2020 Courier Host Sites

Below is a description of all current 2020 host sites. Please read through each description carefully and thoroughly to decide upon your top choices. We are always working to expand our partner sites, so check back often for new updates and/or newly added sites.

 

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center & Psychiatric Center

Hazard, KY

Hospital facts

Bed number: 358 Acute and 100 Psych

Physician number: 100

Employee number: 900

Yearly admissions: 14,000

Description: Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center is the largest Appalachian Regional Hospital in the area. In recent years, Hazard ARH has expanded tremendously, partnering with the University of Kentucky Healthcare teams to bring renowned treatments and assistance to the area. The list of services provided at Hazard ARH is extensive, but a few of them include: Bariatrics, Behavioral Health, Urology, Surgery, Speech-Language Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Radiation Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Occupational Therapy, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nephrology, In-Patient Detox Programs, Emergency, Clinics, and much more. Hazard ARH now has two state-of-the-art buildings devoted solely to the care of cancer and heart patients. Additionally, the hospital is also the closest to the area that provide labor and delivery services for newborns and mothers. 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male; the hospital is a mere 16.8 mile commute. 

Client Populations Served: All ages, from newborn to senior. Varying race and socioeconomic status.

Courier Activities: The Courier(s) at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center should be prepared to gain insight into true rural healthcare. The Courier(s) may be offered the opportunity to shadow within the Psychiatric unit of the hospital, which may be comprised of individuals with psychiatric disorders and/or psychological withdrawal due to narcotic abuse. Within the medical sector of the hospital, Courier(s) may be able to experience a variety of medical shadowing opportunities, which may include but are not limited to: indirect patient care (“hearts on, hands off”), OR/ER, L&D, acute care, general care, and more. Courier(s) who are in this setting should be flexible with an understanding mindset. Courier(s) will be asked to assist with general duties that take place in any medical setting, which include: copying, filing, phone calls, mailing, charts, patient hospitality, and more. The medical setting of any rural healthcare facility will not always be bustling and busy, therefore Courier(s) are encouraged to be open minded and understanding of this prior to serving in any degree. 

Shadowing Opportunities: Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurses. The opportunity to occasionally shadow Physicians and Specialists is a possibility.

This site is best for: Courier(s) who want to gain experience in Appalachian/Rural Healthcare, those interested in the medical field, Public Health, Health Disparities, Psychiatric care, the Opioid/Addiction crisis of rural America.

 

 

Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital 

Hyden, KY

Description: Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital, known for its long and rich history of innovative medical care, is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Hyden, Kentucky. Much like the ARH system, Mary Breckinridge Hospital has a colorful history that has shaped medical care in Eastern Kentucky. The hospital was originally opened by the founder of Frontier Nursing Service (University), Mrs. Mary Breckinridge, who is well-known as the founder of midwifery in America. Mrs. Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service in Leslie County to provide healthcare for mothers and babies in remote rural areas. Though the hospital no longer provides labor and delivery options, it still holds true in its Appalachian roots, as it is comprised of not only an on-site clinic, but two clinic outpost settings as well. Courier(s) in this setting will be provided with the opportunity to shadow at both of these outpost clinics, which is representative of Mrs. Breckinridge’s model of healthcare. 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male; the hospital is less than 5 miles from Wendover.

Client Populations Served: All ages, from newborn to senior. Varying race and socioeconomic status.

Services Provided: Emergency services, home healthcare, imaging, rehabilitation therapy, senior care program, surgery; also a full service clinic on-site with specialists and pediatric care.

Shadowing Opportunities: Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pediatricians; occasionally, Specialists and/or Physicians.

Courier Activities: Shadowing and observing a variety of intake and appointments, including general clinic appointments and emergency room services. Courier(s) will likely rotate throughout various areas of the hospital, but will primarily serve at the on-site clinic and the outposts of Beechfork and Big Creek. The opportunity does exist for the Courier(s) to witness in-hospital patient care, and care in the OR/ER as well. The Courier(s) will be asked to provide general clinic duties when necessary, which will include the filing of papers, copying, phone calls, and more. The Courier(s) should be understanding of this prior to engaging at the site. The Courier(s) will have the opportunity to shadow Family Nurse Practitioners and Pediatricians, as well as Nurses, in a variety of settings--always providing care in a “hearts on, hands off” manner. 

