kentucky health

Kentucky is the 47th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a United Health Foundation report released Thursday.

The state's low marks were attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, a high percentage of childhood poverty and a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, the report said.

Mississippi ranked 50th, followed by Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Hawaii topped the list as the healthiest state in the country. Indiana ranked 37th.

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Sixty of the 120 counties in Kentucky are underserved due to lack of physicians serving in small towns, but that health problem is being addressed by the University of Louisville School of Medicine's rural medical accelerated track program or RMAT. Dr. William Crump is Associate Dean of the school at Baptist Health Madisonville and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the groundbreaking program.

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Michael Baumgartner is the new president of Baptist Health Madisonville. Baumgartner currently serves as president of St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota and has 37-years of healthcare related experience.  Current President Bert Whitaker announced his retirement in April after seven years with the hospital. Baptist Health is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Kentucky. Baumgartner will start his new position once Whitaker retires September 23rd.