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The Carroll County Family Practice and Rural Health Clinic has welcomed a new physician to the Carroll County community. Dr. Kathy Short, M.D., recently moved here from Cardington, Ohio, having worked at a rural health care center in Mansfield, Ohio.
“It’s like going home,” Short said of her arrival in Carrollton. “I like rural health care. I’m not a city girl. When I walked in the door it fit. The people here are very nice and friendly. It’s just like being home.”
The “home” to which she referred is Irvington, Ky., in Breckinridge County where she grew up. She was the youngest of four children raised by her parents on a tobacco farm near Fort Knox, and just south of Brandenburg in Meade County, Ky.
“One of the attractions to rural health care is that I will get to know my patients,” Short said. “I don’t want my patients to be a number. I’m a throwback to the horse and buggy days. I like the small town atmosphere of a hospital where you get personal care, very personal care.”
“A rural hospital gives you that potential of seeing someone in a grocery store that you’ve cared for and made a difference in their life or their family’s life,” Kanute Rarey, Chief Executive Officer of Carroll County Memorial Hospital. “It happened to me three times this week with patients and friends. You wouldn’t find that in Louisville.”
Dr. Short will be working full time in the Carroll County Family Practice and Rural Health Clinic, Rarey said, with extended hours until 8 p.m. in the evenings. Initially, she will also be visiting the Bedford Family Practice one day each week.
Short will be working with Dr. Mark Miller, D.O., and Dave Draney, A.R.N.P., the nurse practitioner in the Carroll County Family Practice, located on the CCMH campus. She will be seeing families, providing women and children’s health services, women’s counseling and psychiatry, and pediatrics, Rarey said.
“We’re really excited to have a doctor here that really has that focus and who has such an interest and excitement about it,” he said. “The family practice here in Carroll County has been established here since 1992. Dr. Miller has been with us about five years. Dave Draney’s been with us three years now. We’re ecstatic that Dr. Short came to join us.”
Short met her husband-to-be Michael Short while a student at Campbellsville College in the late 1970s. They have been married 32 years and have three grown children and a seven-month-old granddaughter. Her husband is currently employed in higher education and administrative work at Ohio State University but will soon be opening a private tutoring practice in Carrollton.
Kathy Short graduated from Campbellsville in 1980 and completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Morehead State University in 1984. She worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist before enrolling in medical school at the West Virginia School of Ostepathic Medicine. She finished medical school in 1997 and completed her residency at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va., in 2000.
“It was a clinic for the uninsured while I was there,” she said of the Wheeling facility. “My first day I had a chair and a box. That was the equipment I had. I took the box and let the patient have the chair. I knew I had arrived. I loved it! It was a laugh for a long time.”
Short, who is board certified in family medicine, operated a private practice in Cardington, Ohio, for a little over five years before taking the rural health position at Mansfield.
“Maintaining quality, up-to-date technology, attracting and retaining qualified employees, developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with physicians and other health care providers” are key elements in the survival of rural medical facilities like Carroll County Memorial Hospital and Carroll County Family Practice and Rural Health Clinic, Rarey said. “You have to work to retain doctors by providing the support they need to develop a successful practice for themselves.
“I have no doubt that Dr. Short is going to build a wonderful practice and a following,” Rarey said. “She’ll be watching children growing up and families change and she’ll be caring for a lot of folks here in Carroll County and that’s exciting.”