Kentucky Colonels Gift Helps Diabetic Patients


CHI Saint Joseph Health-Lexington Area

Janell Samuels, director of proposal development for CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations, and Dorothy Lockhart, regional director for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners, led this initiative.
The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation is grateful to the Kentucky Colonels for a $22,000 donation to purchase equipment for diabetic patients.

The Foundation, on behalf of CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners, received the money to purchase handheld retinal eye cameras to house at CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners’ network provider offices. By providing the recommended annual eye exam to patients diagnosed with diabetes at their primary care provider’s office, this initiative aims to increase the number of patients receiving this exam due to a reduction in access to care barriers.

According to the National Eye Institute, 95% of diabetic retinopathy is treatable if caught early enough, and this exam is one way to do that. The network provider offices were identified as the offices serving the highest volume of CHI Saint Joseph Health Partner patients.

Through the improved coordination of care and services, we hope to reduce the incidence of blindness caused by the disease through early detection and timely diagnosis and treatment. Dorothy Lockhart, regional director of CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners, and Janell Samuels, director of proposal development, led this initiative.