTAL OF KENTUCKY TO CREATE PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN OF ALL ABILITIES

Miracle League of Louisville, a baseball league and complex for children with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities, has received a $200,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky to build a playground that will help bring children of all abilities together in the Louisville community.

This fall, Miracle League will break ground on a fully-inclusive complex at Fern Creek Park, which will include a baseball field that is safe for players of all ages and abilities, the Delta Dental Miracle League playground, and an adjacent splash-pad.

“Every child deserves a chance to play baseball, and together, we are making this dream a reality for children in Louisville,” said Shawn Freibert, president of the Miracle League of Louisville board of directors. “There are more than 20,000 children in our region with a disability that precludes them from playing baseball in a traditional league. Through grants from organizations like Delta Dental of Kentucky, we are able to give children an opportunity to enjoy the company of other kids in an environment that will allow them to flourish.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Delta Dental of Kentucky was recognized by Miracle League of Louisville for their $200,000 contribution during a VIP reception at Louisville Slugger Field to make the Delta Dental Miracle League playground a reality for kids in the community.

“As a not-for-profit organization, philanthropy and supporting the communities we serve is a core part of who we are,” said J. Jude Thompson, Delta Dental of Kentucky CEO. “Through our Making Smiles Happen initiative, we are committed to supporting programs and services in the community that enhance the quality of life in our citizens – including our children. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a wonderful organization and fund this playground, which will help put smiles on the faces of so many kids in Louisville.”

In addition to the playground and splash-pad, the sports complex will include a baseball field that will feature a specially designed, rubberized surface designed to prevent injuries and accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other devices. It also allows sufficient cushioning to aid in injury prevention if a player were to fall. The field and dugouts will be barrier-free and completely flat. Restrooms and concession areas will also be fully inclusive for all children with disabilities.

WOODFORD RESERVE® NAMES ELIZABETH MCCALL ASSISTANT MASTER DISTILLER

Woodford Reserve®, the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby®, is proud to announce that Master Taster Elizabeth McCall has been promoted to assistant master distiller, joining the ranks as one of the youngest female distillers in the U.S.

McCall has been a member of Brown-Forman’s Research & Development Department since 2009. In her new role as assistant master distiller, McCall will continue working under the direction of Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation and the development of new products within Woodford Reserve.

“Elizabeth brings not only exceptional sensory and analytic skills to the distillery but also an inspiring passion for Woodford Reserve,” Morris said. “I look forward to continuing to mentor Elizabeth as she begins her new role of assistant master distiller.”

McCall, 33, is the second generation of her family to work in the bourbon industry. She followed in her mother’s footsteps after earning her master’s degree from the University of Louisville by starting as a sensory expert and working in Brown-Forman’s R&D department starting in 2009. As master taster, McCall helped develop tasting notes for various Woodford Reserve expressions. Additionally, she worked to define the sensory standard to which every batch of Woodford Reserve must comply.

“It has been the utmost pleasure to work with the Woodford Reserve team as Master Taster – and I look forward to continuing to elevate my skills and broaden my knowledge as we craft the world’s best bourbon,” McCall said.