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Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital to close by Sept. 30, costing 1,000 jobs in Ashland area

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in the Ashland suburb of Russell will close by Sept. 30, says the Bon Secours Health System, which operates it. The 214-bed hospital opened in 1953, when Ashland and Russell were booming with steel, railroad and petrochemcial industries. Now, the hospital cannot “effectively operate in an environment that has multiple acute care facilities competing for the same...

Retired Ashland cardiologist sentenced to five years in prison for doing unnecessary heart operations

A retired Ashland cardiologist has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution after being convicted two and a half years ago of doing hundreds of unnecessary heart operations. Dr. Richard E. Paulus, 71, who practiced at King’s Daughters Medical Center, “billed more to Medicare for certain heart procedures than any cardiologist in the country from 2006...

Ashland’s King’s Daughters Medical Center becomes newest affiliate of UK Markey Cancer Center

King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, has entered into a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, King’s Daughters can offer patients in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and West Virginia access to additional...