Appalachian Regional Healthcare finalizes purchase of Mary Breckinridge Hospital, clinics and home health services

9/7/2011

Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. (ARH) and FNS, Inc. finalized Tuesday the purchase of the Mary Breckinridge Hospital, its clinics and home health agency. ARH assumed ownership and operations at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, September 7. The hospital located in Hyden, Kentucky will operate as Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital.

Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital  becomes the 10th hospital in the ARH system, which serves patients in Central Appalachia. ARH provides local access to inpatient medical care, including advanced specialty health services such as open-heart surgery and oncology. In addition to inpatient services, ARH operates physician clinics, retail pharmacies, durable medical equipment stores, and one of the largest rural Home Health Agency programs in the nation.

ARH is consistently recognized for its medical excellence. The ARH system was one of two Kentucky health systems to be named earlier this year to the 2011 SDI IHN 100 listing of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and was selected as the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes says ARH hopes to enhance the level of healthcare services provided in Leslie County, including providing local specialty clinics that residents previously had to leave the area to access.

“Improving the health of the people living in Central Appalachia by offering local access to advanced primary and specialty healthcare services has always been a vital part of the ARH mission from our health system’s earliest beginnings more than 55 years ago,” Haynes said. “We are excited to now have such an important presence in Hyden and Leslie County and look forward to serving the community and continuing the legacy of Ms. Breckinridge.”

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Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital providing primary care services, a fully equipped emergency room, inpatient services, state-of-art diagnostic and ancillary services, and houses the Wasson Rural Health Clinic. The hospital employs more than 150 people, making it the second largest employer in Leslie County. The hospital is a part of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating nine hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs more than 4,700 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided more than $120 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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