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King’s Daughters president/CEO Kristie Whitlatch is hosting a community open house on Thursday, May 15, from 3-6 p.m. in the main lobby of King’s Daughters Heart and Vascular Center. The event is an opportunity for Kristie to meet the community and for the medical center to offer free health screenings.

“I believe an important part of my role as the leader of King’s Daughters is to be accessible to the community. I appreciate it when people are willing to take time to talk with me and share their healthcare experiences,” said Whitlatch. “This allows me to hear first-hand what we are doing well and where we need to improve which in turns allows me and our team to make better decisions.”

 The open house is not only a chance for Whitlatch to meet with the community, but  also is an opportunity to participate in free health screenings, educational activities and learn about Medicaid Expansion insurance. A sampling of services to be offered that evening include:

King’s Daughters general surgeon Kevin Miller, M.D. will be available to answer questions about surgical procedures. This includes all general surgeries as well as bariatric and da Vinci robotic assisted procedures.

Carpal tunnel evaluations and healthy heart screenings are also being offered. Carpal tunnel screenings use electrodes to evaluate the main nerve in the participant’s wrist. The screening only takes a few minutes and is painless.

The healthy heart screening is a series of tests; total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, blood oxygen, and an EKG. The patient will receive immediate results on everything except the EKG which will be review by a cardiologist the following day. Kentucky Heart Institute Physician Assistant J.D. Dalton will be available to answer questions. The Healthy Heart screening takes about 30 minutes total.

Events in the lobby include education sessions on skin, breast, and colon cancer. “It’s important to educate the public on these subjects," says Tracy Woods, King’s Daughter outreach specialist who is coordinating this event. “Preventive medicine is the best medicine,” says Woods. “For example, education on skin cancer is appropriate for everyone, but especially the younger generation to teach the importance of skin care and sun protection.” The participants have the option of using the Dermoscan, a device that uses UV light to expose different types of skin damage.

Cancer education will include information on colon and breast cancer. Colon cancer education includes an optional ColoCARE kit for people age 50 and over or those with a family history of colon cancer. An informational packet explains how to use the test at home. Breast cancer education focuses teaching women self-examination techniques. The breast models have nodules placed inside them so women can feel what they trying to identify during self-examination.

King’s Daughters also will have representatives available to answer questions and enroll people who quality for the new Medicaid expansion insurance. By enrolling people before they need care, this allows patients to access prevention and wellness services as well as inpatient and outpatient care.

The purpose of these screenings and other activities is to teach preventive measures and ways to improve their health. Woods said, “It’s important for men and women to know signs and symptoms. It’s a great, free way to know if something is too high or too low and receive professional advice on how to improve the numbers, and if seeking out a physician for further help is indicated.”

Whitlatch is looking forward to greeting everyone at the open house. She encourages friends and families to come participate in the screenings and educational sessions and to enjoy some healthy snacks.

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