Community Health Center Expands, Announces New Medical Director

Community Health Center Expands, Announces New Medical Director

Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Community Health Center has expanded its presence in Lexington with a recently completed building project, and named Lexington physician Dr. Steve Wrightson as its new medical director.

The Bluegrass Community Health Center, originally established by EKU in 2001 as a migrant farm worker health center, is a licensed primary health care center, providing preventive and primary health care for residents of eight central Kentucky counties: Fayette, Madison, Clark, Scott, Bourbon, Woodford, Jessamine and Garrard.

Through its two locations in Lexington – 1306 Versailles Road, Suite 120, and 151 N. Eagle Creek Drive, Suite 220 – the Center offers a variety of clinic services: well-child and well-adult exams, sick visits for adults and children, chronic illness management, school and sports physicals, immunizations, women’s health and family planning, minor procedures, counseling, case management and referral services and language support.

The recently completed expansion project at the North Eagle Creek Drive location doubled the amount of space available, allowing for an additional medical provider to be assigned to the site. This doubles the capacity of the clinic to provide for patients.

Currently, the Center staff includes three physicians, a nurse practitioner, four nurses, three social workers, case managers and other professionals. In addition, approximately 50 EKU students assist each year in providing services while gaining valuable practical experience.

Wrightson, a practicing physician for more than 20 years who joined the BCHC staff on Aug. 23, has also been an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2006, and served as Residency Program Director for the department three of those years.

The Center lists more than 70 community partners, including government agencies, health care organizations, specialty providers, hospitals, schools, and organizations serving special populations.

For more information about Center services, call 859-259-2635 or, toll-free, 1-877-527-2583, or visit bchc.eku.edu.

Published on August 24, 2010