MARTIN, Ky. — Funeral arrangements have been set for a giant of Eastern Kentucky medicine, who died over the weekend after a half-century of service.
Floyd County’s Eula Hall died at her home on Saturday. She is known for her work advocating for health care for the needy.
“Eula Hall was one of Eastern Kentucky’s greatest saints,” U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said in a statement released by his office. “No challenge was greater than her courage to change the circumstances of health care in the mountains. Driven by her own experience with poverty, Eula dedicated her life to ensuring every person had access to medical care, regardless of their ability to pay for services or prescriptions. She pioneered hope on Mud Creek and far beyond the borders of Floyd County.
“When I called Eula on her 90th birthday, she was doing what she loved most — working at the clinic that she transformed from a home-grown operation into a modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment. She will always be a legend in Kentucky’s Appalachian region and an inspiration to never stop serving those around us.”
Hall established the Mud Creek Clinic in 1973, to provide medical services to the uninsured and under-insured. No one was turned away due to an inability to pay.
The clinic drew patients not just from the local community, but from several nearby states. It merged with Big Sandy Health Care in 1977 to help meet the demand.
In 2011, Big Sandy Health Care renamed the clinic the Eula Hall Health Center … appropriate for a facility which is located on Route 979, which was named the Eula Hall Highway in 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Hall Funeral Home in Martin. Visitation will take place all day Monday.