U of L Opens General Pediatric and Pediatric Dental Offices at Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre on Eastern Parkway
The University of Louisville and Kosair Charities have entered into a new partnership, opening general pediatrics and pediatric dentistry practices at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre, 982 Eastern Pkwy.  Children with disabilities and chronic health conditions as well as children from the community can get expert care from U of L pediatricians and pediatric dentists.

Kosair Charities has donated a combined 12,500 square feet of renovated space in its headquarters building for the two clinics to operate over a five-year period. University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics at Kosair Charities and University of Louisville School of Dentistry at Kosair Charities may opt to renew their lease for two additional five-year terms, bringing the estimated value of the agreement to $3.7 million over 15 years.

The mix of patients for both practices include children receiving services elsewhere on the Kosair Charities campus, children from surrounding neighborhoods, children whose families participate in the Family Scholar House program, and children who are uninsured or under-insured.

The general pediatrics office has nine exam rooms, a laboratory and separate sick- and well-child reception areas. Pediatrician Erica Labar, M.D., began seeing patients at the office in July.  A second physician will join Labar in 2014. Medical students and pediatric residents will also rotate through the clinic.

The pediatric dentistry office recently opened under the leadership of Ann Greenwell, D.M.D., M.S.D.  The clinical space is outfitted with six dental chairs and equipped to meet the special needs of autistic and physically-challenged children. The clinic provides comprehensive dental care including routine exams, fillings, treatment for trauma, mouth guards for athletes and orthodontic care.

New patients are being accepted at both clinics. For an appointment with a pediatrician, call (502) 852-7170. For an appointment with a pediatric dentist, call (502) 852-5642.

Historic Landmark Restored, Rededicated
New Directions Housing Corporation and Douglass Boulevard Christian Church recently announced the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of Woodbourne House (formerly known as Briney Hall), at 2024 Woodford Place, near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Douglass Boulevard. A dedication ceremony took place at the historic mansion on Sept. 30 and included Mayor Greg Fischer and representatives from U.S. Housing of Urban Development, Kentucky Housing Corporation and Highlands Community Ministries.

New Directions oversaw the restoration of the Greek Revival landmark home and the construction of an annex that together will provide 11 units for older persons. New Directions will manage the housing and senior services center. Highlands Community Ministries’ Shaffer Enrichment Center will relocate to the receiving room and library of the home as part of HCM’s continuing expansion of its senior services.

Built in 1836 by Starks Fielding, the house was among the first 1,000 brick homes in the area; the original 200-acre property included Big Rock in Cherokee Park. The property was acquired after the Civil War by George Douglass, whose daughter later donated acreage and Big Rock to Cherokee Park. Rugby University School operated at the site from 1939-1949. The property was in continuous use until 2012.

“The challenge of this point in Louisville’s march forward is in finding new purpose for buildings threatened by vacancy,” said Mayor Fischer at the dedication ceremony. “No neighborhood is exempt from the necessary collaborations needed to forge new uses and meaning for such places as Woodbourne House.”

Joe Gliessner, chief executive officer of New Directions, outlined the need for more senior housing. “For every unit, there are five applicants, and the need for such housing is growing as agencies like New Directions seek resources to provide for people in need while repurposing vacant properties.”

For more information about New Directions, visit www.ndhc.org.

APH Wins Manufacturer Of the Year Award
The American Printing House for the Blind was named the 2013 Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year in the Mid-Size Business Category at the Manufacturer &  Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon presented by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers on Oct. 3 in Louisville. Lectrodryer, LLC won in the Small Business Category, and General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant won in the Large Business Category.

The American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., is the official supplier of educational materials for the nation’s school-age blind and vision-impaired children. A leading manufacture of raised-letter and braille textbooks and tactile maps, the APH also supplies large-print books, audio books, a variety of manipulative teaching aids, electronics, and products for adult daily living needs.

“These awards pay tribute to those from our manufacturing community who provide leadership, demonstrate high standards and promote manufacturing here in the Commonwealth,” stated Greg Higdon, KAM president and CEO, at the luncheon.

In addition to manufacturing, the APH works to support other nonprofit and charitable causes and maintain good relationships with the community by participating in a wide range of charitable fundraising efforts. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or visit www.aph.org.

Call to Action: Help Keep Louisville’s Youth from Becoming Homeless
According to a city-wide database on the homeless, 555 young adults, ages 18-24, slept in emergency shelters in 2012. As a result of this statistic, the Coalition for the Homeless along with over 25 partners formed a group called the Coalition Supporting Young Adults (CSYA).

One early success of the initiative is the YMCA’s new drop-in center for youth and young adults, providing them a place to take a shower, wash clothes and talk about  their next steps. The Coalition is working to expand this success by providing youth with better access to mentoring programs and other services, including a new website, a Facebook page, and a phone app with resources.

In order to expand their services, the CSYA is seeking help from the community to support the planning and resource-building efforts. Donations can be made through the Coalition for the Homeless’ website. The Coalition also needs mentors for these young adults. To become a mentor, go to trueuplouisville.com/about.html, choose an agency under “Support Team,” and contact one of the listed agencies.

The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. Fourth St., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. Through the Coalition’s work with their 30 member agencies, the number of chronically homeless on the streets last year in Louisville dropped by 50 percent. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org or call (502) 636-9550.

A Dream Come True For Local Nonprofit
Dreams With Wings is seeing a dream come true through the purchase of a 7,200-square-foot building in the heart of the Highlands. The building, at 2106 Bardstown Road, will be the new home for DWW’s programs, which serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism. Having all programs under one roof will make it easier to provide services. “While we are grateful to Calvery Lutheran Church for allowing us to call the basement of the church home for the last 12 years, it will be amazing for our staff to have their own space, which in turn will help us serve our clients and continue to grow,” says DWW Executive Director Jenifer Frommeyer.

The organization serves over 225 individuals – from children to senior adults – through its adult day program, summer camps, supported employment programs and occupational, physical and speech therapy. They have 12 staffed residential houses and five supported apartment buildings. For more information, call (502) 459-4647 or visit www.dreamswithwings.org.

Public Health and Wellness Flu Shot Appointments
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is taking appointments for flu immunizations at three community sites. Immunizations are available to everyone ages six months and older. To make an appointment, call one of the following clinic sites: Dixie Health Center, 7219 Dixie Hwy., (502) 937-7277; Middletown Health Center, 200 Juneau Drive, (502) 245-1074; or Newburg Health Center, 4810 Exeter Ave., (502) 458-0778.

Immunizations are $25 for an injectable (shot) vaccine and $35 for nasal mist. A pediatric preservative-free vaccine is $25; an intradermal vaccine is $35; a high-dose vaccine for those age 65 and older is $40; children eligible for the Kentucky Vaccine Program is $10. Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance cover the cost for individuals with those insurance plans. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay at the time of service.

Immunization is especially important for people who are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications as well as the people who live with or care for those individuals.

For more information about the flu and flu vaccines, visit www.flu.gov.

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