The office, which was partially funded with a $325,000 WHAS Crusade for Children grant to the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, will house seven UofL Physician’s pediatric subspecialty practices: Acupuncture, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.
“We opened this office to extend our reach down the I-71 corridor, making critical pediatric specialty care more easily available to children and families from Oldham, Shelby and Carroll Counties,” said Gerard Rabalais, M.D., chairman, University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.
The 7,500-square-foot office has 17 exam rooms, two intake rooms, a lab, a procedure room and a large waiting room with a quiet area for anxious children. There is an administrative area, as well as space where providers can access electronic medical records and teach UofL medical students and residents.
The exam rooms are intentionally larger than typical exam rooms to accommodate families who often accompany children on pediatric visits. Two exam rooms are outfitted for exclusive use by pediatric acupuncture specialists and three rooms are dedicated to pediatric ophthalmology.
“As we developed this new office space we were able to consider the unique needs of children, especially those whose condition requires them to see multiple specialists, like a child with diabetes who needs ongoing ophthalmology care,” Rabalais said. “We are grateful to the WHAS Crusade for Children for helping us create this special place for children.”