This site is best for: Someone pursuing a career in healthcare, health disparities, public health, socio economic issues.

 

 

Grace Community Healthcare

Hyden, KY

Description: GraceHealth is a typical healthcare clinic, providing general services to patients in rural Southeastern Kentucky. In general, one must have an appointment to be seen at GraceHealth; however, there are oftentimes same-day appointments available. GraceHealth’s mission is to provide top notch care to its patients while spreading the love and awareness of Christianity. The clinics provide a “sliding fee scale” for patients who cannot afford medical insurance. GraceHealth operates several different locations in rural Southeastern Kentucky, catering to the needs of the area in which they reside. The Hyden clinic is located in the heart of Hyden, KY, adjacent to the Department of Community Based Services. The Hyden clinic is where the Courier will spend the majority of their time, however, GraceHealth has requested that the Courier also be available for possible to travel to other clinic locations, which may include travel to the Manchester, KY office, and/or the new, state-of-the-art Women’s Clinic in Corbin, KY. GraceHealth will do their best to accommodate the Couriers’ preferences and provide a well balanced experience. For example, if he/she is interested in obstetrics, gynecology, or labor/delivery, then the Courier will be able to travel to the Corbin KY office to gain that experience, in addition to serving at the Hyden location. Frequency of travel will be left to the discretion of the Courier and GraceHealth. The Courier will be reimbursed for all mileage via FNU’s volunteer mileage rate. 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male; the hospital is less than 5 miles from Wendover.

Client Populations Served: All ages, from newborn to senior. Varying race and socioeconomic status, but primarily caucasian low-income uninsured.

Courier Activities: Courier(s) with GraceHealth will have the opportunity to gain a well-rounded and insightful experience into rural Appalachian healthcare. The Courier(s) will be able to experience healthcare at the primary care level, with the option to travel to other GraceHealth sites to gain shadowing opportunities with women’s health and drug treatment programs, also offered by GraceHealth.  The Courier(s) will primarily assist with general/primary care appointments, shadowing FNPs and specialists, patient hospitality, filing, secretarial duties, and other duties as needed. 

Shadowing Opportunities: Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurses.

This site is best for: Someone pursuing a career in healthcare, health disparities, public health.

   

 

Little Flower Clinic

Hazard, KY

Description: This site is a Healthcare for the Homeless & Low-Income Program, serving primarily rural, disadvantaged patients from numerous Southeastern Kentucky counties. Clinic collaborates with a range of providers and organizations to provide near comprehensive healthcare services for its clients. This site contains a medical clinic, mental health program, social work/home health coordination, and a dental clinic.

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male.

Client populations served: The site serves all ages except pediatric, primarily white and uninsured.

Courier Activities: The Courier assigned here will shadow a range of providers at various points along the care spectrum, including work with entry point collaborating homeless shelters. The Courier will have an opportunity to focus on primary care and patient case management both in the clinical and home health settings. The Courier will perform administrative tasks, input medications assistance forms, assist projects, and do other general office duties as assigned. The Courier may work closely with Americorps volunteer(s) on site. Additionally, this Courier will receive an extensive experience,as he/she will be rotated through all major sectors of the clinic prior to deciding, with the site supervisor, where best to serve his/her time. Little Flower Clinic has been one of our longest partnerships.

Shadowing Opportunities: These include nurse practitioners, physicians, psychologists, dentists and case workers. The Courier will likely work heavily with the local homeless population.

This site is best for someone who is interested in social work/case management, public health, general health, primary care, and/or the business development side of health care clinics. 

