Program delivers care to some of the most medically underserved counties in the country
KentuckyOne Health is celebrating a major milestone with its Appalachian Outreach Program. The outreach program was launched in 1986 to serve those living in rural eastern Kentucky who are unable to travel the often long distances needed to get medical care.
In the past 30 years, outreach staff has traveled nearly 1.4 million miles to provide more than 350,000 follow-up and nutritional visits to patients in Kentucky. The program started in nine counties and has since expanded to cover 39 counties in the state and continues to grow.
The program offers free services to patients in their homes who have been discharged from Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Saint Joseph Berea and Saint Joseph London.
The Appalachian Outreach Program provides a variety of services to patients, including grief counseling, family support, end of life support, prayer, guidance with community resources, transportation, food/housing, medication assistance, emotional support, meal planning, and dietary assistance for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and weight.
IF YOU GO
What: Appalachian Outreach Program 30th Anniversary Celebration
When: 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16
Where: Saint Joseph Hospital – Front Lobby, 1 Saint Joseph Drive, Lexington, KY 40504