Deborah Ann Ballard, MD, MPH Begins Primary Care Practice at Flaget Memorial
Louisville, Ky. (June 5, 1013) - Deborah Ann Ballard, MD, MPH has returned to practice in Nelson County opening a new primary care practice affiliated with Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health.
Ballard, a native of Holy Cross, Kentucky, started her career in medicine in Nelson County. She then moved to Louisville where she participated in clinical research, and focused on diabetes care, endocrinology, and preventive medicine. She completed her Master of Public Health degree in 2012. In Bardstown, she will partner with fellow KentuckyOne Health physician Paula Johnson, MD.
In the new practice, Ballard and Johnson will be piloting an innovative model of primary care called a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The care model, which is endorsed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, puts the patient first and focuses on prevention and wellness, in addition to caring for the sick.
“I am so happy to bring this new model of medical care to the people of Bardstown and Nelson County. The warmth, friendliness, and strong sense of community here make this an ideal place for a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Dr. Ballard.
Ballard and Johnson’s new practice will also offer group support programs for patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Ballard will also provide innovative evidence-based integrative therapies such Tai Chi for arthritis and mindfulness training to reduce stress.
Ballard and Johnson’s office will be located at 4371 New Shepherdsville Road, Suite 210 in Bardstown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (502) 350-5373.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.