ARH Registered Nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia Approve New Three-Year Contract
April 19, 2011 – Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) registered nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia voted today to ratify a new three-year contract.
The contract covers more than 750 of ARH’s registered nurses represented by the Southern United Nurses (SUN) and will be effective May 1.
“ARH entered into these negotiations with the goal of reaching a fair contract with competitive wages and benefits,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, executive director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for ARH. “The ratified agreement will help ARH remain a viable and sustainable healthcare system.”
ARH is a leading employer in the region and the new contract reflects the healthcare system’s dedication to remaining a major employer and economic engine in Central Appalachia.
“We are extremely pleased that our nurses have ratified the new three-year agreement,” said ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes. “In a time of uncertainty in the current healthcare environment and the overall economy, we feel this is a very good agreement that is evenly balanced.”
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is 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.