Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2023) — The Kentucky Children’s Hospital’s new mobile clinic had its first outing, bringing nationally ranked heart care to pediatric patients in Scott County.
At Georgetown Community Hospital, Callie L. Rzasa, M.D., medical director of KCH’s Congenital Heart Clinic, met with patients for routine follow-up care, saving them and their families the trip to Lexington. Rzasa and clinic staff also met with Georgetown-area pediatric providers to discuss collaborative care opportunities for children with congenital heart disease.
“This is an exciting new venture, and we’re looking forward to seeing current patients and meeting new ones where they live,” said Rzasa. “Traveling for specialized care can be a burden for many families. With this new mobile clinic, we can make that care not only more accessible, but convenient.”
The mobile clinic will visit Georgetown Community Hospital on the second Tuesday of every month, ensuring that patients and their families will never have to go far for specialized care.
“We are happy to expand convenient specialty pediatric cardiology care in collaboration with Kentucky Children’s Hospital mobile clinic,” said Horace Hambrick, M.D., pediatrician with Georgetown Pediatrics. “This allows us to increase collaboration and cohesiveness with our patients close to home, something we have been working toward for many years. We are hopeful this will be the first of many more pediatric sub-specialists who will have clinic in Scott County.”
Funded by grants from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation and the Coaches for the Kids Foundation, and supported by gifts from other generous donors, the mobile clinic will visit areas of the state that lack access to specialty care, such as pediatric cardiology, adolescent medicine and high BMI clinic. It will also provide seasonal vaccinations and telemedicine services in some locations. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, it can be dispatched to provide care and support to children in the affected areas. When fully operational, the clinic will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 patient appointments every year.
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