"Advancing Our Legacy" is the theme of the St. Claire Foundation's 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign, which is being launched this week.
"St. Claire Regional's legacy began with a passion for the people and the health of our region. It began with visionaries like Dr. Louise Caudill, Nurse Susie Halbleib and Dr. Warren Proudfoot – individuals who were willing to cross any bridge, conquer any obstacle, and try new innovations to bring excellent healthcare to northeastern Kentucky," said St. Claire Foundation Executive Director Tom Lewis. "That was their imprint. It is also the mantle that they passed ahead to each generation for the past 50-plus years."
The goal for the Foundation's 2015 campaign is $250,000, Lewis said. Gifts received during the campaign can be designated by donors for a variety of purposes and needs, ranging from charity care for the uninsured and underinsured, to educational programs, to new equipment needs.
"St. Claire Regional's legacy is also one of reciprocating community support," Lewis said. "Everyone deserves excellent medical care, and the support of our community is integral for us to continue to evolve as the region's leading rural healthcare provider."
Dr. Twana Hatton, who worked to establish an osteopathic medicine residency at SCR, is Honorary Chair of the Foundation's 2015 campaign. She said another key part of SCR's legacy is the training of future medical providers in a rural setting to care for patients in a compassionate and loving way.
"My hope is that Dr. Louise is watching us and is proud that we are continuing the tradition and pushing the boundaries, to be able to proclaim that, through God's goodness, we are providing a healing ministry to the people of eastern Kentucky and are training future physicians to continue the mission," Hatton said.
Gifts to the St. Claire Foundation are tax-deductible. To give to the Foundation's 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign or for more information, call (606) 783-6512 or go to www.st-claire.org/give.