About Us

The Purchase District Health Department is a public health agency with jurisdiction in five counties (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken) in the Purchase area. The primary divisions of the Department are Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology and Chronic Diseases, and Environmental Health.  There are 5 locations throughout the area served.  The administrative headquarters (commonly referred to as Paducah District Office) for the district is located within the Paducah-McCracken Health Center in Paducah. Kent Koster is the Public Health Director for the Purchase District Health Department. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Purchase District Health Department is to provide environmental, preventive, curative, and health maintenance services to area citizens.  Our primary goal is to have individuals in the Purchase adopt habits and behaviors that support a long and productive life span.  This goal can be reached by direct health care, health education and counseling, and enforcement of laws that protect health and the environment. To enable our clients to achieve their optimal functional level, we provide quality cost, effective care to all clients served regardless of their race, color, religion, age, sex, economic status, handicap status, political beliefs, or national origin.  We treat all clients with dignity and respect as we strive to help them.

Local Locations

ballard county health department Ballard County Health Center 198 Bluegrass Dr. LaCenter, KY 42056 p. (270) 665-5432 f. (270) 665-9166

Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm M-Th and 7:30am-11:00am F

Carlisle County Health Department Carlisle County Health Center 62 John Roberts Drive P.O. Box 96 Bardwell, KY 42023 p. (270) 628-5431 f. (270) 628-3811

Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm M-Th and 7:30am-11:00am F

fulton Fulton/Fulton City County Health Center 350 Browder Street Fulton, KY 42041 p. (270) 472-1982 f. (270) 472-2553

Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm M & W and 7:30am-11:00am F

hickman Fulton/Hickman City County Health Center  p. (270) 236-2825 f. (270) 236-9434


hickman health department Hickman County Health Center 370 S. Washington Street Clinton, KY 42031 p. (270) 653-6110 f. (270) 653-6523

Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm M-Th and 7:30am-11:00am F

McCracken Health Department Paducah-McCracken County Health Center 916 Kentucky Avenue Paducah, KY 42001 p. (270) 444-9631 Appointments Extension: 179 Medical Records Extension: 176 Environmental Extension: 169 Plumbing Inspector Extension: 157 f. (270) 442-8769

Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm M-Th and 7:30am-11:00am F

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Board of Directors

District Board Members and County

Judge Todd Cooper – Ballard County

Jim LaFevre – Ballard County

Judge Greg Terry, Chairman – Carlisle County

Josh Glover – Carlisle County

Linda Strong – Fulton County

Judge Jim Martin – Fulton County

Dr. Rick Canty – Hickman County

Judge Kenny Wilson – Hickman County

Claudia Stoffel – McCracken County

Dr. Shawn Jones – McCracken County

Judge Craig Clymer – McCracken County

Mayor George Bray – McCracken County

Marshall Davis – McCracken County

*Each county also has their own Board of Health


District Board of Health Meetings schedule:


May 18, 2023 5:30 at WKCTC RM 140

August 17, 2023 5:30 at WKCTC RM 140

November 16, 2023 5:30 at WKCTC RM 140

Contact Us

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Please contact us at the Administrative Office:

Purchase District Health Department P.O. Box 2357 Paducah, KY  42002 p. (270) 444-9625 f. (270) 575-5458

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