MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/13/13) – An icon of medical professionals in Madisonville, Dr. Scott Gaines, died Saturday, Aug. 10 at his home. He was 59.
Gaines was the chief medical officer for Owensboro Health Medical Group since MultiCare joined Owensboro Health in 2006.
The more than 100-year-old Bailey Mansion sitting atop the hill at 444 S. Main St. burgeoned with life in 1996 after Gaines and his associates decided to renovate it and relocate their newly-formed group there. He and six physician associates formed MultiCare Madisonville in 1995 offering primary and urgent care to Madisonville and the surrounding area.
Gaines was diagnosed with Class II ocular melanoma in 2010 and was the subject of a CBS News documentary, which aired in December, about genetic markers in determining types of cancer. Watch by clicking HERE.
There are two types of ocular melanoma — types 1 and 2. Dr. William Harbour of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute gave Gaines a 50/50 chance of it being type 1, which contain cancer cells that can be killed. In Class 2, the cells have mutated and have begun to spread and there is no cure. The test concluded Gaines' cancer was Class 2.
In that documentary, Gaines said he wanted to know the results of testing even if it was bad news. While he didn't like the results he received, he said knowing gave him needed information.
"I like to savor moments, savor things, smell, teach my boys to smell, remember this; get all your senses into it," Gaines told CBS reporter Tracy Smith during the interview. "Would I have done that if I was Class I? I don't know."
Gaines was still coming into his office during the time of the documentary and said he felt fine at that time.
Gaines graduated Earlington High School in 1972 and Murray State University in 1976. He graduated the University of Kentucky Medical School in 1980 and was director of emergency medicine at Regional Medical Center from 1985 to 1998.
He leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Billie and Tom Agnew of Madisonville; four sons, Josh Gaines, Andrew Gaines and Ashton Gaines, all of Madisonville, and Zach Gaines of Hopkinsville. For full obituary information and update on a memorial service, click HERE.
Rita Dukes Smith
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