Today, U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) helped break ground on a $47 million dollar expansion project at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Regional Medical Center in Hazard, Kentucky. The expansion project will create approximately 150 new healthcare jobs.
"Appalachian Regional Healthcare has improved access to healthcare across southern and eastern Kentucky, providing new medical services and partnering in research to reduce the medical disparities that plague our region," said Congressman Rogers. "Today, through this impressive expansion, ARH reaffirms its dedication to the Hazard community. The medical care that will result from this investment not only strengthen the health and well being of our people, but creates good-paying jobs here and in the surrounding counties."
ARH President and CEO Jerry Haynes said the new patient tower will include a new, larger emergency department with 24 beds, 50 private rooms with 16 beds dedicated to cardiac critical care, and will relocate the medical center's helipad to the top of the new facility for safer and timelier air transports.
During his keynote address, Rogers noted the expansion project will fulfill the vision of the late Bill Gorman, former Mayor of Hazard, who was a long-time advocate for improvements in healthcare across eastern Kentucky, especially in his hometown. In his final days in 2010, Gorman shared his vision with Rogers for a major expansion at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.