Hazard hospital receives $1 million donation from Joe Craft

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – Update 2/10/14:

Hospital officials announced Monday Hazard native and coal industry leader Joe Craft made a $1 million donation to help finish the expansion of Hazard ARH.

The new patient tower will be named in Craft's honor.

Officials say the new Joe Craft Tower will drastically improve their ability to provide emergency and cardiac care in Perry and surrounding counties.

"That's going to be a huge help for us, and we appreciate Joe Craft and his generous support of our organization," said Hazard ARH Community CEO Dan Stone.

The 100,000-square-foot facility will include a 24-bed emergency department, 16-bed cardiac critical care unit, and 34 private rooms.

"State of the art equipment. It doubles our capacity. Should help us bring patients in more quickly, see them more efficiently, and help them with their medical care," said clinical nurse manager Shelie Barnett.

Topping off the project is a brand new, $4.1 million dollar helipad, which hospital workers say will help them receive critically ill patients faster.

Advanced technology is not cheap, and officials say Craft's donation will help them stay on the cutting edge.

"It's going to allow us to stay current with trends as far as equipment, allow us to finish up this expansion and it's just a very generous gift," said Stone.

Craft declined to comment for this story, but hospital officials say his contribution will help ensure Eastern Kentucky has access to the latest in high-quality healthcare.

The Joe Craft Tower is set to be open to patients this spring.


See below release from ARH

The ARH Foundation for Healthier Communities announced today it has received a $1 million gift from Hazard native and energy industry leader Joe Craft towards the $47 million expansion project at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

In recognition of this gift, the new patient tower will be named in his honor. The newly named Joe Craft Tower has three floors and more than 100,000 square feet of space and includes units for patients with the most critical care needs. It is home to a new 24-bed emergency department on the first floor, a dedicated 16-bed cardiac critical care unit on the second floor, 34 private rooms on the third floor, and a roof top helipad. It is set to open to patients this spring.

An entrepreneur, attorney and energy industry leader, Mr. Craft is president, chief executive officer and a director of Alliance Resource Partners L.P. (ARLP) the coal industry's first publicly traded master limited partnership, formed in 1999. ARLP, the sixth-largest coal producer in the United States, is headquartered in Tulsa with support offices in Kentucky. Mr. Craft is also president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Tulsa-based Alliance Holdings GP, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership that owns the general partnership interests of ARLP.

“Mr. Craft’s incredibly generous gift not only impacts Hazard ARH’s patient-centered care now, but its influence will be felt for generations to come as ARH continues to provide advanced, high-quality healthcare services. This gift truly enhances our ability to be a regional medical center for patients, hospitals and medical staffs throughout Eastern Kentucky,” said Joe Grossman, ARH President and CEO.

Opened in 1987 as one of the most modern and technologically advanced hospitals in the mountains, the 308-bed medical center continues to expand its services and is one of the largest and busiest healthcare facilities in Eastern Kentucky. Annually, the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center cares for more than 14,000 inpatients, 100,000 outpatients, and 25,000 emergency room patients.

The hospital expansion project is also the center of a capital fundraising campaign, “Your Home. Your Hospital, Your Future,” which is being spearheaded by the ARH Foundation for Healthier Communities.

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