Published on June 26, 2023

Four Students Awarded Gaines Scholarship at 10th Anniversary Event

When Owensboro Health Multicare physician and co-founder Scott Gaines, MD, passed away in 2013, he left a legacy of compassion and dedication that is still being celebrated ten years later—both in his native Hopkins County and across the Owensboro Health system. Today, the Scott E. Gaines Memorial Scholarship—established by Owensboro Health—is in its tenth year, and four high school students were honored with the award at a ceremony on June 22 at the Madisonville Healthplex. The ceremony was part of an after-hours event presented by the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.

The recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are: Lillie Whitaker-Greer, Hopkins County Central; Samuel Coleman, Madisonville North Hopkins; Michaiah Anderson, Hopkins County Central; and Presley Lutz, Madisonville North Hopkins. As part of the application process, candidates submitted an essay describing how they intend to follow Dr. Gaines’ example of community service.

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Winners of the Scott E. Gaines Memorial Scholarship award pose with leaders from Owensboro Health Foundation and the Owensboro Health Multicare and Madisonville Healthplex practices.

“I think Dr. Gaines would be extremely honored to be part of this,” said Lisa Fulkerson, practice administrator for Owensboro Health’s Madisonville locations. “He inspired others and taught people to never give up.”

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Manager of Ancillary Services Mary Kay Dorris hugs scholarship recipient Presley Lutz during the award announcement as Practice Administrator Lisa Fulkerson looks on.

The scholarship fund is managed by Owensboro Health Foundation and is supported by the Scott Gaines Classic golf tournament—held each fall at the Madisonville Country Club. According to Foundation Director of Philanthropy Chad Hart, the scholarship eclipsed a major milestone this year when it reached $100,000 in fundraising since 2013—enabling the program to expand the number of recipients from two to four this year.

“It’s an honor to speak of Dr. Gaines because every time his name is mentioned, his legacy lives on,” Hart said. “It is amazing to see the impact he is still having today.”

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Ed Heath, CEO of Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital and a former colleague of Dr. Gaines, shares a laugh with attendees, including scholarship winner Samuel Coleman.

Dr. Gaines co-founded Multicare, which joined the Owensboro Health system in 2006. The Healthplex became the system’s second Madisonville location in 2018 as a continuation of Dr. Gaines’ vision for better access to healthcare for Hopkins County, said President & CEO Mark Marsh.

“It’s an honor to serve the people of Madisonville,” said Owensboro Health President & CEO Mark Marsh. “Thank you for allowing us to be part of this community.”

The Scott Gaines Golf Classic takes place Sept. 9 through 11. Learn more and sign up at

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 350 providers at more than 30 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a weight management program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have more than 19,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 33,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 150 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 90,000 Emergency Department visits and more than 1.25 million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.