This past December, the Ashland-based King’s Daughters Health System officially became part of the University of Kentucky, a move that helps create greater access to high-quality care for more Kentuckians. UK and King’s Daughters have had a close relationship working together on health issues for many years, and UK’s resources and infrastructure are helping King’s Daughters keep up with the significant growth they’ve recently seen.

King’s Daughters serves a 16-county region across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and has more than 5,000 employees. Its health system comprises two acute-care hospitals totaling 465 licensed beds; an integrated network of more than 600 physicians and advanced practitioners; more than 50 ambulatory centers and practice locations; a long-term care facility; medical transport company; and six urgent care centers.

Richard Ford, MD, a UK College of Medicine alumnus and former resident who held an OB/GYN practice in Ashland for 15 years, joins this episode of "Behind the Blue." Ford is now the chief medical officer for inpatient and procedural services at King’s Daughters.

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