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WINTER 2014

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48 WINTER 2014 K KEENELAND.COM compassionate care tient isn't doing well, and that's so important. "It's an adrenaline rush as soon as you get in the door until you leave." The ratio of technicians to patients generally is one to three, giving staff the ability to focus closely on their charges and perform their job well. That's rewarding, both for pa- tients and their caretakers, who do have soft spots for the foals. A strict client confden- tiality code prevents Hewlett from naming specifc horses, but, yes, she's had favorites. "I've seen lots of really famous horses, and I've had some favorites that weren't famous to anyone but me," she said. "Their personalities are wonderful, and I love the way they'll interact with you. Every horse that comes in here does have an individual personality, and it takes you a couple of days to fgure them out, how to move around them, and how to read them, because you have to be able to read your patient." That's exactly the kind of attention that makes the NICU so success- ful, Brown and Slovis say. "The value of the technicians to treatments and supportive care of the foals cannot be overstated," Brown said. "The facility would be nothing if it were not for the dedication of the wonderful nurses and technicians that attend to those babies." Are all the care and expense worth it? Ask a horse owner like Brown. The Browns' flly Patinka, rushed to the hospital back in 2010, was a Hag- yard success story. After her perilous start in life, she matured into a 16.3- hand, 1,100-pound racehorse and made it to the winner's circle in 2013. "We invest in cutting-edge technology so we can apply the latest principals and concepts for the beneft of our patients because of the intense investment in these horses here," Brown said. "These horses are valuable, and not only in terms of the monetary value in stud fees or the potential commercial value of the horse, but there's also the value of their genetics. Many times these horses are a long-term investment. For example, with a well-bred flly, you're also thinking about the future progeny she may produce. Or a colt may be a full brother to an exceptional stallion or racehorse that also justifes that level of investment. And there's also a value we place upon our horses that's beyond the economics. Our horses mean so much to many of us. "All of this is obviously expensive and takes a lot of effort," Brown added. "But our belief is that the patients we care for are worth this level of effort. We intend to send them home healthy again. That's our expectation, and we're not willing to cut any corners. That's not negotiable." KM More than 85 percent of the NICU patients will recover and go home. THE place to shop for equine enthusiasts this holiday season! 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Ky 859-259-4234 • www.kyhorsepark.com/shop Open Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and nightly during Southern Lights, November 21-December 23 (except November 27). Gift Shop Ever popular Grey Goose has a big sister… Blue Heron Steakhouse, Lexington's grown up, chic cocktail bar is now serving up local favorites: Prime rib, fresh oysters, fried chicken, big wedges with blue cheese and bacon. Settle in by the Àreplace or watch the buzz in this historic neighborhood from the perch patio. 859.254.2491 | 185 Jefferson Street | Lexington blueheronsteakhouse.com A n o t h e r wAt e r f o w l h A s m A d e A s u c c e s s f u l l A n d i n g o n J e f f e r s o n s t r e e t

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