Appalachian Regional Healthcare announces lease of Knox County Hospital

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced today it will lease the Knox County Hospital in Barbourville, Ky., and will begin operations on Dec. 1.

The 25-bed Knox County Hospital will operate under the new name, Barbourville ARH Hospital, and will become the 11th member of the ARH system, which is consistently recognized for medical excellence and covers communities in southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.

“I think this makes the 11th hospital in ARH system. So, ARH clearly has the experience, and knows this area, said Knox County Judge Executive J.M. Hall.”

He went on to say, “The hospital does not need to be in the county’s hands. It needs to be in a hospital expert’s hands. We believe ARH running the hospital, given their affiliation and collaboration with UK, gives us the best opportunity to provide excellent health care and services to our community. We look forward to working with them.”

ARH offers a wide-range of primary and specialty care services through its network of health facilities and partnerships with other health systems, virtually eliminating residents’ need to leave the area for care.

“As a member of the ARH system, Barbourville ARH Hospital will continue to provide its tradition of quality care to the residents of Knox and surrounding counties,” said ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman. “The hospital and the communities it serves will also benefit from ARH’s longstanding partnerships with other elite healthcare providers such as the renowned UK HealthCare for many advanced specialty services residents may previously have had to leave the area to access.”

“Providing around $1 million in community benefits each year, ARH is proud to be a strong community partner, and is excited to now have such an important presence in serving the Knox County community,” Grossman added.