Middlesboro ARH announces Fifth Annual Memorial Tree of Light -Set for December 16


Middlesboro ARH Hospital announces its fifth annual Memorial Tree of Light event, which will be held on Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital’s front entrance. The public is invited to attend.

“We all have loved ones we miss—especially at Christmas,” said Michael Slusher, Middlesboro ARH Community CEO. “The Memorial Tree offers the tri-state community an opportunity to honor their loved ones who have passed.”

The Memorial Tree of Light event is being organized by the Middlesboro ARH Auxiliary, a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and energy by assisting with hospital programs and events and holding fundraisers to purchase needed items such as pink Bibles for women diagnosed with breast cancer and angel throws for patients in need of comfort.

To make the Memorial Tree of Light event a success, the Middlesboro ARH Auxiliary is requesting a $5 donation for each light that is placed on the memorial tree. At the time you donate your $5, you will be asked for the name of the person you would like to honor on the Memorial Tree. A memorial card will be created to honor this loved one and displayed in the front lobby of the hospital throughout December.

The Memorial Tree will be erected at the front entrance of the hospital. The official lighting of the Memorial Tree will be held on Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. During the lighting ceremony, Ms. Billie Booth will read the “Christmas Story” and Lindsey Helton will sing Christmas songs. The names on each Memorial Card will be read and after the ceremony light refreshments will be served.

“The Christmas season can be difficult when a loved one has passed,” said John Nelson, auxiliary president. “The Memorial Tree will honor each deceased loved one whose light and love lives on in the hearts of the ones left behind. I encourage you to join me and many others at the Memorial Tree of Light on December 16.”

Middlesboro ARH will be accepting memorial donations through December 16 (donations are tax deductible), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Administration Department. For more information about the Memorial Tree of Light, call Elaine Smith, community and patient advocate, at 606-242-1103.


Middlesboro ARH Hospital is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system. 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 $142.8 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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