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During the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, is more important than ever.

“Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health,” said Will Melahn, MD, St. Claire HealthCare’s Chief Medical Officer. “A flu shot can help keep you from getting the flu, reduce the severity of your illness if you do get the flu, and also reduces your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.”

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St. Claire HealthCare has announced the Morehead – North primary care clinic has now fully reopened with a new team of healthcare providers led by Laith J. Sweis, MD, and Mary Caric, APRN.

Dr. Sweis, a board certified physician in both internal medicine and pediatrics, joined the SCH medical staff in 2019 and Caric has been caring for patients as part of St. Claire’s primary care team since 2010.

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to announce the addition of interventional cardiologist Ahmad Abuarquob, MD, to our medical staff.

“I come from a family of physicians. My dad is a physician and all five of my siblings pursued careers in the medical field,” said Abuarquob. “With my family’s support, I went into cardiology and I loved it. I quickly found working as a cardiologist allows me to fulfill my passion and personal mission of helping people, saving lives, and doing good for humanity.”

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St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is excited to announce free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is now available without an appointment.

Testing is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you may be experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.

“As the demand for COVID-19 testing continues to grow, we are committed to making testing even more accessible to our community,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II SCH President/CEO. “We’ve removed the prescreening and appointment requirements to make the process as easy as possible for the residents of our service region.”

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to announce the addition of Charles Pesson, MD, orthopedic surgeon to our medical staff. Dr. Pesson is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

“Orthopedic surgery is a great specialty,” said Pesson. “A patient comes to you with a problem, and you’re able to fix that problem. Our patients usually get well and resume their activities without pain and I derive a great deal of satisfaction from that.”

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St. Claire HealthCare continues to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to anyone who wants to be tested, regardless of whether or not you may be experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.

“Keeping our community healthy and safe is a top priority for us,” said Will Melahn, MD, SCH Chief Medical Officer. “As our state begins to open back up, it’s important we continue to offer testing to identify asymptomatic individuals in our community who could unknowingly spread COVID-19.”

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In early April, St. Claire Regional Medical Center announced it was suspending visitation for hospital patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much like Governor Andy Beshear’s phased approached to reopening the state, St. Claire is now taking a phased approach to loosening restrictions on hospital visitation.

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Self-isolate. Stay healthy at home. Avoid people who are sick.

That’s all great advice to help you protect yourself and your family during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what if you are experiencing a medical emergency?

St. Claire Regional Medical Center’s emergency department has seen a 50% drop in patient visits over the past month, but it’s not because our communities suddenly became healthier.

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In St. Claire HealthCare’s continued efforts to protect their patients, staff, and community, St. Claire Regional Medical Center will only allow hospitalized patients to receive essential visitors effective Saturday, April 4, 2020.

“We understand you want to see your loved ones who have been hospitalized, but we ask that you please stay home,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO. “As difficult as it is for us to turn visitors away, it’s our responsibility to protect our community during this pandemic.”

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Many have asked if St. Claire HealthCare is testing patients for COVID-19.

The answer is....yes.

St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is collecting samples for COVID-19 testing when approved by the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) and began testing when they received their first Patient Under Investigation for COVID-19 (PUI) on March 10.

However, not every patient who presents with symptoms will be approved for testing. The reality is national testing capabilities are limited and in some cases, it is taking up to 10 days or more to receive results.

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St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is working to ensure that patients are able to continue their medical care during this uncertain time by offering virtual visits.

This innovative system allows patients to connect with their healthcare provider from the convenience of their home through a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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St. Claire HealthCare announces the temporary closure of its St. Claire Family Medicine – Morehead, North location (next to the high school) effective Tuesday, March 17.

“We’re carefully analyzing our operations and making thoughtful, strategic decisions to maximize our resources as we prepare to care for a potential influx of patients with COVID-19 symptoms,” said Donald H. Lloyd, SCH President/CEO.

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St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) continuously prepares for the possibility of public health emergencies and has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation since it began in late 2019. SCH’s COVID-19 Task Force has been planning accordingly in case the virus were to hit our area and is now taking action.

“We are well prepared,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO. “The entire St. Claire community is working diligently to protect and treat our patients and we are confident we can effectively screen, identify, and treat COVID-19 patients if needed.”

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In an abundance of caution, St. Claire HealthCare and UK HealthCare have made the decision to postpone the 19th Annual Community Baby Shower previously scheduled for April 4.

“Protecting the health of our community is our top priority as we evaluate the evolving coronavirus situation,” said Will Melahn, MD, St. Claire HealthCare’s VP, Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer. “While we believe the risk of contracting the virus in our community at this time is low, we are canceling the Community Baby Shower out of an abundance of caution.”

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We understand there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the coronavirus and what your risk may be.

Our coronavirus task force is diligently monitoring virus activity and is in continuous contact with local, state, and national agencies as necessary. 

At this time, we believe the risk of contracting the virus in our community is low.

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The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to St. Claire HealthCare’s (SCH) cancer program.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.


