Economic Development

The hospital expansion is boosting the local economy. When fully utilizes, the new Joe Craft Tower doubles Emergency Department capacity and increases Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center’s bed capacity from 308 to 358.

When the expanded capacity becomes fully utilized it is anticipated that the Medical Center will require additional positions. Utilization will be ramped up based on the patient care needs of region served and new positions added to coincide with increased demand for service.

The first round of hires included nurses, medical assistants, environmental services staff, hospital clerks and materials management staff. Meanwhile, there has been approximately 200,000 man hours on the construction project. This relates to about an average of 50 people continuously working on the project for 2 years! Additionally, 90% of the work hours represent local area employees who either live in the immediate area or had a one hour or less daily drive to the project