Sterile Processing Team Members Recognized for Outstanding Work, Dedication

Sterile Processing Team Members Recognized for Outstanding Work, Dedication

Osborn and Caskey KDMC March 2023

   Sterile Processing Technician Lauren Caskey, CRCST, CIS, CHL, is the 2023 recipient of the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association’s Golden Slipper for Service Excellence Award, presented for demonstrating exceptional service that went beyond the traditional scope of her role.


   To be eligible, a sterile processing professional must be nominated by a supervisor, manager, director or administrator. Caskey was nominated by Sterile Processing Manager Glenna Osborn, who wrote of Caskey’s rededication to her career and team members: “Lauren started developing strong relationships with her team members, making sure if they had a bad day she could find a way to cheer them up, even if it was buying them their favorite candy bar at break time.

   “A few months later our hospital called for KD Coaches, a recognition program for staff who are going above their call to help encourage and train new staff. Within a few days Lauren was nominated and accepted as a KD Coach.

   “She was sending monthly reports to the Patient Experience Team on improvements that the team was experiencing in our department. She was going above her job duties and taking new hires under her wing, working until they ‘got it.’ Lauren joined the Quality Committee, and began to rewrite and change SPD policies. She was granted the ability to change count sheets to help co-workers be able to work more smoothly throughout the day.

   “Lauren’s self-motivation came back and she went on to study and achieve her CIS and CHL within a four-month period, and is currently studying for her CER, to become a Golden Crown member. Lauren became the voice to echo the feelings and concerns of her entire team and to make it known when they had struggles, concerns, or deserved praise.”

   The award is based on a story about a patient who lost his favorite slippers in the hospital and had them replaced by a caring healthcare professional who searched for, located and purchased a new pair of identical slippers for the patient. This award recognizes a Sterile Processing professional who demonstrates exceptional service that goes beyond the traditional scope of their role.

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Leadership Award

Caskey was not the only member of the King’s Daughters team to be recognized by the association for 2023. Sterile Processing Manager Glenna Osborn, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL, also received the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association’s Sterile Processing Leadership Award. This award recognizes a Sterile Processing supervisor, manager, director, or equivalent, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and has made significant contributions to their team, department and facility.

Osborn oversees four sterile processing locations, and leads the monitoring of more than 40 off-site locations. The Sterile Processing team reprocessed 2.5 million instruments and devices in 2022, and has a 99.8% rating for quality goal.

   In the fall of this year, the department will be stepping into a new state-of-the-art location on the second floor on the Ashland campus. The new space will allow for:

  • improved workflow for processing of critical devices
  • space for additional job duties for surgery care cart building and tracking
  • full storage of surgery trays

   “Having two people from King’s Daughters be recognized internationally for excellence in sterile processing is very rare,” Deana Milum, executive director of Surgical Services, said. “Glenna and Lauren are two people on a stellar team who do industry-leading work for us at King’s Daughters.”

   Caskey and Osborn will be recognized during the HSPA’s 2023 Annual Conference and Expo in May in Nashville, Tenn.

   The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), was established in 1958 with 100 members. Today they are 40,000-plus members, and the association offers certifications for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS), Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER), Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL).

Around the Diamond: April 4, 2023

Around the Diamond: April 4, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon

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   Ashland went 3-1 this week with wins over Greenup County, Fairview and Lewis County. The Tomcats fell to Rowan County, 4-3.

   LaBryant Strader went 3 for 4 with a double, home run and drove in four to lead Ashland to a 10-7 win over Greenup County. Jayse Mays and Colin Howard each had a pair of hits including a Howard long ball. Mays worked six innings from the bump and struck out two to earn the win. Ryan Brown struck out the only batter he faced and earned the save.

   Brown went 3 for 3 and drove in four to lead Ashland to a 16-1 win over Fairview in four innings. Howard doubled and drove in two.

   Sawyer Edens delivered a home run to give Ashland a 6-2 win over Lewis County. Brown went 3 for 4 with a double. Strader went 2 for 3 and drove in two.

   Ashland travels to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break.




   Boyd County went 1-1-1 this week with a win over Lawrence County a loss to South Point and a 2-2 tie with Ironton in a game called due to darkness in the sixth.

   Boyd County hammered 16 hits—four for extra bases—in a 16-6 shellacking of Lawrence County. JK McKnight and Alex Martin tripled while driving in a pair. Jacob Vanover and Gunnar Gerahart each doubled. Brogan Jones had two singles and drove in three.

   Jones doubled and drove in a run in the Lions tie with Ironton. Cayden Butler allowed one hit over four innings of work.

   Brayden Coleman and McKnight each went 2 for 3 in the Lions 7-6 loss to the Pointers. Vanover drove in three.

   Boyd County heads to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break.


