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volume 4, issue 4
Women’s Health Issue
Reese Witherspoon:
A Passion to Raise
Breast Cancer Awareness
Welcome Dr. Slomiany
Putting People First
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“I’m sold on Dr. Horn and Bluegrass Community Hospital!”
– Cindy Shryock
Making Communities Healthier in the Bluegrass Region
A Message from the CEO
Tommy Haggard, CEO
Bluegrass Community Hospital
Today Is The Day
Have you had your annual
mammogram? It’s an important,
even life-saving question for
women over 40. Unfortunately,
a recent study showed that 50
percent of women who have
insurance that covers a mammogram have NOT had an annual
breast cancer screening. Fifty
percent! And that number is no
doubt even higher for women
without health insurance. We all
need to do better. As Reese
Witherspoon says in her interview,
early detection is the key to
preventing breast cancer. And an
annual mammogram for women
over 40 is the best tool we have
for early detection. It’s time to
stop making excuses and start
taking action. Make today the day
you schedule your mammogram.
Encourage your wife, your sister,
your aunt, your mother, your
daughter and your female friends
and neighbors to do the same.
Together, we can make a difference
in the lives of the women we love.
Source: WebMD Health News
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Anyone Is Susceptible
Reese Witherspoon Talks About
Her Passion To Raise Breast
Cancer Awareness
Reese Witherspoon is on a mission. As the Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation
for Women, the Academy Award®-winning actress is determined to help women
become more knowledgeable about breast cancer and the importance of early
detection in fighting the disease.
Why have you become so involved in the fight against breast cancer?
I was never naïve about breast cancer, but when I learned that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the U.S., that really put it all into
perspective. As a woman, a mother, and a daughter, I find that statistic terrifying.
Women close to me have battled the disease and are now soldiers in the greater
fight against it. But the moment I heard “every three minutes,” I felt vulnerable and
scared as I realized that anyone is susceptible. The only way for me to ease my
fears was to take action. I needed to educate myself and others on this disease. As
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the Honorary Chair for the Avon Foundation, I had resources
What else did you learn?
at my fingertips. I had access to an entire organization that
We have to banish the myth that young women are not at
is dedicated to giving back to women and educating people.
risk for breast cancer. In my work with the Avon Foundation,
So I started asking, “What do I need to know?”
I’ve met young survivors who were diagnosed in their 20s,
an age when most women are graduating from college and
What did you learn?
I found out the most important fact in breast cancer:
Early detection saves lives. According to the Avon Foundation
Breast Cancer Crusade, there is a 97 percent five-year survival rate when breast cancer is caught before it spreads to
just starting their lives as full adults. Women in their 20s and
30s should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional
at least once every three years and women 40 and older
should have an exam every year.
other parts of the body. When breast cancer first develops,
Any final thoughts?
there are usually no symptoms, which is why women need to
I am passionate about fighting this devastating disease. I
perform self-exams regularly and contact their doctor upon
fight for my mother, myself, my children and future generations
noticing even the smallest change. Of course talking about
of women, so one day we will not have to be afraid of breast
breast cancer and breast health is a personal thing. I, too, am
cancer. I began my fight by learning important first steps in
a private person but encourage all women to break through
breast cancer detection, and will not end my fight until every
their reservations and talk to their doctors and physicians.
woman can stand together saying we are breast cancer free.
