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Medical Professional Salute: Corey Clarke



Corey Clarke – Somerset, Kentucky

WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?
Senior Director of Cardiovascular Services

WHERE DO YOU WORK?
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB ENTAIL? TELL US ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY FOR YOU.
A typical day includes ensuring frontline team members in nursing and respiratory therapy have the tools they need to deliver the highest quality care while maintaining the utmost level of safety.

HOW HAS THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECTED YOUR JOB?
Now more than ever it is crucial to have precise and accurate processes in place to protect both patients and employees. Items such as gloves, gowns, masks and routine medications we have used without fear of depletion day after day, are now monitored on an hourly basis to ensure we have the ability to maintain supplies needed for all. The manner in which patient care is delivered is drastically different.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE HORSE BUSINESS AND/OR HOW ARE YOU RELATED TO THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE INDUSTRY?
The Tennessee Walking Horse has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up trail riding and showing pleasure horses at local fun shows. Once the TWH is in your blood it’s not something you can ever leave.

DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE HORSES IN TRAINING AND IF SO WHO ARE THEY AND WHO IS YOUR TRAINER?
We currently buy and sell colts through Eric Yokley Stables. There is nothing like the excitement of seeing a young prospect develop into a mature athlete.

TELL US ABOUT A SPECIAL HORSE RELATED MEMORY WHETHER IN THE RING, ON THE TRAIL OR AT THE BARN?
Some of my fondest memories of the business could be found any given Thursday morning at J & H Stables in Russell Springs, Kentucky surrounded by some the best mentors and friends anyone could encounter.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY?
The Walking Horse community is full of people with caring hearts. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The resilience found within the business, the camaraderie, and genuine nature to care for each other in times of need will see us all through this unprecedented time. I fully believe this is our opportunity to shine as an industry, as communities, as a people.

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