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St. Claire HealthCare Shines Bright as it Celebrates Sixty Years Serving Eastern Kentucky

St. Claire HealthCare Shines Bright as it Celebrates Sixty Years Serving Eastern Kentucky

St. Claire HealthCare’s Diamond Anniversary caused the Morehead Conference Center to sparkle Saturday evening, as guests from several states gathered to celebrate. It was an amazing evening of fine cuisine, outstanding entertainment, and prideful reflection, as SCH commemorated 60 years of serving the people of Eastern Kentucky.

In 1963, after years of planning, Dr. Claire Louise Caudill and Nurse Susie Halblieb’s dream of creating a hospital in Morehead became a reality. Named in honor of Dr. Caudill, St. Claire Hospital opened its doors on July 1 of that year, with nine nurses and six physicians.

“We couldn’t have asked for more in a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of St. Claire’s presence in our region,” said Mindy Highley, SCH Executive Director, Community Engagement & Philanthropy. “Nearly 500 supporters joined us for an unforgettable evening where we not only raised funds to support our patients but also commemorated the immense impact St. Claire has had during the past six decades.”

Throughout the evening, which was presented by Stock Yards Bank, attendees enjoyed a Diamond Drop, Bourbon Pull, live and silent auctions, and music from both the local group, the New Beckham County Ramblers, and Nashville natives, Skyline Drive. A Kentucky-themed menu was served and included hor d’oeuvres prepared by SCH’s Executive Chef Charli Hamlin and entrée and dessert crafted by MSU’s Executive Chef Brittani Ratcliff.

Sixty years later, SCH is not only the largest rural hospital in Northeastern Kentucky, it’s also the region’s largest employer with over 1,200 staff members and a medical staff that has grown to 278 physicians and advanced practice professionals. It operates seven primary care locations located within five counties, with construction beginning soon on a new clinic in Morgan County; a multi-specialty medical pavilion, home to many of St. Claire’s more than 30 medical specialties; two urgent care centers; and much more.

“As we look to the next 60 years, our mission remains unwavering,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, President/CEO of SCH. “St. Claire HealthCare will continue to proudly proclaim God’s goodness through a healing ministry to the people of Eastern Kentucky.”