Author Archives: Baptist Health Paducah

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.

Back-to-school reminder: Wash the germs away

We all know children don’t always practice the best hygiene, especially before eating meals or after going to the bathroom and making mud pies in the yard. So, why should you keep encouraging them to wash their hands? Let us … Continue reading

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Join us for Pink Glove Dance 2013

This year, YOU can star in our Pink Glove Dance for breast cancer awareness. For the first time, the hospital is inviting the community to don pink gloves when part of the video is filmed at the first ever McCracken … Continue reading

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Fire up the grill

There’s nothing better than firing up the grill on a summer afternoon – as long as you do it safely. The grill should be considered an extension of your kitchen, and you should practice the same safety tips inside and … Continue reading

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Tick, ticks and more ticks!

How many ticks have you pulled off your pet, child or even yourself this summer? The Baptist Health Line phones have been busy with calls from people concerned about tick bites and prevention. Ticks are small spiderlike animals that bite … Continue reading

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How to know where to go

Dr. Gerald Russell has seen his share of medical emergencies in 24 years of emergency room work – real emergencies like heart attack, stroke and life-threatening injuries. He and the Baptist Health Paducah team clicked into action recently when a … Continue reading

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Myth vs. truth about preventing heart disease

By Lorrie Terry, Western Baptist dietitian Heart disease is responsible for approximately 25 percent of deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavior and lifestyle choices, including smoking and eating fast food at least … Continue reading

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How do you know if you’re having a heart attack?

Heart attack symptoms are not always obvious. The signs can often begin subtly with chest discomfort that comes and goes. Many people brush off the symptoms as indigestion or anxiety, but you should seek medical attention if symptoms persist for … Continue reading

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Blind Spots

I get about a 30-minute warning. Blind spots. Many of you already know what I’m talking about. It’s the first indication that millions of us get that we’re about to have a whopper of a headache. The first time it … Continue reading

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Enjoy healthy Super Bowl snacks

What’s on your Super Bowl menu? Chips, dips, soda and other high calorie favorites usually go hand-in-hand with the big game. According to, football fans can consume an entire day’s worth of calories during the game. This year prepare … Continue reading

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Cold vs. flu

Do you have the flu or are you just suffering from a bad cold? We receive lots of calls at Baptist Health Line from people wondering the same thing. The flu and the common cold have similar flu-like symptoms, so … Continue reading

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