Hazard ARH Celebrates Completion of new $47 million patient tower

8/4/2014

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday for the new $47 million Joe Craft Tower on the campus of the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

More than 400 people turned out to celebrate the completion of the two-year building project that has added 100,000 square feet to the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, making it the largest hospital in southeastern Kentucky.

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers served as keynote speaker for the event, and Hazard native and energy leader Joe Craft III, who donated $1 million dollars toward the expansion project, and for whom the new tower is named, was honored during the event.

Mr. Craft is an entrepreneur, attorney and energy industry leader, Mr. Joe Craft is president, chief executive officer and a director of Alliance Resource Partners L.P. (ARLP) the coal industry's first publicly traded master limited partnership, formed in 1999. ARLP, the sixth-largest coal producer in the United States, is headquartered in Tulsa with support offices in Kentucky. Mr. Craft is also president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Tulsa-based Alliance Holdings GP, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership that owns the general partnership interests of ARLP.

“Mr. Craft’s incredibly generous gift not only impacts Hazard ARH’s patient-centered care now, but its influence will be felt for generations to come as ARH continues to provide advanced, high-quality healthcare services. This gift truly enhances our ability to be a regional medical center for patients, hospitals and medical staffs throughout Eastern Kentucky,” said Joe Grossman, ARH President and CEO.

Covering 100,000 square feet, the three-story Joe Craft Tower includes:
• A three-story patient tower with 50 additional total patient rooms
• New 24-bed emergency department on the patient tower’s first floor which doubles the hospital's emergency room capacity
• A dedicated 16-bed cardiac critical care unit on the second floor
• 34 private rooms on the third floor
• New helipad on the top of the new patient tower to facilitate safer and timelier air transports to and from the facility.

“We are proud to offer residents of Perry and surrounding counties access to the largest medical center in southeast Kentucky,” shared Dan Stone, Hazard ARH Community Chief Executive Officer. “With a new 24-bed emergency department, a dedicated 16-bed cardiac critical care unit, 34 private rooms and a roof top helipad, Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center is taking the lead in providing state-of-the-art medical services and patient-centered care to the people of Appalachia.”

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ARH 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 $143 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured

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