Appalachian Regional Healthcare announces appointment of new Community CEO at Barbourville ARH Hospital in Knox County


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has named Charles Lovell, Jr., FACHE, Community CEO for the newly named Barbourville ARH Hospital in Knox County.

Lovell, who will officially assume his duties at Barbourville ARH Hospital on Dec. 1, most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Caldwell Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Princeton, Ky.

Lovell brings more than 30 years of executive healthcare experience to the position, having served as an administrator and CEO for both critical access and acute care hospitals and health systems in Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

“We are pleased that Mr. Lovell has joined the ARH leadership team and believe his wealth of knowledge and experience will serve him well as he leads Barbourville ARH forward,” said Joe Grossman, president and CEO for the ARH system. “He shares ARH’s commitment to providing quality care and we are confident that he will work diligently to continue to build the level of healthcare provided to the residents of Barbourville and surrounding communities.”

Lovell earned a nursing diploma from the Methodist School of Nursing in Memphis, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis, and a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis in healthcare administration, from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Kentucky Hospital Association Board member, where he recently served as chairman, and is a recipient of a Kentucky American College of Healthcare Executives Regent Leadership Award.

ARH announced last month, the lease of the 25-bed Knox County Hospital. The hospital will now operate under the new name, Barbourville ARH Hospital, and will become the 11th member of the ARH system, which is consistently recognized for medical excellence and covers communities in southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.

ARH offers a wide-range of primary and specialty care services through its network of health facilities and partnerships with other health systems such as the renowned UK HealthCare, virtually eliminating residents’ need to leave the area for care.


Barbourville ARH Hospital is a 25-bed acute care hospital located in Barbourville, Ky., and is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system operating 11 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies in Kentucky and West Virginia. ARH employs 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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