Tour Mobile Syringe Access Exchange Unit at Open Houses – Media

July 9, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Darcy Schwass
513-594-1381 (mobile), 513-381-8347 (office), dschwass@vehrcommunications.com

July 12, 2018

Tour Mobile Syringe Access Exchange Unit at Open Houses
NKY Health program to open this month at St. Elizabeth locations in Newport, Covington


WHAT:  Media are invited to tour the mobile unit that will house the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s (NKY Health) syringe access exchange program in Newport and Covington.

The unit, provided by the Kentucky Fire Commission and parked at St. Elizabeth locations, will provide sterile equipment in exchange for used equipment, naloxone overdose reversal kits, rapid HIV tests and referrals for other health care services including substance abuse treatment.

The following individuals will be available for interviews: Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health at NKY Health; St. Elizabeth Healthcare leadership, including Garren Colvin, President and CEO (July 17), Dr. Dora Savani (July 17 & 19), Gary Blank, Vice President and COO (July 19); Dr. Jeffrey Howard, State Health Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health; and other dignitaries present at the open houses.

The Newport and Covington programs are two of more than 40 syringe access exchange programs in Kentucky. NKY Health also operates its syringe access exchange program at its Grant County Health Center in Williamstown, Kentucky, now in its third year.


St. Elizabeth Healthcare Urgent Care Newport/Ft. Thomas (1400 N. Grand Ave.)
Tuesday, July 17
1 – 2 p.m.: Media open house
2 – 3 p.m.: Open house for the public

St. Elizabeth Healthcare – Covington (1500 James Simpson Jr. Way)
Thursday, July 19
1 – 2 p.m.: Media open house
2 – 3 p.m.: Open house for the public

The mobile unit will begin operating the week of July 23. It will be open in Newport from 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and in Covington from 1 – 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Note: Out of respect for the privacy of individuals who will use the services provided by the mobile syringe access exchange unit, please limit all onsite coverage to the open house events. Please do not plan onsite coverage when the unit opens for normal operation. A media presence, and the risk of having their identity shared, may dissuade individuals from getting the help they need.