Due to the increase of flu cases, St. Claire Regional Medical Center has implemented temporary visitor restrictions to protect the health and safety of patients, visitors, and staff.

Until the end of flu season, visitation will be restricted for anyone under the age of 12, and anyone with flu-like symptoms.

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to announce the addition of UK Markey Cancer Center, board certified internal medicine hematologist/oncologist, Ravneet Thind, MD, to our medical staff. 

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St. Claire HealthCare recently partnered with Nobl Health to provide the St. Claire HealthCare Family & Friends Connection, an online resource designed to increase communication between the healthcare team and families and friends of St. Claire Regional Medical Center patients.

Anyone who has had a loved one hospitalized knows how stressful it can be when you can’t be by their side. Thanks to the new Family & Friends Connection, you now have quick access to secure, online patient care updates.

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to announce the addition of Jessica Slone, APRN, to our medical staff. Slone is now seeing and accepting new patients at St. Claire Family Medicine’s Sandy Hook location where she joins Aaron “Parker” Banks, DO, Cindi Bradley, APRN, and Diana Rose, APRN.

“I wanted to become a nurse because I love people, I went back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner because I saw a need for better access to care and wanted to provide excellent care to people in my home states, and St. Claire allows me to do that.”

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Several St. Claire HealthCare volunteers were recently honored during the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) summer picnic including five who received a very special distinction from the Corporation for National & Community Service.

Luther Adams, Bonnie Bennett, Brenda Bennett, Donna Eggett, and Leanna Staggs were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Each of these individuals received gold distinction which requires a minimum of 500 volunteer hours during the fiscal year.

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St. Claire Family Medical Supply is celebrating 10 years of service to the community with a Customer Appreciation Celebration Event on Friday, August 30 from Noon to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy free grilled hot dogs with all the fixings.

Register to win more than $1,000 in door prizes including a Golden Technologies lift chair, Brooks shoes, and more! To be eligible to win, you must be 18 or older and register on August 30.

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St. Claire HealthCare emergency room physicians now have new, state-of-the-art software that helps them obtain their patient’s past medical history from other health care systems which allow them to make faster, more informed treatment decisions.  

The software called EDie, Emergency Department Information Exchange, was developed by Salt Lake City-based Collective Medical Technologies and is being provided at no cost to St. Claire HealthCare by the Kentucky Hospital Association thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation.

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Nearly 300 people dusted off their boots and put on their bling for an evening of fine dining, entertainment, and some of Kentucky’s finest bourbon at St. Claire HealthCare’s 2019 Signature Event: Bourbon, Boots & Bling, presented by the St. Claire Foundation on June 14.

The evening began with an opening reception that included a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar featuring the best bourbon the Bluegrass has to offer, followed by an amazing dinner prepared by St. Claire Catering.

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St. Claire HealthCare is implementing a cost savings plan across their entire health system that includes a 6.4% reduction in current operating expenses.  St. Claire cites declining state and federal reimbursements and higher cost of care as the need to make financial cuts and invest strategically in their future.

“St. Claire, like many other healthcare systems within the state and across the nation, has been operating under significant financial pressures for many years,” says Donald H. Lloyd, II, St. Claire HealthCare President/CEO.  

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Tickets are now available for St. Claire HealthCare’s 2019 Signature Event: Bourbon, Boots & Bling, presented by the St. Claire Foundation.

Get ready to dust off your BOOTS, throw on your BLING, and join us for an evening of fine dining, entertainment, and some of Kentucky’s finest BOURBON.

Mix and mingle during the opening reception featuring heavy hors d'oeurves, a silent auction, and a bar boasting a variety of bourbons, beers, wines, and a signature event cocktail.

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St. Claire HealthCare recently received the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Quality Award in the 100 to 250 Beds Category at the KHA Awards Luncheon on May 10, as part of the 90th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The KHA Quality Award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment to patient care. Hospitals presented with this honor demonstrate a dedication to patient safety as well as persistence to going above and beyond what is expected for providing quality care.


St. Claire HealthCare (SCH), in collaboration with its hosted Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC), was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to establish the Northeast Kentucky Opioid Crisis Response Consortium.

SCH/NE KY AHEC was one of eight Kentucky organizations – and 120 nationwide – to receive the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning grant.

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All those who have been affected by cancer are invited to join St. Claire HealthCare as we celebrate cancer survivorship with an ice cream social filled with fun, fellowship, and an ice cream bar with all the toppings. Plus, the first 200 cancer survivors in attendance will receive a free T-shirt.

The celebration will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 102 of the Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER), located at 316 W. Second Street across from the medical center.

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The St. Claire Foundation has received a gift of more than $76,500 from the estate of the father of a longtime St. Claire HealthCare physician and administrator to benefit SCH’s family medicine locations.

Henry Humkey, the father of Mary Jane Humkey, MD, coordinated the gift through a charitable remainder trust. Mr. Humkey passed away last December in his hometown of Peoria, IL. He was 92 years old.