DHC President & APPNA life member Dr. Babar, Representative Ashley Tackett Lafferty District 95 Of Kentucky and DHC Vice President & APPNA Life member Dr. Saleem visited Dr. Eula Hall on June 16, 2020. On behalf of Doctors for Healthy Communities (DHC) and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), they delivered a $1,000 check, along with non-perishable supplies for the food pantry and hand sanitizer for the healthcare workers supplied by Brown-Forman of Louisville, KY.
For nearly all of her life, Eula Hall has worked to address the health care needs of her local community. In 1973, with a $1,400 donation and the commitment of two local physicians, Eula opened the doors to the Mud Creek Clinic in Grethel, Kentucky. The clinic served all those who needed it, regardless of their ability to pay. In 1977, the clinic joined forces with Big Sandy Health Care, Inc. (BSHC), a non-profit organization, in order to reach more people and provide more services to the community.
Eula Hall Health Center is located at 7629 Eula Hall Highway in Grethel. The office is open from Monday to Friday providing primary care, dental, vision and pharmacy services. The clinic also has a food pantry to address food insecurity.
When the original Mud Creek Clinic burned down in 1982, Eula moved the clinic into her own home. With her usual tenacity and perseverance, she matched $80,000 in funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission and raised an additional $40,000 within her community to rebuild the clinic and to purchase new x-ray equipment.
On January 24, 2011, the Board of Directors of Big Sandy Health Care, Inc., the parent company of Mud Creek Clinic, voted to honor Ms. Eula Hall’s dedication and years of service to the Grethel community by changing the name of Mud Creek Clinic to the “Eula Hall Health Center.” At the age of 92, Ms. Hall is still engaged with the clinic and its operation.
Today, Eula Hall Health Center has state-of-the-art equipment, a moderate complexity laboratory, digital x-ray equipment and modern, technologically-advanced computer information systems, including electronic medical records. In addition, the clinic operates a vision center and a full-service dental clinic. Mud Creek Dental Clinic’s outreach team provides oral health services to students and staff in a number of schools. Mud Creek Clinic Pharmacy purchases discounted medications through a federal program known as the “340B Drug Pricing Program”, which is designed to provide patients with access to highly-discounted prescription drugs. FDA-approved prescription medications are part of the program.
Eula Hall Health Center has a charity program for uninsured patients that allows for sliding-fee-scale adjustments for any patient who receives health care services and whose household financial resources and/or income is at the Federal Poverty Level or falls below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The clinic offers a corresponding schedule of sliding-fee discounts that are applied to charges for patients with annual incomes between 100% and 200% of the poverty income guidelines. Eula Hall Health Center charges a “nominal fee” for patients whose annual incomes are below the Federal Poverty Level.
Eula Hall has received numerous awards for her advocacy work, including honorary doctoral degrees from Berea College, Midway College and Pikeville College, all in Kentucky, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2004, the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center presented Ms. Hall with its annual David S. Schuller Spirit of AMERC Award. In 2006, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution renaming Kentucky Highway 979 – the road that runs through Mud Creek – “Eula Hall Highway” in her honor. In October 2010, Ms. Hall was inducted into the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health Hall of Fame.
Ms. Hall has received personal letters from President George H.W. Bush, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers, among other notables, recognizing her amazing work, on-going efforts and dedication to the health and well-being of the residents of southeastern Kentucky. DHC and APPNA thank Brown-Forman in Louisville for their dedication supplying hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For 150 years, Brown-Forman has been committed to driving sustainable growth and establishing its legacy as a thriving, family-controlled, independent beverage alcohol company. Brown-Forman employs more than 4,700 people worldwide with about 1,300 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in countries around the world and has offices in cities across the globe.
We thank Representative Ashley Tackett Lafferty (District 95)and Senator Johnny Ray Turner (District 29) for their leadership in the local community, delivering masks and hand sanitizer on behalf of DHC and APPNA and introducing us to the Eula Hall Health Center.
And lastly, thank you Dr. Eula Hall and staff members at Eula Hall Health Center for your exemplary service to the humanity.