On Thursday, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) released a fact sheet on carbon monoxide precautions. "As temperatures drop and the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases, Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices."
This information can be shared with patients and the general public to prevent dangerous situations.
Kentucky is the 45th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a recent report analyzing the health of the nation.
The report, America’s Health Rankings, attributes Kentucky’s low marks to, among other issues, a high prevalence of smoking, obesity, a high rate of cancer deaths, and a high rate of drug deaths.
The report was produced by United Health Foundation, a nonprofit focused on the health and the well-being of communities.
Kentucky ranked 44th last year.
East Tennessee, specifically Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, was devastated by the recent wildfires. Several employees of LeConte Medical Center, located in nearby Sevierville, lost their primary and secondary homes. None of the hospital’s employees perished in the fires, but other community members have lost their lives and many are others still are unaccounted for.
As in the past, when natural disasters occur, the hospital community is coming together to help one another. If you would like to help, donations can be sent directly to LeConte Medical Center. Please send any checks to:
LMC Employee Assistance Fund
c/o Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation
LeConte Medical Center
744 Middle Creek Road, Suite #206
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
If you wish to send a letter of support and encouragement, please send it to Jenny Hanson, President and CAO, at the above address.
Post Office Box 436629
Louisville, Kentucky 40253-6629