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Saint Joseph Cancer Rehab is First STAR Certified in Kentucky

(Lexington, KY) Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation announces the delivery of first-rate cancer rehab services to survivors, thanks to earning STAR Program® Certification. Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients through becoming the first certified STAR Program in Kentucky. STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies facilities like Saint Joseph to offer premium Oncology Rehabilitation Services to survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects, caused by treatments To receive its certification, Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation executed Oncology Rehab Partner’s unparalleled STAR Program Certification, a conventional medicine and evidence-based standardized model of oncology rehabilitation service delivery, successfully implementing the program’s evaluation and treatment protocols and rehabilitation training. These services are covered by health insurance providers and will be offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer. Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines--including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, mental health professionals, etc.--will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life. According to Vickie Heierman, Manager at Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation, “the STAR Program training certification offered a tremendous breadth and depth of information on cancer survivorship and enables us to have a multifaceted approach to care. The interdisciplinary team concept will provide a strong support system to cancer survivors here at Saint Joseph. Every cancer survivor deserves to feel better and live well during and after cancer treatment. The STAR program has given us the tools to provide the necessary rehabilitation in the best way possible. STAR Program Certification from Oncology Rehab Partners provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools needed to quickly and effectively implement an exceptional survivorship care plan. Casey Kerris, physical therapist and cancer survivor simply states, “regardless of prognosis, the diagnosis of cancer makes a person feel helpless, but STAR provides survivors with the opportunity to regain confidence and independence through an appropriate and individualistic rehab program. STAR is the difference in allowing a person dealing with cancer to feel empowered in their survivorship and significantly reduce the potential for debility and disability as a result of cancer and treatment.” For appointments or more information about the STAR program, call the numbers listed below. A provider referral is needed before therapists can begin. Saint Joseph East: 859.967.5737 Saint Joseph Hospital: 859.313.1699 Saint Joseph Jessamine: 859.887.6756 ### About KentuckyOne Health KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 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. 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 nearly 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 2,325 licensed beds.

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Friday, October 12, 2012