 

 

Red Bird Mission

Beverly, KY

 

Red Bird has a Christ-centered mission. While they do not require their volunteers to be Christian, they do expect them to be accepting of what they are doing as their mission. For example, they open their summer camp days with kids with a Christian prayer. Courier must be comfortable serving in such an environment.

Description: Red Bird Mission is a non-profit organization supported primarily by the United Methodist Church. Red Bird Mission provides educational, health, and community outreach ministries to low- income individuals. Red Bird Mission’s ministries  include: a K-12 school, a health clinic, a dental clinic, community store, senior citizen center, emergency food pantry, transportation assistance, prescription assistance, home nursing visits, adult education, gardening/farmer’s market program, after-school and summer youth programs, and meal delivery, among other things. We highly encourage any Courier(s) interested in serving at RBM to research their rich history via  www.rbmission.org

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male. 

Client Populations Served: This site serves all ages, mostly Caucasian and Appalachian. However, there are many students from all across the world who attend Red Bird Christian School as a boarding school, so you will find a great variety in the culture.

Courier Activities: Couriers will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways through Red Bird Mission’s community outreach programs. Almost all programs listed in the above description would be open for a Courier to be involved in, but Red Bird Mission is particularly interested in someone who would enjoy continuing to assist with their summer youth and Community Health programs.  There is also an opportunity to assist with Grow Appalachia, a food security program. Couriers will likely work with the residential nurse and attend office and at-home visits quite frequently. Couriers will also work frequently with medical providers who work with Advent Health in Manchester, KY.

Shadowing Opportunities: include shadowing home visits with nursing staff and a nurse practitioner at the health clinic. 

This site best for someone whose focus is not solely health care but is also interested in a variety of community outreach programs for the underserved and Appalachia in general.

 

 

Bluegrass Care Navigators

Hazard, KY

 

Client Population Served: This site serves all ages, but primarily adult, Caucasian, and Appalachian. Primarily Medicaid population with some Medicare and private insurance. The clinic also accepts Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

 

Site Description: Hospice of the Bluegrass is Bluegrass Care Navigators. BlueGrass Care Navigators are continuing a passionate commitment to Appalachia that began in 1978 and flourished as the organization operated as Hospice of the Bluegrass. Per their website: “Perhaps your family or someone close to you had an end-of-life experience enhanced by Bluegrass Care Navigators℠. As families told us how our team made a positive difference with our expert care and support, we saw an opportunity to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life long before the final months.” Bluegrass Care Navigators apply deep expertise and best practices learned from hospice care to help people through many different health care challenges in an expanding variety of ways. 

 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male. 

Courier Activities: The Courier will have the opportunity to partake in several different community outreach events taking place throughout the summer. Bluegrass Care Navigators (HOSPICE) is a non-profit organization, therefore there are many opportunities for outreach events. The Courier will be provided with medical shadowing opportunities, but should also be particularly interested in community service opportunities. The Courier will assist with medical records, outreach programs, and other administrative tasks when necessary. For example, a Courier may be asked to assist with scribing end of life memoirs or other desires indicated by HOSPICE patients. Couriers may go on home deliveries of items such as birthdays and honor gifts. The Courier will also be provided with the opportunity to do ride alongs with Family Nurse Practitioners/Nurses when visiting patients at home.

 

This site is best for a Courier who would like to experience a range of health care services provided to a rural population. This Courier should be someone flexible with an eclectic mindset who is open to exploring several different health opportunities in the Appalachian region. A Courier who is assertive and outgoing, and when he/she sees something to be done, he/she takes it upon himself to do so without being asked.

