Physical Therapy to return to Nicholas County
by Stephen Scalf
|Dr. Villaflor's office building will be the home of a Physical/Occupational Therapy practice, also offering Speech Therapy and Phlebotomy.|
While this may have been true for most of the hospital, one clinic was clearly an exception – the Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy department. The week the hospital closed, the clinic was supposed to receive 18 new patients.
Fortunately for Nicholas County, plans are in place and may now be announced that the clinic plans to return to Nicholas County in the near future – with the same familiar staff: Betsy Kelley providing physical therapy with support from Brenda Letcher, and Tony Smith providing occupational therapy.
After Nicholas County Hospital’s closure, Betsy Kelley began working with Harrison Memorial Hospital. Recently, an offer was made and accepted for the purchase of Dr. Villaflor’s office building on Concrete Road, which will be converted into a Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy practice.
“I enjoy working with Harrison Memorial Hospital,” Ms. Kelley told The Carlisle Courier, “But I am really looking forward to returning to Nicholas County.”
The group hopes to have the clinic operational by the end of October.
“We also plan to expand our services to include Speech Therapy and Phlebotomy,” Ms. Kelley explained. “We will offer blood draws in the mornings, five days a week. The lab work will be processed by Harrison Memorial Hospital.”
Although the closure of the hospital has been a hard blow to the county, the return of these services to the community is a hopeful development.
County first to sign Bluegrass ADD agreement
by Stephen Scalf
During this past Friday's regular monthly meeting of the Nicholas County Fiscal Court, Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner visited to present the fiscal court with the final draft of an inter-local agreement between the 16 counties and Fayette County/Lexington represented by the Bluegrass Area Development District. This agreement deals specifically with the configuration and the duties and responsibilities of the Workforce Investment board which determines how federal funds received by the Bluegrass ADD will be distributed.
"The purpose of this board was to help eradicate unemployment throughout the Bluegrass Region," Mr. Burtner told the magistrates. "There has been a perception that Lexington/Fayette County have had a greater say about where that money goes. This latest draft gives all counties an equal voice."
Mayor Burtner explained that the original agreement placed great amount of authority - too much, in his opinion - in the hands of just a few individuals, including himself. He felt this latest draft did a very good job eliminating those problems by shifting the responsibility and dispersing it between the judge/executives of the member counties.
Although federal workforce investment funds are most frequently used for job creation, they can also be used for job training. Mayor Burtner cited a situation of how the workforce investment board brought in high school teachers to consult them about what could be done to better prepare high school students for specific jobs. The program took juniors and seniors and placed them in a vocational setting and - within the limits of the law - trained them to operate specific pieces of equipment and provided them with unique skill sets for a specific industry.
Judge/Executive Mike Pryor reminded the fiscal court how quickly this board had responded when Nicholas County Hospital closed in May. In less than a week, the board brought in specialists to help provide hospital employees about programs and funds available to them to assist them find new jobs, and to help take care of their homes and their families until they could find new jobs.
Because the board had only approved the draft the night before the fiscal court meeting, Nicholas County was the first county within Bluegrass ADD to consider the inter-local agreement.
After reviewing the document, with county attorney Dawn Letcher pointing out specific details, the fiscal court unanimously voted to accept the agreement and authorized Judge Pryor to sign it.
YMCA coming to Nicholas County
by Jessica CurranLast week the YMCA board of directors approved plans to open a facility in Carlisle.
After preliminary discussions for a potential Nicholas County branch began around March 2014, Cathy Boone has been persistently working to finalize plans for a fitness center location in Carlisle. Mrs. Boone is the Executive Director of the Paris-Bourbon County location.
"Things have happened fairly quickly, however there is no established opening date right now. It all hinges on reconstruction and renovation of the building," said Mrs. Boone.
The Nicholas County YMCA location will be at 120 East Main Street, in the eastern-most bay of the Frey Building, directly across from the courthouse.
Late in 2013 the Frey Building was acquired by Carlisle Restoration, LLC, a private group of individuals working to Carlisle's historic buildings. The group has sealed the roof to prevent further water damage and is now in the process of rehabilitating the bays for commercial use.
Although not a definite time line, the new facility is expected to open sometime this fall.
"Right now we are in the process of ordering things and getting it going," Mrs. Boone explained. "We plan to have fitness, cardio, and strengthening equipment. As well as group exercise classes."
The type of classes that will be available is undetermined at this point. Yoga, zumba, and circuit training are all talked-about possibilities.
Mrs. Boone stated that memberships to the Nicholas County YMCA will be affordable. However, fee structures for the Nicholas County branch are currently being decided upon.
Group classes will be included in the monthly fee for members. If space allows, non-members can attend on a per class basis. “Nicholas County doesn’t have these types of services so we are excited to offer this and help the community," Mrs. Boone said. "The YMCA is much more than just a gym, our mission is to strengthen communities."
Kentucky has the 9th highest adult obesity rate in the United States. Currently 31.3 percent of adults in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Adults need a minimum of 30 minutes of physical exercise daily. According to research, 29.4 percent of adults live a lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity.
“It is our passion to serve and improve the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle. Expanding our service area to Nicholas County was part of our strategic plan,” said Mrs. Boone.
Diabetes prevention will also be accessible at the Carlisle location.
According to the YMCA website, the Diabetes Prevention Program helps to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.
Unfortunately, due to spacing dilemmas, this facility will be strictly an adult facility.
Meaning, there will not be child care offered while members attend classes or use equipment. “We wish we could accommodate children but at this point there just isn’t enough room,” said Mrs. Boone.
More details regarding this opportunity will be published once they are made available.
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