Story by: Nick Picht on February 2, 2024
Norton Healthcare and Norton Children’s continue to focus on providing accessible health care to central Kentucky with the opening of a new multi-practice location in Frankfort. The new space — a $12 million investment— not only expands the area’s largest pediatric practice, but also brings new adult services and urgent care under the same roof. Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation contributed $500,000 to expand services in Frankfort.
The offices, located in Limestone at Franklin Square, Suite 1A, at 202 Limestone Drive, feature approximately 34,000 square feet of space split among adult and pediatric primary care, various adult and pediatric specialties, and a Norton Immediate Care Center.
“Providing access to health care is essential to our mission,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Norton Healthcare is committed to bringing quality care to families in our commonwealth’s capital and the surrounding area. We believe this new space and the services that will be provided there for both children and adults, is a great step toward building that for generations to come.”
The adult services are a first for Norton Healthcare in Frankfort and will include primary care, neurology and endocrinology specialty services. A dedicated endocrinologist will allow for better care of patients with diabetes and is part of Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14% (more than 500,000) of Kentuckians have some type of diabetes. Expanding capacity will help treat more patients for a disease that continues to expand its reach across Kentucky and America. Norton Neuroscience Institute will have a dedicated neurologist present several days a week to care for patients with conditions ranging from headache to epilepsy.
“Making neurological care accessible to everyone is so important,” said Jessica F. Cain, PA-C, physician assistant, Norton Neuroscience Institute. “Giving people the opportunity to receive that specialty care close to home in Frankfort, as opposed to driving to Lexington or Louisville, only helps patients receive better outcomes.”
The expansion of the pediatric practice, including the specialty services, is possible in part thanks to generous donations to the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“We’re grateful to everyone who has supported this project and will help us imagine a brighter future for children in the Frankfort area,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., FAHP, CFRE, senior vice president and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “This directly impacts our vision to ensure children have access to these kinds of critical resources from Norton Children’s.”
The pediatric primary care services build on a long history of quality children’s care in Frankfort. The practice was started by Murvel C. Blair, M.D., in 1948 and has grown to currently consist of 10 pediatric providers, including Dr. Blair’s son Robert. Robert A. Blair, M.D., has been caring for patients in Franklin County and the surrounding area since 1972 and, at times, has cared for several generations of the same family.
“I can’t begin to describe my excitement that Norton Children’s is expanding its pediatric footprint in Frankfort,” said Robert A. Blair, pediatrician, Norton Children’s Medical Group. “Over my five decades in practice, I’ve seen the evolution of children’s health care and the need for more specialized care. I’m thrilled we’re bringing that much-needed specialized care to this community.”
Along with pediatric primary care, the new space will provide several pediatric specialties, including gynecology, neurology, cardiology, urology and care for children with autism. Pediatric care as part of Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute will soon be added to the clinic, allowing specialty care for children who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Pediatric patients can schedule an appointment here or call (502) 629-KIDS (5437).
Adult patients can schedule an appointment here or call (502) 629-1234.
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