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Sisters of Notre Dame

St. Claire HealthCare, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, is committed to providing quality healthcare in a caring environment. This commitment is reflected in our mission statement.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Claire Louise Caudill and the people of Eastern Kentucky shared an inspiration. Their vision, spirit and determination led them to an achievement that was just short of miraculous. Together, they raised over a quarter-million dollars and recruited the Sisters of Notre Dame to support their dream of establishing a hospital to provide modern healthcare for families and communities.

The Sisters of Notre Dame trace their beginning to Sister Mary Aloysia in Coesfeld, Germany (1850). She began a community known as the Sisters of Notre Dame, which is committed to the education and care of children. The way of life followed by the community was adopted from that of Julie Billiart. Despite thirty years of physical suffering, Julie was able to recognize God’s goodness in her life. Her common phrase was, "How good is the good God." In 1874, the Sisters of Notre Dame came to the United States, and in April of 1963, the sisters arrived in Morehead, Kentucky.

Through the efforts of many, St. Claire Regional Medical Center opened on July 1, 1963. Named after Dr. Claire Louise Caudill, the small 41-bed hospital grew into what is today known as the largest rural hospital and the most prominent regional referral center in Northeastern Kentucky. As a regional referral center, St. Claire HealthCare receives referrals from other providers for many of the more serious and complicated health problems in adults and children.

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