Meet Our Physicians

In each edition of One Health, we will introduce you to some of the physicians who provide care at KentuckyOne Health. In this issue, meet two of the many KentuckyOne Health primary care providers.

Meet Dr. Alvarado

Ralph Alvarado, MD, FACP, primary care physician with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates in Winchester, attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine in San Bernardino, California. Dr. Alvarado then completed the University of Kentucky’s combined residency in pediatrics and internal medicine, so he and his family have called Kentucky home for many years.

As a primary care physician, Dr. Alvarado works with patients to ensure they receive the preventive services they need.

“I have always felt KentuckyOne Health was an organization I could trust,” Dr. Alvarado said. “It has impressed me that even at a high level, the system’s goals always come back to the mission of providing more care for patients within the Commonwealth and reaching out to those who are underserved.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Alvarado or another KentuckyOne Health primary care physician in Lexington and Central/Eastern Kentucky, call 888.570.8092

Meet Dr. Waldridge

A native of Kentucky, Ron Waldridge II, MD, family medicine physician with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates in Shelbyville, is a second-generation family physician.

“Because of my father’s love of medicine and the joy I saw him have with his career, I was inspired to pursue the same path,” Dr. Waldridge said. “In medical school, I realized family medicine fit the bill for me best. A lot of it is about relationships with families, and that’s what I enjoy — getting to know people and advising them about their health care needs.”

Dr. Waldridge graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine before completing a residency in family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

To make an appointment with Dr. Waldridge or another KentuckyOne Health primary care physician in the Louisville area, call 888.570.8091.

Breaking Records, Setting Trends

Stroke care

“We have an aging population with high risk for stroke and other significant neurological conditions,” said David M. Blake, MD, neurologist, president of the medical staff and stroke director for Saint Joseph Hospital. “We welcome the opportunity to care for these patients and are excited to improve stroke care for patients and families throughout central Kentucky.”

The neurology team at Saint Joseph Hospital is committed to improving quality of life for patients living with neurological illnesses, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis. With expert neurosurgeons on-call 24/7, Saint Joseph Hospital is well-equipped to respond to emergencies that involve a damaged brain or spinal cord.

Timing is Everything

Additionally, Saint Joseph Hospital offers prevention and acute treatment of stroke, the fifth highest cause of death in Kentucky, according to the American Stroke Association. Utilizing a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), Saint Joseph Hospital physicians work quickly to restore blood flow to the brain in patients presenting with stroke. The goal of tPA is to dissolve the clot of blood blocking an artery and to re-establish blood flow that delivers glucose and oxygen to brain tissue.

Saint Joseph Hospital exceeds expectations from the American Stroke Association in terms of door-to-treatment times. Utilizing a computed tomography (CT) scanner, the team at Saint Joseph Hospital can quickly determine when tPA is needed and how to respond to situations when it is not.

“Our goal is to administer tPA to ischemic stroke patients within the first hour of arrival to the hospital,” said Kristin Howard, BSN, RN, stroke program coordinator with Saint Joseph Hospital. “The sooner we can treat the core of the problem, the more likely we can restore brain function.”

If you have questions about stroke or other neurological illnesses, connect with the Saint Joseph Hospital neurological team at

Choose Your Door: Convenient Access to High-Quality Health Care

Choose your door

More access points than any other health system.

Whether you’re sick or simply coming in for a well visit, your primary care provider should be your first stop. With primary care offices throughout Louisville, Lexington and Central/Eastern Kentucky, there is likely a KentuckyOne Health primary care office near you.

Anywhere Care

Whether it’s a holiday or after the office is closed, illnesses don’t always keep the most convenient hours. When you can’t see your primary care provider, Anywhere Care is a great alternative. Through secure video chat or phone consultation, you will consult with a board-certified doctor or nurse practitioner who can provide a diagnosis and treatment (including prescriptions, when appropriate).

Emergency Care

During a true medical emergency, finding a qualified medical team close to home can be a lifesaver. KentuckyOne Health operates 15 locations across the Commonwealth that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to treat life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

Express Care

In and around Louisville, Express Care locations partner with Walgreens to provide coordinated and expanded health care services. With high-quality, convenient and affordable treatments just around the corner, you don’t have to wait to see a physician.

