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Ky. children's hospitals form partnership

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Officials at the Kentucky's two children's hospitals have announced their intent to form a partnership.

The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader report officials at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington said on Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent.

"We can do more together than we can do separately," said Stephen Williams, who is the chief executive officer of Norton Healthcare, which owns Kosair. "There are certain services we'll be able to do better."

Officials said a partnership is expected to help the hospitals to recruit more pediatric specialists, open more outreach clinics and develop a statewide network of doctors who provide perinatal and neonatal care for high-risk mothers and babies.

"It will fill multiple needs," said Michael Karpf, executive vice-president for health affairs at UK. "It will allow us to compete with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. It will give us the ability to leverage both institutions in multiple areas."

The partnership will allow the state to have a more comprehensive children's hospital network with broader programs and services.

Hospital officials said they will work over the next few months on specific plans for how to coordinate and integrate clinical operations, but most services will remain in their current locations.

Government seeks new limits on silica dust

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators announced plans Friday to dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust, an agent known to cause crippling lung disease and cancer in thousands of workers each year.

The proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would cut in half the amount of silica exposure allowed for general industry and maritime workers. It would slash it by 80 percent for those in the construction industry.

OSHA officials estimated the long-awaited new limits would save nearly 700 lives each year and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis annually for those working at construction sites, glass manufacturing plants and other industries.

More than 2 million U.S. workers are exposed to silica dust each year, mostly in the construction trades such as jackhammering, cutting, grinding or sawing stone, concrete, bricks and masonry. About 200 workers die annually from silicosis, and as many as 7,300 new cases of silicosis develop each year.

Workshop offered on health care reform

ASHLAND -- Huddleston Bolen in partnership with the Ashland Alliance will host a lunchtime presentation about health care reform and how it will affect businesses.

It's planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Bellefonte Country Club. Lunch will be provided.

The speaker will be James Myers, presidenet of City Insurance Professionals. He'll cover the impact to employers and employees, changes to benefits, potential taxes to employees and what steps to take to stay in compliance. RSVP to 304-691-8474.

GM getting back in the Super Bowl's ad game

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. is bringing its ads back to football's biggest game.

The automaker says its Chevrolet brand is returning to next year's Super Bowl because the game falls in the middle of several new model introductions.

The model launches include the Chevrolet Silverado, which began arriving in showrooms this summer. It's GM's top-selling vehicle and an important profit center for the company, which makes an estimated $10,000 per truck.

NFL games traditionally draw large audiences of male viewers, who are typical pickup truck buyers.

This year's Super Bowl ranked as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history with an audience of 108.4 million people.