Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital honored as “FutureDocs” champion

June 4, 2018

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital honored as “FutureDocs” champion

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has been recognized as a 2018 FutureDocs Champion for its partnership with the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in helping enrich the education of the region’s future physicians.

FutureDocs is an AHEC program that helps prepare central and southern Kentucky’s next generation of physicians with pre-med education enrichment and networking opportunities.

“By supporting these students, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is helping us connect them to

resources that will enhance their chances of success, and the likelihood they will return home to practice,” said Dwain Harris, director of the Southern Kentucky AHEC, which serves 15 counties south of Fayette down to the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

The nation is projected to face a shortage of as many as 94,700 physicians by the year 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The shortage will be particularly serious in rural areas, and Kentucky is no exception.

Physicians affiliated with Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital often serve as community faculty for medical students who are doing clinical rotations. In fact, the hospital serves as a core site for third and fourth year medical students from both University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and Lincoln Memorial University’s Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in addition to welcoming medical students from a variety of other schools.  Studies have shown when students do at least part of their training in a rural setting, they are more likely to one day practice in a rural area.

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital was represented at the Community Ties banquet on April 26, which honored 17 current and future medical students from the Southern Kentucky AHEC’s region. The event’s presenting sponsor was Community Trust Bank; additional sponsors were Lifeline Home Health and Passport Health Plan.

The Southern Kentucky AHEC strives to improve the health of its communities by promoting health careers, supporting rural rotations, providing continuing education opportunities for health professionals, and by promoting public health initiatives. For more information, visit

Photo: Jennifer Stephens Roberson, Director of Physician Recruitment, accepts the “2018 FutureDocs Champion” award on behalf of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital at the Southern Kentucky AHEC’s Community Ties banquet April 26. She is accompanied by student intern Jaley Broughton. The event honored current and future medical students from the region.​

About Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is a 295-bed acute care facility serving the citizens of South Central Kentucky.  With more than forty physician specialties and nearly two hundred physicians on staff, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital offers the most comprehensive medical services in the region.  In addition to providing inpatient services, the hospital’s stand-alone outpatient facilities focus on bariatric (weight loss) services, cancer treatment, diagnostic imaging, outpatient surgery, outpatient therapy services, sleep disorders, wound care and hyperbaric medicine.  In 2014, the hospital founded the first Residency Program in the region, providing training to new physicians. Established in 1976, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and has been awarded the following specialty certifications: ACoS certification for our Cancer Program; The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Care; Chest Pain Center with PCI from the American College of Cardiology and The Joint Commission Spine Surgery Certification.  For more information, visit: