Dr. Rebecca Shadowen

Lisa Autry

The Medical Center in Bowling Green is honoring the legacy of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen.

The region’s top infectious disease specialist died last year from COVID-19. A memorial tree was planted Monday afternoon on the hospital campus at the corner of High St. and 2nd Ave.

Her husband, retired physician David Shadowen, said one of her last professional acts is still having a positive impact.

“I think what people should remember about my wife is that she was really interested in patient care and taking care of people. The last big project she did was helping develop the COVID unit and protocols for taking care of COVID patients, which I think has been successful," Shadowen told reporters. "We’ve lost over 200 people in our area to COVID, but by the same token, we’ve had over 1,000 people in the hospital get out alive.”

J.C. Kirby and Son Funeral Home

Funeral services are set for Bowling Green’s top infectious disease expert. Dr. Rebecca Shadowen passed away on Friday at the age of 62 following a four-month battle with COVID-19. 

According to her obituary, a walk-through visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. at J.C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel.  A private funeral service for family will be held at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, with burial to follow in Bowling Green Gardens.  The family requests all attendees wear masks and maintain social distancing to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus.

Measles Epidemic Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

May 14, 2019
NPR/Eric Risberg /AP

The current measles epidemic in the United States is showing no sign of slowing down.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports half of all states in the U.S. are now reporting active measles cases. 

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, an infectious disease specialist with Med Center Health in Bowling Green, said even if you've been vaccinated, your immunity may have waned, and you'll need a booster shot.

"We need to be sure that we're immune if our communities can get immunized.  We can stop the outbreak," said Dr. Shadowen. "That's been the history of measles since we developed the vaccine.  Outbreaks have occurred, though not to this degree.  Re-immunizing our population makes a huge difference in that."

Dr. Shadowen encourages people to talk to their doctor about their measle vaccine status.