Danville has a reputation for being known as “The City of Firsts”. Perhaps one of the more widely known “firsts” is that the community was home to Dr. Ephraim McDowell, a pioneering surgeon who performed the world’s first successful abdominal surgery. Jane Todd Crawford, of Greensburg, rode 60 miles by horseback to have a large ovarian tumor removed by Dr. McDowell on Christmas Day in 1809. The success of that surgery earned Dr. McDowell the distinction as “the father of abdominal surgery.”

The legacy of that pioneering physician continues today through Ephraim McDowell Health and the services it offers to a six-county service area. The flagship of the health care system is Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where innovative medical procedures are performed now much like they were more than 200 years ago.

One of the service lines where innovation abounds is cardiac care. Through the Ephraim McDowell Heart & Vascular Institute, residents of central Kentucky have access to five board-certified cardiologists who provide expert cardiac and arterial care using medical technology available in the most advanced cardiac catheterization lab in the state. Already accredited as a Certified Chest Pain Center with PCI, the Regional Medical Center is also leading the state in pioneering treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease. Recently, the Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in Kentucky, and third hospital in the nation, to acquire and use the Pantheris lumivascular atherectomy system to remove plaque build-up in arteries blocking blood flow to the legs and feet.

The Regional Medical Center is also well-known for the care it provides to orthopedic and spine patients. The Joint Commission has deemed the Regional Medical Center a Center of Excellence for total knee and hip replacement and spine surgeries. It is the only hospital in the state to have earned that distinction and now serves as a model for other hospitals that are developing their joint replacement and spine surgery programs for accreditation as a Center of Excellence.

Ephraim McDowell Health is proud to sponsor Trace Adkins at the Norton Center on Sunday, September 8. For complete show information, or to purchase tickets, click here.