St. Claire Regional celebrated the start of a new chapter Monday, May 2, with an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new $28 million St. Claire Regional Medical Pavilion. Federal, state and local government officials and other guests were on hand to help St. Claire Regional mark this exciting new endeavor.
“This day of groundbreaking for St. Claire Regional is a dream come true, and it continues the vision of Dr. (Louise) Caudill and Ms. (Susie) Halbleib, her nurse, when they founded the hospital with the partnership of the people of Morehead with the Sisters of Notre Dame,” SCR Board of Directors Immediate Past-Chair Sr. Marla Monahan, SND, said.
“As we move forward, we will continue to do all that we can to improve the health of our region,” SCR President/CEO Mark J. Neff said. “This new facility will allow us to continue our mission to proclaim God’s goodness through our healing ministry to the people of Eastern Kentucky.”
The new Medical Pavilion, a three story, 81,000-square-feet facility, is ultimately a consolidation of St. Claire Regional’s Cave Run Surgical Specialists and Morehead Medical Specialists, and UK Women’s HealthCare Morehead. The community will benefit greatly from the consolidation of St. Claire Regional’s services into a single campus, making it easier and more convenient for patients to transition from physician offices and outpatient support services in the Medical Pavilion to diagnostic care in the main hospital.
“This groundbreaking today shows the strength and optimism of St. Claire and the people who make it work,” Kentucky State Senator Stephen West, R-Paris, said. “It shows that you are confident in the future of this hospital, and you are confident in this community. It shows that as a regional medical center, you are ready to meet the medical needs of people in this area.”
The construction and use of the facility will also create a variety of new jobs, including the addition of 10-15 new physicians, which will vastly increase medical access for patients in our region.
“Over the next five years, this new Medical Pavilion will create dozens of much-needed jobs in the region, while also improving access to specialized medical care and physicians,” U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, R-KY, said. “I applaud the leaders at St. Claire for having a vision for this comprehensive facility that will streamline patient care, ensuring those difficult days for cancer patients and others are much easier.”
“The expansion of St. Claire Regional Medical Center is critical when it comes to bringing the type of competitive advantage that our region needs moving into the future.” Kentucky House of Representatives Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Flatwoods, said.