To improve the health and well-being of our patients by treating and preventing disease in the most compassionate and comprehensive way.
To provide exceptional, patient-centered health services to meet the needs of all patients particularly those who experience a barrier to health care, including financial barriers. We wish to promote health, education, and access to care in our community. We take great pride in the care that we give to our patients and their families. When you walk through our doors, you become a part of the A Plus Family.
Meet Our Providers
Melissa Baumgardner, APRN
Melissa is a Hardin County native who graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She has a background in Family Care. She joined the A Plus Family in January of 2020. She enjoys decorating and wedding planning when she isn't devoting her time to her patients.
Lori has a Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She is also an Associate Professor of Nursing and teaches Pediatrics and Leadership and Management at WKU. Lori resides in Caneyville with her husband, Brian, their three Sons -Jared, Blake, and Will and daughter Emma-Claire. She is very excited to be a new member of the A Plus Family Healthcare team.
Katie has a Master's in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University and comes to the A Plus Family with a background in emergency medicine and critical care. She lives in Glasgow, KY with her fur-baby Charlee. Katie loves to craft, spending time with friends and family, and enjoys traveling. Katie is accepting new patients in our Brownsville location.
Brittany Sowders, APRN
Brittany is an Edmonson County native who graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practioner degree. She has a background in acute care illnesses, vascular medicine, and family care. She joined the A Plus Family in 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and reading.
Whitney is a Barren County native who graduated from Herzing University with a Masters of Science in Nursing degree. She joined the A Plus Family in 2019. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and outdoor activities. She has a passion to help others and has a background in acute care. Whitney is now accepting primary care patients for ages 2 and up.
MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Donna is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that graduated from Frontier Nursing University after her passion for mental health care and substance use issues urged her to further her education while working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Louisville, KY. She is happily married, has four children, one grandson, two four legged fur-babies, and three fur-grand dogs. She is a Christian that puts her faith in God, and is proud to try to live for Him each day. She looks forward to serving her patient’s needs and treating each of them as she would her own family.
Lea Anne Bunch, APRN
Lea Anne is a Family Nurse Practitioner that graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Upton, Ky with her husband, Travis and her 3 children. Lea Anne enjoys kayaking, spending time with family, and traveling. She has a long history in the health care setting with chronic disease and Family Care in the Rural Setting.
Patrick Merritt, CEO
Patrick is an Edmonson County native who joined the A Plus Family in 2018 as our CEO. He shares the compassionate vision and values that A Plus Family HealthCare embraces. With years of banking, customer service and information technology experience, Patrick brings a wide range of leadership and experience to our organization.
Dr. Sam Hardcastle, CMO
Dr. Hardcastle joined the A Plus Family in 2018 as our Chief Medical Officer, governing the care provided here at A Plus Family HealthCare. He is a hospitalist at Med Center Health and brings abundance of experience to A Plus Family HealthCare.
Ashley Graham, CAO
Ashley joined the A Plus Family in 2017. Mrs. Graham has played a huge part in our Journey over the past several years. She helped open the doors to our health center and has in some way touched ever portion of our operation. As Chief Administrative office, Ashley brings tons of experience and passion to the A Plus team!