Family Medicine Residency Program in Madisonville, Kentucky

Baptist Health Madisonville: Family Medicine Residency Program

The Baptist Health Family Medicine Residency Program is an accredited three-year post-graduate training program with focuses in various medical specialties. Learn about our family residency program.

Family Medicine Residency Program in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Samantha Hays, MD:
The Family Medicine Residency Program here at Baptist Health Madisonville is a training program for family medicine physicians. Every physician has to go through a training program called residency. Depending on the specialty you’re in, it lasts a different amount of time. We offer all the same services that a practicing physician would offer.

The main difference is that we have more supervision because we are in training. We do have an attending physician who works over us, and an attending physician is someone who is practicing and has that experience so they can help train us that way.

Theresa Ruddell, Madisonville, Kentucky:
I started with the Family Practice Residency program because it was convenient, easily accessible and I knew that I would have good care.

My experience with my family practice resident has always been a good experience. I know that my physician is up on all the current trends, and I know that I’m getting good care and also have a backup with an attending physician.

Dr. Hays:
I was drawn to the program here at Madisonville because I was a student here. I actually went through University of Louisville through their Rural Track, so we complete our third and fourth clinical years here at Baptist Health Madisonville, and I just fell in love with it. It is a small town, but it offers amazing medical services for the size of the town.

Family Medicine Pediatric Residency Program in Madisonville, Kentucky

Baptist Health Madisonville: : Family Medicine Pediatric Residency Program

The Baptist Health Family Medicine Pediatric Residency Program is an accredited three-year post-graduate training program with focuses in various medical specialties. Learn about our pediatric residency program.

Family Medicine Pediatric Residency Program in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Shannon Arora, MD:
The family medicine pediatric program here at Baptist Health Madisonville basically consists of residents. Residency is something that every single physician has to go through after medical school, which is us in training. We do sports physicals, general physical exams, school physicals, immunizations, all of the shots you need. There’s no difference between a pediatrician’s office and what our family medicine pediatric program does here.

At the residency, it’s very easy to get an appointment. We offer same-day appointments. We have extended hours for our pediatric patients every other Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

There are a few things that some parents or grandparents can do to calm the fears of the children who come see us. You can give them a treat afterwards, like saying let’s go for a scoop of ice cream after you see the doctor. That would just make them less scared to come see us.

Some of the patients, I’ve had such deep connections with now, like when they’re sick and are going through something really hard, I really feel for them. I definitely am so grateful to have been given the chance to do a residency here, because I know that a lot of people in this community need help, not just medically, but in every way possible.

Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky

Baptist Health Louisville: Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

Aortic valve replacement is a catheter-based, minimally invasive procedure that can help treat aortic valve stenosis. Learn more about this heart procedure from Baptist Health.

Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery in Louisville, KentuckyHealthTalks Transcript

Christopher Semder, MD:
Aortic valve stenosis is a problem where the aortic valve doesn’t open appropriately and effectively strangles the heart.

Sabastian Pagni, MD:
TAVR is catheter-based procedure where we identify adequate access in the patient in the form of a peripheral artery or in the tip of the heart. We are able to place the valve inside the area of the blockage and then gradually expand the valve over the balloon and leave it in place.

Christopher Semder, MD:
The benefits of aortic valve replacement are that it’s a life-changing and lifesaving procedure. Patients are evaluated by our team. They tend to undergo transthoracic echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart to evaluate their aortic valve. If they’re felt to be appropriate for this procedure, they are then presented in a weekly conference where we have multiple members from multiple different specialties weighing in on their options. We would choose a trans-catheter aortic valve replacement for a patient due to advanced age, due to frailty, or for a patient who we think would just do much better with a minimally invasive procedure versus an open aortic valve replacement. That is a procedure where they tend to recover extremely quickly and get out of the hospital on average here at Baptist Health Louisville in less than two days.

Helping Patients Prepare for Pregnancy in Louisville, Kentucky

Baptist Health Louisville: Helping Patients Prepare for Pregnancy

Women preparing to conceive generally plan six to 12 months ahead and are strongly advised to meet with their doctor. Learn more about what to know before getting pregnant from Baptist Health.

