Art is Good Medicine

Open Spaces Art Gallery debuted in Lexington, Kentucky in October inside the offices of Wellward Regenerative Medicine, formerly the Eagle Creek Library.

The inaugural exhibit, Four Rookies and a Pro, features the art of four rookies: Clarke James (Western Kentucky University), Amani Nichae (Art Academy of Cincinnati), Andrea Perry (Western Kentucky University), and CJ Ward (Western Kentucky University).

Kiptoo Tarus is the featured pro. Kiptoo is originally from Nairobi, Kenya and currently lives in Lexington. He studied art at the University of Kentucky. His bold wooden sculptures are often featured along heavy pedestrian corridors in Lexington and beyond.  

Clinic owners, Dr. Andrea Omidy and Dr. Danesh Mazloomdoost expressed their enthusiasm for this new art venture, “At Wellward, we value innovation in all forms. We happily host Open Spaces Art Gallery – art in unconventional places.”  


Vascular Unit Dedicated

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has completed a major renovation to the Wilma Thornton Cardio Thoracic Vascular Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, in honor of Mrs. Thornton, a former patient who passed away in 2011 at age 86.

Mrs. Thornton credited Saint Joseph Hospital with allowing her to enjoy “bonus years.”

Two months before Mrs. Thornton passed away, her son Michael Thornton and his wife, Amy, pledged $1.5 million to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the second largest donation in foundation history. The gift created the Wilma E. Thornton CTVU Suite at Saint Joseph Hospital. Improvements to the CTVU Suite include major facelifts for 22 patient rooms to provide a more peaceful environment, and upgrades throughout the nurses’ work stations and common areas. The CTVU Suite is designed to help patients with heart, lung and vascular illnesses.

“Thanks to Mrs. Thornton’s surgeon at Saint Joseph Hospital and the wonderful care she received, she was able to spend an additional three years with her two sons and grandchildren, enjoying UK basketball games, trips to Keeneland and much more” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “Mrs. Thornton was a vibrant woman who was forever grateful to the hospital. We too are grateful for Mrs. Thornton, and the legacy she leaves behind.”



It is officially flu season in Lexington. The health department offers flu shots 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through thursday at its Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. No Appointment is necessary.



The Defining Hope film screening at the Regal Cinemas Hamburg Pavilion is November 1 at 7 p.m. Defining Hope is a documentary that weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves. It is about optimism and explores what ‘quality of life’ really means.




Lexington’s Go Red for Women luncheon is November 17 at Heritage Hall downtown. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. But 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Know the red flags. Know your heart health story. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.



Every Thanksgiving morning, runners and walkers from across the country come to Lexington, Kentucky, to take part in the Thoroughbred Classic 5K and Kay Collins Memorial Mile. Continuing a new tradition, instead of being run separately, the first mile of the 5K race will be run in memory of Kay Collins and be the “Kay Collins Memorial Mile” — allowing everyone to celebrate her memory as well as the memory of other Bluegrass Runners and friends that have been lost over the years. THERE IS NO SEPARATE MILE COURSE.


 This article also appears on page 16 of the November 2017 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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