Breckinridge Memorial Hospital
1011 Old Highway60Hardinsburg, Ky 40143(270) 756-7000
On Feb. 10, 2012, officials from Breckinridge Health, in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky entered into a formal affiliation agreement for Breckingridge Memorial Hospital and the subsidary companies that comprise Breckinridge Health.
The agreement features these key elements:
Full access by Breckinridge Health medical providers and staff to the extensive training, education and management development services provided by Norton University. These include more than 500 free, accredited online courses in 19 distinct disciplines, including administration, clinical laboratory science, dietetics, emergency medical services, medical records, nurse aide/nursing assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, patient education, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician, physician (ethics), radiologic technology, required safety, respiratory therapy, social work, support staff, and wellness/personal enrichment. Breckinridge Health management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered both in Louisville and Hardinsburg. Breckinridge Health management will also have the opportunity to attend Norton Healthcare’s management development conferences in Louisville.
Development of new and existing clinical programs and services through extension of expertise and resources associated with Norton Healthcare’s Clinical Service Lines and Centers of Excellence to help make that care more available in the communities served by Breckinridge Health. This will involve the establishment of several new subspecialty clinics and clinical services throughout Breckinridge Health: Heart care, clinical affiliations and tele-echography, a medical examination performed from miles away.
Better coordination of continuity of care for patients who do require specialized or tertiary care and need to seek that care outside of the communities served by Breckinridge Health. This will include resources such as enhanced use of the Norton Healthcare Access Center, which serves as a single point of access for patients, families and physicians, to connect with physicians and services available through Norton Healthcare. One phone number is all you need.
The affiliation between rural healthcare, such as Breckinridge Health, and tertiary partners, such as Norton Healthcare, will better position Breckinridge Health to manage the inevitable but unknown changes that are rapidly coming to the health care industry under health care reform.
The Affiliation Agreement Announcement between Norton Healthcare and Breckinridge Health is available at http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/body.cfm?id=1402&action=detail&ref=415.
About Breckinridge Health
Breckinridge Memorial Hospital, part of Breckinridge Health, is a 25-bed medical and surgical hospital located in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. The hospital serves Breckinridge County and parts of Meade, Ohio, Grayson, Hancock and Hardin counties. In addition to the hospital, Breckinridge Health includes Breckinridge Memorial Home Health, Breckinridge Memorial Nursing Facility,-and multiple primary care clinics. More information about Breckinridge Health is available at http://breckinridgehealth.org/.