Whitesburg, Ky. (WYMT)- Appalachian Regional Healthcare is adding to its partnership for heart care with the University of Kentucky by also partnering with the Mountain Comprehensive Healthcare Corporation.
It gives patients expertise from the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute, in many cases without the need to drive to Lexington.
"We can actually provide some things closer to home that may be more cost-effective, and we can do coordination between our organizations to drive efficiencies in that way," said Joe Grossman, President and C.E.O. of Appalachian Regional Healthcare.
Mountain Comprehensive Healthcare offers some heart services, such as medicine adjustment at their offices. More serious or complicated heart care will be referred to A.R.H. in Hazard.
The partnership also gives patients access to services at the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute.
"It was very nice to just be able to go to Hazard, instead of going to Lexington, Mayo Clinic, wherever," said Kelsey Day of Whitesburg. He has received heart care from A.R.H.
M.C.H.C.'s director of clinical affairs, Dr.Van Breeding, noted how far heart care has come in the area, noting that staff from U.K. came about once every quarter of a year when he first came to Whitesburg in 1990.