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Harrison County Go Red Committee plans heart disease awareness events in February

February is American Heart Month, and the Harrison County Go Red for Women Committee is doing its part to raise awareness of heart disease in women. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the national heart disease awareness campaign.

Eighteen years ago, the American Heart Association discovered that heart disease killed more women than men. Based on these findings, the AHA formed Go Red For Women, a campaign to bring awareness of heart disease through education. Accomplishments of the 18-year campaign include:

 34% fewer women now die from heart disease.

Midden and Reid named to HMH Board of Directors

In 2022, the Harrison Memorial Hospital Board of Directors will welcome two new members to the board. Maribeth Midden, PharmD, was unanimously voted as a member by the board at the 2021 November meeting. Midden replaces Dr. Stephen Besson who rotated off the board December 31, 2021, after serving a nine-year term.  Dr. Brady Reid, who was elected in December 2021 to serve as the new HMH Chief of Staff for 2022-2023, will also serve on the board of directors during his tenure as chief.

Harrison Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory Department Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Harrison Memorial Hospital Laboratory in Cynthiana, KY, has been awarded reaccreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The laboratory’s medical director, Fred Picklesimer, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of services being provided.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.

HMH radiology receives ACR accreditation in MRI Services

Harrison Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a non-invasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts, assisting physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. The program is accredited for the Open-Bore Siemen’s Magnetom Espree for adult and pediatric patients.

Chen and Merkley join HMH Medical Staff

Gastroenterologists, An-Yu Chen, M.D. and Scott Merkley, M.D., have joined the medical staff at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Chen is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He provides services in small bowel capsule endoscopy, colonoscopy with biopsy, polypectomy, stricture dilation and more. He also treats liver disease, including hepatitis C and hepatitis B, biliary disease, GERD, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease testing and management.

HMH KidTown Child Development Center Opens New Facility

Harrison Memorial Hospital opened its new HMH KidTown Child Development Center in November with an official ribbon-cutting on December 7, 2021. The new center was made possible by a $1.5 million gift from The James A. and Martha R. Brown Charitable Foundation, Inc. The new 10,075-square-foot building is located on the HMH campus.

HMH Acquires New Low-Dose SCENARIA 128-Slice CT Imaging System

Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH) has added Fujifilm Healthcare Americas’ SCENARIA View lower-dose 128-slice Computerized Tomography (CT) imaging system to its list of diagnostic offerings.

Dr. David Alexander joins HMH Medical Staff

David Alexander, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Harrison Memorial Hospital. An otolaryngologist treats conditions of the ear, nose and throat as well as performs head and neck surgeries.

Dr. Alexander graduated with his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC in 2010. He earned his medical degree from University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, in 2014.  In 2019, he completed his residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL.

Dr. Alberto Laureano joins HMH Medical Staff

Alberto Laureano, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Harrison Memorial Hospital. An otolaryngologist treats conditions of the ear, nose and throat as well as performs head and neck surgeries.

Dr. Laureano graduated with his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 1983. He earned his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA in 1987.  In 1993, he completed his residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery/allergy from Southern Illinois University in Springfield, IL.

Dave Mellett retires from HMH

On August 28, Dave Mellett, HMH Chief Financial Officer, will retire after more than seven years of service at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mellett began his career at HMH in January 2014. Prior to joining HMH, Mellett was the CFO with Boone County Hospital in Boone, Iowa.
“For the last 30 years, I have worked in healthcare finance throughout the South and MidWest. When I came to HMH, I hoped this would be my final position before retiring,” he said.