Madisonville's Baptist Health center is the company’s first location to adopt a new model for its primary care centers to try to better educate residents and increase efficiency. The Patient-Centered Home Care model introduces new focus on team treatment that helps prepare residents for the world of medicine by pooling the staff's individual roles together so that each patient is treated by a team of physicians rather than one. Baptist Health officials say this type of care ensures nothing is missed in the patient's care.
Hospital patients, employees and visitors will be banned from smoking, using chewing tobacco and puffing on electronic cigarettes at Baptist Hospital Madisonville and its various campuses around western Kentucky. The hospital is implementing the new rule on Tuesday. Hospital CEO Bert Whitaker says both patients and visitors have objected to entering the hospital through a cloud of cigarette smoke that wafted over from nearby smoking areas.