KentuckyOne Health Opens Clinics in Powell and Wolfe County
Louisville, Ky. – KentuckyOne Health, is extending access to primary and specialty care for residents in some of Kentucky’s most underserved counties through two new Virtual Primary Care Clinics now open in Powell and Wolfe counties in Kentucky. These clinics will provide the people of Wolfe and Powell counties with convenient access to primary and specialty care and serve as viable community-based healthcare providers in these markets.
The federal government’s Social Innovation Fund and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky funded the clinics. They are staffed by nurse practitioners, nurses and office coordinators and utilize telemedicine technology to collaborate with physicians and specialists. The telemedicine technology not only provides additional access to specialty care, but also minimizes the need to travel to see a specialist and therefore the costs of care.
The program is modeled after the Eastern Kentucky Mobile Health Service that served Morgan, Wolfe and Lawrence Counties for more than seven years.
“We decided to establish these clinics because we found that people in these areas needed more access to care than was being provided by the mobile services,” said Shelley Neal, vice president of ambulatory services, KentuckyOne Health. “More than 40 percent of Kentuckians live in rural areas, while only 28 percent of physicians practice in rural areas. These clinics will help to bridge that gap.”
Kentucky health statistics also supported the need for primary and specialty care in both Powell and Wolfe counties.
Kentucky ranks 39th in the nation in overall health status and residents in these areas of Kentucky suffer from a greater disease burden than the rest of the state. Based on the Kentucky Institute of Medicine Report of 2007, Powell County ranked 112th and Wolfe County ranked 120th on health status out of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Diabetes prevalence in these areas has been reported at more than 10 percent, compared with the statewide prevalence of 7.8 percent and national prevalence of seven percent. Cardiovascular disease rates are also higher in these areas.
“The ability to bring primary and specialty care to Powell and Wolfe Counties is critical,” said Neal. “If we can help improve the health of people in these counties, then we have the potential to have a healthier and more productive community.”
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is an innovative approach to transforming lives and communities that uses limited federal investment as a catalyst to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a nonprofit, organization that works to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. The Foundation makes grants, supports research, holds educational forums and convenes communities to engage and develop the capacity of the Commonwealth to improve the health and quality of life of all Kentuckians.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System.
The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has nearly 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.
KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 2,325 licensed beds.
About the Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that improves the lives of people in low-income U.S. communities. Through an innovative public-private partnership, the Social Innovation Fund and selected local and national grantmakers co-invest in programs that increase the scale of community-based solutions that have evidence of real impact in the areas of youth development, economic opportunity or healthy futures. Every federal dollar invested is matched with private funds, and all programs are rigorously evaluated. As a result, the most effective approaches can be expanded to reach more people in need and key lessons can be captured and broadly shared. To learn more visit www.NationalService.gov/Innovation