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Community oncologist joins HMH through Markey Cancer affiliation

By Kate Darnell

It’s before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning and George Boulden, 77, sits in a reclining chair at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

He began his fourth chemotherapy treatment just hours ago.

“When you hear the big words ‘cancer,’ know that you can do it and God will take care of you,” Boulden said.

Boulden was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma earlier this year.

“One Saturday night I found this big lump,” he said. “Monday morning, I went to my doctor and it went from there.”

And when Boulden turned to treatment, he looked no further than the hospital two miles from his home.

“It was much easier to come here than U.K.,” Boulden said.

While others may travel hours for what they believe to be better treatment, Boulden said, expert oncology care can be found right in this community’s back door.

For Dr. Jim Morgan, it was his own family members’ struggles with cancer that inspired him to enter the medical and oncology field.

“I was always driven to the cancer patients for multiple reasons,” Morgan said about his time in medical school and his residency at the University of Louisville. “I felt like those were the patients I had the most interpersonal relationships with and I felt like those relationships were the best ones of my training.”

Originally from Burkesville, Ky., Morgan now spends his Mondays and Thursdays in Cynthiana at HMH’s oncology clinic.

HMH director Sheila Currans said that with Morgan and the hospital’s U.K. Markey Cancer affiliation that began in 2006, patients are able to receive the same level of care at HMH that they would at U.K.

“He’s now completely available to us, and even more importantly, those patients,” Currans said.

A community oncologist with the Markey Cancer Center, Morgan works at Georgetown Community Hospital and U.K. those days he isn’t at HMH.

As an affiliate of the Markey Cancer Center, HMH is able to take advantage of the center’s oncology programs, services and training.


For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.