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Baptist Health Louisville ranks No. 1 in Metro Area and No. 3 in Kentucky in 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report listing

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals – Baptist Health Lexington, ranked second, and Baptist Health Louisville, ranked third – in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Baptist Health Louisville was also named No. 1 in Metro Louisville – the sixth time in seven years that it has been either No. 1 or tied for No. 1. Both hospitals are listed as being “Recognized in the Bluegrass Region” which encompasses Louisville and Lexington.

The rankings, now in their 29th year, recognize hospitals that excel in caring for patients and are designed to assist patients and their doctors in identifying a hospital that best meets their needs.

“This national recognition confirms what our patients tell us – that Baptist Health hospitals provide the very best of care,” said Baptist Health CEO Gerard Colman. “These rankings also illustrate the daily commitment of our physicians, nurses and staff to live out our mission of leading in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth to meet the needs of our patients.”

Baptist Health Lexington was judged as “high performing” in eight of nine adult procedures and conditions rated in the U.S. News report: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

Baptist Health Louisville earned high performing ratings in seven areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement.

Baptist Health Floyd was rated as high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. About 1,100 hospitals received a high performing rating in one or more procedures and conditions, and 29 hospitals received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions.

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

Objective measures such as risk-adjusted patient survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing and other care-related data largely or entirely determine the rankings in most areas of care.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

Louisville Orchestra Announces Ken Johnson as Interim Executive Director

The Louisville Orchestra welcomes Ken Johnson as its interim executive director last week. Johnson, a Louisville native, served as the executive director of the Greeneville Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2012.

Ken Johnson.

Prior to this role, he enjoyed a long career as a human resources executive for IBM Corporation and Lexmark Corporation.

Additionally, Johnson has worked as a consultant and interim executive for non-profits across the country such as Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Clifton Fine Arts Center.

Mr. Johnson stated, “I am very pleased to partner with Teddy Abrams to continue the Louisville Orchestra’s mission of changing the very idea of what a 21st-century orchestra can be and do. The community will continue to see innovation, creativity and excellence. I was a beneficiary of Robert Whitney’s legacy program, MakingMUSIC, and it is an honor to be a part of such a rich tradition in my hometown.”

“We are excited to continue the artistic and administrative partnership which we enjoyed between Abrams and Kipe,” stated John P. Malloy, president of the Louisville Orchestra Board. “Ken is a very qualified and capable individual with the administrative skills, passion and commitment to Abrams’ goal of opening minds and hearts to the power of music.”

Andrew Kipe announced his departure in June 2018 and his final day at the Louisville Orchestra was Aug. 8. He started as director of concert + ensemble operations at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 13.

Norton Commons Unveils North Village Market

Norton Commons, the growing new urbanist development in Prospect, Kentucky, was joined by Louisville Forward, Greater Louisville Inc. and the Louisville Small Business Development Center as they cut the ribbon on the community’s new North Village Market, a project aimed at incubating local food and retailers. The open-air market is located at 6301 Moonseed Street, just a stone’s throw from the lakefront amphitheater, and includes six retail cottages. In addition, the space will serve as a staging ground for food trucks, farmers markets and a stage for performances by local artists.

Photo courtesy of Norton Commons.

“We’re really pleased with how things turned out with the North Village, and we’re happy to continue our focus on local businesses and vendors,” said Marilyn Osborn Patterson, marketing director and general counsel for Norton Commons. “Each Friday through Labor Day is our ‘Food Trucks & Farmer Fridays’, where from 4:30 to 8 p.m., we have local growers selling farm fresh products, great local microbrews, as well as local musicians hitting our new North Village Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. We are planning more events throughout the year.”

Three businesses have opened in the North Village Market, including BLU Boutique as well as children’s boutique, Rabbit in the Moon, and Spark Boutique, a women’s apparel and accessories store. The boutiques are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Three spaces are available, with options to lease for as few as 90 days.

Wilt & Klausing, PLLC Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2018 AIOPIA’S 10 Best Law Firm in Kentucky For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Kentucky’s personal injury law firm, Wilt & Klausing, PLLC as 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of personal injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.

We congratulate the Wilt & Klausing, PLLC on this achievement and we are honored to have their firm listed as a 2018 AIOPIA 10 Best.

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