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Clinic coming to Wolfe County

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A new state of the art primary care clinic is coming to Wolfe County. Saint Joseph East in Lexington received a 250 thousand dollar grant to make this new facility possible.

This new clinic will be different from many others. There will be physicians on site, but patients will also see physicians using virtual technology so patients and the physicians don't always have to travel.

A new primary care clinic is coming to Wolfe County and although there are two clinics in the area already, many say another one can't hurt.

"It has to be a plus. Like I said, there's lines when you go to the doctor's especially during flu season and you usually have to wait to see the doctor, so this will give us another option," said Dennis Brooks, Wolfe County Judge Executive.

Even physicians from the other clinics are in favor of a new one moving in.

"It's not really a competition. We all have the same goal...to provide quality care and hopefully affordable care to patients and make their lives better," said Curtis Fugate, a physician assistant.

And quality care is something officials say the area desperately needs...

"Wolfe County is the poorest health status county in the state of Kentucky. You got to start somewhere in terms of working with your community," said Rose Rexroat, from Saint Joseph East.

Saint Joseph is collaborating with Kentucky River Community Care. The new clinic will be located on the same campus as KRCC's outpatient building, using virtual technology to connect patients and physicians

"This will give us access to a lot of different specialties that are off site and locations through out the state or through out the region without actually being present," said Sheila Allen, from Kentucky River Community Care.

Officials are hoping to have the new clinic ready by July. Another clinic like this one is also coming to Powell County.

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