The ALS Association Kentucky Chapter receives 2017 Best of Lexington Award

▪  The ALS Association Kentucky Chapter has been selected for the 2017 Best of Lexington Award in the non-profit organization category by the Lexington Award Program. Each year, the Lexington Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

“We are thrilled to be the only nonprofit receiving this prestigious award. The ALS Association Kentucky Chapter has worked hard to build up resources for the ALS patients in our territory since the inception of the chapter by one of the founding members, Janetta Owens. Janetta lost her husband, Lewis, of the Lexington Herald-Leader to ALS and became an ardent advocate of ALS, even lobbying to establish a nationally recognized ALS Center at the University of Kentucky,” said Mari Bacon, chapter executive director.

The Lexington Walk to Defeat ALS is Sept. 30 at Rupp Arena. For more information about the walk or The ALS Association, go to

▪  The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded $1.1 million in grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission & Ministry Fund to help develop an innovative model for addressing barriers created by social determinants of health, to build and sustain healthy communities.

The funding will be used to identify and address the social and environmental issues that affect well-being and health equity by including screening for basic human needs in three primary care physician practices in Berea and London. In addition, three community health workers will be hired for each practice to assist patients identified as having unmet basic human needs. The community health workers will connect patients with the proper community resources for assistance with housing, food security, childcare, behavioral health and transportation.

▪  Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for patient safety (top 15 percent), orthopedics (top 11 percent), and bariatric surgery (top 8 percent) by the Women’s Choice Award.

For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals awards, go to

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo