New additions to Hazard hospital to improve patient wait time

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Construction continues at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center and when it is complete, wait times to see a doctor should go down.

The project started in 2012 and should be finished early next year.

When all is said and done, the new tower will house 50 additional hospital beds, a larger ER and a helipad.

Trena Hall is overseeing the project and said the additions will help ARH serve Eastern Kentucky better.

"Anything that we do in terms of building new structures is really about two things, caring for patients and their families and their communities and we serve as a strong employment base for people in Eastern Kentucky," said Hall.

Hall said the ER will almost double in size from 12 beds to about 24.

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