Helping Patients Prepare for Pregnancy in Louisville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Kristin Bianchi, MD:
Women should start thinking about a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible, as soon as they may have a plan to become pregnant, and that should be at least six months to a year in advance.

Some steps are to meet with your physician to go over any health risks you may have. It’s important to discuss family history as well as any medical conditions. Sometimes, during a visit, we can also find risk factors for difficulty getting pregnant, and we can help find earlier solutions.

Many common medical problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, need to be really well managed before pregnancy, and a lot of medications are safe to use during pregnancy, but some really need to be adjusted.

Some really important lifestyle changes are to not drink any alcohol. You should stay away from any harmful substances and definitely quit smoking. It’s also important to have a healthy weight before pregnancy, so diet and exercise are a big key to that. It’s also important to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid even before you’re pregnant, because that folic acid is really important in the early stages of pregnancy.

Baptist Health Partners in Women’s Health is special because it’s a really warm and inviting environment. All the physicians here are very experienced, and we always try to take individual, personalized care of each patient.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Options in Lexington, Kentucky

Baptist Health Lexington: Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Options

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, causing symptoms of pain and changes in skin color. Learn about Baptist Health’s treatments for peripheral artery disease.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Options in Lexington, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Michael Shih, MD:
Peripheral arterial disease is an ailment that, unfortunately, affects millions of Americans and involves plaque building up in the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the legs. The earliest symptoms that people experience are pain in the legs, skin changes in their shins and feet, loss of hair. Color changes to their skin is a common symptom as well.

Treatments are wide and varied. We like to focus first off with nutritional changes to eat a heart healthy diet, to have regular forms of exercise, walking more and working through that discomfort actually can help promote better blood flow and circulation to the feet and improve a person’s symptoms. But if that fails, people need good medicines like cholesterol-lowering medicines, blood pressure control medicines, making sure that their sugars are O.K. if they have diabetes, or people need to stop smoking.

Here at Baptist Health Lexington, we can offer additional therapies, including invasive options using catheters to take pictures of those blockages, identifying the location directly, and opening up and restoring flow to those arteries with catheter-based strategies, such as balloons and stents.

Many people can expect a full recovery, to at least return back to the degree of activity they were able to perform before the procedure, but my hope is that people would actually be able to perform greater amounts of activity.

Advanced & Comprehensive Cardiac Care in Lexington, Kentucky

Baptist Health Lexington: Advanced & Comprehensive Cardiac Care

Baptist Health is an accredited hospital that provides advanced and comprehensive care for most cardiac conditions. Learn more about our ongoing processes to improve heart care for our patients.

Advanced & Comprehensive Cardiac Care in Lexington, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Robert Sawyer, MD:
I think Baptist Health Lexington is an excellent facility because of everything we have to offer heart patients. We really can treat every cardiac diagnosis here, and we have advanced procedures that can take care of blockage in the heart and blockage in the legs. Bypass surgery is sometimes necessary, and we have the surgeons here to do that.

I think the patient should care that Baptist Health Lexington is accredited, because it really is a stamp of approval. You know this hospital has been accredited and vetted by an outside organization, and we have met those highest standards nationwide. They can trust that all members of the care team, from their bedside nurse to every doctor they encounter, is living up to those high standards. That really translates into good care for them — and efficient care.

It also means that this hospital has ongoing processes that look to improve every part of our care to the patient. We’re collecting data all the time and looking at ways we can improve patient care.

For me, personally, and thinking about my own family, when I’m looking to recommend a hospital or a place for my family to go, I look for a hospital that’s comprehensive, that really can treat the patient from A to Z, and Baptist Health Lexington has that.


Neck & Back Pain Relief Treatment in La Grange, Kentucky

Baptist Health La Grange: Neck & Back Pain Relief Treatment

Baptist Health offers both surgical and non-surgical options, such as physical therapy, to help with neck and back pain relief. Learn more about our neck and back pain treatment options.

