The University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health has been serving the medical needs of people in eastern Kentucky for the last twenty years.
President Eli Capilouto who took office at the University of Kentucky at the beginning of July, along with Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District greeted the crowd and talked about the improvements the center has provided for the region.
“We are a rural area in the truest sense of the word, I think the most rural in the country in fact and we are also poor and have poor access to healthcare, by and large,” said Rogers.
“This center has been able to teach and to put up organizations that reach out into our communities and to our villages where people otherwise did not have access to healthcare.”
“I know that through the work goes here we are improving the quality of life through better health and extending life,” said Capilouto.
A statement was also read which came from Governor Steve Beshear proclaiming November 10 Kentucky Rural Health Day.
“The people here who receive their training here, receive their education here nearly eighty percent of them now practice in this area or in another rural community and that was the purpose here when we began this enterprise,” said Capilouto.
Rogers said he wanted to send a special thanks to everyone who works for the center, but also to Dr. Capilouto for realizing that he is the president of more than just the bluegrass city.
“This center has been a beacon of hope for this region and an example of the hope that is replicated all over the United States,” said Capilouto
A luncheon followed the ceremony, nearly 200 people came out to show their support for the center.