   Fairview went 1-2 this week with a win over West Carter and losses to Russell and Ashland.

   Izaac Johnson went 2 for 3 with two doubles and 2RBI in the Eagles 8-3 loss to Russell. Cameron Harper doubled in his only hit.

   Tamel Smith and Harper each went 2 for 3 and drove in two as Fairview upended West Carter, 10-0 in six innings. Smith tripled and Harper had a double and a triple. Tanner Reihs, Richard Vanhoose and Tanner Johnson also doubled in the win.

   Fairview welcomes Tolsia Monday, visits South Webster Tuesday, Tolsia on Thursday and welcomes Menifee County Saturday.


   Rose Hill fell to West Carter, 10-9 and Hannan, WV, 11-8. No stats were reported.

   Rose Hill is idle until April 11.



   Raceland went 3-0 this week with wins over Fleming County, Fairland and Buffalo, WV.

   Kadin Shore went 3 for 4 with a home run and 3RBI to lead the Rams to a 9-8 win over Fleming County. Parker Ison and Conner Hughes both had a pair of hits. Jeremy Kerns had a 2RBI triple.

   Eli Lynd doubled and Hughes provided the only run of the game in a 1-0 win over Fairland. Connor Thacker worked 4.1 innings and struck out five to earn the win. Brayden Webb tossed two innings of hitless baseball to get the save.

   Raceland defeated Buffalo, 7-4. No stats were reported.

   Raceland travels to St. Petersburg, FL for Spring Break.


   Russell went 2-0 this week with wins over Fairview and West Carter.

   Kyle Mokas went 2 for 3 with a double and 3RBI in an 8-3 win over Fairview. Nathan Totten went 2 for 3 and drove in a pair. Parker Mitchell tripled in the win.

   Frank Brinkman tripled and Nathan Totten and Mokas each went 2 for 3 as Russell hammered West Carter, 15-1 in five innings.

   Russell heads to Vero Beach, FL for Spring Break.


   Greenup County went 0-2 this week with losses to Ashland and Huntington.

   Matthew Boggs, Hunter Clevenger and Cade Hunt each had a pair of hits in a 10-7 loss to Ashland. Clevenger had a pair of solo home runs and Boggs tripled in the loss. Hunt added a double.

   Greenup County fell to Huntington, 8-6. No stats were reported.

   Greenup County heads to Vero Beach, FL for Spring Break.

Fastpitch Highlights: April 4, 2023

Fastpitch Highlights: April 4, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon

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   Ashland went 1-2 this week with a win over Coal Grove and losses to Spring Valley and East Carter.

   Grace Delaney and Erin Patrick had a pair of hits in the Kittens 12-5 loss to Spring Valley. Grace and Jenna Delaney both doubled in the loss.

   Alauna Troxler went 2 for 3 with a double in Ashland’s 12-5 loss to East Carter. Jenna Delaney added a double in her only hit.

   Addi Laine tossed a complete game shutout for a 6-0 win over Coal Grove. She struck out five and did not walk a batter. Jenna Delaney went 2 for 4 at the plate and drove in two. Troxler doubled.

   Ashland heads to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break.



   Boyd County was idle this week. The Lions will also be heading to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break.


   Fairview went 2-1 this week with a pair of mercy-run-rule wins over Tolsia and a loss to Mor-gan County.

   Annabelle Menshouse allowed only one hit and struck out six as Fairview defeated Tolsia, 15-0 in three innings. Carole Shannon went 4 for 4 with three doubles and three RBI. Madison Loving went 3 for 3 with a triple. Kailyn Adkins had a pair of doubles and drove in three.

   Menshouse went 3 for 3 at the plate in game two and drove in three to lead Fairview to a 13-7 win in five innings. Menshouse worked three innings in relief while allowing only one hit and striking out seven. Shelby Gibson went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and 3RBI. Sydney Johnson added a double and drove in a pair.

   Fairview fell to Morgan County, 11-6. Johnson went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and 2RBI.

   Fairview is idle until Apr. 10.



   Raceland went 3-0 this week with wins over Greenup County, Gallia Academy and Russell.

   Kaitlin Kartchner delivered a walk-off grand slam and drove in six to lead Raceland to a 15-11 win over Greenup County. She also had a pair of doubles. Baylee Burney had three hits includ-ing a long ball and 2RBI. Kali Vance, Bryna Wellman and Reagan Mackie each doubled.

   Wellman led the Rams to a 20-18 win over Gallia Academy. The freshman went 4 for 5 with a double, 2RBI and four runs scored. Burney went 3 for 4 with 4RBI. Makena Francis had two doubles and drove in three. Vance doubled and drove in three.

   Raceland defeated Russell 11-6. No stats were reported.

   Raceland heads to Ft. Walton Beach, FL for Spring Break.