Neck & Back Pain Relief Treatment in La Grange, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

David McConda, MD:
Orthopedic spine surgery involves the care and management of all types of diseases and injuries to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. That’s the entire spine involving the neck and low back.
A patient should seek a specialist if the treatments they’re trying that may be provided or prescribed by their primary care provider or physical therapist don’t seem to be working.

Most of the time, the first steps are medications, which are oftentimes what you would see over the counter, things like ibuprofen and Aleve. Then, most often I get patients into something like physical therapy. That can often help most conditions.

Usually, at about six weeks to two months, if those things aren’t working, we get advanced imaging and look at things like an MRI and certainly X-rays, to see if there’s any anatomical abnormality that could be causing this. If there is, then we have options from that point that aren’t surgical, like injections, different types of specific therapies to help with a specific problem that we see on imaging, and then, we move to surgery as a last resort.

Oftentimes, I can find something that may have been missed or neglected over time that can be looked at and oftentimes can make their lives a little bit better.

Heart Disease Prevention Tips in New Albany, Indiana

Baptist Health Floyd: Heart Disease Prevention Tips in New Albany, Indiana

Scheduling a cardiac screening with your doctor is one way you can be proactive about cardiovascular disease prevention. Learn more about heart disease prevention from Baptist Health.

Heart Disease Prevention Tips in New Albany, Indiana HealthTalks Transcript

Syed Raza, MD, Interventional Cardiology
Heart disease is a condition in which there is a cholesterol buildup in the arteries in the heart. How can we prevent that? Number one is, do not smoke, please. Second is exercise. When the blood moves fast in the body, it prevents the cholesterol and calcium buildup within the heart arteries. Modify your diet, and that should be persistent over a long period of time. Reduce your stress in your life. Sleep well.

I would also recommend that you should have an annual physical exam with your doctor. Ask questions about the health of your heart, because he may want to order testing, like electrocardiogram, stress testing, and also blood tests to reveal if there is inflammation in the vessels in the heart arteries.

Baptist Health Floyd provides comprehensive care to patients with acute and chronic heart conditions. Our cardiac team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for heart attacks and any emergencies.

The most fulfilling and rewarding thing in my profession is when a person comes in with acute heart attack, and you take care of them in the middle of night. The next morning, then he’s feeling better and says, “Thank you, doctor.” I think that is priceless.

Discussing Home Health Care & Its Benefits in New Albany, Indiana

Baptist Health Floyd: Discussing Home Health Care & Its Benefits in New Albany, Indiana

Home health care allows patients to recover comfortably in an environment they are used to. Learn about Baptist Health’s home health care services — such as at-home physical therapy and nursing.

Discussing Home Health Care & Its Benefits in New Albany, Indiana HealthTalks Transcript

Simone Etter, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Treating patients in their homes is really a very special type of treatment, because people respond better when they’re in their homes. They’re in an environment that they’re used to. They’re able to get up and go to the bathroom when they’re ready to, instead of having to wait on staff at a hospital. It just is a much more comfortable environment for people to be able to recover.

Baptist Health Floyd Home Care provides multiple specialty treatments, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing services, medical social workers, and home health aides. All of our staff are very passionate about what they do and have the best interest of their patients at heart.
Baptist Health Floyd Home Care has been recognized on the Home Care Elite Top 500 agencies list for several years. As a physical therapist, I provide treatments, including strengthening of exercises, range of motion and types of stretching, gait training, making sure that people are walking normal, making sure that they’re able to get in and out of their home, up and down their stairs, in and out of their bed, and just general mobility within the home.

Not everyone is able to travel after an injury. We’re able to come to you to receive healthcare in your home, even in rural areas. If you feel like home care would be something good for you, ask your doctor for a recommendation for Baptist Health Floyd Home Care.

There’s really no way to describe the feeling that you get when you’re able to see someone recover in their own home. It’s extremely rewarding, and it’s one of the number one reasons why I love my job.

Pain Management Treatment Options in Corbin, Kentucky

Baptist Health Corbin: Pain Management Treatment Options

Pain management is focused on reducing the amount of pain the body feels or perceives, so that it doesn’t affect a patient’s quality of life. Learn about the pain management services at Baptist Health.

