Give Hope Realty Donates to The Hive
Give Hope Realty, a real estate team with Keller Williams First Choice Realty, recently made a financial donation to a local non-profit. When a client buys or sells a home with Give Hope Realty, they will donate 25% of their earned commission to a non-profit of their client’s choice. This time the client chose The Hive, a local non-profit that was created to support and supplement the existing services for people with disabilities and Autism as they transition out of the school setting into adulthood. Matthew Mills, Realtor with Give Hope Realty presented the donation check in the amount of $1,642.50 to Laura Orsland, Director of the Hive at their Open House on August 14. This isn’t the first donation made by Give Hope Realty. They previously donated $1302.19 to the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green. To find out more about Give Hope Realty, contact Matthew Mills at 270-202-7276. To find out more about how you can get involved with The Hive, visit their website at thehivebg.org
Fruit of the Loom Makes $69,215 Investment in Local Children
Fruit of the Loom, Inc., hosted its 18th annual charity golf tournament Sept. 16th at Crosswinds Golf Course in Bowling Green, KY. More than 100 Fruit of the Loom, Inc., vendors and employees participated in the event, which raised more than $69,215 for United Way of Southern Kentucky’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program. The program puts books in the hands of local children to assist in fostering a love for reading and therefore better preparing children for Kindergarten. All children from newborn to age five are eligible to register into the program in the county in which it is offered. Once registered, each child will receive one age-appropriate book mailed directly to their home each month until the age of 5.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was initiated in east Tennessee in 1995 by Dolly Parton. Since its inception, over 100 million books have been distributed to children across four countries. Recognizing the need to strengthen and support early literacy efforts and to ensure all young children get the best start possible, United Way of Southern Kentucky brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Southern Kentucky in 2011. Support of the Imagination Library from generous contributions like those made by Fruit of the Loom help to ensure that children in our communities have access to books, thereby increasing their chance for future success. Thus far, more than 154,316 books have been mailed to 7,285 children across Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Warren Counties.
The Imagination Library program increases the accessibility of age-appropriate books in all households. The first book mailed to each child is “The Little Engine That Could” and upon graduating the program, the month the child turns 5, they receive “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come.” When age-appropriate books are accessible in the home, children gain an appreciation for reading and are better prepared for kindergarten. The program is designed to build a stronger community by ensuring all children have access to the essential tools to build stronger literacy skills.
The Imagination Library program also encourages early reading, which is essential for language and cognitive development in young children. Research shows access to age-appropriate reading materials in low-income households is severely insufficient. According to national data, 75 percent of children who are reading below grade level in third grade will remain behind in high school. In addition, children from low-income families are three times more likely to have dropped out of school or be unemployed by the ages of 16-19 because of the educational barriers they encounter. By giving children from all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to develop necessary early learning skills, they are getting a boost towards lifelong education success.
This year’s tournament total brings the three-year total donated to the program by the annual tournament of more than $259,000. This generosity has allowed for the opportunity for more nearly 2,000 children across Southern Kentucky to be enrolled into the program over the last three years who are now receiving books in the mail to their homes once per month. With the money raised this year, 650 more children will have the opportunity to also be enrolled in the program to begin receiving books.
“Fruit of the Loom is committed to supporting the communities in which our associates live and work,” said Tony Pelaski, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Fruit of the Loom, Inc. “The Imagination Library is one of many programs to improve educational opportunities for children in our community. We are proud to be associated with such a meaningful cause year over year. We are grateful for the many employees and vendors that gave so graciously to the tournament to make this donation possible.”
Support of programs like United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program is just one way that United Way is working to reach its Big Bold Goal in Education of increasing BRADD Kindergarten Readiness scores from 53.4% to 75% by the year 2020.
“An additional 650 children under the age of five living in southern Kentucky will now receive one book by mail each a month - free of charge to the family - as a result of the generous contribution from the proceeds of this year’s Fruit of the Loom Golf Tournament to United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library,” said Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “Fruit of the Loom’s commitment to supporting our local communities by improving childhood literacy has never been stronger, and many children will be impacted by this one event for years to come.”
For more information about United Way’s work in Education and how you can join the fight to give all children in Southern Kentucky the best start for a successful future, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.
