People & Places

The House of Harper Ribbon Cutting

The House of Harper held its ribbon cutting on April 13 at 558 East 10th Ave. It’s the newest spot in Bowling Green specializing in hair color, eyelash extensions, massage therapy, beauty and relaxation.

For more information, call 270-904-3865.

Bucks for Bright Ideas

Bucks for Bright Ideas is a publicly funded program that encourages residents in the region to move forward with their “bright ideas.” It is open to anyone that lives or goes to school in the 31 counties of the Bowling Green, Owensboro and Elizabethtown region. Winners are announced at the Bucks for Bright Ideas Banquet on May 3.

Those entering the competition could receive help from business experts while competing for professional services worth more than $30,000. Multiple winners will receive free services from regional professional firms for market research, patent search, accounting support, product design and more. All applicants will have access to one-on-one assistance from business development experts at no charge, and their ideas will remain confidential.

For more information, visit or call Lynn Minton at 270-901-3490.

New Restaurant at Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs has a new restaurant, Lucky 7s Diner, conveniently located right next to the gaming floor. The 1950s style diner, fills the player’s need for a burger and milkshake. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday 11AM – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11a.m. – 12 a.m. Breakfast is served all-day; for lunch or dinner, try the Philly Cheesesteak or Fish Po’ Boy. For more information, visit

Graves Gilbert Clinic welcomes Amy Gearlds to Family Medicine

Dr. Gearlds earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology / Cellular Physiology and earned her Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Louisville. She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY and completed her residency at the University of Kentucky. She enjoys being a solo vocalist at her church as well as traveling both domestically and internationally. Dr. Gearlds is a welcomed addition to the Family Medicine Department.

United Way of Southern Kentucky Announces New Partnership with U.S. Bank in Support of Kindergarten Readiness

After an extensive 18-months of research into the needs in our community that began in 2012, United Way of Southern Kentucky identified Kindergarten Readiness as an issue on which to take a greater focus. From the research, United Way discovered that 50% of local children in Southern Kentucky are entering kindergarten on day one deemed ‘not ready’ to succeed. Since that time and discovery, United Way has set a bold goal of increasing the number of children who are ready for kindergarten to 75% by the year 2020. In order to reach this goal, United Way has also adjusted its funding structure to allow for 20% of annual funding to impact this particular area specifically targeted at Kindergarten Readiness programs.

In order to truly move the needle in this area and meet the goal set forth, United Way understood that efforts would be required to go beyond just the funding of programs and began to launch a Kindergarten Readiness awareness campaign to help educate parents about how to better prepare their children for day one of kindergarten.

As part of this effort, United Way is encouraging parents to READ, PLAY, COUNT, and LOG OFF with their children. Parents can log onto the United Way microsite to find information to determine if their child is kindergarten ready and if not, how they can adapt everyday activities to increase the level of their child’s readiness.

As part of U.S. Bank’s ongoing partnership with United Way of Southern Kentucky, their support will provide for the title sponsorship of the upcoming Handbags for Hope purse auction on June 8th, of which all of the proceeds will benefit Early Childhood Education programs. Their support will also supplement the awareness campaign to promote the actions to READ, PLAY, COUNT, and LOG OFF to parents via print, TV, radio, and other medias. They will also partner with United Way and WKU Athletics during the Day of Caring on a large volunteer project that will focus specifically on education (details to come on June 7th via press conference).

Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky says, “U.S. Bank is a true example of what it means to be a community partner. Their strengthened support of our work via kindergarten readiness will lay the foundation for the future generations that will impact our community for years to come. We are impressed by their foresight into the impact that this new way of looking at business and nonprofit partnerships can have on moving the needle in important causes. It makes good business sense for any partnership wishing to make an impact on their community to continue to re-evaluate the efforts being put forth and seek out opportunities to ensure that they are creating measurable results. ”

For more information about United Way’s work in Kindergarten Readiness, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at  

The Kidz Club Gives Back

The Kidz Club, a Pediatric Medical Day Treatment Facility, recently made two financial donations to non-profits that provide services to families in our area: Life’s Better Together and The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. Life’s Better Together’s mission is to provide direct financial assistance and support to families with a child or a parent battling an ongoing illness. The Nashville Ronald McDonald House in Nashville provides an affordable “home away from home” and other resources for families and their children in need.

