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:

2013
  • SHC reports provision of care to 3,264 patients
2014
  • SHC reports provision of care to 4,090 patients
2015
  • SHC reports provision of care to 5,499 patients
2016
  • 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
2017
  • 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
2018
  • June – Sterling Health Pharmacy opens
  • November – Sterling Crossroads (drug abuse) program begins
  • December – SHC reports provision of care to 11,012 patients
2019
  • 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
2020
  • 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
2021
  • 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 patientsg
2022
  • 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)

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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