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KDMC’s Community Services Celebrates Record Year

ASHLAND, KY — The King’s Daughters Community Services Department is celebrating an exceptional year of providing community health screenings and education.

In early January, King’s Daughters was named a national finalist for the 2007 Foster McGaw Prize—one of the most prestigious honors for excellence in community service in healthcare. The medical center was recognized for its unique and innovative leadership role in building healthier communities, including:

  • curbing tobacco use in adults and children
  • providing free health services, health screenings, educational classes and community presentations
  • coordinating with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a coalition of five local agencies providing vital services, such as food and clothing, to needy families
  • supporting Safe Kids River Cities Communities Coalition, whose volunteers are committed to vehicle safety, bicycle safety, poison prevention and water safety

“King’s Daughters is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for residents in all areas of its community,” said Susan Manilow, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “Through its programs to eliminate the use of tobacco and the incidence of heart disease, its free community screening and education programs and its partnerships with other community services to make them more accessible, King’s Daughters continually strives to make its community a healthier, better place to live.”

In 2007, KDMC performed a total of 56,822 health screenings and health risk assessments throughout the Tri-State, the most in the medical center’s history These included more than 9,868 blood pressure tests, 7,667 blood sugar tests and 7,866 cholesterol tests. Other health screenings included glaucoma, osteoporosis, blood oxygen, skin cancer, prostate cancer, hearing, balance and carpal tunnel. The Community Services team also provides tobacco prevention and skin cancer education for children and adults.

According to Regina Stout, Community Services director, 2,096 KDMC team members volunteered 23,117 hours of service to staff the health screenings and education events.

“Our team member volunteers are committed to improving the health of our communities in which they live and work,” Stout says. “With their generosity and hard work, this year we were able to serve more than 195,652 people throughout the Tri-State.”

Stout says the Community Services team also provided tobacco education for 23,592 people this year, and will increase its focus on tobacco prevention and cessation in 2008. “We’ll be providing programs designed to motivate children and teens to avoid tobacco products, and our successful Tobacco Cessation Program will continue to help individuals break their addiction to smoking and smokeless tobacco.”

KDMC wishes to acknowledge nine team members who volunteered more than 100 hours this past year:

  • Rene ClayKim RoseRegina Stout and Tracy Woods, Community Services, Teresa Griffith, Surgical Observation Unit, Sue DoveTiffanie Ricewick and Todd Kranpitz, Radiology, Howard Harrison, Facilities, Julie Marsh, Marketing/PR, and Denise Hamm, Home Medical Equipment.

To learn more about KDMC health screenings and community activities, please call 1-888-377-KDMC, or visit KDMC Health Connections Community Events Calendar. 

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