NEWS RELEASE – April 11, 2022

Summers County ARH Family Care Clinic Announces 2022 Top Rural Health Clinic Recognition


Hinton, WV March 14, 2022Summers County ARH Family Care Clinic, a department of Summers County ARH Hospital, is a Rural Health Clinic serving Summers and Monroe counties, has been recognized as one of the top rural primary care practices in the United States according to the 2022 Lilypad Awards, the first and only ranking program for our nation’s 4,800+ Rural Health Clinics.  The Lilypad Awards recognize the Rural Health Clinics that outperform their rural primary care practice peers in terms of efficiency and operational excellence.


According to Wes Dangerfield, Summers County ARH Community CEO, “In so much of  Appalachia, access to quality care is oftentimes challenged by lack of transportation. Our Rural Health Clinic is centralized in the heart of the county seat, Hinton, and consists of a care team who serve those in our surrounding  communities who need regular, preventive and ongoing care.”


The prestigious Lilypad recognition is now three consecutive years for SCARH Family Care Clinic.


“I am proud and honored that our team also serve with care and compassion,” said Dangerfield.


Utilizing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid program to calculate rural-relevant metrics across five domains, the Lilypad Awards provide a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural health clinic performance. The Lilypad Awards evaluate both provider-based (hospital-owned) or independent practices to produce a comprehensive ranking system for every Rural Health Clinic in the nation.  The Top Five organizations in each of five geographic regions have earned the 2022 Lilypad Award Top Clinic recognition.



The Summers County ARH Family Care Clinic is located at 197 Pleasant Street, Hinton, WV. The Family Practice team is lead by Michael Montgomery, DO, and includes Crstyal  Mitchell, PA-C and Alisa Lane, APRN. They see patients of all ages for chronic conditions, preventative care, symptom evaluation and referral to a specialist when needed. Appointments can be made by calling 304.466.2501.





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 7,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 800 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





About Lilypad, Lilypad is a Maine-based analytics firm founded in 2011 to provide mobile and web-based performance improvement applications for healthcare provider organizations and State Offices of Rural Health. We adhere to a core business principle that accountable leaders require sound data and simple, innovative tools to be successful in their roles within the emerging value-based care delivery environment.  For more information about the Lilypad Awards, contact Gregory Wolf at (207) 232-3733 or email