Hand Transplant Recipient Going Home, Will Meet Donor’s Father

The eighth person to receive a new hand under Jewish Hospital’s transplant program is preparing to return home this week. At 56, Ronald Thurman is the program’s oldest transplant patient. He lost his right hand eight years ago in a farming accident and received his new hand in February. It came from 22 year old […]

Indiana Man Is Jewish Hospital’s Eighth Hand Transplant Recipient

An Indiana man has become the eighth person to receive a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital. Fifty-six year old Ronald Thurman of Marion received a new right hand in a 15-and-a-half hour procedure that ended early this morning. The donor hand came from a 22 year old Texas man who lost his life in […]

Two More Hand Transplants Slated For Early 2012

The leader of the hand transplant program at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital says two more procedures have been approved and will likely be performed early next year. Dr. Joseph Kutz says the first of the two transplants could take place in January or February. Seven patients have received hand transplants since the Jewish Hospital program was […]

Physical Therapy Paying Off For Hand Transplant Recipient

Three months after receiving a new left hand at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital, Donnie Rickelman says his recovery is going well. The Linton, Indiana man was back at the hospital today for a checkup, and showed how far he’s progressed by wrapping a Christmas gift. Rickelman says he’s always been comfortable with his transplanted hand. “From […]

Board of Health Mulling Recommendations on Hospital Merger

The Louisville Board of Health is continuing its deliberations on the pending hospital merger. The board held a public forum with officials from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives last month to clear up concerns that Catholic-led supervision would affect access and availability of care. Some procedures will be banned […]

Bonick Leaves Jewish Hospital Medical Campus

A senior executive at Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare has resigned. Martin Bonick was senior vice president of the organization and president and CEO of the Jewish Hospital Medical Campus. Hospital officials have declined to elaborate on Bonick’s resignation, opting only to release a statement acknowledging his departure. Hospital consultant Doug Howell will replace […]

Baptist Hospital East to Handle Tubal Ligations After Merger

The hospital merger that is meant to enhance care across Kentucky will result in some procedures being moved to facilities outside of the merger. The University of Louisville has expanded its decade-old partnership with Baptist Hospital East to relocate procedures that will eventually be banned at U of L Hospital. The hospital is merging with Jewish […]

Hospital Officials Say Layoffs Are A Sign of Merger’s Necessity

Officials with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare say the recent round of layoffs is an example of why the healthcare provider must merge with University of Louisville Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives. Yesterday, Jewish Hospital cut 155 jobs. Last year, the system cut 500. The hospital merger will create a number of redundancies and […]