Pikeville Medical plans children’s hospital, projects
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A new children’s hospital is coming to Pikeville Medical Center, CEO Donovan Blackburn announced Tuesday morning at a news conference at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.
“We’re extremely excited,” Blackburn said of the children’s hospital and several other new projects, which will be an investment of $52 million.
The children’s hospital will be constructed in the current administration wing. It will include 17 exam rooms and will cost approximately $7 million. It’s expected to open in March 2019.
In addition to a children’s hospital, PMC will expand the Heart and Vascular Institute. It’s expected to cost $32 million and projected to be completed in August 2020. The current heart institute comprises 26,000 square feet, and it will grow to 31,500 square feet. The expansion is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, and construction is already underway.
Construction of a $2.2 million clinic facility in South Williamson, Kentucky, also was announced Tuesday. The hospital purchased land along U.S. 119 near Food City and the South Side Mall. The new building will include a Heart and Specialty Clinic as well as a Primary Care Clinic with room for expansion. Hospital officials estimate it will be completed in May 2019.
PMC also will refurbish the first floor of the new IT Center directly behind the hospital, making more room for the Family Practice Clinic and Residency Program.
The hospital also plans to expand the recently opened Martin County, Kentucky, facility with a $101,000 investment. PMC will add two providers and expand the facility’s hours into the evening.
Another $7 million investment will advance the labs and pathology department. Hospital leaders hope this will help with the turnaround times on tests and diagnoses.
Phase one includes a state-of-the-art laboratory automation line and 10 new analyzers. That phase was recently completed and is up and running. Phase two will add new equipment to the lab and pathology departments, allowing more specialty tests to be performed. Finally, phase three will add consulting space and technology to the microbiology department.
PMC is also creating a network headquarters, which will serve more than 43 buildings.