Family, fabric and fishing bring new doctor to the area

Medical-Perspective-4Frances Horn, D.O., says it was the 3 F’s that pulled her from Oklahoma to Paducah to become a hospitalist at Western Baptist.

“I say I moved here for family, fabric and fishing,” she said. She wanted to be closer to family, she likes to quilt and she enjoys fishing.

She also enjoys taking care of people. She can trace her interest in medicine back to the fifth grade, when she would check the blood pressure for anyone who asked. She became a nurse aide at 15 and a licensed practical nurse by 18.

GHP-3618Later, she earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and became board-certified in family medicine. “I like to see the whole picture,” she said. “Family medicine is all-encompassing. My passion to help people is the most important thing to bring to the patient.”

She has a particular passion for caring for those with diabetes. “My family is riddled with it, and it is such a treatable disease if you educate the patient.”

In the first six months of her practice in 1999, she treated a woman who suffered necrotizing fascitis, a rare soft-tissue infection and complication of diabetes. “With the help of my consultants, she lived and still walks. I continued to care for her, her daughter, nieces and nephews, until I moved here. That rocks!”

You can sense her enthusiasm in helping people regain their health.

She now does that at Western Baptist as a hospitalist, a hospital-based physician who cares for patients who don’t have a doctor or whose physician isn’t on the hospital medical staff. The hospitalist returns them to the care of their primary care physician when they leave the hospital.

When she’s not working, she’s enjoying quilting in Quilt City USA and finding new fishing holes in Kentucky’s Western Waterland. She also enjoys photography and church activities.

Welcome, Dr. Horn.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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