NEWS RELEASE – April 11, 2022

Hampton named CEO
 for McDowell ARH Hospital


April 11, 2022Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced today Danita Combs Hampton, RN, BSN, has been named CEO for the McDowell ARH Hospital.



Hampton, of Knott County, has served for the past four years as Community Chief Nursing Officer at McDowell ARH. She began her career at McDowell ARH in 2012 as the Employee Health, Infection Control and OR Manager. She is also CNOR-certified as an Operating Room Nurse.



According to Tim Hatfield, Regional CEO for the Big Sandy region, says Hampton’s dedication to ARH and to patient care will add to the strong foundation at McDowell ARH.



“There is so much to be excited about for the future of healthcare in Appalachia. Danita brings a wealth of experience and strong leadership skills to the table to meet the needs of our communities,” said Hatfield.



Among the many roles Hampton has served in at ARH, she also served as interim CEO for McDowell ARH for the last 3 months.



“The one thing that excites me the most is the opportunity to lead a great team of employees and the mission to continue to provide great quality care to our patients,” said Hampton.



A graduate of Knott County High School and the Prestonsburg Community College ADN Program, Hampton earned a BSN from the University of the State of New York.   Hampton and her husband of 33 years, James, have two children, David and Rachel.





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 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.