MOUNT VERNON — The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital changes leadership this year as outgoing Board Chair, Charlie Brenneman, steps down after a two-year term. Another local businessman, Matt Starr, takes Brenneman’s place and will continue the efforts to lead the campaign fundraising for the new KCH Family Care Center, a $45 million expansion of services focused on family healthcare. While the new center will provide a number of benefits to all residents of Knox County, Starr’s involvement is personal.

“The staff at Knox Community Hospital saved my life — twice,” said Starr. “I benefited from some of the equipment in the cardiac department the foundation purchased which was used to bring me back to the world in 2015. I’m still here because effective leaders of the community had the forethought to provide a service that I and many other people in Knox County would need. How can you not want to be a part of that legacy?”

The KCH Family Care Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2020. The facility will be the new home for cardiology clinics, cardiac testing and cardiac rehabilitation; family medicine and pediatric providers; women’s diagnostic imaging; obstetrics and gynecology services; endocrinology; a new lab draw station; and a brand-new birthing center.

“This is an ambitious yet natural expansion for Knox Community Hospital and our community,” Starr said. “When we embrace local healthcare by purchasing equipment and developing facilities, it attracts medical talent from around the country. This gives Knox County a competitive edge when people consider living, working, raising a family, and starting a business right here. As our healthcare services improve, so does our quality of life.”

The foundation has raised nearly $11 million in donations and pledges to date and is in the second year of a four-year campaign. To donate or learn more about The Foundation for KCH, visit



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