HealthFirst Bluegrass announced Thursday that it will be opening not one but two new public health clinics on Nov. 3, adding an Alexandria Drive location to the previously announced clinic at 1640 Bryan Station Road.
The buildings at both 1736 Alexandria Drive and 1640 Bryan Station were previously used as health clinics by Paragon Family Practice.
The two clinics will have doctors to serve adults and children, and each location will operate a pharmacy, said Dr. Steve Davis, HealthFirst executive director.
"The footprint right now of HealthFirst Bluegrass is increasing tremendously," Davis said. "The reason we are here is to provide care for people in need, and that need is tremendous."
Davis said it's important that HealthFirst's 17,000 current patients know about the clinics. Efforts are underway to inform those patients about the changes; the efforts include sending a letter to all current patients.
HealthFirst has also attracted new patients who are getting private pay insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act for the first time or after a lapse in coverage, Davis said.
HealthFirst is moving out of the medical clinic at 650 Newtown Pike, where patients have been served for decades.
"We are sort of excited and sort of apprehensive" about the move, said Dr. Deborah Stanley, HealthFirst medical director, who has been working with Davis to organize the move.
The creation of the clinics on Bryan Station Road and Alexandria Drive is one of the last steps in a multi-year effort to allow HealthFirst to operate as an independent non-profit. It was previously operated under the umbrella of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
HealthFirst, funded primarily by tax dollars, is also building an $11.7 million public health clinic on Southland Drive. Davis said construction is on schedule for it to open next September.
A HealthFirst dental clinic will continue to operate at 650 Newtown Pike. There is also a clinic at 2433 Regency Road.
For more information about any of the clinics, call (859) 288-2425.