PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, celebrating the recent merger of Highlands Regional Medical Center with Appalachian Regional Healthcare.
ARH purchased Highlands in August, making the hospital the thirteenth in the region to operate under the ARH umbrella. The official celebration ceremony, with guest speaker Congressman Hal Rogers, served as a way to usher in the new era of medical care in Floyd County.
"Our mission and our goal is to take care of the people in our communities, provide for their health and - in ways we can - their wellbeing," said ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman.
Grossman said the pairing is perfect because the mission is the same across the board.
"For ARH as a whole, it's going to bring another community into our mission of serving the people of Southeast Kentucky and Sothern West Virginia," Grossman said. "It's gonna help beef up the services that are here in Prestonsburg - bring some stability to this organization."
He said he hopes to see growth in the region as part of the partnership, adding that the possibility of more jobs is always on the table. Those jobs, according to Congressman Rogers, have a major impact on the region.
"Our hospitals now account for the most economic impact in Southern and Eastern Kentucky," Rogers said. "It's no longer coal, no longer lumber, not even tobacco. It's healthcare."
Rogers said this growth with the new merger is a good step forward for the region.