LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is opening a full-time pediatric practice in Campbellsville, in partnership with Taylor Regional Hospital and the community’s long time pediatrician, Winit Chartisathian.
“Taylor County is a growing community with escalating health care needs,” notes Gerard Rabalais, chairman of the UofL Department of Pediatrics. “Our goal is to make health care more accessible while still maintaining the tradition of personal, hands-on care established by Dr. Winit more than a quarter-century ago.”
Dr. Winit’s practice will convert to University Child Health Specialists—Campbellsville on September 1. Initially, the practice will be operated by members of the UofL Division of General Pediatrics. Eventually, the university plans to bring in two full-time pediatricians and a nurse practitioner as well as UofL pediatrics residents whose training includes rotations in rural practice settings.
In addition to operating the pediatric practice fulltime, the UofL physicians will attend deliveries at Taylor Regional Hospital and take call in the hospital’s emergency department.
Dr. Winit will continue to be a vital part of this three-way partnership, as he enters semi-retirement. His influence and input are very important to this new venture. In order to make this a positive and smooth transition, his office staff will continue to serve patients in their current positions.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients and their families peace of mind in knowing that their health is our primary concern and we feel this will benefit our entire regional area,” says Jane Wheatley, CEO of Taylor Regional Hospital. “Dr. Winit has been a part of our family for many years and we are excited about the upcoming partnership with UofL Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Winit has had a positive relationship with UofL for many years and this is just an expansion of that relationship.”
Taylor Regional Hospital has been a member of the UofL Health Care remote physician presence robot network since December 2007. This network was designed to create better diagnoses, allow patients to remain in their regions where appropriate and create a direct access to treatments in Louisville’s health care community. The UofL Division of Pediatric Cardiology also operates regular clinics in Campbellsville for children with heart disease.