  

 

Advent Health

Manchester, KY 

 

Client Population Served: This site serves all ages, but primarily adult, Caucasian, and Appalachian. Primarily Medicaid population with some Medicare and private insurance. The clinic also accepts Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

 

Site Description: AdventHealth Manchester, formerly Manchester Memorial Hospital, is located in Clay County, Kentucky. AdventHealth offers a variety of health services, including but not limited to: Behavioral health, cancer care, children’s care, emergency care, heart & vascular, home health, imaging services, infusion care, lab services, men’s care, women’s health care, labor and delivery, orthopaedic, primary care, urology, and more. This site is in the heart of Appalachia with a great deal of potential to serve as a thorough and fulfilling experience to a potential Courier(s). It should be noted that, as with many hospitals in rural Appalachia, we simply do not have the population to create a continuously populous and busy environment. There will be lulls in daily activities and this should be understood prior to attending the summer component of the Courier program.

 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male. 

Courier Activities: The Courier(s) at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center should be prepared to gain insight into true rural healthcare. The Courier(s) may be offered the opportunity to shadow within the Psychiatric unit of the hospital, which may be comprised of individuals with psychiatric disorders and/or psychological withdrawal due to narcotic abuse. Within the medical sector of the hospital, Courier(s) may be able to experience a variety of medical shadowing opportunities, which may include but are not limited to: indirect patient care (“hearts on, hands off”), OR/ER, L&D, acute care, general care, and more. Courier(s) who are in this setting should be flexible with an understanding mindset. Courier(s) will be asked to assist with general duties that take place in any medical setting, which include: copying, filing, phone calls, mailing, charts, patient hospitality, and more. The medical setting of any rural healthcare facility will not always be bustling and busy, therefore Courier(s) are encouraged to be open minded and understanding of this prior to serving in any degree. 

 

Shadowing Opportunities: Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurses. The opportunity to occasionally shadow Physicians and Specialists is a possibility.

 

This site is best for Courier(s) who want to gain experience in Appalachian/Rural Healthcare, those interested in the medical field, Public Health, Health Disparities, Psychiatric care, the Opioid/Addiction crisis of rural America.

 

   

Kentucky River District Health Department

Southeastern, KY

 

 

Description: This site is a full-service Public Health Department. The Health   Department offers clinic services in family planning, preventative cancer screenings, immunizations, diabetes education, and Well Child Program. Additionally, they have a home health and HANDS division. 

 

Living Arrangements: These Couriers will be housed at FNU’s Wendover in The Garden House if female, and The Barn Apartments if male. 

Client Populations Served: This site serves ages 2 to 95 where clients are mostly Caucasian with little diversity. They are mostly Medicaid and Medicare. The clinic services provide a great deal of gap coverage. 

Courier Activities: The Courier will serve at the Health Department and occasionally travel from site to site with the nurse(s) on staff. The Courier will have the opportunity to go into patients' homes through the Home Health and HANDS division, which is an at-home course that assists in educating low income, new mothers on the care for their newborn. The Courier may also engage directly with the community through outreach outside of the clinic under the supervision of Health Department staff. The Courier will be able to observe some clinic services including women's health, well-child visits, breastfeeding visits, etc. Due to the expansion of medicaid coverage in recent years, the utilization of local health departments in rural Kentucky have declined, therefore the number of medical visits may not be as vast as in previous years. The Courier will help in community awareness and outreach events, as the local health department houses the needle exchange program for each county. This program allows individuals who engaged in intravenous drug use to exchange their needles for clean syringes, with the understanding that the individual will be educated and provided with all the tools necessary and will be encouraged to seek help regarding his/her addiction. There will be lulls in activities, as it is simply something to be expected in a rural healthcare setting. The Courier who decides to serve his/her time at this facility should be open to this possibility and should be flexible and assertive, ensuring that any lulls are replaced with existing work that could be done on one’s own. 

This site is best for someone who is interested in public health. It is also ideal for a Courier who is interested in women's health, STIs, and seeing a wide variety of services. The Courier should be adaptable, energetic, self-structured, and flexible. 

We are currently accepting applications for 2019 Courier sites.

Are you interested in hosting a Courier at your clinical site? We are accepting applications for 2019 Courier sites. If you are interested, please fill out the form linked below or email courier.program@frontier.edu. Please browse the rest of the site for more information! If you are interested in serving as a host, please fill out this form and email courier.program@frontier.edu.