Community doctor opens facility to help West Louisville residents

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by Rachel Platt

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville doctor said there is nowhere she'd rather be than practicing medicine right where she grew up, in West Louisville.
         
It's an area that has long been considered under served by doctors. For Dr. Marlyce Hill Ali, it's a homecoming and her mission is positively Kentuckiana.

At Jencare Medical Center on West Broadway, Dr. Marlyce Hill Ali is practicing just three minutes from where she grew up.

"It feels great, a special homecoming when that area needs doctors so badly," said Dr. Hill Ali.

Dr. Hill Ali choosing to come home makes her a hero to Mattie Jones, a local civil rights leader who has lived her entire life helping others.

Dr. Hill Ali said her family lived by the saying "to whom much is given, much is expected." 

Medicine is her ministry and that’s why she came back. Dr. Hill Ali was just four-years-old when she announced to her family she wanted to be a doctor her brother a lawyer.

Her parents may not have had a college degree, but they knew the importance of education. Her father told her she would have to study math and science, and she did all the way through medical school at the University of Louisville. It was in medical school she met her first African American doctor.

She wants it to be sooner for the children in her old neighborhood. A little girl with one big dream, coming home to share one good dose of medicine.
 

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