MCHC, ARH Cardiology Associates and UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute Join Forces to Provide the Best in Heart Care
Community leaders and health care providers gathered today to celebrate a new
partnership among Mountain Comprehensive Healthcare Corporation (MCHC),
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), and UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute.
Dena Sparkman, CCEO of Whitesburg ARH, welcomed more than 100 invited
guests to the event held at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. Remarks were
provided by Joe Grossman, president and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare;
University of Kentucky Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf; Mike
Caudill, CEO at MCHC; Dr. Van Breeding, MCHC director of clinical affairs; and
Dr. Susan Smyth, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Gill Heart Institute.
Beginning earlier this month, ARH Cardiology Associates, in affiliation
with UK Healthcare's Gill Heart Institute, began offering cardiology services at
MCHC in Whitesburg, allowing patients the ability to stay close to home for the
highest quality and state-of-the art cardiovascular care.
“MCHC has been
providing generations of patients access to quality medical care for more than
40 years and we are happy to now offer our patients advanced cardiology services
through our affiliation with the ARH Cardiology Associates and the Gill Heart
Institute,” Breeding said.
“ARH is proud to be extending our cardiac
services into the MCHC family. This partnership builds upon the solid foundation
of quality health care services already available in Letcher County,” added
Grossman. "By joining together we are able to extend even further our residents’
ability to receive exceptional care from some of the most skilled and
extensively trained physicians without having to incur the financial and logical
burden of traveling out of the area.”
ARH and UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart
Institute joined forces last year in a collaboration aimed at improving access
to UK's expertise and resources offered by a regional academic medical center
while maintaining the familiarity of community health care providers.
“This partnership furthers the UK HealthCare mission to improve access
to high quality health care for all Kentuckians in a cost effective manner,”
Karpf said. "But the greatest impact for patients and their loved ones will be
the ability to stay close to home for complex cardiology care."
Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC), is a Federally Qualified Health Center
designed to provide quality, affordable health care to the people of Letcher,
Harlan, Perry, Owsley, and contiguous counties, and has been in operation since
June 1971. MCHC is a non-profit Kentucky Corporation.
Office, Whitesburg Medical Clinic, Respiratory Clinic, and Wellness Center are
located in Whitesburg. The Buckhorn and the Leatherwood/Blackey Medical Clinics
are located in Perry County, the Harlan Medical Clinic is in Harlan near the
Harlan ARH Hospital, and the Owsley County Medical Clinic is located in
Booneville. The Buckhorn, Leatherwood/Blackey and Owsley County Clinics each
provide a Wellness Center for their patients. MCHC also operates 16 school-based
clinics in Letcher and Perry counties.
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