Clark Regional Medical Center and UK HealthCare of the University of Kentucky have formed an affiliation that will enable Clark Regional to provide additional health care services to area communities. UK has had a contractual arrangement with Clark Regional for several years to provide specialty services such as oncology and high-level cardiology, but the new affiliation takes that relationship to the next level. As part of the new partnership, UK HealthCare will consult with the board of Clark Regional, community leaders and medical staff to identify health needs not being fulfilled in the community and will work to extend those services. The goal, said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs, is to provide university health care programs beyond Fayette County and enable patients to obtain medical services closer to home.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted its approval for East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) to make permanent a rate increase the cooperative began collecting in April on an interim basis. The rate increase – which is EKPC’s first base rate increase since 1983 – amounts to approximately 2 percent for retail members, or about $1.50 to $2 per month for the average residential retail member served by one of EKPC’s 16 member cooperatives. The increase is expected to generate about $19 million in additional annual revenue for the not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative.