Sonya Bergman Named Vice President of Human Resources for ARH System


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced today longtime ARH System Director of Human Resources Sonya Bergman has been chosen to step into the position of Vice President of Human Resources for the multi-hospital healthcare system.

Bergman brings over 30 years of human resources experience to the VP position, having for the past 13 years headed up key human resources functions for the ARH system as the Director of Human Resources, as well as leading the Human Resources department for seven years at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. She also was the Director of Human Resources for Pikeville Medical Center, and the Associate Administrator and Director of Human Resources for Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Ky.

“In her lengthy career with the ARH system, Sonya has always demonstrated a passion for Human Resources and a strong commitment to our employees throughout ARH and shared a vision that not only shows this passion, but a deep understanding of our organization and culture,” ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman said. “Sonya will accomplish great things in this role.”

Bergman started her career as a the Director of Human Resources and Clinic Administration at the Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Hyden, Ky., after earning a business administration degree from Alice Lloyd in Pippa Passes and later a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky.

She also serves as a member of the East Kentucky Work Force Development Board.

“It is a great honor to be chosen for this position at a company that has such a rich history as a major employer and driving force in our local economies throughout eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia,” Bergman said. “It is with great enthusiasm that I go into the VP of Human Resources role. I am eager to make a positive contribution to the ARH team as we move forward.”


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), the Healthcare System of Appalachia, and ranked as one of the Top 10 Employers in Kentucky by Forbes Magazine, is a not-for-profit health system operating 13 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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