Our History

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The Beginning

Sterling Health Care’s story started in the spring of 2012 with an idea. Community leaders, including the Health Department Director, applied for a New Access Point Grant with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to locate a Community Health Center/Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) clinic to the initial service area of Bath, Menifee and Montgomery counties.

The grant was awarded in June 2012 and Sterling Health Solutions began seeing patients on October 1, 2012, in the new primary care site located at 209 N. Maysville Street. A second location, the OB/GYN office of Dr. Byram Ratliff at 15 Sterling Avenue, was also acquired at that time to give the company two locations in Montgomery County.  The initial providers for primary care were Dr. Richard Hall; Connie Smith, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner; and Julena Adams, Physician Assistant.

A total of 718 patients were provided care through the remainder of calendar year 2012, launching the story of the company that today employs more than 210 employees and has attained multiple milestones during its journey:

  • SHC reports patient care increase of nearly 700% between these years
  • May – SHC-Owingsville clinic opens
  • July – Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition received for SHC – Mount Sterling
  • August – School-Based Health opens in Montgomery County
  • December – SHC opens its third clinic in Carlisle; Montgomery Dental Center opens in Mount Sterling
  • February – A full-time onsite interpreter is added to the staff
  • May – Montgomery Dental Center and Sterling Women’s Care (Mt. Sterling) move to a new facility
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 9,144 patients
  • June – Sterling Health Pharmacy opens
  • November – Sterling Crossroads (substance use) program begins
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 11,012 patients
  • January – School-Based Health opens in Nicholas County; school-based dental and behavioral health added
  • February – Administrative offices move to current location of 236 West Main Street in Mount Sterling
  • April – Company begins transportation services, as well as Community Health Worker and Outreach programs
  • June – SHC-Indian Mound clinic opens
  • July – PCMH recognition received for Owingsville clinic
  • August – School-based dental is started in Montgomery County School District
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 15,694 patients
  • June – Sterling Women’s Care-Winchester opens
  • August – SHC-Urgent Treatment Center opens on Maysville Street in Mount Sterling; School-Based Health opens in Powell and Bourbon counties
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 19,450 patients
  • March – SHC-Stanton clinic opens
  • July – PCMH recognition is received for both the Carlisle and Indian Mound clinics; New contractual agreements for pharmacies
  • August – SHC provides initial donations in amount of $11,000 to county school districts utilizing its School-Based Health Program. Annual donations will go towards covering the cost of admission to schools’ athletic contests for every district student.
  • October – Official groundbreaking ceremonies held for construction of new facilities in Carlisle and Mount Sterling
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 25,170 patients
  • May – SHC opens on-site pharmacy in the Stanton clinic
  • August – SHC is informed by the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) that it has been chosen as a recipient of a 28-foot mobile medical unit to add to their future services. Exact date of allocation is unknown at time of award.
  • September – Company transitions to a new Electronic Health Record provider (AthenaOne)
  • September – SHC is selected to receive the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program ‐ Medication Assisted Treatment (RCORP-MAT) Access Grant through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The award, valued at $1 million per year for three years, provides funding for the fight against substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high risk rural communities. SHC is one of only 11 nationwide recipients for the grant.
  • April – SHC opens new, 9,000 sq. ft. facility in Carlisle at 1355 Concrete Road. Facility replaces the previous clinic and offers more providers and more services which now include Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Dental Care, X-rays, and an On-Site Pharmacy with drive thru.
  • August – Paris City School District in Bourbon County is added to the School-Based Health program.
  • September 14 – The official ribbon cutting ceremony for Sterling Health Care’s new 20,000-square-foot facility in Mount Sterling is held at its 633 Maysville Road location, directly behind the Montgomery Dental Center and the SHC Women’s Care facility. An open house later that evening draws a large attendance and four days later, on Sept. 18, the facility welcomes its first patients. The facility consolidated the personnel, services and resources of the former SHC clinics at 209 N. Maysville Street (main), Indian Mound, and the Urgent Treatment Center.
  • November – SHC begins vision services; current Sterling Crossroads location opens
  • January – Bath County School District is added to the School-Based Health program; official beginning of the Crossroads Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • March – Owingsville Pharmacy opens

Sterling Health Care’s mission is to improve the lives for all people in the communities we serve, through improved health, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Community Involvement

Sterling Health Care has been an organization exhibiting growth and leadership in Mount Sterling and surrounding communities since 2012. Our providers and staff take pride in being the friends, neighbors and leaders in these communities who strive to make a positive difference.

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