Nurse practitioner-run racetrack clinic featured in O Magazine

Nurse practitioner-run racetrack clinic featured in O Magazine

Nurse practitioner-run racetrack clinic featured in O Magazine

In time for Derby, the May issue of O Magazine features a story on faculty members Whitney Nash and Sara Robertson and their work at the nationally-recognized Kentucky Racing Health Services Center in providing high-quality care to backside racetrack workers.

The nurse practitioner-run clinic has provided 18,000 patient visits to low-income thoroughbred racing industry workers and their families since opening its doors in 2005.

Located a block from Churchill Downs, the nonprofit clinic is a partnership of the University of Louisville School of Nursing and the Kentucky Racing Health & Welfare Fund to provide comprehensive health care to assistant trainers, grooms, hot walkers, stable hands and other backside racetrack workers, most of whom do not have health insurance.

The clinic decreases health care barriers and has reduced medical costs by providing much of the workers’ health care in one place. Workers can access the clinic for a $5 copay, which covers the patient visit and lab tests.