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New doctors join Casey County Primary Care

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 Two new health care providers have joined the staff at Casey County Primary Care recently – but one has been here before.

Dr. Jared Wilson, who practiced at CCPC from 1998-2002, began seeing patients locally on Aug. 5, and Bentley O’Dell, APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), opened his door to patients on Aug. 1.

“We’re very glad to have these two excellent providers with us,” said Rusty Tungate, Administrator/CEO at Casey County Hospital. “They have worked together for several years and we’re very fortunate to have their level of expertise at our clinic.”

Wilson and O’Dell come to CCPC from Westlake Primary Care of Russell County, where Wilson has spent the last 10 years, and O’Dell was there eight years.

“I’m happy to be back here,” Wilson said, adding he enjoys the area and had a good working relationship with Dr. Housam Haddad and APRN Karen Likins, with whom he worked earlier. “The opportunity arose to come to Casey County Primary Care, and I took advantage of it.”

Wilson, 43, lives in Somerset and has one son, Ian, 14. He is a native of Whitley City and graduated from McCreary Central High School in 1987. He earned his B.S. degree in biology in 1991 from Cumberland College and then went on to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. in 1995. He also completed his residency at U of L and was board certified in family practice in 1998.

After working at CCPC for four years, Wilson transferred to Mesa, a group that staffed emergency rooms at several hospitals. He worked at ERs in Danville and Stanford before eventually joining WPC of Russell County.

Wilson said he chose to go into family practice because he likes the broad range of medical issues.

“That’s what works for me,” he said.

O’Dell, 38, is a native of Adair County and the son of Charles and Lynetta O’Dell. Charles is the Executive Director of Radiology for Casey and Jane Todd Crawford hospitals.

O’Dell, who is divorced, lives in Columbia and is the father of two daughters, Hannah, 15, and Charli, 11. He graduated from Adair County High School in 1993 and then went one year at Lindsey Wilson College. He transferred to Western Kentucky University, earning his B.S. in nursing in 1997 and his MSN at WKU in 2000.

“Nursing always interested me, and I knew I wanted to stay in a local, rural area where most everyone either worked in farming, education or health care,” O’Dell said. 

O’Dell has worked at Monahan Pediatrics in London and then at Westlake Primary Care for four years before moving to WPC of Russell County.

On his recent move to CCPC, O’Dell said he believes it is a place where he’ll be content to spend the rest of his career.

“It’s stable, secure, and a place where I can see myself retiring from that practice,” he said. “I look forward to getting acquainted with the people in Casey County.”