The UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center has added a nurse practitioner and midwife to its team of health care providers.
Carrie Lee-Hall began treating patients at the clinic, located at 750 Morton Blvd. in Hazard, on Sept. 2. She provides a broad range of primary care services, specializing in women’s health and maternity care issues.
“I am delighted that UK HealthCare has brought Carrie Lee-Hall’s expertise to the UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center,” said Dr. Baretta R. Casey, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, which hosts the clinic. “She understands the health care needs of our people – particularly conditions affecting female patients.”
Since the time she was an adolescent, Lee-Hall has aspired to work in the health care field. First, she helped tend to an aging relative in her native Letcher County. A few years later, Lee- Hall’s inclination toward women’s health was sparked by witnessing the birth of a cousin.
“I’ve always cared for the elderly and children,” she said. “Because I’ve always been interested in that, it definitely influenced my career choice.”
Lee-Hall received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and has earned multiple advanced degrees from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, including certified nurse midwife, women’s health nurse practitioner, master’s of science in nursing, and family nurse practitioner. She also has served in a variety of health care settings throughout Eastern Kentucky – from a registered nurse at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s clinic in Whitesburg to working in the newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit at Pikeville Medical Center.
For the past two years, Lee- Hall was a nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. However, as part of an effort to expand health care services within the region, all outpatient family and women’s health practices that were located in the ARH Professional Office Building have been moved to the UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center, which is adjacent to the hospital.
“I look forward to expanding health care to the whole family while continuing to provide women’s health services to my patients,” Lee-Hall said.
Among the services Lee-Hall offers are prenatal care, treatment of menopause and a focus on adolescent preventive health and pregnancy.
On Wednesdays, Lee-Hall will provide primary care and women’s health services at the UK June Buchanan Medical Clinic in Hindman.
Lee-Hall lives in Whitesburg with her husband, Todd, a Knott County native who is pursuing a certified registered nurse anesthetist degree from Murray State University. They have two-yearold twin sons.