Health and Family Services Cabinet
Special Needs Foster, Adoptive Families to Be Celebrated at Legends Game; Lexington’s Pinkstaff Clinic is Featured Agency at Ballpark This Sunday
Note to Editors and Producers: Reporters are invited to the game to speak with families involved with the Pinkstaff Clinic. Families have already been invited to the game.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2012) – Families involved with the state’s primary pediatric medical center for foster children and children with special health care needs will enjoy a day of fun at the ballpark this weekend.
The Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic will be the featured agency this Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Lexington Legends baseball game against the Rome (Georgia) Braves.
The clinic is a joint venture of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN), the UK College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). It is a “one-stop” medical center that provides comprehensive, compassionate, coordinated pediatric primary care for children in foster or kinship care, as well as those with special health care needs, such as children with cerebral palsy or birth defects.
Families at the ballpark will enjoy a picnic lunch, and one clinic patient will throw the game’s first pitch.
Being in the community spotlight at the game is a special way to treat the Pinkstaff Clinic’s patients and their families as well as inform the public about the center, said Melody Kazee, a nurse administrator for the program.
“The children have an amazing experience at a professional game like this,” Kazee said. “And program staff has the opportunity to answer questions about our work for the public.”
The Pinkstaff Clinic, located in the CCSHCN’s 333 Waller Ave. office in Lexington, serves children in foster care from Fayette and 19 surrounding counties. Medical information for children who visit the center is entered into CCSHCN’s database, which can be accessed by its staff statewide and follows the children no matter where they go, improving the consistency of care they receive.
The Legends game is at 1:35 p.m. EDT at Whitaker Ballpark, 207 Legends Lane, Lexington.
Learn more about CCSHCN at http://chfs.ky.gov/ccshcn/.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.