LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2017) – Norton Healthcare and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) have announced a collaboration agreement to help advance the services available to residents in the commonwealth. The goal is to give physicians and providers across the state access to additional services for patients, thereby improving the health of all Kentucky residents.
“Norton Healthcare offers quality care in numerous specialized areas,” said David Bolt, chief operating officer for KPCA. “Through this agreement, physicians across the commonwealth will have access to those resources to help treat or refer their patients for treatment.”
Through the collaboration agreement, KPCA and Norton Healthcare will focus on improving coordination and continuity of care, including access. Methods in place to expedite these include the Norton Healthcare Access Center, which will aid in the direct admission or transfer of patients to Norton Healthcare facilities and the scheduling of appointments from primary care providers to specialists, as well as remote access to Norton Healthcare’s electronic medical records system, Epic.
“Norton Healthcare offers medical expertise covering more than 20 specialty areas. The partnership will provide an opportunity for physicians and providers across Kentucky to collaborate on specialized care for patients,” said Michael Esposito, system vice president and chief network development officer for Norton Healthcare.
KPCA has members from 92 licensed practices that operate more than 335 clinic sites from Paducah to Pikeville and from the Ohio River to the Tennessee border. Collectively as an organization, KPCA providers are focused on improving the health of those they serve.
About Kentucky Primary Care Association
The Kentucky Primary Care Association was founded in 1976 as a private, nonprofit corporation of community health centers, rural health clinics, primary care centers and other organizations and individuals concerned about access to health care services for the state’s underserved rural and urban populations. Association members are providers of primary care – first contact, broadly trained physicians, nurses and other professionals deliver that whole-person health care. More information about KPCA is available at https://www.kypca.net/.
About Norton Healthcare
For more than 130 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at more than 250 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 13 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 14,000 employees; more than 850 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Hospitals provide inpatient and outpatient general care as well as specialty care including heart, neuroscience, cancer, orthopedic, women’s and pediatric services. A strong research program provides access to clinical trials in a multitude of areas. In 2016 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the seventh healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.