Bluegrass Medical Care Urges Consistent Lifestyle Habits

by | Dec 2023

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Physician Assistant Beth Lanham of Bluegrass Medical Care (BMC) encourages everyone to follow this advice. Besides starting 2024 by scheduling your annual physical exam, Lanham says, “Focus on healthy lifestyle changes for the long term. Rather than a New Year’s resolution, a new fad diet, or a brand-new gym membership, focus on creating consistent daily habits to improve health, such as eating more fruits and vegetables and consuming less sugar. Keep a consistent sleep schedule, drink more water, and take more walks. This is likely to be more sustainable than a challenging New Year’s resolution that often is broken after the first month.” 

“We recommend an annual flu vaccine, which is available in our clinic. But even before a vaccine, a healthy immune system is the first line of defense. This can also be boosted by getting plenty of sleep and eating a nutritious diet to get the vitamins your immune system needs to be at its optimal function. Drink plenty of water, and limit stress. Consider taking a multivitamin and probiotic supplement. Also, hand washing or use of hand sanitizer frequently is recommended. Especially before and after you eat and when you touch high-traffic items such as gas pumps, doorknobs, and shopping carts. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others, especially with a fever.” 

BMC is a female-owned, independently operated primary care clinic established in 2018. They are conveniently located off I-65 at exit 22. Lanham gained ownership of the practice last January and serves patients over the age of 2. Weight loss and aesthetics are also offered to help patients achieve medically assisted weight loss goals or improve their skin care routine with exceptional products such as Botox and Juvéderm. 

Lanham graduated from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Studies program in 2000. She and her husband, Derek, a native of Bowling Green, moved back in 2013 to settle in and raise their family. “As the owner, I want my providers to take the time they need and allow patients to feel they have been heard and cared for, not just rushed through a production-driven assembly line.” 

“Our staff enjoys working together, and we share values in taking care of our patients. All of our providers love primary care because we really can establish lasting relationships,” said Lanham. “We get to see our patients and their families grow and change, and [we] love being there to support them along the way. Each day at work in primary care brings a variety of people with an even larger variety of medical needs. BMC has an amazing staff who truly care for the patients we are honored to care for. We value our patient–provider relationships, and I think this shows in our patient care.” 

The dedicated staff at BMC also includes Medical Director Dr. Rosalie Padilla, who trained at the University of Puerto Rico and completed her internal medicine residency in Washington, D.C. Padilla, who is bilingual, and her husband, Dr. Scott Sims, have called Bowling Green “home” since 1987. 

Malorie Mann, a native of Bowling Green, serves on staff as a nurse practitioner. A Western Kentucky University Nursing Program graduate, Mann received her Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner at Northern Kentucky University. She previously worked in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, and birthing center at the University of Kentucky Medical Center before joining BMC in 2022. 

BMC is accepting new patients and accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. Same-day appointments are often available, and they also offer patients an affordable option to pay with cash. X-ray and laboratory equipment are conveniently located on-site, reducing the need for patients to make multiple stops and the overall health care cost. Established patients can also enjoy the ease of telemedicine appointments. “We see patients for wellness visits, chronic disease management, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and acute illness and injuries. We offer occupational health services with Department of Transportation physicals and drug screens, TB screening, and pre-employment physicals. This year, we are planning to expand our occupational health services. We also offer Bluegrass Weight Loss and Aesthetics right here in our office. This clinic offers medically supervised weight loss programs using medications and diet plans. Botox Cosmetic, Juvéderm, and PCA Skincare are also available, and we typically run monthly specials on these services.” GN 

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