Baptist Health in Hamburg ‘topped out’
A major milestone in the construction of Baptist Health Hamburg was celebrated in June with the placing of a commemorative steel beam signed by Baptist Health staff.
Ground was broken in November of 2020 on the major outpatient surgery and medical campus at 2000 Polo Club Boulevard in Hamburg.
The plan includes an emergency department, outpatient surgery center, a cancer center, diagnostic services including breast imaging, and medical office building space.
The first buildings at Baptist Health Hamburg are projected to open in spring of 2024. Partners supporting the design and construction on the project include Congleton-Hacker Co., CMW Architects & Engineers, HKS Architects, and CMTA Consulting Engineering.
UK Healthcare announces Hamburg Expansion
In keeping with the trend of expanding healthcare in Hamburg, UK HealthCare announced plans to enter a purchase agreement to initially acquire about 27 acres of property for approximately $20.3 million in the Hamburg development along I-75.
“Our mission is to advance Kentucky in everything that we do. A healthier state, one where more people have greater access to the quality of care we provide, is a critical part of that mission,” said UK President Eli Capilouto.
Fight the Bite
This summer, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department plans to control mosquito populations in the community by bringing increased focus to eliminating standing water and preventing mosquito larvae from hatching. This includes free mosquito larvicide, available by visiting the Environmental Health office on the second floor of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Supplies are limited. Educational materials will be provided.
The department will also use mosquito trapping to identify areas where spraying for adult mosquitos would be most useful. The health department has surveyed Lexington neighborhoods to identify and treat large areas of standing water that can serve as prime locations for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Elimination of standing water is the ultimate goal, but in places where puddles exist, the water can be treated to kill mosquito larvae with a chemical called a larvicide.
The health department will no longer conduct routine mosquito spraying for adult mosquitoes throughout the city on a regular cycle. Instead, mosquito traps will be placed in potential problem areas. If a certain threshold of mosquito activity is reached, the department will conduct targeted spraying in the appropriate areas. Those areas will be announced via the health department’s website, www.lfchd.org, and social media pages.
For spraying, the health department uses Duet, an EPA-approved agent that features a component that stimulates resting mosquitoes in trees and foliage, causing them to fly into the air and come into contact with the spray’s mosquito-killing agent, sumithrin. Duet has been rigorously tested for human and animal safety and is registered for outdoor residential and recreational areas.
Lexington residents can also take steps at home to fight mosquitoes:
- Mosquito-proof your home and yard. Fix or install window and door screens. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Cover or eliminate empty containers with standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items such as tires, buckets, barrels and cans. Refresh the water in your pet’s water dishes and birdbaths at least every five to seven days.
- Be aware of peak mosquito activity times. The twilight hours around dusk and dawn are times of peak mosquito activity. Use insect repellent when outdoors especially during peak activity times, including early morning hours. Look for EPA-labeled repellents containing active ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin (KBR3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol). Apply repellent according to label instructions. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent helps prevent bites.
To report a standing water problem in your neighborhood, please call the health department’s Environmental Health section at (859) 231-9791.
FRI JUL 1
Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood. 1 out of 3 of us will need blood or blood products in our lifetime! Your support absolutely matters. Please go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter Sponsor Code: lexingtonredcross or call 1-800-Red Cross to schedule your appointment for the July 1 Red Cross Blood Drive, American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter, 1450 Newtown Pike.
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Headspace is a dance performance that focuses on the importance of mental health and expressivity, with a special emphasis on community outreach, 8 pm, Moondance in Beaumont.