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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville and Kosair Charities are fighting back against continued budget cuts to programs that help children throughout our area.
On Wednesday, they announced an expansion and creation of a new pediatric and dental clinic at the Kosair Charities headquarters.
The pediatric office features nine exam rooms, a laboratory, and separate sick and well-child reception areas. Meanwhile, the dental office will open in the fall with six chairs and will be equipped to meet the needs of children with autism and other physical challenges.
The patients cared for at the facility will include children elsewhere on the Kosair Charities campus, from surrounding neighborhoods, from the Family Scholar House program, as well as those who are uninsured and under-insured.
The dental clinic will perform routine exams, fillings, treatment for trauma, mouth guards for athletes, and orthodontic care.
U of L Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. David Dunn said Wednesday, "It's increasingly recognized that there is a connection between oral health and systemic health, and putting these two things together in one place makes all the sense in the world."
The more than $1 million lease donation from Kosair Charities will keep them there for the next five years.