A southern Kentucky woman has died at a Nashville hospital of complications from fungal meningitis.
Saint Thomas Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer told The Tennessean that Carol Wetton, 71, of Guthrie, died Tuesday of complications from an original infection.
The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed that a death associated with the outbreak of fungal infections occurred and said the death brings to 15 the number of people who have died in the state. Tainted steroidal injections were discovered several months ago. A statement from the department said it is possible there could yet be other deaths from the infections.
A Muhlenberg County health clinic will soon begin operating as part of the Owensboro Health network. Dr. Marshall Prunty founded Family Practices of Greenville, PSC, 29 years ago. Dr. Prunty says it has become too difficult for a small operation such as his to keep up with the paperwork and filings related to the Affordable Care Act, Hippa, and other regulations.
"It gets to the point where I probably almost need two or three people just to take care of the regulations. And in a small, independent office, you just don't really have the resources to do that,” Dr. Prunty told WKU Public Radio.
Dr. Prunty's office will begin operating as Owensboro Health Multicare Greenville on May 1st.
His office provides family medical care for children and adults, as well as on-site lab testing.
Dr. Prunty's office currently serves patients in Muhlenberg, McLean, Todd, and Ohio counties.