Officials say 150 well paying jobs and improved healthcare are coming to eastern Kentucky.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare announced plans to expand in Hazard Tuesday.
A new tower will be built that willinclude a new 24 bed emergency room ... 16-bed cardiac critical care unit ... and 34 more private rooms on the third floor.
The hospital has been in its current location since 1987 and has seen many improvements and additions through the years.
The Hazard ARH has become a regional referral center for many hospitals in eastern Kentucky, and now they are expanding once again.
"This project is really going to enhance the services that we provide in this region," said ARH President and CEO Jerry Haynes.
ARH officials held a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday to announce plans to add a new tower to the facility.
"Our goal is to be able to provide some of these specialties closer to where they live," said Haynes.
The new tower will include a new emergency room which officials say they are excited about. They said they used to have to fly patients out of this facility for certain types of care, and now they can stay Hazard to receive that same care.
"It will be better healthcare, and it will also be the chance for some new high paying jobs with this expansion, and that's got to be good for all of us," said U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers.
Those jobs include RN'S, LPN'S, and Nurse's Aides.
At the ceremony, many of the speakers including Congressman Rogers could not go without mentioning a special man who wanted to see this expansion.
"I only wish Bill Gorman could be here," Congressman Rogers said, "how he would love this and how he had anticipated this."
100,000 square feet, 74 beds, and the vision of continuing to provide better healthcare services to the mountains.
The expansion will provide more parking for the hospital as well as a new helipad that will make helicopter landings at the hospital safer and faster.
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