In Jan. 30 IssueBy Kim GrahamRussell County News Reporter
Southern Kentucky Medical Associates (SKMA), a non-profit medical practice in Russell Springs, strives to provide specialized health care to Russell and Adair counties.
"We're an innovative, state of the art facility," said Russell County native Angie Cundiff-Roy SKMA President. "Our focus is education and preventative medicine."
Cundiff-Roy, a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (CANP), specializes in internal medicine, women's health, and aesthetic/cosmetic medicine to treat minor skin and dermatological conditions.
"You name it. We do it. We have a vast array of services to provide," said Cundiff-Roy. "We specialize in women's health and internal medicine."
Although women's health is the team's specialty, they also provide health care to men and children.
"We're trying to offer as many services to Russell County and surrounding counties as we can," said Cundiff-Roy. "I have always wanted to practice and help folks in Russell County."
Nurse practitioners with specialties in cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, and psychology make up the staff at SKMA.
Ragan Davies, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) specializing in medical Dermatology, is responsible for skin examinations, diagnosing skin disorders, and providing counseling and education.
The practice focuses on promoting health through education and counseling to prevent disease and help patients make educated, wise decisions about their health care.
Their psychology staff includes Lynda Wilkerson, PhD. and Sherra L. Rogers, ARNP who care for the mental health of SKMA patients.
Dr. Wilkerson, a resident of Columbia, has 34 years experience in the field of behavioral health. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
A board member of the Lake Cumberland Children's Advocacy Center, Dr. Wilkerson was recently named the 2009 Champion for Children by Kentucky Youth Advocates.
She will see patients in need of help with behavioral health and substance abuse issues and says she looks forward to working in Russell County.
Sherra L. Rogers, has 10 years experience providing psychiatric/mental health services to adults and over 37 years experience in nursing. She was a Lt. Col. in the Air Force National Guard serving as a Staff Nurse and a Chief Nurse.
Cundiff-Roy said SKMA's vision is to keep expanding and bring specialists into Russell County.
Bobbie Damron, ARNP is a family health provider with a specialty in cardiovascular medicine.
Damron takes care of normally occurring illness in patients of all ages. When a problem is serious, she refers patients to the appropriate specialist to treat their illness.
"If we can't treat them, we send patients to a specialist," said Damron. "My job is to consult out to specialists and make sure people get in to see them."
With SKMA as the hub, Nurse Practitioners work to coordinate health care of their patients.
Beginning in February, SKMA will also host specialists from the University of Kentucky on a monthly rotation.
Specialists, including Professor Thomas Whayne, Jr., M.D., PhD, UK Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, will see patients once a month beginning in February at SKMA.
"We have availability of every specialist at UK," said Damron.
Other specialists will travel to the Russell Springs office on the basis of need and the number of patients.
"We have so many great things coming," said Cundiff-Roy. "It's just incredible."
The local medical office is working with the University of Kentucky to bring Kentucky Telecare Network to Russell County. Telemedicine is a system using technology to extend health care services from UK to patients across the state.
SKMA is the only local medical center with Telemed and are able to offer virtually any specialty service provided at UK.
Once specialists have an initial meeting with patients, they may follow up in person or using Telemed.
Many people in rural areas such as Russell County, have to take time off work and travel great distances in order to see specialists.
The goal of the SKMA is to increase availability of specialists in Russell County.
"We are trying to provide a segment of care to this area that is not currently available," said Davies.
Cundiff-Roy who has owned Lake Cumberland Laser Clinic 8yrs in Russell Springs, continues to operate the business adjacent to SKMA.
"I'm tickled to death to be back home," said Cundiff-Roy. "I love my job!"
Southern Kentucky Medical Associates is located at 72 Joe Petty Drive, Suite B, Russell Springs. Business hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
They accept all insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. For more information call 270-866-HELP (4357).