Urgent Care

Sprains, strains, infections or stitches — these mild to moderate conditions can be treated on a walk-in basis at KentuckyOne Health’s Urgent Care locations. No appointment necessary, Urgent Care is designed to get you in, out and on with your life.

Workplace Care

Health matters at work, too. KentuckyOne Health supports more than 2,500 local and regional businesses with services that include access to the KentuckyOne Health network of physicians and services, on-site wellness screenings, group health reports and wellness presentations.

To learn more about primary care and other services at KentuckyOne Health, visit For those in Louisville and the surrounding counties, call 888.570.8091. For those in Lexington and Central/Eastern Kentucky, call 888.570.8092.

Advanced Imaging Enters the OR

Neurology imaging

Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is the 10th facility in the United States to utilize computed tomography (CT) technology during cranial and spinal procedures.

For some time, the neurology team at KentuckyOne Health has had its eyes on one of the most sophisticated tools available to surgeons today — the Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT®. Now, Saint Joseph Hospital is utilizing the next-generation technology.

“It has been a two-year process to get all of the pieces in place,” said Christopher Robb, director of surgical services with Saint Joseph Hospital. “It has been well worth the time. This is a tool that enhances the quality of surgical care and the experience of our patients.”


How It Works

The digital CT scanner works in tandem with Saint Joseph Hospital’s guided imagery system to scan the human body in real time and communicate images to surgeons as they work.

“Traditionally, surgeons base their work on diagnostic images that were gathered a week or two before the actual operation,” Robb said. “With the Airo, they can gain a better understanding of the area where they are working while they are operating.”

As a result of the improved views, surgeons are able to perform surgeries with more efficiency and spot-on accuracy, making smaller incisions that may heal more quickly. Patients may also experience decreased risk of infections.

“We are extremely satisfied with the results we have seen by utilizing the Airo at Saint Joseph Hospital,” Robb said. “We look forward to bringing this technology to more KentuckyOne Health facilities in the future.”

Expanding Community Care

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital exterior

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is a true community hospital, focused on improving patient care and satisfaction. The hospital’s ED is currently undergoing remarkable renovations to better serve the small but diverse population in the area.

“We are so grateful to Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation – as well as our auxiliary volunteers – for funding this much-needed expansion project,” said Jennifer Nolan, president of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “Our ED has been in great need of expanded square footage and innovative ED rooms. We have close to 50,000 visits each year, and that number is expected to increase due to the health needs of the aging senior population in our community. I’m most excited about the new senior-friendly rooms that will better accommodate that population by providing nonslip flooring, larger rooms, closer bathrooms and better lighting.”

A Community Pillar

Flaget Memorial Hospital exterior

Flaget Memorial Hospital

Today, residents of Bardstown and surrounding communities can take advantage of quality, close-to-home services, such as cancer treatment, orthopedic and weight-loss surgeries, and maternity and primary care, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Accessing care, however, wasn’t always so easy.

From Humble Beginnings

In the 1940s, the nearest hospital to Bardstown was in Louisville. People had to travel nearly an hour away from home for maternity care and general surgical services. To fulfill the unmet community need, local Bardstown leaders approached the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth congregation about opening a local hospital in Bardstown.

With the Sisters’ help, Flaget Memorial Hospital opened its doors in January 1951. The excitement was palpable – roughly 1,500 people attended the hospital’s open house. A few days later, on Jan. 7, the community celebrated the milestone birth of the first baby born at Flaget Memorial Hospital, Mary Flaget Cecil, who was named after the facility.

Within just a few months, the hospital had treated 352 patients, delivered more than 70 babies and performed more than 90 surgeries. As the population grew, so did the hospital. The 1980s saw the addition of a medical records wing and computed tomography equipment. In the 1990s, an orthopedic surgeon joined the team, and the hospital added a pain management clinic and skilled nursing unit.

Flaget Memorial Hospital moved to its current location on New Shepherdsville Road in June 2005. The 60-acre campus of the accredited, five-star community hospital features a serenity garden and a state-of-the-art cancer center in addition to existing service lines.

Looking to the future, growth will take center stage.

Plans are in place to expand the hospital’s outreach, medical team and capabilities. You can help us grow. Your generous donations to the Flaget Memorial Foundation allow us to focus on compassionate care – the mission of Flaget Memorial Hospital.