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Saint Joseph Mount Sterling to Dedicate Monument in Honor of Mary Chiles
Mary Chiles Hospital renamed Saint Joseph Mount Sterling in 2007
Mt. Sterling, Ky. (January 23, 2017) – The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, is honoring the life and legacy of Mary Chiles ¬– the woman who inspired the Mary Chiles Hospital name ¬– with a monument dedication ceremony at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.
The monument dedication will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 11:45 p.m.-12:15 p.m. at the hospital, located at 225 Falcon Drive.
A monument honoring Mary Chiles, also showcasing her image, will be placed at the entrance of the hospital, so that patients and employees will be reminded of how the hospital’s journey began.
“While the name of the original hospital and the facility have changed, the mission of the hospital remains the same,” said Cinda Fluke, interim site executive, chief nursing officer, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “Our hospital continues to help those in the community that need it the most, and we are thrilled to honor the woman who inspired our original facility name.”
For the first 90 years it was open, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling was known as Mary Chiles Hospital. Mary Chiles was the mother of Alex Chiles, one of three donors whose generosity made the purchase of the hospital possible in 1918. The three donors saw a need for a hospital in the Mt. Sterling community and purchased a home for $6,440 to create a hospital. Alex Chiles named the hospital after his late mother.
During the first year, the hospital served 183 patients and 82 surgeries were performed. Mary Chiles Hospital continued to grow and later moved to a larger facility.
On August 1, 2007, the hospital’s name changed, and in 2011, it added a $60 million, 114,000-square-foot facility. Today, the hospital provides help to thousands of people in Montgomery, Bath, Powell, Menifee and surrounding counties.
Community members interested in attending the monument dedication can RSVP to Di Boyer at [email protected], or call 859.313.2015.
About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation
The primary purpose of the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, is to raise and administer funds to support the core values and mission of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. One of the Foundation’s goals is to bridge the gap between medicine and compassion. The Foundation is always looking for ways to assist those in need. It is funded solely by the generous contributions of those wishing to assist its efforts. For more information, please call 859.313.1705 or www.saintjosephfoundation.org.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.