Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield draws patients regionally.
(July 30, 2017) -West Kentucky Journal researched seventeen hospitals from Hopkinsville to Paducah. We looked at the number of beds, patients treated, patients admitted, numbers of nurses and doctors. Yearly hospitals treat over 300,000 people.
Researching the footprint that hospitals have in Western Kentucky only in terms of economic impact starkly illustrates the effect that changes in delivery of health and medical care will have on this region.
Editor's Note: This story was written while the publisher was a "guest" of the Vanderbilt Regional Medical Center. The research is three years old but there haven't been big hospital expansions in the last three years. It felt like a good time to reopen it with the worry over enough beds with the Covid-19 pandemic spreading into our region.