Appalachian Regional Healthcare honored nationally for opioid, sepsis work


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) says five of its medical centers and hospitals have been honored nationally for improving outcomes for septic patients and for addressing the opioid epidemic, partially through safer prescription practices.

The facilities have made the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL) Honor Roll.

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The ARH facilities on the honor roll are:

  • Barbourville ARH Hospital
  • Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center
  • Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital
  • Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center
  • Whitesburg ARH Hospital

In total, 192 emergency departments were named to the 2019 E-QUAL Honor Roll.

ARH says all took part in a year-long learning opportunity that including sharing performance data.

“We’re so proud to be awarded this recognition by ACEP,” said Joe Grossman, ARH CEO, “and the fact that we’re the only Kentucky organization honored makes it even more exciting for us. Everyone at ARH is dedicated to providing the best care to the communities we serve and it’s wonderful to be recognized for that.”


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