Nestled in renowned Bluegrass horse country, the town of Winchester’s historical roots shape the culture of this vibrant community today. With many artistic offerings and attractions, this small town is rich in opportunity and entertainment.
Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) celebrated the grand opening of its new $70 million, 79-bed replacement facility in March of 2012. The grand opening coincided with the hospital’s 95th anniversary. Located at 175 Hospital Drive in Winchester, a highly visible and easily accessible location adjacent to I-64 and the Bypass in Winchester, the new facility features patient-friendly design, enhanced healthcare IT capabilities, geothermal technology. CRMC’s new facility is the first hospital in the state of Kentucky with a 100 percent geothermal heating and cooling system, which will be 33 percent more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than the traditional HVAC system in CRMC’s old building.
Clark Regional has more the 75 physicians, 350 employees and 50 volunteers. Clark Regional also operates an immediate care clinic in Winchester and a rural health clinic in Powell County and is fully accredited by Joint Commission.
In additional to the new replacement facility a three-story, 45,000 square-foot medical plaza opened on the hospital’s campus in September 2012. The $10 million facility houses The Clark Clinic, a subsidiary of CRMC focused on Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Immediate Care, Clark Regional’s Diagnostic Center for Women, Center for Rehabilitation, Specialty Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, and “NO WAIT” Lab. The building also has capacity for additional practitioners and affiliated staff.
Clark County is in central Kentucky, 20 miles east of Lexington, 96 miles east of Louisville and 101 miles south of Cincinnati. The county was named for George Rogers Clark, commander of the Great Northwest Campaign that took place from 1779-1780. At the heart of Clark County is the town of Winchester, which was founded in 1792 but has roots dating from 1685 when Shawnee Indians inhabited the area.
Leeds Theatre is the center for the arts hosting plays, local productions and sell-out events. The Winchester Art Guild Gallery downtown showcases many local artisans’ beautiful pieces of artwork. The Winchester Opera House hosts many cultural events, weddings, holiday fairs and community events. The Bluegrass Heritage Museum houses artifacts, memorabilia and history of the county’s past. Its beautiful Romanesque Revival-style architecture was built between 1893 and 1895. The museum also has a unique gift shop and hosts a monthly lecture series. Clark County is the host of the Annual Daniel Boone Festival held the weekend of Labor Day, the Beer Cheese Festival in downtown Winchester held the second weekend in June, and the Scarecrow Festival in October.
During the summer, the Clark County Fair draws big crowds for livestock shows, rodeos, tractor pulls, horse shows, live entertainment and much more. Throughout the year, the Winchester Clark County Parks and Recreation Department and YMCA offer plenty of sports-related activities for people of all ages. The community has walking trails for the fitness enthusiasts or those who just love to connect with Mother Nature while taking a stroll on the many paths among our landscape. Clark County’s geographic location also appeals to newcomers. Nearby is Natural Bridge State Resort Park with a 54-acre lake in Daniel Boone National forest that offers fishing, boating, playgrounds, cottages, lodges and beautiful scenery.