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About AHEC


The National AHEC Network was created as a strategy to address the shortage of primary care physicians and the distribution of health professionals. Established in 1972, the national AHEC program works to improve the supply, distribution, retention, quality, utilization, and efficiency of health professionals to provide primary care services in medically underserved areas. AHECs serve as partners linking the academic resources associated with university-based health professions training with the clinical training opportunities in the health services delivery system of underserved communities. Nationally, there are 45 AHEC programs located in 43 states that are dedicated to bridging the gaps that exist between primary health care and the population.


Kentucky AHECs are a collaborative effort between the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center and the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Eight regional centers serve as links between these academic health education institutions and communities across the Commonwealth.

Funding for AHECs is provided through the state of Kentucky, and additional funds provided through U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) through the University of Louisville Medical School.


Located on the campus of Murray State University, Purchase AHEC serves the counties of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman,Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall and Trigg.

The Purchase AHEC Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the organization and the communities we serve. Representatives of health care, education, and civic leaders from throughout the 12 county region provide input and guidance in to the activities of the AHEC.

Our professional staff is available to assist you with questions regarding the services we provide. Working cooperatively with the area's health care providers and community organizations, AHEC serves as a partner in addressing health care, educational, and cultural issues in our 12 county region.

Purchase AHEC Advisory Board
Members 2009

Mike Muscarella, PT, DPT - Chairman
Robin Floyd, M.D. - Medical Director

Faye Jones, MD, Director
Office of Minority & Rural Affairs
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Vickie Batts

Clinton, KY
Jennifer Beck-Walker, Executive Director
Purchase Area Development Dist.
Mayfield, KY
  Olivia Burr, Social Worker
CHOICES Alternative School
Paducah, KY
Larry Davis, Director
Marshall Co. Health Department
Benton, KY
Robin Floyd, MD
Radiology Associates
Murray, KY
Fran Hall, RPh
Arlington & Wickliffe, KY 
Dana Manley ARNP, MSN, PhD
Department of Nursing
Murray State University
Murray, KY 
Mike Muscarella, PT,DPT
Director of Rehab
Western Baptist Hospital
Paducah, KY 
Charlie Ross, Director
Purchase District Health Dept.
Paducah, KY
Jim Tolley, Director
Pennyrile District Health Department
Eddyville, KY 

AHEC Staff Members
Loretta Maldaner, Center Director
Terri Gipson, Clinical Education Coordinator/Information Specialist
Melody Nall, Outreach Coordinator
Missy Stokes, Health Career Coordinator
Rhonda Vandiver, Office Manager/Special Projects Coordinator

Purchase Area Health Education Center
Murray State University
225 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
office: 270.809.4123
    fax: 270.809.4125

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