OLYMPIC-SIZE DREAM. Local sports fans already know the name John Michael Hayes. He won a Kentucky state swimming title his freshman year in the 500-yard freestyle.

It’s possible his name will become more widely know soon.

Hayes is dedicated to swimming both at Eliza­bethtown High School and the Cardinal Aquatics club team. He practices year-round and is hoping to trim his times further to earn a spot in the Olympics.

Hayes is participating Aug. 6-10 in the Junior Nationals summer meet in Indianapolis. His goal is to meet the Olympic trial time of 3:57.29 to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

Thus far, his personal best in the 400 freestyle is 4:04.87 which he set last August. That’s a lot of time to trim, but he seems up to the challenge.

“About 2016 when the Olympics was going on I made the mental note that I would go to the Olympics in 2020 so there has been such a buildup and pressure that I’m so much closer that this could actually become a real accomplishment,” he said.

Good luck to this EHS sophomore with a global dream.

HMH: BEST OF THE BEST. Another place where effort is paying off locally is at Hardin Memorial Health where its total hip and total knee replacement program earned service are uniquely distinguished.

It became the first program in Kentucky to earn the Joint Commission’s advanced certification, the highest distinction from the nationally recognized accrediting body.

Several factors go into this accomplishment. For example, more than 60 people support patients through the process including doctors, nurses, social workers and physical therapists. The Joint Commission looked at every detail and the statistics which back up HMH’s goals.

“From the patient’s office visit with their orthopedic surgeon to preadmission education, to surgery and inpatient post operative care, and then to outpatient physical and occupational therapy, the Joint Commission scrutinized every aspect of the HMH program,” said Dennis Johnson, HMH president and CEO.

The program provides seamless care and challenges patients to be active as soon as possible, often within two hours of the surgery.

The Joint Commission’s certification follows the HMH program’s selection as one of top 36 programs in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review late last year. That put HMH alongside nationally known programs at Mayo Cli­nic and Emo­ry University Hospital.

It’s exciting to offer premier care in Hardin County.

This editorial reflect a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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