   Russell went 0-2 this week with losses to Lewis County and Raceland.

   Russell fell to Lewis County, 11-1 in five innings. Paige Hutchinson recorded the only Russell hit with a two-bagger in the first.

   Russell fell to Raceland, 11-6. Josie Atkins went 3 for 4 and drove in a run. Raegan Osborn and Hutchinson each had a pair of hits. Osborn and Lexi Baker doubled.

   Russell heads to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break.


   Greenup County went 1-3 this week with a 22-0 win over Green, OH, and losses to Raceland (15-11), Portsmouth (3-0) and Portsmouth West (12-0). No stats were reported.

Go Green for Brain Injury Awareness

Go Green for Brain Injury Awareness

Grace Phillips

Ashland Beacon

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March is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month and green is the awareness color.  Anyone can suffer a brain injury.  According to the Brain Injury Association of America, at least 2.8 million people sustain injuries every year in the United States. To break it down further there are 15,000 Kentuckians every year who suffer a brain injury…that’s an average of 41 people every day!


There are two basic types of brain injuries, traumatic and non-traumatic.  Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a sudden, external, physical assault damages the brain. The most common causes of a TBI is from a car accident, sports injuries, falls, or domestic violence.  A non-traumatic brain injury occurs because of disease, lack of oxygen, stroke, or a brain tumor. 

Every brain injury is different. The person is not their injury.  They are a person first and each one needs specialized, individual care to help them become the best version of themselves possible.  Nestled in Boyd County is a company that does exactly this. Caring Moore Homes see the individual and work together with many services to help them achieve independence and regain their lives.

Carey Moore has always had a heart for helping those with disabilities.  She and her husband have a 17-year-old son who was born at 28 weeks and is blind, autistic, and non-verbal.  They started Caleb’s, a non-profit organization for kids with blindness in 2008.  They held events where families could bring their children who were blind. They were able to be with other families going through the same thing, build a support system and friendships. Mrs. Moore said, “I noticed some of these kids were graduating high school. Their families were aging, and they had no place to go. After doing a lot of research and finding what would most closely correlate with blindness, we decided to become state certified for brain injuries.” 

Many brain injuries cause vision problems, not always total blindness but, impaired vision, trouble with hand/eye coordination as well as other symptoms. Carey continued, “Instead of our people going into nursing homes, we decided to go residential.  We wanted to give them a home, a real home.  There is such a need for these homes in the community.  We have eight residential homes in Boyd County as well as the main facility here in Cannonsburg.”  The building there is considered the Adult Day Treatment center where Caring Moore Homes provide their clients with physical, speech and occupational therapy, counseling, and many other services.   The facility is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday –Friday.

At the Adult Day Treatment, each person has an individual plan of care based on their need.  “We look at that individual, talk to the team and ask, what are their needs? Do they need to learn how to write a check? Are they getting a bank account, or are they maybe just trying to relearn the alphabet?”  There are different goals for everyone depending on what they hope to achieve.  For many clients, it is exactly as the name implies…they are there for the “day” and then return home with their families. 

However, some clients who require more specialized care, live in one of the residential homes.  These clients have someone with them 24 hours a day to help assist with their needs.  Many are learning to feed themselves, walk, get dressed, shower, go to the grocery store and shop from a list, or cook their food… so many things that the everyday person takes for granted.  The ultimate goal is to help them return to their lives.  Mrs. Moore stated these clients love to help out in the community.  Many of them volunteer at churches and non-profits helping put together boxes and bags for the needy and the homeless.  She said that a part of their recovery is helping other people. 

Nikki Dudley is a speech-language pathologist and commented, “Being at Caring Moore Homes is a lot like coming home.  I get to come here and completely be myself, OT can do the same.  But, what makes it special is we all get to work together with the client. Our clients may not know I’m speech, or someone else is OT, or PT because we all work together as a family.  They become more successful because they pick up that we are all one family.  I often think that our clients are the glue that holds us together.”

Kristy Pennington, a Certified Occupational Therapy assistant told me, “Every day I come here, I leave very inspired because these clients inspire me so much.”  Krista Mullins, Occupational Therapist continued that thought, “We turn hopeless into hope, can’t into can, and impossible to possible.  A lot of them feel defeated, and it’s our job to make them feel undefeated and give them hope.”

Moore went on to say, “About 80% of the clients have been married, had jobs, owned homes, have children and grandchildren…pretty much just like you and I… and one day they just had a horrible day.” 

In closing, Moore reminds us that everyone with a brain injury has hopes and dreams and wants to one day be independent again.  This is not going to happen overnight; it may take years for some of them to accomplish and some may never achieve complete independence.  The support that they receive from friends, family and facilities that provide the needed services will greatly impact their recovery.

