Published on January 07, 2016

Owensboro Health Welcomes New Palliative & Hospice Care Specialist [VIDEO]

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Melanie Farrell, MD

Owensboro Health Medical Group is proud to welcome a new provider, Dr. Melanie Farrell, who holds board certification in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Farrell is a native of Pensacola, Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Farrell then completed her internal medicine residency and internship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Farrell also completed fellowship training in palliative medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Dr. Farrell also has experience in teaching medical students at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is board certified in hospice and palliative care and also in internal medicine.

As a palliative and hospice care specialist, Dr. Farrell specializes in end of life and quality of life issues.

“There was a huge need for palliative care and I wanted to bring the skill set and share it,” Dr. Farrell said. “There's still a lot of care we can provide even when a cure is not possible.”

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.