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 and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit