Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center Announces Major Hospital Expansion Project

11/22/2011

The Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center will soon undergo a $47 million expansion project that will add an additional 100,000 square feet to the medical center and will create approximately 150 new healthcare jobs, injecting millions of dollars into the local economies of the region.

During a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, ARH President and CEO Jerry Haynes said the project will include a new patient tower with a new 24-bed emergency department on the first floor, a dedicated 16-bed cardiac critical care unit on the second floor, and 34 private rooms on the third floor. In addition, the hospital’s helipad will be relocated to the top of the new patient tower to facilitate safer and timelier air transports to and from the facility.

Opened in 1987 as one of the most modern and technologically advanced hospitals in the mountains, the 308-bed medical center continues to expand its services and is one of the largest and busiest healthcare facilities in Eastern Kentucky. Annually, the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center cares for more than 14,000 inpatients, 100,000 outpatients, and 25,000 emergency room patients.

“Over the years ARH has made significant enhancements to our services in Hazard, including the Psychiatric Center, the Cancer Center, the Medical Mall, and our Open Heart program,” Haynes said. “Today, the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center is truly a regional referral center for hospitals and medical staffs throughout Eastern Kentucky. This new patient tower and emergency department will only enhance our ability to carry out the mission of this regional medical center for the people in Eastern Kentucky.”

The hospital expansion project is also the center of a capital fundraising campaign, “Your Home. Your Hospital, Your Future,” which is being spearheaded by the ARH Foundation for Healthier Communities, and will solicit input from community members as the project progresses.

“As plans have been developed for the fundraising campaign, the Foundation knew input from the community was vital to the success of the project because it is the community that will utilize these services,” said Jeff Hollon, chairman of the ARH Foundation Board. “Keeping this in mind, the Foundation has formed fundraising committees that will offer insight and support as we work to reach our fundraising goal. We are fortunate to have some of the most supportive and passionate community members serving on these committees.”

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Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center 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 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 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties.

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).

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