BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pineville Community Hospital is under new ownership and administration after a successful sale during am auction of the hospital.
Officials say First State Bank of the Southeast successfully purchased the hospital, naming Alan Coppock the new Interim CEO. Coppock says the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation group suggested him to the bank and that is how they became acquainted.
Coppock told WYMT he had some previous experience in hospital administration in 2004 as he became CEO for starting a long-term acute care hospital in Corbin.
After coming to the Pineville hospital, Coppock said he came to see the strength of the employees who work there.
"What I saw was this amazing group of people who were really resilient and they were tough. And, they had stuck it out through some really hard times," Coppock added.
"I know a lot of hospitals in Kentucky. I don't know of any that has a richer heritage than the Pineville Community Hospital and the bank knows that very well," said Coppock.
Coppock said one of his top priorities is getting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services back in good standing at the hospital. The CMS certification was revoked in May.
Coppock says he appreciates the work Mayor Scott Madon and the city has done over the last several months which allowed the hospital to stay open.
"The fact that he did do that and the city stood behind the hospital, makes me want the hospital to be awesome. Uh, and so I want to do what I can to, to, bring that awesomeness back," said Coppock.