ARH Named One of the Nation’s Top Integrated Healthcare Systems
The full-range of services offered by the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system have once again been recognized as among the best in the nation.
ARH was one of two Kentucky health systems to be named to the IMS Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks 2012 listing of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and the only integrated health system in West Virginia to be named.
It is the seventh time in the past eight years the ARH system has been recognized.
As a complete integrated healthcare delivery system, the ARH system offers patients in Kentucky and West Virginia a full-spectrum of services through its hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, pharmacies and the home delivery of medical equipment and supplies.
“We are honored to once again be named to this prestigious listing along side some of the finest medical systems in the country. It is especially notable to be listed during a time when healthcare systems across the country face the challenge of continuing to provide exceptional patient care while also contending with reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and ever-increasing federal regulations,” said ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes.
Previously known as the SDI IHN 100, the listing was renamed after IMS Health took ownership of the list after data analytics firm SDI Health. The designation recognizes the 100 most integrated networks out of hundreds of health systems graded annually on the network’s ability to operate as a unified organization in eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization, and physicians.
“This recognition reaffirms the level of medical excellence that is shown throughout the ARH system and highlights the wide array of services ARH brings to the communities we serve,” Haynes said. “The availability of these services allows residents of these rural areas the opportunity to receive the majority of their healthcare services close to home.”
About Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH)
Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 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 nearly 5,000 people 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 nearly $133 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.