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Note: The following update provided by St. Claire HealthCare (January 12)

The demand for COVID-19 vaccines had already exceeded St. Claire HealthCare’s allocation for the week.

Anyone who completed the online eligibility questionnaire this morning and meets current eligibility criteria, will receive a phone call from St. Claire’s team to either schedule a vaccination appointment or to notify them they have been placed on a waiting list. Only those who filled out the online eligibility questionnaire will be placed on the waiting list.

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St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead is extending its drive-thru COVID testing hours to accommodate an anticipated increase in testing demand as MSU faculty, staff, and students return this week for the start of the spring semester.

Extended COVID Testing Hours

Monday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday: 7 AM – 7 PM

Thursday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Friday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Regular hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 18.

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St. Claire HealthCare’s (SCH) limited allocation of COVID-19 vaccines was quickly depleted Thursday as the health system began its first community vaccinations.

“Members of the community were lined up starting at 5:30 AM waiting to get in the door,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO. “The community’s quick adoption of the vaccine is a welcome signal of hope in our fight against COVID-19.”

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St. Claire Regional Medical Center welcomed the 1st baby, actually babies, of the New Year on January 1, 2021. Baby boy, Adrian Bernard Allen, Jr., and his twin sister Armani Briella were born to proud parents Rhianna Burns and Adrian Allen of Morehead.

Adrian Jr. arrived at 11:04 AM weighing 5 lbs 7 oz., and measuring 19 3/4 inches long. Armani arrived quickly after at 11:05 AM, at 5 lbs 15 oz, measuring 18 1/4 inches long.

The twins were delivered by Frank LaBarbara, MD, OB/GYN with UK Morehead Women’s Healthcare.

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to welcome Michael DeLuca, RPh, BS, as Director of Pharmacy Services.

“I am excited to become a part of the St. Claire family. As a strongly spiritual person, I am very happy to further my career with a Catholic organization, serving a ministry that the Sisters of Notre Dame sponsored and are still a part of,” said DeLuca. “After a quick tour, learning more about SCH, and meeting the pharmacy team, I knew I was all in and ready to accept the position.”

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St. Claire HealthCare’s volunteer organization is donating the funds needed to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System, a device that provides continuous and safe chest compressions during CPR.

The LUCAS system is portable and can be used anywhere it is needed throughout the hospital, has been shown to improve CPR quality over long durations, improves efficiency when administering life-saving care, and keeps caregivers safe while avoiding exposure to any illness the patient may have.

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“As I reflect on the unexpected circumstances of 2020, what amazes me the most is the strength and resilience of the staff at St. Claire HealthCare (SCH),” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO.

“Despite the emotional, financial, and professional challenges we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, their continued commitment to our mission has been unwavering.”

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St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is proud to welcome Megan Burke, APRN, to SCH’s general surgery practice.

A native of Morgan County, Burke says she always knew she wanted to work in healthcare, “I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was five years old. I was stung by a bee at my aunt's house who happened to be a nurse. As she took care of me, I knew then I wanted to grow up and take care of people too.”

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our area. While it’s true that most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms, that’s not the case for everyone.

As the virus continues to rapidly spread, more and more patients are requiring hospitalization to manage their symptoms. While there are still hospital beds available in the state, the rate of increase is concerning.

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St. Claire HealthCare is proud to welcome Karen Lang, FACHE, MHA, PT, NHA, as Administrative Director, Post-Acute Care.

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St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is honored to announce Marie Dennison, MD, and Angela M. Gates, Attorney at Law, have accepted appointments to the SCH Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors of St. Claire HealthCare provides oversight and strategic direction for the health system while honoring St. Claire HealthCare’s mission “To proclaim God’s goodness through a healing ministry to the people of Eastern Kentucky.”

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COVID-19 may have prevented St. Claire HealthCare from holding its annual charity golf outing for the first time in 26 years. But some supporters didn’t let a pandemic prevent them from aiding SCH’s charity care efforts.

St. Claire shifted its approach and has received $26,350 in donations through its 2020 Charity Golf UN-Scramble.

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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.