Kentucky Hospital Association’s Workforce Survey reports ‘acute shortage’ of health care workers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Kentucky Hospital Association‘s annual Workforce Survey Report says Kentucky suffers from an “acute shortage” of health care workers, with nearly 13,000 job vacancies in hospitals across the state at the end of 2022. “While the shortage of health-care workers is nationwide, it has hit the Commonwealth especially hard, and KHA is…

Ky. county clerk offices to pause some services in early Jan. for system changes

By Amber Ruch KENTUCKY (KFVS) – All county clerk offices in Kentucky will temporarily pause some services in early January as transportation officials migrate to a new system. The offices will pause in-person and online motor and vessel-related services starting January 1. It will last between four to 10 business days and may cause longer wait…

Kentucky lawmakers eye street camping ban in crime plan as advocates push for homelessness solutions

Marcus Green LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A group of Kentucky lawmakers wants to crack down on people sleeping in public and other places, charging them with criminal offenses if they refuse to leave. The street camping ban is just one part of a wide-ranging proposal called the Safer Kentucky Act that Republican legislators from Louisville unveiled…

Lung cancer screening can save lives through early detection; debunking top myths about the procedure

By Dr. Timothy Mullett University of Kentucky Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming more lives than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer combined. However, it can be a curable disease if detected early through screening, which can often identify cancer before it spreads or causes symptoms. The…

CPE approves recommendations of postsecondary feasibility study

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved the release of recommendations made in its postsecondary feasibility report during its business meeting on Nov. 17 in Frankfort. The study, which was developed in response to Senate Joint Resolution 98 (SJR98), focused on Kentucky’s postsecondary governance structure, the feasibility of a new public university in southeast Kentucky…

Kentucky Blood Center ‘crushes’ Tennessee in ‘Big Blue Crush’ competition

By Samantha Valentino LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – For more than three decades, UK and Tennessee fans have taken the rivalry from the football field to the blood drive with ‘Big Blue Crush.’ This year, donors helped the Kentucky Blood Center beat Tennessee’s MEDIC Regional Blood Center 2,199-2,067. Even after last week’s win, KBC says they still…

For years, a powerful Louisville hospital sued people for unpaid bills. Experts say they could have gotten free care

Louisville Public Media | By Jared Bennett Norton Healthcare has filed thousands of lawsuits over unpaid medical bills in Jefferson County District Court. Many of those people were likely eligible for free or discounted care. In 2021 Rochelle Hinkle had just retired from a career as a TARC bus driver and was adjusting to life on…

UK group to study use of flavored tobacco products in ‘at-risk’ communities

WEKU | By John McGary The University of Kentucky is kicking off a five-year study that will examine tobacco-related health disparities due to the use of flavored tobacco. Mindy Ickes is an assistant dean of research at UK’s College of Education and the author of the successful grant application to the Centers for Disease Control and…