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Hospital adds 5 new doctors

Five new physicians have become affiliated with Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, and the hospital’s Emergency Room staff is increasing, too.
‘We’re definitely growing our medical staff,’ said Laurie Eckart, HCH manager of community and medical staff development. ‘As the community grows and the hospital grows, our medical staff must grow.’
Two of the five new doctors have roots in Harrison County.
Dr. Andrew Morton, originally from Milltown, started at Harrison Family Medicine PC about three weeks ago, and Dr. Lisa F. Clunie, the former Lisa Kellum of Depauw, will open a family practice on Aug. 9.
The three newcomers are Dr. Brian Milliken, an anesthesiologist who starts Monday at HCH; Dr. Leona Stephens, a family practitioner who joined Harrison Family Medicine, and Dr. Joseph R. Sauer, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who will begin practice here Aug. 2.
‘We really need to grow obstetrics in this area,’ Eckart said.
Usually, Harrison County Hospital recruits one or two new doctors each year. The big number this year is because ‘We just had some wonderful opportunities,’ Eckart said.
Clunie is a graduate of North Harrison High School, the University of Louisville, where she earned a degree in biology, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her internship and residency were completed at U of L.
Morton was born in Elgin, Ill., and reared in the Milltown area. He relocated back to Harrison County from Havelock, N.C., where he was working at the Naval Hospital Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station. He completed his undergrad work at Ball State University, majoring in biology and premedical preparation with a minor in chemistry. He earned his doctor of medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Milliken earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Nebraska before studying medicine at Creighton University, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and Pronce School of Medicine. He did his residency at the University of Kentucky. His other professional experience includes working as a lab technician at the Creighton Diabetes Center, volunteering with the Nebraska AIDS Project in Omaha, and serving in the U.S. Air Force.
An agronomy major at Murray State University, Stephens earned her medical degree at the University of Louisville. She did her residency in family practice at Summa-Akron in Ohio.
Sauer is a native of Oakland, Calif., who moved here from Minooka, Ill. He had his own practice, Sauer Obstetrics & Gynecology, in Joliet, Ill. Sauer earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles before completing medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was done at Rush University, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
(The Corydon Democrat will have more detailed stories about the new doctors later.)
The Inspire Medical Group now is affiliated with the HCH Emergency Room, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dr. Jeff Jones is the medical director and chairman of the group.
‘Four doctors who have been with the (Harrison County) Hospital staff for some time who joined Inspire are Roy Givens, Laura McKay Gilbert, Stacey Merritt and Marvin Rush,’ Eckart said.
Six other physicians in the group are Joseph Bevins, Dorian Drigalla, Jason Nelson, Terry Perkins, Thomas Radice and Gregory Ward.
Eckart said four additional physicians should be active in about a month. Going through the credential process currently are Brett Heiney, Raymond Orthober, John Reisert and Everett Stephens.
‘The hospital’s growing, and we just needed a little more to staff the Emergency Room 24/7,’ Eckart said.