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Kentucky Children's Hosp and Easterseals partner to help kids

Sept 15, 2022, (U of Kentucky) University News: KCH, Easterseals partner to expand services for kids with special health care needs

UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) and Easterseals Bluegrass (formerly known as Easterseals Cardinal Hill) are partnering to expand services for children who require complex medical and developmental care.

Easterseals Bluegrass, a Lexington-based nonprofit recently purchased the former Shriners Children's Hospital property on Richmond Road in Lexington to expand services. …

The clinics include: • Complex Care Clinic, which provides medical and developmental follow-up care for infants and young children up to age 5 with medical complexity.

• Developmental Pediatrics Clinic, which offers screening, diagnostic and therapeutic services for children with complex developmental-behavioral conditions such as autism.

• NICU Graduate Clinic, a clinical site for babies and young children with special medical needs. The clinic not only serves babies who were cared for in the KCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), but also children born prematurely who are at risk for developmental problems.

“Families struggle with the logistics of caring for their children because there isn’t a model in Kentucky where these services are provided in one location,” said Scottie B. Day, M.D., physician-in-chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “They must go to multiple sites to get the appropriate care for their children. This partnership will increase patient access to these services and better serve the children of the Commonwealth.”…

“From the beginning, our mission has been to ensure all children and adults have access to high quality health care and services,” said Jamie Ellis, executive director of Easterseals Bluegrass. Funding for the new clinical spaces for KCH is made possible in part by a generous donation from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals local partners. Additional donor opportunities will be available as the facility and patient base expands.

“Without our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partnerships, this new space and our ability to expand our clinics wouldn’t be possible,” said Day. “This will be the only facility of its kind in the state; with Easterseals Bluegrass, we’re building this with growth in mind so that we can continue to expand complex, multidisciplinary care.”…


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