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New Mobile Clinic Rolls Across State to Provide Specialized Pediatric Care

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (November 18, 2022) — Far too often, children and teens cannot travel to Lexington to get the specialized care they need. With the new mobile clinic, providers at Kentucky Children’s Hospital will bring them care.

Funded by grants from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation and the Trainers for children Foundation, and supported by donations from other generous donors, the mobile clinic will travel to areas of the state 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 emergency or natural disaster, it can be dispatched to provide care and support to children in affected areas. When fully operational, the clinic will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 patient appointments each year.

“One in four children in Kentucky doesn’t have a pediatrician in their home county, and many families aren’t able to travel long distances to get specialized care,” said Scottie B. Day, MD. , Kentucky’s Chief Medical Officer. Children’s Hospital “This mobile clinic will help us fulfill our mission to create a healthier Kentucky.”

Comprised of a clinic director, nurse, medical assistant and dedicated driver, the clinic will transport staff and providers from multiple pediatric specialties to regional hospitals, county health departments, affiliated clinics and other community locations across the Commonwealth. The clinic’s first outing will be in early 2023 at Georgetown Community Hospital, where pediatric cardiologists will meet new and current patients who need cardiac care.

“The Coaches for the Kids Foundation is thrilled to partner with Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation to fund a mobile clinic for children in Eastern Kentucky,” said board member Ralph Coldiron. administration of Coaches for the Kids. “The goal of the CFTK organization is to save children’s lives. Putting this mobile clinic on the road accomplishes that goal.”

The clinic is installed on a 35ft Ford F-550 and has a number of features including:

  • child-friendly interior design;
  • sensory devices for children with anxiety or unique developmental needs;
  • satellite Internet access;
  • electric awning for extended check-in and waiting;
  • electric ADA ramp; and
  • 32″ LED display for telemedicine and interpretation services.

“During Colonel Sanders’ last years, he was asked to be the national chairman of a major fundraiser for a children’s hospital,” said Pat Walter, president of the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation. “Although approaching 90, he took the job saying, ‘I don’t want to be a figurehead, I want to visit hospitals and see the work being done.’ We have to take care of our little ones. They are the ones who will step in later to keep our country strong.”