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Frazier Rehab Earns National Certification for program focused on caring for cancer survivors - Archived

Louisville, Ky. (January 9, 2014)—Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received national certification to offer the STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), a nationally recognized program focused on rehabilitation to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. In addition, KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care and Healthy Lifestyle Centers individuals have been specialty trained. The goal of the STAR Program is to minimize the side effects of cancer treatments. A Cancer survivor is anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, whether they’re actively receiving treatment, preparing for treatment, or have completed treatment. The STAR Program treats a variety of cancer related symptoms and conditions such as pain, problems performing daily activities, fatigue, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems and lymphedema. These rehabilitations services are reimbursable by most health insurance providers. “It is our mission to provide patients with the best care available,” said Mark Milburn, vice president, cancer care, KentuckyOne Health. “Offering the STAR Program compliments our cancer care services with specialty trained therapists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, patient navigators, case managers, exercise physiologists and registered nurses.” Approximately 50 staff members from locations throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana have received specialty certification to treat patients through the STAR Program. “We are thankful for the dedication of our staff who elected to complete additional training and certification in order for us to offer the STAR Program for cancer survivors,” said Randy Napier, president, Frazier Rehab Institute and Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital. “This STAR Program offers many benefits to our patients and we are pleased to provide increased access to this specialized care throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana.” STAR Program therapies will be offered at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital in New Albany, KentuckyOne Healthy Lifestyle Centers and multiple Frazier Rehab Institute locations including: • Frazier Rehab Institute located at 220 Abraham Flexner Way • Frazier Rehab Institute at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (4402 Churchman Ave., Suite 106) • Frazier Rehab Institute at Medical Center Jewish Northeast (2401 Terra Crossing Blvd. Suite 204) • Frazier Rehab Institute at Medical Center Jewish East (3920 Dutchmans Lane) • Frazier Rehab Institute at Medical Center Jewish Southwest (9700 Stonestreet Road) • Healthy Lifestyle Center Downtown (250 East Liberty, Suite 102) • Healthy Lifestyle Center at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (4402 Churchman Ave.) • Healthy Lifestyle Center at Medical Center Jewish Northeast (2401 Terra Crossing Blvd.) Julie Silver, M.D., an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and breast cancer survivor, developed the STAR Program in 2009. Silver recognized the need for specialized therapy for cancer survivors to help them regain strength and wellness following treatment. STAR Program certification is the gold standard in cancer rehab for hospitals and cancer centers. Frazier Rehab and the University of Louisville are fortunate to have Megan Nelson, M.D., helping to lead this program. Dr. Nelson is a board certified physical medicine physician who completed a Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship at MD Anderson. About KentuckyOne Health KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky. ###

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Thursday, January 09, 2014