Pain Management Treatment Options in Corbin, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Thomas Whealton, DO, Interventional Pain:
Pain management is a field of medicine where we work to reduce the amount of pain that your body is feeling or that you’re perceiving. Usually, this is done after we’ve ruled out there’s no other pathology we need to address. When that happens, it’s really important that we just work solely on trying to reduce the effect of the pain on your quality of life.

Whenever we see a patient, we start from the ground up. We make sure they’ve tried some of the easier and more conservative treatment modalities, including physical therapy, aquatic therapy, things like that. We want to address the whole patient and make sure there aren’t other issues that may be contributing to their pain, such as sleep deprivation, other things like that.

However, sometimes we will have to consider intervention or medicines. We can sometimes use X-ray to steer a small needle in to turn off the affected nerve or joint that’s causing your pain. We can also do small surgeries in the outpatient facility that we can use to interrupt the pain signals before they actually travel up to your brain.

After we do a procedure, an intervention or a surgery, usually you can leave the hospital within an hour or two. If you’re having a surgery, most of the time you’ll be home by lunch.

Here at Baptist Health Corbin, we have really established a team-based atmosphere to make sure our patients get the best treatment possible and really increase their quality of life.

Success of Sleeve Gastrectomy in Paducah, Kentucky

Baptist Health Paducah: Success of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Obesity is a disease that bariatric surgery and behavior changes can help reverse. Learn how a sleeve gastrectomy procedure helped a Baptist Health Paducah patient achieve success in her weight-loss journey.

Success of Sleeve Gastrectomy in Paducah, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Anthony K. Davis, MD, Bariatric Surgery:
Obesity is a disease. This disease is not because patients are eating too much. In fact, they probably aren’t eating enough times in the day. The disease is a disease of storage. So, those individuals who are suffering from that disease are just storing too much.

Stacie Burton, West Paducah, Kentucky:
I had tried diet pills from prescriptions to ordering stuff off on the internet. I would lose and think, oh great, this is successful and then I would usually gain back even more than I had lost. Nothing was working.

Dr. Davis:
Before Stacie’s journey, she presented with the disease of morbid obesity. She went through our educational process, and she and I determined that surgery was an excellent option for her to help reverse this disease. She and I discussed multiple types of surgeries and came to the conclusion of the sleeve gastrectomy. After that process, she had a safe surgical procedure. Every day after that, she’s been dedicated to changing behavior. Her success initially might have come from the surgery, but the longevity that she’s obtained, her success, is truly her behavior and her dedication to her own health. And, we’re here to support her for that.

I can’t tell people enough how much it is truly changed my life. It makes me a little emotional, because it has, it’s really just been a blessing. It’s the best thing I ever could have done for myself.

What Family Medicine Means in Paducah, Kentucky

Baptist Health Paducah: What Family Medicine Means

Family medicine providers focus on helping families become and stay healthy through prevention and lifestyle management. Learn what to expect when you visit a Baptist Health family medicine practice in Paducah, Kentucky.

What Family Medicine Means in Paducah, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Michael Watson, DO, Family Medicine:
I think the biggest goal for primary care is to focus on prevention and to focus on lifestyle management. The biggest thing that I tell people is, it’s worth having someone screen, ask some questions, do an exam once a year to identify things that might be a problem before they’re actually a health concern.

I take care of patients from all ages. I’m trained to take care of newborns, adolescents, and the entire pediatric medicine. I take care of geriatric patients, and I take care of everybody else on this journey of life in between.

With my practice being part of Baptist Health, it’s easy for me to make referrals to provide testing and to order imaging for patient needs beyond whatever I can take care of in our office. Many of those specialists are a phone call away. Our office staff works together with them, and it’s easy for us to be able to accommodate extra needs that a patient may need.

What I like most about family medicine is that I get to see the entire family and I get to understand their dynamic as a family unit. Knowing the health of the parents allows me to better take care of kids because I know more about what to screen for, I know more about risk factors, as they age and as they continue to grow and develop, than I would if I was just seeing them as an individual.