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Douglas Frederick

A Hardin County man who recovered from COVID-19 is urging other survivors to donate plasma to help in research and healing. 

Douglas Frederick, 63, of Elizabethtown, spent nearly 30 days in the hospital during October and November.  He doesn't know where or how he contracted the virus, despite taking precautions. 

The U.S. Army veteran received convaslescent plasma as part of his treatment. Recovered patients have developed antibodies, which researchers think can more quickly fight the infection in sick patients.  Frederick, who is retired from the Elizabethtown Independent School District, says he thinks plasma helped save his life.

“Someone who was very gracious enough to donate so that I could get two bags of plasma, which I believe wholeheartedly helped me out," Frederick told WKU Public Radio. "If they can donate, if they’ve had COVID and recovered from it, then by all means, donate and help someone else.”

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A landmark study on combatting the coronavirus is happening at hospitals across the country, including in Kentucky. 

Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown is treating COVID-19 patients with plasma donated from patients who have recovered from the respiratory illness.  The  recovered patients have developed antibodies, which researchers think can more quickly fight the infection in sick patients. 

Dr. Natalie Harper is leading the study at HMH.

"Of course this is still a research project and we don’t know how well this treatment will work, but we are very hopeful, and many physicians involved in the research are very optimistic about the results," Harper told WKU Public Radio.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has approved a deal for Louisville-based Baptist Health to purchase Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown.

In a unanimous decision, the appeals court upheld Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s ruling that Hardin County followed the law in negotiating the sale of HMH assets to Baptist Health.  The two sides reached an agreement in May 2018 that was scheduled to close at the end of the last year.  However,  Dr. Larry Hall filed a lawsuit challenging the sale. 

In its ruling, the appeals court said Dr. Hall "lacked the necessary standing" to challenge the law and had no evidence the negotiations violated the Open Meetings Act. 

Lisa Autry

Doctors aren’t the only ones on call at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.  So is man’s best friend.

A part Labrador Retriever named Baron; Pepper the Yorkie; Lola, a Rhodesian Ridgeback; and Lady, a German Short-Haired Pointer, reported for duty at the hospital on a recent Friday afternoon, and fanned out to patient rooms to offer some canine comfort. 

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While Kentucky hospitals use electronic health records, that data typically stays in-house, but a new partnership is allowing hospitals to share the information with each other. 

The Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health have partnered with the company Collective Medical to develop a statewide care coordination network. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Godfrey at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown says the system gives providers real-time information to identify at-risk and complex patients.