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St. Claire Foundation to receive approximately $1.25 million from Lane Estate

10/12/2012

MOREHEAD, Ky. – The St. Claire Foundation today announced what is expected to be the largest gift in its history.     

The estate of the late Betty Lane of Morehead is giving the Foundation approximately $1.25 million to benefit St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR). Disbursement of the gift is pending the estate’s required reporting with the Internal Revenue Service.


St. Claire Regional had been included as a benefactor in Lane’s will since it was drafted in 1964. Lane, a retired Morehead State University librarian, died in 2006 at the age of 75.     

“Ms. Lane’s generosity is overwhelming,” said Mark J. Neff, SCR President/CEO. “We view this not as a gift to St. Claire Regional, but as a gift to the thousands of people in our service region who deserve the best possible medical care.”     

“Betty thought very fondly of St. Claire,” said the Rev. Jack Ellis, who worked with Lane at MSU’s Camden-Carroll Library, remained her friend, and visited her as a volunteer chaplain when she was a patient at SCR.     

Ellis said Lane always spoke highly of the care she received at SCR, and she appreciated her neighbors over the years who worked at the hospital and who would help look after her as she got older.     

SCR is evaluating how it can best use Lane’s gift, Neff said.     

“What a wonderful ‘present’ as St. Claire Regional prepares to mark our 50th anniversary,” Neff said.     

The St. Claire Foundation was established in 2000 as SCR’s fundraising arm. For information on how to make a gift to the Foundation, call (606) 783-6512, email St. Claire Foundation Executive Director Tom Lewis at telewis@st-claire.org, or visit www.st-claire.org and click on the Online Donations link.

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