Jackson Purchase Medical Center
About the Hospital
Jackson Purchase Medical Center is a 107-bed (all private), Joint Commission-accredited facility. The hospital is the sole provider of acute care in Graves County and draws patients from the eight counties of the Jackson Purchase (the section of land between the Tennessee and Mississippi River that President Andrew Jackson purchased from the Chickasaw Indians in the early 1800s). Built in 1993, the hospital features a modern design that is more functional than older hospitals and more easily accommodates new medical technologies. Also, the design boasts a more efficient patient traffic flow and better coordination of services.
Mayfield is family-focused, offering a 23-acre soccer complex, public and private pools, community park systems, library and YMCA. Graves County is a real treasure trove for the antiques lover, with dozens of antique and gift shops. Mayfield is also the home of The Wooldridge Monuments, a large collection of life-sized sandstone and marble statues commissioned by Col. Henry G. Wooldridge. The recent addition of the $35,000,000 Luther F. Carson Center for the Performing Arts brings Broadway productions to the region. Near Mayfield is the tiny community of Fancy Farm, best known for what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the “largest one day barbecue and picnic on earth,” a tradition that first began in 1881. The nearby city of Paducah has an abundance of events, festivals, antique shops, art galleries, museums, good shopping and the famous Historic Riverfront.
Outdoor recreation abounds in Graves County, with numerous golf courses, biking, hiking and horseback riding trails. Many of these are located in the Land Between the Lakes (LBL), the second largest area of forested public land east of the Mississippi River. Land Between the Lakes features 300 miles of shoreline, 170,000 acres of forest and 200 miles of trails for biking, hiking, wildlife viewing and camping. There are 26 lake access areas with boat ramps, five courtesy docks, four fishing piers and six beaches. Campers can choose from 1,535 campsites in four developed campgrounds and virtually unlimited backcountry camping. LBL facilities include a nature center, a living history farm, planetarium and observatory, a horseback riding campground, public horse stable and an off-road vehicle area. LBL is paradise for any nature lover, featuring more than 1,300 plant species, more than 230 bird species and 53 mammal species. Currently, LBL is home to a wintering eagle population of more than 150 birds and there are 11 active nesting sites. LBL has reintroduced elk, bison and the red wolf into the park and now currently claims the largest publicly owned buffalo herd in the eastern United States.