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Harsh Ditch bids top estimate

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By Steve Vied

Messenger-Inquirer

All four bids received by the city of Owensboro to construct the Harsh Ditch II-A drainage control project on the east side of the city were higher than the estimated cost of the project. That means the city will be looking for additional money to pay for it. “We are not looking at a reduction in the scope of the project, but we are investigating different funding sources to cover the difference,” City Engineer Joe Schepers said Thursday. See Ditch/Page A2

Photo by Jenny Sevcik, Messenger-Inquirer/jsevcik@messenger-inquirer.com, 691.7294

Dr. Adrian Yeiser stands near a bedside computer in a patient room Friday in Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. A federal mandate for physicians moving to electronic medical record-keeping by 2014 has changed the doctor-patient experience in several ways. For electronic medical record-keeping, Owensboro Health uses the Epic system.

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Electronic record-keeping implemented in medical field but still in early stages

Activists, Bevin rally in McConnell’s hometown

Gary Emord-Netzley, Messenger-Inquirer gemord-netzley@messenger-inquirer.com 691-7318

BILL BARROW Salsman Brothers Inc. employees, Jewell Galloway of Madisonville, left, and C.J. Brummett of Dawson Springs, cover a section of concrete wall on the second ofBy two bridges on KenAssociated Press By Rich Suwanski tucky 144 on Thursday afternoon. The bridge work is part of the first phase of the U.S. 60 Bypass Extension project under way east of Owensboro. The Bypass Extension is one of 58 Messenger-Inquirer LOUISVILLE — Conservative public and private projects currently under way in the community with a total value of $759 million. federal mandate in 2009 that physicians move to activists from across the country electronic medical record-keeping by 2014 has came to Senate Minority Leader changed the doctor-patient experience in several Mitch McConnell’s hometown ways. on Saturday to insist that their Most physicians have gotten on-board with EMR and fight against established Republearned to adapt to it while a few doctors chose to retire licans in the 2014 midterm elecrather than change procedures with which they felt tions isn’t over. comfortable while treating patients. The downtown Louisville rally Switching to electronic medical records meant ser ved as a lift for McConnell converting a patient’s files from paper to computer challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisfiles. Once the data was put in, “meaningful use” was ville businessman who wants to encouraged by the government. EMR allows a physician capitalize on the same tea party BY STEVE VIED “It looks that like several years of Paul the two— years priorhistory, (to 2010). with more than 200to members private projects are currently quicker access patient information medical energy helped Rand MESSENGER-INQUIRER work,” he said. We started seeing the increase working on the medications new Owensboro under way in the community test results, and treatment plans — and the defeat McConnell’s choice for For state’s his fourth “State of theseat two toward the endphysician of 2010. 2012 System hospital with a total value of $759 million, Medical wensboro abilityHealth to share it electronically with another so the other Senate City” speech Thursday at the is projected to be great. ... It’s between Pleasant all of which he patient treatment can be coordinated.   years ago. Mayor Ron officersaid Greater Owensboro Chamber really looking good for Valley EMR Road and contribute chief medical of Owensboro Meanwhile, gives patients the opportunity toany The total The event also was intended of Commerce’s Rooster Booster Daniels Lane off U.S. electrical contractor, union or Payne likes to to a strong local

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nonunion.” 60 East. economy. say that “Owensboro See Record/Page A2of the projects Some The hospital and Larry Boswell according to is on the move,” and on Payne’s list are close to long list of other doesn’t doubt it. “I’ve Mayor Ron Payne, aprojects completion, such as the Kentucky outlined lived here all my he often follows it by contact us INSIDE will be $1.3 National Guard Readiness by Payne keep life, and it’s been a Home, F5 Astrology/Lifestyles, F2 684-5261 • (800) 633-2008 the local’s other saying that no other Center, the newGarden/Lifestyles, state office long time coming,” Circulation: billion. Lotteries/A2 Classifieds/Perspective, E4-8 advertising: 926-0123, ClassifiedS: 926-6161 and the downtown electricians working building Boswell said. Records/Region, B2-3river Crossword/Lifestyles, F2 city in Kentucky has news tips: 691-7306, SPORTS: 691-7314 steadily, But others, including Boswell is facebook.com/ Television/Sports, C5 Dearwith Abby/Lifestyles,wall F2 project. as much going on asMessengerInquirer journeymen earning the top rateF6 the downtown convention center business manager of thereport an error: Food/Lifestyles, 691-7292 and Hampton Inn & Suites hotel, of $29.02 a hour, plus benefits, 386-member Owensboro Owensboro. Last week, in his annual “State

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breakfast, Payne delivered a See Rally glowing report on the/Page city’s A2 health, shining a light on the size of the surplus in the city’s general fund and moderate-to-low tax rates compared to 13 other firstand second-class cities. HighHe spentLow the bulk of his time presenting Page A6 the list of ongoing, Details, just finished or soon-to-start projects and the city’s lower-than-average

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