April 01, 2022 – Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has named Antony Sudduth, FACHE, FHFMA, the ARH Kentucky River Regional Chief Executive Officer overseeing ARH’s hospital locations in Perry, Letcher, and Leslie counties.
Sudduth has served as Interim CEO for the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center since August 2021 and brings over 37 years of experience in healthcare operations including 31 years as a CEO, COO, and CFO to the position.
As ARH Kentucky River Regional CEO, Sudduth will continue to oversee the day-to-dayoperations at Hazard ARH and will guide and collaborate closely with the ARH Kentucky Riverregion’s hospital leadership teams to strategically align services and optimize ARH’s impact across the region. Hospitals within the ARH Kentucky River Region include Hazard ARH, Whitesburg ARH Hospital, and Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital.
Throughout his lengthy career, Sudduth has had a proven track record of success in assisting healthcare organizations in achieving quality, patient satisfaction, and growth. He has served in positions including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, as well as a healthcare consultant for acute care and critical access hospitals throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Washington state.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
“I am honored that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the leadership team of the ARH Kentucky River Region,” Sudduth said. “The regionalization approach will allow us to rapidly improve the level of service available in the area and continue to enhance quality as we build on the strengths of the system. We have seen great results with the improvement plans we have implemented over the past several months and I am thrilled I am going to be able to continue to be a part of these efforts.”
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), (ARH) is a not-for-profit health system operating 14 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Paintsville, 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 nearly 6,500 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 the single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third-largest private employer in southern West Virginia.