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Baptist Health Richmond has been awarded a four-star rating for overall hospital rating and patient experience from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare program.

The Hospital Compare website reports on quality measures for more than 4,000 hospitals from around the country. The most common overall rating is three stars.

Baptist Health Richmond's rating reflects its commitment to several patient quality metrics, such as how responsive hospital staff were to patient needs, how well nurses and doctors communicated with patients and the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment.

"I am so proud of the over 600 Baptist Health Richmond caregivers who contributed to our 4- star CMS rating," said Greg Gerard, Baptist Health Richmond president, in a release. "Some believe receiving quality health care is a privilege. Baptist Health Richmond believes giving it is one. This rating demonstrates the commitment to excellence and compassion our hospital strives for every day."

CMS publicly launched the hospital rating in 2016. The overall summary rating is based on a cumulative score from 57 measures across several different areas: mortality, readmission, safety of care, patient experience, efficient use of medical imaging and timeliness and effectiveness of care.

The full list of Hospital Compare hospital ratings, broken down by state, may be found at medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.

UK HealthCare, Lexington Clinic finalize agreement for cancer care

UK HealthCare and Lexington Clinic have finalized an agreement that will enhance and expand outpatient cancer care throughout Central Kentucky.

Under the new collaboration, UK Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic will include medical oncology and infusion services currently provided in Lexington; the radiation therapy services and the medical oncology and infusion services in Richmond will also be delivered in coordination with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. UK HealthCare is the clinical enterprise for the university. The collaboration will begin June 24.

Founded in 1920, Lexington Clinic is a community-focused provider and the largest independent multi-specialty group in Kentucky with more than 200 providers in 30 different specialties. The group sees more than 1,000 new cancer patients every year.

"Lexington Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center have served Central Kentucky with the best possible cancer care for decades. This collaboration will increase our ability to reach more patients, expand the services offered by our cancer centers and further Lexington Clinic's commitment to building a healthier community," said Dr. Andrew H. Henderson, Lexington Clinic CEO.

UK HealthCare is focused on bolstering its outpatient services in critical clinical areas such as cancer. The new relationship with Lexington Clinic will, among other things, expand the number of patients who could participate in clinical trials, crucial to the development of new drugs and therapies at the UK Markey Cancer Center, the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated program. It also creates opportunities to boost UK's tripartite mission of excellence in research, education and clinical care within the Bluegrass.

"Under this new agreement, our patients will benefit from the outstanding community oncology services that Lexington Clinic has to offer, combined with research opportunities and complex care that only an NCI-designated cancer center like Markey can provide," said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "We're excited to be moving forward with this collaboration, which will benefit so many patients in need of cancer care here in central Kentucky."

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates hires local as wealth manager

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA) has hired Martha Weeks, a Central Kentucky native, as a Wealth Manager in the firm's Lexington office.

The announcement comes as Cincinnati-based RSA continues to expand its wealth management staff and grow its Private Client Group.

"After first meeting Martha, I was impressed by her client service focus and consummate professionalism," said Kevin Thompson, Director of RSA's Private Client Group. "She's a problem solver for her clients and an excellent addition to our Lexington office."

Weeks, who grew up in Richmond and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, has worked in the investment industry since 2004.

"Ross Sinclaire is a quality firm," Weeks said. "It has long been a provider of municipal bonds to the markets and in building a brokerage platform, seeking quality advising and client relationships. Their focus on quality and doing what is right for the client is what sealed my decision to join this firm."

Weeks said her guiding principles of helping clients reach their investment goals are listening to and understanding the client.

"Communication between the advisor and client is crucial," Weeks said. "I listen to clients to determine their needs and to get to know them so that we can work together in planning and meeting their investments needs. Communication is also key to mitigating risk and choosing suitable investments and strategies to form the best plans for the client."

When she is not at work or with clients, Weeks sings professionally with her husband of 18 years, James, and helps her teenage son realize his dreams of being a musician. She is also an avid golfer and gardener.

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