Polk-Dalton Clinic Celebrates First Anniversary
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2009) - What's in a name? Ask Anita Hartsfield, clinic coordinator for the UK HealthCare Polk-Dalton Clinic, and she'll tell you it's a special blend of history, pride and community.
One year ago, the University of Kentucky dedicated the Polk-Dalton Clinic, formerly Kentucky Clinic North, at a special ceremony to rename the clinic in memory of two pioneering African-American physicians, Dr. John K. Polk and Dr. Rufus Dalton.
Polk and Dalton were among the first to provide health care to the medically underserved downtown Lexington community, beginning in 1920 with the opening of Polk's Infirmary on DeWeese Street. UK HealthCare has served the community at the Polk-Dalton Clinic's Elm Street location since 2000.
The clinic will celebrate the anniversary of the renaming today with light refreshments and giveaways for patients, families and visitors throughout the day. There will also be a potluck for the physicians and staff, Hartsfield said.
"It is hard to believe that a year has passed since this event took place. The legacy of these two African-American physicians who provided quality health care to the downtown Lexington area will continue on. We are very proud to be an integral part of this clinic that holds so much history," Hartsfield said.