Marshall Health, St. Claire HealthCare team up to offer advanced orthopaedic and sports medicine services

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MOREHEAD, Ky. – Marshall Health and St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) have announced a new strategic partnership to improve access to advanced othopaedic and sports medicine care in eastern Kentucky.

SCH’s orthopaedic and sports medicine practice will work collaboratively with the Marshall Health team in Huntington, W.Va., to create a state-of-the-art environment for clinical and surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine care in Morehead. The collaboration will expand the resources available to athletes and active individuals through SCH’s sports medicine program and also creates the opportunity to conduct joint research studies that will contribute to the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge and training.

“We made a pledge in our strategic plan to bring world-class care to the people of this region, and this relationship is just the beginning,” said Donald H. Lloyd II, SCH president and CEO. “This is an opportunity for us to bring high-quality sports medicine to athletes that often don’t have access to world-class programs and provides access to specialty and subspecialty orthopaedic care whether that is pediatric, trauma or even specialized hand surgery. It’s what our patients deserve.”

Marshall Health’s award-winning orthopaedic team provides services at clinical locations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Marshall Orthopaedics is the exclusive provider of orthopedic sports medicine coverage to Marshall University Athletics and provides athletic training services to more than a dozen other universities, high schools and middle schools in the Tri-State area.

“We couldn’t have picked a better partner,” said Eric J. Dennis, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at SCH. “I did my training at Marshall so I got to see firsthand the excellent care they provide to their patients. They have a great program and I’m excited to work with them in the future.”

“Marshall’s expertise, combined with our excellent clinicians, will further enhance the quality of our program to ensure the highest level of care and performance for every athlete and patient we serve,” said Mark Rhodes, vice president of St. Claire Medical Group. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce this partnership and expand access to high-quality orthopaedic care in our region.”

Patients throughout the region will now have greater access to some of the latest technology in diagnostic and non-invasive testing, advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, comprehensive rehabilitation and wellness programs, and more.

“We are going to take an already great institution and make it greater,” said Ali Oliashirazi, M.D., professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and an orthopaedic surgeon at Marshall Health. “With this partnership, Marshall Orthopaedics and St. Claire will be able to coordinate patient care more effectively, while building upon St. Claire’s outstanding orthopaedic program.”

St. Claire Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is located in the St. Claire Medical Pavilion at 245 Flemingsburg Rd., in Morehead. To schedule an appointment with Eric Dennis, M.D.; Charles Pesson, M.D.; or Marsha DeHaven, PA-C; call 606-780-5500 or request an appointment online at

About St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare is an integrated health system with a growing medical staff of more than 125 physicians and nearly 70 advanced practice professionals representing more than 30 medical specialties. It includes the largest rural hospital in Eastern Kentucky, seven primary care locations located within five counties, a multi-specialty medical pavilion, two urgent care centers, a pediatrics clinic, as well as, a retail pharmacy, counseling center, medical equipment and supply store, and an outpatient center. Additionally, SCH provides home health and hospice services in eight counties within its 11-county service region. To learn more, visit

About Marshall Health 

Marshall Health is the clinical enterprise of Marshall University and its Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Marshall Health brings together leading clinicians and researchers to provide world-class care throughout southern West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. With more than 420 providers in 75 areas of primary and specialty care, Marshall Health’s impact extends to more than 40 outpatient clinics across the region. To learn more, visit