Lexington Fayette County Health Department Health First Bluegrass, Inc.

HealthFirst Bluegrass, Inc. is the co-applicant with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department and operates the Homeless Health Clinic at the Hope Center. The Primary locations for services are at the main clinic site, 650 Newtown Pike and The Hope Center. Access to emergency care, specialty care, and inpatient hospital care is facilitated through HealthFirst Bluegrass, Inc and its existing network. In addition to providing primary care, clients can be referred through cooperative arrangements for substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling, personal needs and other social services.

Services

Health care is provided by HealthFirst Bluegrass, Inc. directly and through subcontracts at the Hope Center. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, and the staff includes a nurse practitioner, staff assistant and social worker. Services include diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, lab tests, x-rays, basic medications, and referrals for services not provided on site. Outreach services by the mobile van provide health education and wellness education.

Linkages

The Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to people who are experiencing homelessness. The Hope Center is a multi-location, comprehensive social service agency delivering a variety of programs to help people get off the street and stay off the street.

Statistics

Estimated homeless population: 4,000

Patients served: 3,022

Subcontractors

Bluegrass Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board

201 Mechanic Street Lexington, KY 40507 
Contact:
George Keifer 
Phone:
(859) 233-0444 Ext. 249
Fax:
(859) 233-0144

The HOPE Center 

360 West Louden Avenue Lexington, KY 40508-3729 
Contact:
Cecil Dunn 
Phone:
(859) 252-7881 
Fax:
 (859) 255-0749

University of Kentucky College of Nursing 

109 Kinkead Hall Lexington, KY 40536 
Contact:
 Marcia Stanhope 
Phone:
 (859) 323-8071 
Fax:
(859) 323-1057 
Email:
mkstan00@pop.uky.edu