June 20, 2023 –Leadership Kentucky announced today the 52 members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2023 with ARH employee Dalton Hatfield making the list of rising leaders.
Leadership Kentucky’s flagship program consists of seven, three-day sessions, where participants gather to gain insight on the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges and opportunities. Throughout the sessions, class members will meet with many of Kentucky’s current leaders and explore the state’s opportunities and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to form lifelong connections and visit communities.
Hatfield is currently the External Affairs Liaison for Appalachia Regional Healthcare (ARH).
“I was presented with the opportunity to join the ARH team in 2021 as Assistant Hospital Administrator at Highlands ARH and it was the best decision I could have ever made. Working in administration at Highlands and now in External Affairs at the system level has been a tremendous experience in expanding my healthcare knowledge and leadership abilities. I found my passion in improving Appalachia and I use healthcare as a vehicle to do just that. Working for an organization dedicated to not only treating those who are sick, but also being proactive, making our communities healthier and improving the quality of life of the people of Central Appalachia has helped me find my calling,” says Hatfield.
The June through December program will bring the class across the state: Berea in June, Louisville in July, Paducah/Eddyville in August, Somerset in September, Bowling Green in October, Northern Kentucky in November, and Central KY/Frankfort in December. The sessions cover topics ranging from business and economic development, arts and tourism, natural resources and the environment, education, healthcare, diversity, and social issues, agriculture, and government.
This year’s class includes 52 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors. Leadership Kentucky congratulates Hatfield on making the list of upcoming leaders in the state.
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.
About Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a diverse group of people who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. By fostering understanding of how the state’s issues are interconnected, and by forging new relationships among community and regional leaders, Leadership Kentucky graduates bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important participants in the unified effort to shape Kentucky’s future. The Leadership Kentucky Foundation offers four unique programs: Leadership Kentucky, ELEVATE Kentucky (for young professionals), BRIGHT Kentucky (for next generation Eastern Kentucky leaders) and New Executives to Kentucky (for senior level executives who have lived in the state for less than two years). For more information, please visit leadershipky.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.West Virginia.