LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 18, 2022) – Too often, children and teens can’t get to Lexington to get the specialized care they need. With the new mobile clinic, providers at Kentucky Children’s Hospital will provide them with care.
Funded by the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation and Kids’ Coaches Grants Foundationand supported by gifts from other generous donors, the mobile clinic will visit states that do not have access to specialty care, such as pediatric cardiology, adolescent medicine and the high BMI clinic. It will also provide vaccination and telemedicine services. In the event of an accident or natural disaster, it can be dispatched to provide care and support to children in affected areas. Once fully operational, the clinic will be able to handle more than 1,000 patient appointments annually.
“One in four Kentucky children do not have a pediatrician in their home county, and many families cannot travel long distances to receive specialized care,” said Kentucky Chief Medical Officer Scottie B. Day. Children’s Hospital. “This mobile clinic will help us fulfill our mission to create a healthier Kentucky.”
Staffed by a clinical practice manager, nurse practitioner, medical assistant and dedicated driver, the clinic will transport staff and providers from multiple pediatric specialties to regional hospitals, county health departments, branches and other community locations throughout the Commonwealth. The first clinic trip in 2023. will begin at Georgetown Community Hospital, where pediatric cardiologists will meet with new and existing patients in need of cardiac care.
“Coaches for Kids is pleased to partner with Children’s Hospital of Kentucky and the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation to fund a mobile clinic for children in Eastern Kentucky,” said Coaches for Kids Board Member Ralph Coldiron. “The goal of the CFTK organization is to save children’s lives. The launch of this mobile clinic achieves this goal.
The clinic is equipped with a 35-foot Ford F-550 and has many features including:
- child-friendly interior design;
- sensory devices for children with anxiety or special developmental needs;
- satellite internet access;
- electrically operated awning for extended check-in and waiting;
- electric ADA ramp; and
- 32-inch LED screen for telemedicine and interpreting services.
“During Colonel Sanders’ last year, he was asked to serve as the national director of an important fundraiser for the children’s hospital,” said Pat Walter, president of the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation. “Even though he was approaching 90 years of age, he took the job saying, ‘I don’t want to be a character, I want to visit hospitals and see how things work.’ We have to take care of our little ones. They are the ones who will later try to make our country strong.”