The staff at Harlan ARH Hospital will celebrate the facility’s 60th birthday with a reception and brief ceremony Monday afternoon. The public is invited.
The first patients were registered on March 21, 1956. Since that date, many thousands of people from the community and far beyond have sought care in Harlan from the hundreds of physicians, nurses, therapists and other skilled providers who dedicated their careers to improving the quality of life for others.
Originally given the name Harlan Memorial Hospital, the hospital has also been a training ground for doctors and nurses, first under the Miners Memorial Hospital Association, a subsidiary of the United Mine Workers of America, and today with medical students from Lincoln Memorial University and the nursing students of Southeast KCTCS.
“We are as proud of our heritage as we are excited about our future,” said Donnie Fields, Community CEO. “Our founders had a strong commitment to provide compassionate, high quality medical care. The community still expects that, as we expect nothing less from ourselves.
“Our physicians, employees, volunteers, chaplains, and advisory council members are some of the best folks that I have ever been associated with,” Fields added. “This celebration not only reflects on the accomplishments of the past, but reminds us of the dedication required to fulfill the bright future we envision for those who follow us.”
Harlan ARH continues to be recognized both locally and nationally for its service and quality to the community.
The hospital was recently named the outstanding non-profit organization of the year by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce while staff physician, Dr. Sam Guindi, was given their “Healthcare Provider of the Year” award.
Hospice of the Bluegrass/Mountain Heritage presented the hospital with its 2015 Hospice Hero Award. The Tri-City Chamber of Commerce named ARH their “Healthcare Provider of the Year” for 2015.
Also in 2015, the Leapfrog Group, a program of national healthcare providers focused on safety, quality and customer value, recognized Harlan ARH as one of the country’s safest hospitals, giving the facility an “A” grade on 28 evidence-based measures of patient safety.
On four separate occasions, the hospital has also been included on the list of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals.”
The hospital currently admits over 4,400 patients, records over 22,000 emergency department visits, and registers more than 60,000 outpatient services per year. ARH employs nearly 600 people at its various facilities in Harlan County and generates an annual local payroll in excess of $20 million.