Owensboro Health is partnering with Cincinnati Children’s and Kentucky Children’s Hospital to bring advanced congenital heart disease care to the city as part of its Joint Heart Program.
And the Owensboro Health / University of Louisville Family Medicine Residency program has accepted six members for its second course, studying, exercising, and caring for patients in our facilities.
They arrived at the end of June for orientation.
Three cardiologists – Dr. Bradley Keller, who specializes in congenital heart defects in children and adults; Dr. Craig Alexander, specializing in congenital heart defects in children and adults, pregnancies complicated by heart disease; and Dr. Shaun Mohan, who specializes in pediatric cardiology and pediatric electrophysiology, are now accepting referrals for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of heart conditions in children, adolescents and adults with heart disease, Owensboro Health said.
You are now seeing patients on Wednesdays at the Owensboro Health Pleasant Valley Medical Office Building, attached to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
Services offered include new patient and follow-up appointments, syncope assessment and management, pediatric preventive cardiology, adult congenital cardiac care, and pregnant woman cardiac care.
The location will also offer in-office testing such as EKGs, echocardiograms, 24-hour Holter and 14-day event monitors, and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitors.
“Owensboro Health is proud to offer recognized heart care to children and adults in our community worldwide,” said Dr. Francis DuFrayne, OH chief medical officer, in a press release. “Our work with Cincinnati Children’s will be another strong partnership, similar to what we have with UK HealthCare and UofL Health, all of which are raising the level of local care.”
Dr. Bradley Keller, medical director of Candid Cincinnati Children’s Heart Practice in Greater Louisville and Western Kentucky, said, “Cincinnati Children’s is committed to expanding services to the communities that request our care. We are excited to work with Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Owensboro Health in Owensboro and the surrounding communities to offer pediatric and congenital heart disease in adults so that patients and families near them receive quality care. “
Michelle Hayden, Medical Education Coordinator, said of the new family medicine residency, “I am very excited to have these new doctors begin their three-year residency with us. They will all be fantastic providers and I can’t wait to make them successful through their training process. “
The six new residents are Eric R. Carlson, DO, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kirsi N. Kuiper, MD, University of Louisville Medical School; Parul Pahal, MD, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, India; Zachary Panzarella, DO, University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Libby K. Sisson, MD. Indiana University School of Medicine and Erin S. Webb, DO, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The residency program began in 2020 as a partnership with the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
A press release said: “The presence of these six people who joined last year’s class of seven residents is important not just to Owensboro Health, but to the community as a whole. The service sector of the healthcare system is currently facing a shortage of primary care physicians, and the inclusion of these resident physicians enables Owensboro Health to meet that need. ”
The hospital said, “According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 39% of medical residents stay within 25 miles of their residency program when they set up their practices.”
“The vision for this program is to bring great physicians to this region and give them the right foundation to launch their careers in healthcare,” said DuFrayne. “With the continued success of this residency program, we are in an excellent position to achieve this vision and improve health care in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.”