U.S. Senator Rand Paul tours ARH Cumberland Valley Medical & Surgical Associate


On October 17, U.S. Senator Rand Paul flew into Middlesboro to tour the new ARH Cumberland Valley Medical & Surgical Associates clinic and meet with ARH medical staff. 

The new rural health clinic recently passed a survey by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) which determined the clinic to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services federal requirements.

During the tour of the ARH Cumberland Valley Medical & Surgical Associates clinic, Senator Paul recognized the benefit of having multispecialty physicians under one roof where they can collaborate regarding patient needs.

“The new, local rural health clinic facility rivals any facility in the Lexington or Louisville market,” noted Michael Slusher, Community CEO for Middlesboro ARH Hospital. “We offer locally many health services—cardiology, oncology and general surgery to name a few, which means you don’t have to travel to larger cities—you can receive excellent healthcare here at home.”

After the tour of the new rural health clinic, Senator Paul visited with medical staff in the hospital classroom. He shared recent Washington, DC legislative issues impacting Kentucky residents such as the opioid use disorder and lack of timely insurance payments.

Photo:  ARH Cumberland Valley Medical and Surgical Associates (left to right) Dr. Mayada Elian, family medicine, Senator Rand Paul, Dr. Elizabeth Douglas, family medicine and Jessica Helton, APRN, family medicine.

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