St. Claire opened its doors on July 1, 1963, as a general acute care hospital with 41 beds, 9 nurses and 6 physicians representing 3 medical specialties (General Practice, Surgery and Internal Medicine).
Today, St. Claire is much more than just a hospital, it’s an integrated healthcare system known as St. Claire HealthCare.
St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is the largest employer in the region with nearly 1,000 staff members including more than 100 medical providers representing 32 medical specialties. It includes the largest rural hospital in Northeastern Kentucky with 159 beds, 7 primary care locations, located within 5 counties, a multi-specialty medical pavilion, an outpatient center, homecare services and operates 3 retail services including family medical supply, pharmacy, and aesthetics.
All St. Claire HealthCare services are accredited by the Joint Commission.
St. Claire HealthCare is a not-for-profit health system sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame - United States.
For more than 40 years, there has been a strong partnership between the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and St. Claire HealthCare (SCH), allowing many medical students and residents to rotate through SCH in internal medicine, surgery, pathology, family and community medicine. SCH is proud to serve as an established training site for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's physician residency programs.
In 2005, SCH and the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center agreed to pursue defined affiliations focused on specific areas including cardiology, obstetrics and oncology, as well as other potential clinical areas, and education. By putting in place distinct formalized affiliation agreements for each of the selected clinical areas, collaborations are significantly accelerated. In addition to the immediate expansion of on-site offerings of specialized programs and services, these collaborations enable SCH to access the many resources of the university, which greatly enhances SCH's clinical program development efforts.