ASHLAND King’s Daughters Health System grew from a modest three rooms on the second floor of 16th Street in 1899. Several months prior, a civic-minded group — perhaps the “Build Ashland” of that time — decided the burgeoning city needed a hospital, and set out to found one. The first patients treated were for things like typhoid fever and a railroad accident.
Between 1899 and 1917, the hospital relocated four times, seeking more space as the need for medical care in Ashland also grew. By 1913, Ashland had a population of approximately 10,000. The need for a larger, more permanent hospital was growing, and in May 1916, work began on the first true hospital building. You can see one of the original cornerstones from that year on display in the King’s Daughters chapel, on the Lexington Avenue side of the hospital.
In November 1917, the first permanent home for King’s Daughters opened on Lexington Avenue, where it remains today. In 100 years, the hospital has grown throughout eastern Kentucky and into southern Ohio, and developed medical services hardly dreamt of in 1917.
Today: Medical innovation with customer service: The hospital grew by leaps and bounds, beginning in the 1980s, into the Ashland campus it is today. The hospital also grew into a new type of organization: a health system that reaches out into the communities it serves. The first Family Care Center opened in Grayson in 1994, followed by similar centers in Catlettsburg and Cannonsburg a few years later. These centers would become the model for providing primary care where patients live. The network of centers and primary care offices continued to grow over the next 20 years, into more 20 locations in two states. Today, there is a King’s Daughters primary care location as far south as Prestonsburg and as far north as Jackson, Ohio —with many locations in between. Services have grown to include pediatrics in three locations, as well as two walk-in clinics and five Urgent Care Centers.
New Emergency team making a difference: In January 2017, a mostly new team of physicians and advanced practitioners, from a national group called Team Health, took over medical provider service at the King’s Daughters Emergency Department. Team Health is a nationwide company who also serves our 24/7 Urgent Care Center in Portsmouth with great results. The new team’s goal in Ashland is to continue to have outstanding quality outcomes, and also focus on improving patient satisfaction, decrease wait times and decrease the cost of care. This is what our community tells us they want and we are committed to delivering.
One change Team Health has brought includes having a medical provider to triage, or medically assess, patients when they first enter the ER. This should help decrease wait times.
While Team Health is a national company, many of the providers have a local connection. Several physicians with experience in the King’s Daughters ER have joined Team Health to continue practicing in Ashland. ER physicians Pavan Kolluri, M.D., Don Kraft, M.D., and Evan Mussetter, M.D., make up the core physician group. They are joined by several physicians who also have experience at King’s Daughters: ER physicians Sal Migliore, M.D.; Jason Collins, M.D.; Matt Lee, M.D.; and Clay Young, M.D.
The team also is using 10 full-time advanced practitioners — either physician assistants or nurse practitioners. Together with the physicians, this gives the King’s Daughters ER more providers than ever.
A national first - accreditation in electrophysiology: In March, our electrophysiology program has been awarded a national first - full accreditation for electrophysiology by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE). Our program was the first in the nation to undergo review last year, and now is the first to receive accreditation in the U.S. Our heart team also received reaccreditation from ACE for cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention. We originally received accreditation for these in early 2014.
Electrophysiology is the medical specialty dealing with heart rhythm disorders caused by electrical issues. Our team treats these disorders with medication, pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery. Our electrophysiology team includes Ola Kraisha, M.D., Terence Ross, M.D., and John Van Deren, M.D.
In late January, KDMC was the first facility in Kentucky to install the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms.