Letcher County doctor wins Country Doctor of the Year Award

Published: Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST
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For more than 20 years, Staff Care has sponsored the Country Doctor of the Year Award.

The award honors physicians who go above and beyond for health care in rural areas.

This year Letcher County physician, Dr. Van Breeding, received the prestigious award.

Breeding has worked at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation for 25 years.

“When I get up in the morning I love coming to work, I love seeing patients,” said Breeding. “I love helping them feel better and feel better about themselves and help them work through their medical problems.”

Breeding said he began the interview process for the award more than a month ago, after someone nominated him.

“I was really surprised, shocked and really proud to be named that,” said Breeding. “Because you know, I feel like I work in the country and I’ve always been a country person.”

Co-workers said they aren’t surprised Breeding won the award. They said they’ve never met anyone with more stamina.

“He gets up at 4:30 in the morning, makes rounds at the hospital, then he runs for his exercise and then he’s here at the clinic between 8 and 8:30, ready to see patients,” said Rebecca Terrill Amburgey, one of Breeding’s co-workers.

Breeding said he is humbled to win the award and none of it would be possible without his co-workers, family and patients.

“To work with them and to be a part of their life makes it worthwhile,” said Breeding. “It makes it a great job to have. I really enjoy my job, I really enjoy my work and I really enjoy my patients."

Breeding isn’t the only Eastern Kentuckian to win the award. In 1997, Dr. Claire Louise Caudill from Morehead, Kentucky won and in 1999 Dr. Paul F. Maddox of Campton, Kentucky also received the honor.