December 14, 2022 –Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Ashley Howard as its new director of risk and compliance.
Howard, a registered nurse who joined the Tug Valley ARH team in 2016, most recently worked in the cardiac stress lab.
The Belfry, Ky., native received her LPN degree from the Logan-Mingo School of Practical Nursing in 2003, her associate’s degree in nursing from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in 2014, and her bachelor’s in nursing from Kaplan University in 2016.
Prior to joining the Tug Valley ARH family, she worked at Williamson Memorial Hospital and as a school nurse in Belfry.
Howard said she’s excited to begin her new role through which she will oversee legal aspects of the hospital.
“I love Tug Valley ARH,” she said. “It’s a great place to work and I just want to be able to make our hospital the safest work environment possible.
“I want our community to feel safe coming here.”
Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center CEO Paula Vaughan said she’s confident Howard is the right person for the job.
“Ashley has done wonderful work here at Tug Valley ARH,” Vaughan said. “She is passionate and committed to providing great care, and I know she will continue to be an asset in her new position.”
Howard, her husband Thomas and her 12-year-old son Kaden Tilley reside in Forest Hills, Ky.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (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 6,500 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.