These donations were made possible through the sale of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness shirts. The shirts were very close to the hearts of the employees at The Kidz Club in Bowling Green, as they were in memory of one of their kids.  The non-profits were chosen for their significance in helping the Covington family during the stay in the hospital. The Kidz Club, along with the Covington Family, presented checks for $1,100 each to both non-profits. 

The Kidz Club serves children birth up to 21 years of age with a medical diagnosis that requires skilled nursing. To find out more about The Kidz Club: please visit, call us at 1-888-902-KIDZ (5439), or stop by and take a tour of our Bowling Green center located in Sugar Maple Square at 1347 KY HWY 185, Suite 2, Bowling Green, KY 42101.  To find out how you can get involved with these non-profits, please visit their websites. Life’s Better Together: and Ronald McDonald House Nashville:

United Way of Southern Kentucky Feeds the Need

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) has collected a record breaking more than 109,000 items so far as of March 28th in a region wide food drive titled “Feed the Need” across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties. This represents a more than 11,000 item increase in donations from what was collected last year and the most that the drive has collected in any one year since it began. In its first year, Feed the Need collected 43,000 items.

“Feed the Need” was created in 2009 in response to the increased need in our communities for access to basic needs including food. After speaking with the local food pantries that benefited from the drives in previous years, it was clear that assistance in providing a Safety Net of services like access to food was needed once again this year. Since its inception in 2009, “Feed the Need” has now collected more than half a million items for local food pantries that have been distributed to individuals and families in need in Southern Kentucky.

Each year as part of United Way’s “Feed the Need” Food Drive, volunteers are recruited to assist with passing out flyers and collecting donations at local participating grocery stores to supplement the collected items from organization drives. This year, approximately 400 volunteers assisted with the in store drives across the 7 participating counties.

For more information on how you can help assist with providing access to basic needs, call the United Way office at 270-843-3205 or log onto the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at

Tristar Greenview Awarded for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

“This measure of excellence represents the commitment our physicians, clinicians and staff have at TriStar Greenview to the patients and families we serve,” said Mike Sherrod, chief executive officer of TriStar Greenview. This measure of excellence for patient safety is a reflection all the best practices provided by everyone at TriStar Greenview. We are extremely proud to be recognized as the only hospital in Southern Kentucky to earn an “A” on the recent report from Leapfrog.
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Graves Gilbert Clinic welcomes Dr. Geness Patpatia to Family Medicine

Graves Gilbert Clinic is pleased to welcome Geness Patpatia, M.D. to our Family Medicine Department. Dr. Patpatia graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario Canada. She went on to receive her Medical Degree from St. George’s University in Grenada, WI and finished her family medicine residency from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Patpatia holds certifications in advanced pediatric life support, advanced cardiac life support and advanced life support obstetrics. She is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians as well as the American Diabetes Association. In her free time Dr. Patpatia enjoys spending time outdoors playing badminton and golf as well as studying Indian classical dance, Bollywood dance Zumba. Dr. Patpatia is a welcomed addition to the Family Medicine team.

Neil Simon’s Rumors at the Public Theater of Kentucky

The deputy mayor of New York has shot himself, and his wife is missing in Neil Simon’s Rumors, a play presented at the Public Theatre of Kentucky at 545 Morris Alley beginning April 20. Four couples, tied up in massive confusion, offer a truly comedic performance throughout the play. The play was sponsored by the Warren County Medical Society, Jim and Darlene Johnson, and Jim Johnson Nissan Hyundai. To contact the Public Theater of Kentucky for future performances visit or call 270-781-6233.