May 25, 2010
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) congratulated The Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system for being honored as the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
“It goes without saying that Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a bright star in my region. I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Board of Trustees and fine staff of ARH for receiving such a prestigious honor and my many thanks for your unwavering efforts to provide quality health care to working families, children, and seniors,” said Rogers. “This is appropriate recognition for a job well done. While superbly meeting the medical needs of our communities, ARH has spearheaded local efforts to train a cadre of health care professionals to sustain quality, modern health care throughout Appalachia. I encourage you to continue this pro-growth perspective and commitment to our people and I look forward to continuing to work with you to meet the healthcare challenges of the 21st Century.”
ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Operating nine hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky. The ARH system employ 4,700 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, ARH provided more than $107 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured in the past 12 months alone.
NRHA honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health each year. The Outstanding Rural health Organization award recognizes any group or entire organization that has improved access to health services and information for people in rural areas through innovative, comprehensive approaches. Factors considered for the award include outreach, preventative health and education, quality and efficiency of care, and strong community support and involvement.
Rogers serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.