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
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.
Kimberly Vertrees, APRN
Kim is a Hardin County native who graduated from Spalding University with a Masters of Science, Advanced Nurse Pratitioner Degree. She has a background in Intensive Care Nursing and Gastroenterology. She jointed the A Plus Family in 2019 and recently moved to the Sonora office. She enjoys spending time with family, running, and traveling.
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, travel, 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.
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.
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 that A Plus Family HealthCare embraces. He enjoys playing golf, guitar, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Sam Hardcastle, CMO
Dr. Hardcastle joined the A Plus Family in 2018 as our CMO, governing the care given at A Plus Family HealthCare. He is a hospitalist at Med Center Health and brings a lot of experience to A Plus Family HealthCare and its quality of care team.
Chief Administrative Officer
Ashley joined the A Plus Family in 2017, shortly before we opened the doors. She graduated with an x-ray degree and began working full time in the health field in 2009.
Brittany Sowders, NP
Whitney Elkins, NP
Kimberly Vertrees, NP
Whitney Elkins, NP