Ashley Ford, D.O., has joined Mercy Clinic as a hospitalist who will serve Mercy Hospital Logan County.
Hospitalists provide specialized care to hospital patients and often serve as the primary doctor during hospital stays. The care of the patient is most often coordinated between the hospitalist and the patient’s primary care physician. This allows hospital medicine physicians to use their intimate knowledge of the hospital staff, services and procedures to provide care, handle emergencies and address questions and concerns as they arise.
Dr. Ford earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Oklahoma State University and completed her residency in internal medicine from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at St. John’s Medical Center and Hillcrest Medical Center, in Tulsa, Okla.
“She’s smart, caring and really down-to-earth,” said Josh Tucker, administrator at Mercy Hospital Logan County. “Dr. Ford is going to be an incredible resource for our admitted patients and their families.”
She grew up in Ponca City and has a clear love for rural Oklahoma, considering during medical school she served as Chair for a rural health fair in Okmulgee, Okla., which served over 500 patients. She also earned the TOUCH (Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health) Award for documenting more than 50 hours of community service during the school year.
“I like taking care of people,” Ford said. “Being from a small town myself, I have a passion for helping people in smaller communities get the health care they need to live full and happy lives.”
Ford, her four-year-old daughter, Caroline, and her fiancé, Andrew John – who is currently in residency for dermatology – are excited to be a part of the Logan County community.
“Right now, I’m spending my days in Guthrie, but living in Oklahoma City while Andrew John finishes his residency,” said Ford. “Then, we’ll be looking at moving closer.”
Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 2,000 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic is nearly 300 providers and 65 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 2,000 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.