Interview Source: CNN Online
Find out more about your specific risk for breast cancer,
and for a link to an online risk assessment tool. Visit our website at:
BGCH Medical Staff Directory
Bluegrass Cardiology
Scott Monnin, MD
(502) 875-9885
Versailles General Surgery
Beatrix Slomiany, MD
(859) 879-2419
Central Kentucky Medical Group
William Childers, MD
C. Dale Goodin, MD
(859) 873-9843
Links Orthopedics
Jon Sanchez, MD
(859) 873-2113
Lexington Clinic
David Keedy, MD
(859) 258-4691
Capital Surgical Clinic
Bryan Shouse, MD
Steven Vallance, MD
Timothy Bowling, MD
(859) 873-8301
BlueGrass Renal Care
Ziad William Sara, MD
(859) 263-1717
Rebound Orthopedics
Joseph Dobner, MD
John Lyon, MD
Dana Soucy, MD
(502) 875-1766
Paragon Family Practice
Arlys Solien, MD
(859) 879-6440
Versailles Family Medicine
Brian Smith, MD
Tonya Coburn, PA-C
Elizabeth Geddes, PA-C
Jenna Daniel, PA-C
(859) 879-0111
Woodford Family Physicians
Rob Hutchinson, MD
Steve Vogelsang, MD
(859) 873-9188
Elvidge & Lasheen DMD
Kevin Elvidge, DMD
David Lasheen, DMD
(859) 873-5913
Georgetown General Surgery Associates
Danielle Dietz, MD
(502) 867-4955
Kentucky Kidney and Hypertension
Sadiq Ahmed, MD
(859) 873-1303
Gastroenterology Care Center
Daniell Hill, MD
(859) 879-2451
Women’s Care of the Bluegrass
Steve Hall, MD
EJ Horn, MD
Angela Saxsena, MD
Mark Wainwright, MD
Katie Isaac, ARNP, CNM
(859) 873-2229
Anderson Family Healthcare
Michele Welling, MD
(859) 873-1303
Frankfort Eye Care
Irfan Ansari, MD
(859) 879-0014
Bluegrass Gastroenterology Associates
Mark Hughes, MD
(502) 875-7000
William Parell, MD
(859) 278 0494
Jan Weisberg, MD
(502) 227-9911
Cardinal Hill Pain Institute
William Witt, MD
Brian Robbins, PA-C
(859) 367-7246
Commonwealth Specialists of Kentucky
Richard Lingreen, MD
(502) 352-2530
Commonwealth Urology
Fred Hadley, MD
(859) 277-2280
To see a listing of the hospital-based physicians who are on our medical staff, including anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians,
hospitalists, radiologists, and pathologists, visit our website at
Beatrix A. Slomiany, MD is joining
Versailles General Surgery at
Bluegrass Community Hospital
Dr. Slomiany received her medical degree from the
Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South
Carolina. She completed her internship and residency in
General Surgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Slomiany
is Board Eligible in general surgery and is an active member
of the Kentucky Medical Association and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Slomiany provides General Surgical procedures as well
as advanced surgical care for:
• Diverticular Disease
• Colon Cancer
• Breast Disease & Breast Cancer
• Inguinal & Abdominal Hernia
• Tumors, nodules, & masses
• Skin Cancers
• Screenings for Colon, Breast,
& Skin Cancer
Putting People First:
Kathy Russell, CNO
Bluegrass Community Hospital
1) We Make You Feel Like You’re The Only Person In Our Care.
First and foremost, our care is guided by the needs of our patients and their families.
We deliver personal service that’s friendly, attentive, thoughtful and compassionate.
2) We Treat You Like A Person, Not A Number.
We take the time to listen to our patients and their families, provide them with the best information,
encourage their participation in the process and, whenever possible, honor their choices.
3) We Take Care of You Like Family.
As a community hospital, we believe it is a privilege to care for our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens.
Caring for others is not only our profession, it’s also an expression of the pride we take in our community.
Understanding The Advanced Imaging
Technologies Available To Your Physician
MRI … CT scan … Ultrasound. Your physician and
healthcare team have many options available when it comes
to advanced medical imaging that can detect and diagnose
disease at an earlier and more treatable stage. Here’s a quick
recap of the four most common imaging technologies and
when they are used.
An X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used of the
medical imaging technologies. This quick and painless procedure is primarily used to examine bones for fractures,
infections, arthritis, osteoarthritis and cancer. It’s also used to
check for lung infections, an enlarged heart, blocked blood
vessels and problems in the digestive tract.
A CT scan is a series of X-rays that are taken at different
angles. It creates a cross-section image of the body like a
slice of bread. A CT scan is often used in trauma situations,
such as an automobile accident, to check for internal injuries
and bleeding. It’s also used to locate tumors, infections,
blood clots, and fractures and to detect and monitor cancer
and heart disease.
An MRI produces images by using a magnetic field and
radio waves. For many tissues, an MRI produces a clearer
and more detailed image than a CT scan. For example, it’s
an excellent tool for capturing detailed images of soft tissue,
such as the brain, heart, blood vessels, muscle, tendons,
ligaments, nerves and internal organs.