Everyone thinks it could never happen to them or their family but that’s not true.  We are each just one fall, one car accident, or one stroke away from our entire world being turned upside down.  By designating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, it hopefully will help to take away part of the stigma associated with a brain injury. 

So this month when you see the color green…don’t just think of a little leprechaun.  Let it remind you of Brain Injury Awareness Month; learn the causes of TBI and ways to keep our brains healthy. 

Primitive Quartet…50 years of Gospel Performing Final Area Concert April 1

Primitive Quartet…50 years of Gospel

Performing Final Area Concert April 1

Grace Phillips

Ashland Beacon


Sometimes wonderful blessings come about in unexpected ways.  Fifty years ago, two sets of brothers, Reagan and Larry Riddle and Furman and Norman Wilson went on a fishing trip.  They took all the things you would take fishing, but they also took something a little unusual… a mandolin and a guitar.  After a long day of fishing, they would sit around the campfire and play music.  They realized they could sing in four-part harmony…this was the trip that would shape all their futures.  After this weekend, they were encouraged by their parents to sing at church on Sunday.  The four friends had no idea that this was the beginning of something very special that over the last 50 years has been a blessing to tens of thousands of people. 


In the beginning, the group was known as the Riddle-Wilson Quartet.  They would sing at area events and local churches.  The Inspirations, an established Southern Gospel group, invited them to sing at some of their concerts and even took them along on their bus to the concerts.   The popularity of the group grew beyond any of their imaginations.  By 1978, the group became known as the Primitive Quartet and began traveling full-time.  They now sing at about 150 concerts and travel more than 50,000 miles a year.

Reagan Riddle said, “We were just normal people…we didn’t think we were special in any way…that’s the thing that amazed us.  We just wanted to see people blessed and lead souls to Jesus.”   However, they were unique and in today’s modern music world, they are extremely unique.  They sing accompanied by acoustical instruments.  Even as technology developed and most groups used studio musicians for recording, they have stayed true to their roots and still play the instruments on their recordings in order to duplicate the same sound as in their personal appearances.  

The group is almost exactly the same today as it was in the beginning.  Furman Wilson was called to preach and stopped traveling with the group.  That’s when Reagan and Larry’s brother Michael stepped in and began singing with them.  Two additional members were added in later years to play instruments and add some vocals, Randy Fox, and Jeff Tolbert. 

One of the hardest times the group faced was on October 15, 2014.  While bear hunting in the woods with a group of friends in North Carolina, Norman Wilson died from an apparent heart attack at the age of 70.  It seemed almost ironic that the Primitive Quartet was formed while on a fishing trip together in the outdoors, and God called Norman to the eternal home he sang about for so many years while in the woods with a group of friends. 

Paul Belcher began his relationship with the Primitive Quartet in Detroit, Michigan in 1977.   He had the Inspirations booked for a concert there, and they asked him to use their friends in the concert also.  This was the first of many concerts to come.   “Through the years I have found the Primitives to be very humble.  They just want to minister from the joking around…they are there for business.   Their mission is to tell people about Jesus and win souls to him.”  Belcher went on to tell how Reagan would always ask at the end of the concerts if he was okay with ticket sales.  “He would tell me to cut their pay if needed because he didn’t want me losing money on them.”

“That’s what has always made the Primitives so special…when they arrive at a venue, they are there to be a blessing to those who attend and do whatever it takes to help the promoter of the event make it a success,” commented Ellen Keaton.  “I have worked with these guys for about thirty years now, first with my job at WTSF TV and then as the president of the Boyd County Fair.  I still don’t think they have any idea what an anointing and gift God has given them.”

Last April the group made an announcement via Facebook that they would be traveling full-time for one more year to mark their 50th Anniversary of singing.  With that final year nearing the end, I asked Reagan Riddle how he felt about their impending retirement and what the future looked like for him.  “It’s all been good…so good. God has blessed us so much.  I do kinda wish now we had just cut back to a few dates a month instead of the fifteen or so we do and maybe kept singing some.”  He went on to say, “I’m sure I will continue singing in some way, just not full-time.  I’m just going to wait on the Lord to see His plan.”

Riddle also talked about their first concert in Ashland.  “It was in the late 1970s with Barbara and Sonny Sites at the Paramount.  We have met so many wonderful people along the way.”

On April 1st, the Primitive Quartet will perform their final concert in the Ashland area at the Paramount Arts Center beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will also feature The Inspirations and Gold City Quartet.  Tickets for the event are $20 and $25.   There are only a few hundred tickets still available for the concert.  You can get your ticket at or at

When asked if Riddle had a final comment he said, “After 50 years of ministry and 55 recordings, my prayer is for the songs.  I pray that the songs are blessings for years to come and that they live on forever.”