About Us

Established for

the community.

From our very beginning, we’ve been rising to meet the healthcare needs of the people in Appalachia. Our independent, not-for-profit health system was formed in the 1960s when thousands of Appalachian citizens were going to lose their local hospitals. Since then, we’ve remained steadfast in our commitment to ensure that the people of southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia would always have a health system that works as hard for them as they do for one another.

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The healthcare system

of Appalachia.

Today, our expansive health system stands stronger than ever. With 14 hospitals, a network of primary and specialty medicine clinics, home health services, robust rehabilitation services, pharmacies and a reference lab, we have grown to serve over 400,000 patients from southeastern Kentucky to southern West Virginia. View locations.

ARH employs nearly 6,000 people and more than 600 medical staff members within our health system—making us the largest private employer in our service area and one of Forbes magazine’s “Top 10 Employers” in all of Kentucky.

A place for

rising physicans.

ARH is proud to sponsor our own Internal Medicine Residency Program that allows us to train the next generation of internists to build the skills, knowledge and experience they need to deliver truly life-changing care. Our Residency Program benefits from a close affiliation with Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), which provides our residents and faculty with enhanced learning resources, support and library access.

The addition of our Internal Medicine Program to our multispecialty health system allows our employed physicians to enrich the practice of community-focused medicine by serving as educators and mentors for rising physicians. Our program is designed to enhance critical thought, nurture innovative care and promote lifelong learning so our residents can continue to seek mastery of the profession throughout their career journey.

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Uncompromising commitment to who we are.

ARH Mission

To improve health and promote the well-being of all people in Central Appalachia in partnership with our communities.

ARH Vision

ARH will be the premier destination for quality care, a driver of advancement and development, and a leader in health for the communities we serve.

ARH Values

  • Trust
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Service

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