This technology uses sound waves to create images. Ultrasound is used to examine soft tissues that do not show
up well on X-rays. It’s also used during pregnancy to avoid
unnecessary exposure of the fetus to X-rays. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that shows the heart at work, particularly the opening and closing of the valves.
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Source: Mayo Clinic
It May Be More Serious
Than You Think
The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re like most people, you
may find yourself feeling a bit stressed out during this time of year.
So what is stress? In simple terms, stress is your body’s reaction to having
to deal with more than you are used to. Stress is often caused by major life
events: divorce, losing a job, experiencing the death of a loved one, even having family members visit during the holidays. The more serious the event is,
the greater the stress.
A little bit of stress every now and then is perfectly normal. But high levels
of continuous stress can lead to a number of health problems, including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease – just to name a few.
Common Effects of Stress
On Your Body
On Your Mood On Your Behavior
Overeating or Undereating
Muscle Tension or Pain
Angry Outbursts
Chest Pain
Lack of Motivation or Focus
Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Irritability or Anger
Tobacco Use
Change in Sex Drive
Sadness or Depression
Social Withdrawal
Upset Stomach
Sleep Problems
*Source: Mayo Clinic
If you think you’ve been living with long-term stress, see your family physi-
cian to find out if the stress is caused by a medical condition. Your physician
can also recommend ways to manage your stress. Regular moderate exercise may be the single best approach to dealing with stress. Relaxation
skills, such as meditation or yoga, are helpful. A number of prescription
medications may also be considered. But the most important step is to seek
help. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying life, and the holidays, with more
zest and confidence.
Are you under too much stress? Find out today.
Just go to our website at:
for a link to an online stress test.
T H A T ’ S
“I’m sold on Dr. Horn and
Bluegrass Community Hospital!”
As a real estate agent with Rector Hayden Realtors, Cindy Shryock
(right) keeps a busy schedule. So busy, in fact, that Cindy kept putting
off surgery recommended by Dr. E.J. Horn (left), a gynecologist with
Bluegrass Community Hospital.
“There’s a history of cancer in my family,” explains Cindy. “My
mother died of cancer at the age of 56. Dr. Horn had already removed
some benign tumors and had suggested a surgery that would significantly reduce my risk for a particular type of cancer. But I kept putting
it off because of my busy schedule.”
– Cindy Shryock
What finally convinced Cindy to have the surgery was finding
out she could have it performed at Bluegrass Community Hospital.
“Sometimes we forget that we have this great hospital right here in
our community. When Dr. Horn told me I could have the procedure
done at Bluegrass, I knew it was the perfect fit! I like being close to
home, and I know this hospital. After all, it’s the place where my
children were born. I just feel more comfortable here. The room was
beautiful and the staff took great care of me. Now, more than ever,
I’m sold on Bluegrass Community Hospital.”
Have You Reached Your Medical Insurance Deductible?
Looking for a way to maximize your health insurance? Check to
see if you have reached your medical insurance deductible this year.
A medical deductible is the amount you are billed for medical
care before your start to receive benefits from your insurance company. For example, if you have a $1,000 deductible, you pay the first
$1,000 in medical care. After that, the insurance company starts to
pay a certain amount, for example, 80 percent. In this case, you pay
the remaining 20 percent, not including co-pays.
Most medical insurance plans use the calendar year (January –
December). With the end of the year approaching, many people
have reached or are about to reach their medical deductible. If
that’s the case for you, consider scheduling any necessary health
appointments in 2011 instead of waiting until next year. For example, suppose you have an annual physical exam scheduled early in
2012. If you keep the appointment, you will have to pay the new
deductible for 2012. But if you move the appointment to 2011, most
of the costs will be covered by your health insurance because
you’ve already met your deductible for the year. Contact your
health insurance provider to find out where you stand with your
medical deductible.
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Important News and Helpful
Advice for a Healthier Life inside:
Women’s Health Issue
Reese Witherspoon
Welcome Dr. Slomiany
Putting People First
Cindy Shryock’s Story
Understanding Advanced
Imaging Options