The New Joe Craft Tower Opening This Spring!

The $47 million expansion project at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center will be completed this spring and will offer residents of Perry and surrounding counties access to the largest medical center in southeast Kentucky.

While the official construction project began in 2012, this project actually began about eight years ago when ARH filed and received the certificate of need to add 50 acute care beds and 23 psychiatric care beds. During this period of time, we having been planning and working towards being in a position to move forward with this much needed project.

The Joe Craft Tower Fast Facts

  • $47 million construction project by Denham-Blythe Company
  • Named in honor of Joe Craft, a Hazard native who is an entrepreneur, attorney and energy industry leader, Mr. Craft is president, chief executive officer and a director of Alliance Resource Partners L.P., in recognition of his generous $1 million donation.
  • Ground was broken in November 2011, with construction beginning in April 2012
  • Tower covers 100,000 square feet
  • 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.
  • Approximately 200,000 man hours have been spent on the construction project, which relates to about an average of 50 people continuously working on the project for two years.