RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell is announcing that Melinda Elkins-Smith, M.D., has been named the new medical director of Bellefonte Physician Services (BPS).
BPS operates primary care centers and specialty clinics throughout the Tri-State and along with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) comprises the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System (BSKHS), according to a news release from OLBH.
Kevin Compton, Communication and Advocacy Specialist at OLBH, said the selection of Elkins-Smith is an excellent choice that is advantageous for all.
“Dr. Elkins-Smith is a great choice to lead BPS, and will make the most of this opportunity to grow the organization in a manner that puts patient needs first,” Compton said.
Elkins-Smith is a family medicine physician at Bellefonte Primary Care Ashland (2028 Winchester Avenue, Ashland). Elkins-Smith earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. She conducted her residency at Marshall University’s family medicine residency program in Huntington and is a member of the American Board of Family Practice, according to OLBH.
BPS Vice President Tyler Walters stated in the release, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Melinda since she joined BPS in 2008,” Walters said. “My experience with her assures me that she is the right choice for this position and I very much look forward to continue working with her in her much-deserved new role.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of BSKHS Marlon Priest, put Elkins-Smith history of leadership at the helm which will ensure success in her new position, also stated in the release.
“Elkins-Smith’s track record with the health system led to the appointment. “Dr. Elkins-Smith is not only an excellent physician, beloved by her patients, but has tremendous respect from her fellow physicians,” Priest said. “She will provide excellent leadership for BPS.”
Elkins-Smith’s office at Bellefonte Primary Care Ashland can be reached at 606-326-9001. For more information related to BPS, OLBH or BSKHS visit BonSecours.com.
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