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ARH announces President & CEO Jerry Haynes will retire. Joe Grossman will take the helm


December 7, 2012 — The Board of Trustees for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system announced today the forthcoming retirement of ARH President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry W. Haynes, and named Haynes’ successor.

UK HealthCare, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Working Together to Tackle Heart, Health Issues in Eastern Kentucky


HAZARD, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2012) – UK HealthCare and Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) are working to form collaborative agreements in which the two hospital systems would work with community physicians to strengthen cardiovascular care in southeastern Kentucky.

Morgan County ARH Receives Vehicle Through Toyota's 2012 100 Cars for Good Program


West Liberty, KY– Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) staff members received on Wednesday, November 7, the Toyota Highlander won by the Morgan County ARH Home Health Agency as one of 100 nonprofit winners in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. 100 Cars for Good is a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker gave away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Morgan County ARH was selected as a winner based on votes from the public on July 11, 2012 on the 100 Cars for Good Facebook page at

Middlesboro ARH Hospital Celebrates Quality Recognition and Holds Emergency Department Ribbon Cutting


On October 24, Middlesboro ARH Hospital celebrated the recent Joint Commission recognition as a top performer on key quality measures and held a ribbon cutting for its newly renovated Emergency Department.

ARH Hospitals in Middlesboro and Harlan Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission


Middlesboro and Harlan ARH hospitals are among the hospitals named as the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

ARH Celebrates Completion of Work on Tornado-Damaged Morgan County ARH Hospital


ARH was joined by state and local officials Monday as they celebrated the restoration of the tornado-damaged Morgan County ARH Hospital. Monday’s ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremony comes after five months of work to repair nearly $4 million in damages the Morgan County ARH Hospital suffered during the devastating tornado that ravaged the West Liberty area March 2.

Federal judge holds Cabinet for Health and Family services in contempt in dispute with ARH


A federal judge on Monday held Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services in contempt. U.S. Senior Judge Karl Forester said in an order that the decision was for the Cabinet's refusal to process requests by patients to transfer away from Coventry Cares, a managed care organization, in light of Coventry's impending termination of its provider contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

ARH Named A Finalist in Toyota's 2012 Cars for Good Program


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 non-profits over the course of 100 days. ARH was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide and is seeking a new vehicle for the Morgan County ARH Home Health Agency which lost numerous vehicles during the March 2 tornado.

Judge grants injunction in ARH case against CoventryCares


United States Senior Judge Karl S. Forester ruled Wednesday to grant in part Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s request for a preliminary injunction against Medicaid Managed Care contractor CoventryCares.

Judge orders Coventry Cares to continue contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare


A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Coventry Cares must continue its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare through Nov. 1 to meet the medical needs of 25,000 Eastern Kentucky Medicaid patients.

Coventry proposes staying with ARH as 'non-contracted' provider, paying less for service


Negotiations between Appalachian Regional Healthcare and managed care company Coventry Cares resumed late Thursday after grinding to a halt earlier in the day.

ARH, Coventry negotiations over Medicaid appear at an impasse


Negotiations between Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Medicaid managed-care company Coventry appear at an impasse as the two sides head to U.S. District Court on Thursday

ARH, Coventry reach agreement; negotiations to continue


Appalachian Regional Healthcare patients will remain in the Coventry Care insurance network through June 30 while the two parties continue to negotiate.

Coventry must continue paying for services at ARH for 30 days, state official says


Medicaid Managed Care contractor Coventry Cares must continue to pay for members to be treated at ARH’s Eastern Kentucky healthcare facilities for 30 days, the acting commissioner of the state Department for Medicaid Services said Wednesday.

A Federal Judge sets hearing for ARH and Coventry Cares dispute


US District Judge Karl S. Forester has issued an order setting a hearing between Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Coventry Cares for Friday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. In addition, the parties have been order to begin settlement negotiations immediately.

ARH seeks emergency injunction against Coventry Cares


Appalachian Regional Healthcare is seeking an emergency injunction against Medicaid contractor Coventry Cares to protect the more than 25,000 Eastern Kentucky residents covered by the Medicaid plan who are in jeopardy of losing access to needed healthcare.

Coventry Cares changes has some pregnant ARH patients facing doctor changes


Some pregnant women in Bell County might have to change doctors and drive nearly an hour for care just weeks before their babies are due. Officials say Coventry Cares is terminating its contract with ARH next month, which means patients have to find new doctors. Watch WYMT-TV’s news clip for the complete story.

ARH sues MCOs, State over lack of adequate patient network and unpaid claims


The largest healthcare system in Eastern Kentucky that cares for some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens is taking two of the state’s managed care companies and the State to court over inadequate patient network and access issues that would require patients to travel out of the area for care, and the MCOs failure to timely pay claims for Medicaid services.

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First-time father waits for leave in Afghanistan while twin boys are delivered at Middlesboro ARH


While Private First Class Craig Lewis of the 82nd Aviation Combat Brigade, Charlie Company 2-82 AVN 1-17th Task Force Saber of the United States Army was serving his country on a mission in Afghanistan, wife and mom-to-be Megan Lewis was on a mission to get her husband to Bell County, Ky. before she delivered their twin sons.

Fund and donation drive set up for Morgan County ARH employees and families affected by tornado


The ARH Foundation for Healthier Communities, the fundraising arm of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system, has established a fund and donation drive to benefit Morgan County ARH employees affected by the ravaging tornado that hit West Liberty Friday.

Update on tornado damage to ARH operations in West Liberty


The Morgan County ARH Hospital, clinic, home care store, home health agency and other ARH services sustained significant damage during the tornado that devastated the West Liberty community around 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Dialysis services returned to Harlan ARH Hospital this week


Dialysis services returned to Harlan ARH Hospital this week. Following the recent recruitment of Dr. Mohammad Samih to the medical staff as a specialist in nephrology, or kidney function, dialysis is now available to serve the needs of hospitalized patients who previously were being transferred.



In the course of its ongoing surveillance efforts, Fitch upgrades to 'BB' from 'BB-' the following bond issued on behalf of Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH): --$61,545,000 Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority refunding and improvement revenue bonds (Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.) series 1997 The Rating Outlook is Stable.

Middlesboro ARH's Charlsie’s Angels Program Featured on Knoxville News


The Charlsie’s Angels Program at Middlesboro ARH which provides angel blankets for inpatients who need comfort and the Pink Bibles for inpatients diagnosed with breast cancer, was recently featured on Knoxville’s WBIR-TV.

2011 ARH Annual CARES Winners

Annual ARH CARES Award Winners Honored


Appalachian Regional Healthcare honored employees from across its Kentucky and West Virginia system Feb. 9 in Lexington. Employee representatives from each ARH community who had been named as their respective hospital’s Annual CARES Winner were recognized during the system’s Board of Trustees meeting.

February is American Heart Month-Here is How to care for your heart in your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond


Some people think of heart disease as a condition that only strikes in old age, so they don’t concern themselves with their cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

ARH Named One of the Nation’s Top Integrated Healthcare Systems


The full-range of services offered by the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system have once again been recognized as among the best in the nation. ARH was one of two Kentucky health systems to be named to the IMS Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks 2012 listing of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and the only integrated health system in West Virginia to be named.