Fran Feltner Wins Nestor Award

Contact: Dan Adkins

 

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“Our team develops partnerships with hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, health departments, drug companies and individual providers to make sure our clients can obtain free or reduced-cost pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. We focus on access to care, obtaining medicine and medical supplies, and providing education to our clients about their illnesses.”

-- Fran Feltner,
winner,
2004 A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2004) -- Fran Feltner, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health’s award-winning Lay Health Workers Programs, has received the university’s 2004 A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award.

Feltner received the award for her oversight of 60 lay health workers, nurses and support staff who serve “the neediest of the needy” in more than 50 counties across Kentucky. She has supervised the center’s Kentucky Homeplace Program and the Southeast Kentucky Community Access Program (SKYCAP), both based in Hazard, since September 2000.

“Our team develops partnerships with hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, health departments, drug companies and individual providers to make sure our clients can obtain free or reduced-cost pharmaceuticals and medical supplies,” Feltner said. “We focus on access to care, obtaining medicine and medical supplies, and providing education to our clients about their illnesses.”

Both programs have won national recognition, including SKYCAP’s recognition as a national model for patient navigation by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

Twice during 2003, Feltner testified before Congress on behalf of the American Cancer Society about the benefits of patient navigation.

The A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award recognizes UK employees who demonstrate outstanding initiative and creativity in helping the university fulfill its mission.

Also nominated for the award were Lesley Chapman, Department of Art ; Ron Curd, Department of Agronomy; Margaret C. Davis, Department of Hispanic Studies; Eric Green, Kentucky Transportation Center and Department of Civil Engineering; David Hoke, Wellness Program; Allo Petro, Gatton College of Business and Economics dean’s office; Robert T. Rasnake, Kentucky Tobacco Policy Research Program; Keith Shelton, Office of Clinical Affairs; John B. Smith, Division of Neurosurgery; Mary Lou Smith, Management Operations; and Cliff Swauger, College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office.


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