Beckley ARH Receives Certificate of Need Approval to Expand Cardiac Services

9/10/2019

The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued its decision approving Beckley ARH Hospital’s Certificate of Need application to expand advanced cardiac services giving heart attack patients more access to life-saving interventional procedures locally.

The new medical procedure—percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI—is a non-surgical, therapeutic procedure that opens a blocked or narrow artery to restore blood flow. The procedure uses a catheter (a thin flexible tube) to place a stent to open up blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup, a condition known as atherosclerosis.

“We saw an increasing need in our community for advanced cardiac care and we are thankful for the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s decision to approve our request,” said Rocco Massey, Beckley ARH CEO. “Previously patients having a heart attack would receive stabilizing initial treatment here but would then have to be transported during this life-threatening event. Now we will be able to immediately perform a PCI in our own state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.”

Beckley ARH is planning to make this service available to the community soon, but could experience delays in doing so if other hospitals choose to appeal the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s decision.

The decision acknowledges that allowing Beckley ARH to provide these services is the superior alternative to the status quo and that patients will experience serious problems in obtaining this type of care without Beckley ARH being able to provide it.

“This is our community. These are our people. In a region as large as the one we serve, we need to be able to treat patients immediately and provide the best care available, said Massey. “With this new service, we will be able to do that.”

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), ranked as one of the Top 10 Employers in Kentucky by Forbes Magazine, is a not-for-profit health system operating 13 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 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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