Chamber Presents an Open Jobs Report
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce will publish a monthly report on the current open positions in the South Central Kentucky region, as well as projections for demand in 5 and 10 years. This list is being provided to several entities including workforce service providers, school officials, staffing agencies, and elected officials. “We hope the report will serve as a valuable tool for our communities going forward as we work to ensure our businesses have the talent they need and our citizens have meaningful work opportunities,” said Kim Phelps, Vice President, Communications and Public Policy at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.
T.J. Regional Health Welcomes Dr. Waheed to the Pulmonary Critical Care team
Please welcome Irfan Waheed, MD, to the T.J. Regional Health team. Dr. Waheed joined our Pulmonary Critical Care team in August, and he is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He completed his Critical Care Fellowship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Waheed completed his Pulmonary Fellowship at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he was Chief Pulmonary Fellow. He also completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Rosalind Franklin University. In addition, Dr. Waheed received the Outstanding Graduating Medical Resident Award.
Some of Dr. Waheed’s specialties and procedures include COPD and asthma management, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, lung nodules, lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, bronchoscopy, bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), pleural effusions, thoracentesis, and critical care.
Dr. Waheed is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the Kentucky Medical Association. He comes to Glasgow from Texas, and he is excited to be practicing medicine in this community alongside Dr. Carlos Kummerfeldt and T.J.’s outstanding pulmonology team. Dr. Waheed and his wife have a two year old daughter.
T.J. Regional Health is proud to be adding such a talented physician to our thriving Pulmonology team. Welcome, Dr. Waheed!
CDS #10 Provided ChildPrint ID Kits
CDS #10 Pharmacy is dedicated to child health, wellness and safety. Each August, they provide free ChildPrint ID kits for parents to record information that police would need in the event of an emergency. During the next several months, they are offering an informational sheet, available for pick up at the pharmacy, for parents which contains safety tips and space for identifying information.
Their Facebook page also contains video information and a suggested online contract for parents designed by a cyber forensics investigator on how to keep children safe online.
Their children’s vitamins program is available year round. Enrollment takes only a minute. Then, when you come into the pharmacy on your regular monthly visit, you can get free vitamins for children ages 2 and up.
Visit them at 1308 Ashley Circle, Bowling Green or online at www.cds10.com.
The Kidz Club Names New Site Director of Nursing
Please join us in congratulating our new Site Director of Nursing, Stacey K. Hurt. Stacey has been with the Bowling Green Center since it first opened in February 2016 as a Charge Nurse. She is an alumni of Western Kentucky University, and previously worked at Greenview as a Charge Nurse on the telemetry floor and in ICU/CCU. Stacey and her husband, Eric will welcome their first child, Oliver at the end of October. We are very proud to have her as the Director of our Bowling Green center. Still on our leadership team as charge nurse is Claire Shuffett. Claire has been a RN with The Kidz Club since April 2016 and together, Stacey and Claire will work very hard to take care of your children and the center.
Laurel Ridge Apartments Celebrates Grand Opening
Laurel Ridge Apartments celebrated their grand opening with the Bowling Green Chamber at 3:00 p.m. on September 11. The complex offers two-bedroom, two-bath apartments with 1,050 square feet of living space. Conveniently located on Plano Road, just a half mile from Scottsville Road and William H. Natcher Parkway, which connects directly to Interstate 65.
T.J. Regional Health Welcomes Neurologist Dr. Koury
Please welcome David Koury, MD, MHA to the T.J. Regional Health team. Dr. Koury is a Neurologist and is Board Certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine and Certified in Neuroimaging. He completed his 2017 Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. He also completed a Neuroimaging Fellowship at Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo and a Sleep Disorders Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Koury completed a Neurology Residency at Medical University of South Carolina and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he also completed his Internal Medicine Internship.
Dr. Koury is a member of American Academy of Neurology. He comes to Glasgow from Memphis, Tennessee. He is excited to begin his practice in this community where neurologic care is greatly needed. He looks forward to working in T.J.’s state-of-the-art facilities alongside great staff and leadership. He described Glasgow as an impressive community. When he has time away from the clinic, Dr. Koury enjoys cooking, architecture, art, hiking, biking and running.
When asked why he chose to specialize in Neurology, Dr. Koury said, “While public health with primary prevention is foremost, when healthcare is needed, it is all about helping someone who is at their most fragile state. Neurology is so much more than the brain (vision, hearing, balance, speech, cognition, movement, sensory, emotion), spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles. It is about people’s lives!”
T.J. Regional Health is proud to be adding such an experienced and talented physician to our provider team and organization.