Baptist Health Corbin Partners with Knox-Whitley Humane Association
Baptist Health Corbin in conjunction with Knox-Whitley Humane Association is extremely pleased to announce it is now adding community involvement to the Intensive Outpatient Programs offered at the Trillium Center.
(Corbin, Ky.) October 19, 2019 Baptist Health Corbin in conjunction with Knox-Whitley Humane Association is extremely pleased to announce it is now adding community involvement to the Intensive Outpatient Programs offered at the Trillium Center.
Michael Abbott, Director of Behavioral Health Corbin and Richmond, set up a treatment team committee that meets bi-weekly to discuss quality of care and performance improvement for the Intensive Outpatient Programs. One of the treatment team members volunteers at Knox-Whitley Humane Association, and suggested adding volunteering there as part of the curriculum to the Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).
Michael contacted Melissa McElroy, Director of Knox-Whitley Humane Society, to see if this was possible. Melissa was thrilled at the idea of having the IOP group come to the shelter and volunteer. Dogs that have been in the shelter for a long time have a tendency to shut down. Either the dogs will give up or they may become aggressive. Working with these dogs outside their kennels, giving them exercise and attention is the most effective way to keep them from shutting down.
On Thursday, September 26, the IOP group members had their first volunteer day at KWHA. A group of six IOP members, two IOP staff and one Baptist staff/KWHA volunteer were on hand at the shelter. They were encouraged to sign up as KWHA volunteers giving them the opportunity to go back to the shelter on their own time and work with the animals, giving baths, as well as being able to help in fundraising events and hiking trips with the shelter dogs in the Hiking for a Paws Hiking Club. The group took several different dogs out into the shelter yard and walked them, played ball and just gave them some much needed love, attention and exercise. They expressed interest in coming in on other days on their own to work with the dogs and to bring their children as well. KWHA is also able to give group members proof of community service hours if there is a need.
About Baptist Health Corbin
Baptist Health Corbin is a 273-bed, acute care facility providing a wide variety of healthcare services to the residents of Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell, Clay, McCreary, Harlan and Campbell counties in Kentucky and nearby Jellico, Tennessee. Part of Louisville, Kentucky-based Baptist Health, the hospital offers 24 points of care in a full continuum from inpatient care to rehab services to behavioral health. Services include cardiac, orthopedics, pain management, a full range of women’s services, including obstetrics and breast care; wound care, pain management, cancer care, and diabetic treatments.
Formerly known as the Baptist Regional Medical Center, the hospital includes outpatient diagnostic, home care, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics. Baptist Health has a network of healthcare providers for patients in the Southeast Kentucky area – from Baptist Health Medical Group offices, to Baptist Health Urgent Care and Baptist Health Express Care inside Walmart stores.