Appalachian Regional Healthcare announces appointment of new Community CEO at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center


October 14, 2013 — Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has named Dan Stone the new Community CEO for the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

Stone, who will officially assume his duties at Hazard ARH on November 4, has served since 2008 as the Community CEO for Harlan ARH Hospital in Harlan, Ky. He will replace current Hazard ARH CCEO Donnie Fields who is moving into the role CEO of ARH Physician and Home Services for the ARH system.

Under Stone’s leadership Harlan ARH has seen financial success and has consistently been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, and one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

“We are pleased that Mr. Stone will lead the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center during a time of excitement and extensive growth and believe his wealth of knowledge and experience will serve him well,” said Joe Grossman, President and CEO for the ARH system. “He shares ARH’s commitment to providing quality care and we are confident that he will work diligently to continue to build the level of healthcare provided to the residents of Hazard and surrounding communities.”

Stone brings nearly 30 years of executive healthcare experience to the position, having previously served as an administrator, chief operating officer, and vice president at several hospitals and health systems in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and California as well as Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Ky., Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington and King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. He has also held management positions in physician practice management, behavioral health, marketing and nursing.

Stone started his career as a staff nurse at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC after earning a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and later a Diploma of Nursing from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Huntington, W.Va.

The Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center is currently undergoing a $47 million expansion project that will add an additional 100,000 square feet to the medical center and create nearly 150 new healthcare jobs. The project will include a new patient tower with a new 24-bed emergency department on the first floor, a dedicated 16-bed cardiac critical care unit and 34 private rooms.

About Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH)

Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 people and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided nearly $133 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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