Healthcare Services & Products

pikeville medical centerHealthcare Cluster in East Kentucky

Healthcare is the fastest-growing industry sector in the One East Kentucky region.  Nearly 10,000 individuals are employed as doctors, surgeons, cardiologist technicians, registered nurses and other medical fields throughout our nine counties. This is due primarily to our three major health systems:

  • Pikeville Medical Center
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare
  • Quorum Health Corporation

Hazard ARHGrowth of Healthcare

Since 2011, the number of employees at the following establishments has grown by each respective percentage:

  • 212% Growth – Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
  • 134% Growth – Kidney Dialysis Centers
  • 21% Growth – Nursing Care Facilities | Offices of Podiatrists
  • 18% Growth – Diagnostic Imaging Centers
  • 15% Growth – Offices of Physicians | Offices of Chiropractors
  • 10% Growth – Outpatient Care Centers
  • 8% Growth – Offices of Dentists
  • 7% Growth – General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Higher than the U.S. Average

The One East Kentucky region employs more than the U.S. Average in the following healthcare fields:

  • 5 times US average in Outpatient Care Centers
  • 2 times US average in Offices of Physicians
  • 2 times US average in Offices of Optometrists
  • 2 times US average in Nursing Care Facilities
  • 2 times US average in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Health Systems in the One East Kentucky Region

Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Operates hospitals in Harlan, Hazard, Hyden, McDowell, Middlesboro, Morgan County, South Williamson and Whitesburg, Kentucky.



Operates a 300-bed medical facility in Pikeville, Kentucky and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.


Operates two hospitals. Paul B Hall Medical Center in Paintsville, Kentucky; Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Kentucky

University of Pikeville

University of Pikeville

The University of Pikeville is a four-year private college offering many medical degree programs.  Three primary medical schools exist on campus: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Elliott School of Nursing, and the Kentucky College of Optometry.  The College of Optometry represents the latest addition, a $60 Million investment, is the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky, and only 1 of 22 in the entire United States.





Healthcare Support Programs at Community & Technical Colleges

Support Programs at Community & Technical Colleges

More than 14,000 students are currently enrolled in technical and community college programs at three colleges in our region.  The following programs are offered to support the Healthcare Sector:

Health Information Technology

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Certifications Available:

  • ARC Cutter
  • ARC Welder
  • AWS National Skills Standard Level 1
  • Gas Welder
  • Gas Metal ARC Welding
  • Gas Tungsten ARC Welding
  • Pipeline Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • Shielded Metal ARC Welding
  • Tack Welder
  • Welder Helper

Medical Information Technology

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Certifications Available:

  • Exploratory Machining
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • CNC Operator
  • Tool and Die Apprentice
  • CNC Machining and Waterjet Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

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Certifications Available:

  • Automation Technology
  • Computer Maintenance Technician
  • Electronic Technician
  • Electronics Tester
  • Industrial Electronic Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Robotics and Automation Tech



Certifications Available:

  • Computer-Assisted Drafter
  • Detailer
  • Drafter Assistant


Additional Programs:

  • Nursing Aide
  • Registered Nurse
  • Practical Nursing
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Surgical Technology
  • Emergency Medical Service – Paramedic
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Respiratory Care
  • Dental Assistant/Dental Hygiene

Contact us to ask questions about Eastern Kentucky's healthcare training programs.