University of Louisville racetrack clinic gets national recognition

04/27/2017 11:03 AM

The Kentucky Racing Health Services Clinic has been designated an innovative model by the American Academy of Nursing, the University of Louisville announced in a news release Thursday.

The clinic is a nonprofit run by the U of L School of Nursing and funded by the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund. KRHSC opened its doors in 2005 to provide comprehensive health care services to the backside workers of the Thoroughbred racing industry and their families.

The clinic is funded by uncashed parimutuel tickets at horse racing tracks throughout the state. Workers can access the clinic for a $5 copay, which covers the patient visit and lab test.

Services the clinic provides include mental health treatment, physicals and women’s annual exams, care for acute illnesses, and maintenance treatment for chronic conditions.

“The high level of comprehensive care and readily available appointments allow patients to understand and manage their unique health situation,” Richard Riedel, director of KRHWF, said in a statement. “Because satisfaction levels are so high, patients often return for their care.”

The American Academy of Nursing also named U of L faculty members Dr. Whitney Nash and Sara Robertson Edge Runners for establishing and growing the clinic.

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