According to ARH, Miles was appointed chief executive officer following the recent resignation of David Brash, who for more than a year served in that capacity at the local hospital, a 150-bed, acute-care facility with more than 70 medical staff members.
A 25-year health care veteran, Miles joined the ARH system in 1982 and served as community chief executive officer at ARH hospitals in Harlan, Middlesboro and Whitesburg for nearly 20 years before leaving ARH in 2001. At that time, he served as regional chief executive officer for Middlesboro and Harlan ARH hospitals.
Miles will return to Harlan early next month.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back," he said on Friday. "I have a real affinity for the community of Harlan and the people there."
After leaving ARH, Miles served as president and chief executive officer of the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond and most recently as chief executive officer of Community Health Systems' hospitals in Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of PVM Enterprises Inc., through which he owns and operates a franchise restaurant and conducts leadership seminars across the country.
Miles earned a master's of public administration degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va.
"We are pleased that Paul Miles has chosen to return as interim community CEO for Harlan ARH and believe that his extensive experience and background with ARH will serve him well as he guides Harlan ARH Hospital," said Jerry W. Haynes, president and CEO for the ARH system.
ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Operating nine hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, HomeCare stores and retail pharmacies, it is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky. It is also the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.