Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. (ARH) has finalized the purchase of the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., and its associated clinics and home health operations in Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties.
ARH assumed ownership and operations of the facilities at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 1. The 192-bed Highlands will operate under the new name Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center, and will become the 13th member of the ARH system, which is consistently recognized for medical excellence and covers communities throughout southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.
ARH Director of Corporate Projects Trena Hall, whose career with ARH has spanned 41 years in multiple leadership roles, and who has served as the Transition Officer for the purchase of Highlands, has been named the Interim Community CEO for Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center moving forward.
Highlands is a leader in the region for orthopedic surgery, cardiac care, chest pain accreditation, stroke treatment, and behavioral health.
“We are excited that the Highlands team is now a part of the ARH system and our long-term plans for healthcare in eastern Kentucky. As a member of our ARH system, Highlands will continue to provide excellent care while benefitting from the collective stability and strength a multi-hospital system such as ARH can offer,” said ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman. “ARH is committed to providing our patients an unparalleled experience as the most trusted home for healthcare. To do this, we continue to build upon the passion and dedication of our talented staff and the unmatched quality of the care we provide.”