Flaget Memorial Hospital To Hold Open House For New Hodgenville Practice
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, Flaget
Bardstown – Flaget Memorial Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, will host an open house Friday, November 9, at 2 p.m. at the hospital’s new Hodgenville practice. Those who attend will get a chance to meet Flaget’s newest primary care physician, Melanie Mooney, M.D. They can also tour the new Flaget Primary Care Associates facility, which is located at 908 South Lincoln Boulevard.
Mooney is a Vermont native who has spent her last 20 years in Kentucky. She got her undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University, attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, then completed an internship and residency at the university’s Glasgow/Barren County Family Medicine practice. She has practiced primary care medicine since 2001.
Mooney became interested in going into the medical field “when my dad had a heart attack. I was a freshman in high school. I wanted to have the knowledge of what was going on.”
Then, in medical school, the physician thought she would go into pediatrics, but “I realized I enjoy forming relationships with the whole family. I get to treat patients of all ages. I really enjoy the variety.”
Mooney lives in Columbia with her husband, Greg, and the couple’s two children. Before coming onboard with Flaget Hospital, the physician worked at Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia. One of the nurses who worked with Mooney at Westlake Regional, Ashley Day, R.N., has joined the Hodgenville practice with the physician.
“Dr. Mooney is very easy to get along with,” Day said. “Patients often say they have finally found a doctor they can feel comfortable with.”
The new Hodgenville practice is being housed in the former office of D.M. Shivakumar, M.D. Mooney will begin practicing at the renovated office at the beginning of December. In the meantime, physicians and nurse practitioners from Flaget will treat patients there.
When Dr. Shivakumar closed his office, that left just two family medicine practices in LaRue County to cover a population of more than 14,000, according to Flaget President and CEO Sue Downs, M.S.N., C.E.N.P.
“We are excited to be providing essential medical care to the citizens of LaRue County – and to those of southern Nelson County,” Downs said. “We are also pleased to be able to offer the dedication, talent and fresh outlook of Dr. Mooney.”
Melanie Mooney, M.D
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has nearly 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky, and has more than 2,325 licensed beds.
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The head-and-shoulders photo included with this news release is of Dr. Melanie Mooney.