Renovation of Middlesboro ARH Emergency Department Set to Begin This Week


A $2.23 million renovation project will begin this week on the Emergency Department (ED) at Middlesboro ARH Hospital.

The renovation project will expand the existing Emergency Department from eight beds to 12 beds, providing additional beds for the growing number of patients treated at Middlesboro ARH.

“For most patients the Emergency Department is the gateway to the hospital,” said Michael Slusher, Middlesboro ARH Community CEO. “Nearly 15 percent of all our hospital admissions come via the Emergency Department. We treat nearly 22,000 ED patients a year.”

Slusher said Middlesboro ARH continues to improve its patient care processes in the ED.

“We do listen to the comments of our patients and it is our goal to not only meet the needs of our patients, but to exceed their expectations,” he said. “By implementing improved patient care processes and renovating the ED space, we believe everyone will see firsthand our commitment to our patients and the tri-state community.”

Other facility improvements will include a new decontamination room for patients who need to be isolated from other patients; a designated Emergency Management System (EMS) area for EMS staff; a larger and more functional nurses’ station, new emergency equipment and furnishings along with in-room computers for implementation of an electronic medical record system.

The renovation project will be completed in two phases. The existing Emergency Department waiting room will be part of the 1st phase. Patients that walk into the Emergency Department will use the Main Hospital entrance and Lobby for waiting. The registration desk at the main hospital entrance will be staffed 24/7 and a new, temporary entrance will be created. Ambulances will utilize the Outpatient Surgery entrance for patients.

“Every area of the existing Emergency Department will be touched by this renovation,” Carla Ward, Emergency Department/ICU Nurse Manager said. “In addition to new paint and flooring, we will also be upgrading our cardiac monitoring equipment to better serve the community.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2012 with the general contracting work being performed by Denham-Blythe Construction Company. 


Middlesboro ARH Hospital is a 96-bed, acute-care facility known for its reputation of excellence as a patient-oriented and community-centered hospital. Middlesboro ARH is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and is a member of the multi-hospital Appalachian Regional Healthcare system.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, 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 employees 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 more than $120 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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