During a news conference Tuesday morning, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) officials announced a new children’s hospital project.
Current administration space is designated for the $7 million investment. The new area will have a separate entrance off the second floor of the hospital with easy access to the parking garage.
Officials hope this will provide more convenience to the hundreds of pediatric patients who travel long distances to PMC.
The first step for the children’s hospital will be to relocate and expand the PMC Pediatrics Clinic. The facility will include 17 state-of-the-art examination rooms, in-patient beds and services.
Officials said the project is currently under design, but expect construction to be completed by March 2019.
Pikeville Medical Center officials also made several other big announcements about upcoming projects Tuesday morning.
The projects mentioned include a new primary care clinic, a new coffee shop and a the opening of the new Whitesburg PMC Clinic in the old Whitesburg Motel near Wendy’s. The Whitesburg clinic should be opening in February 2019.
A new Heart and Vascular Institute is already under construction and is expected to be completed in August 2020. The $32 million investment is a USDA funded project and will expand the current institute from 26,000 square feet to 31,500 square feet. PMC officials said their goal is to become the number-one heart institute in the state within the next two years.
PMC expects to create 45 new jobs by bringing back billing and coding in-house. 19 of those jobs will be filled by the first of the year, officials said. Coders will be located on the 4th floor of the Landmark, and the billing department will be in the Mark II. Renovations are expected to be complete by February 2019. This will be a $179,386 investment.
A total of $52 million will be invested in the numerous projects planned.
Pic courtesy of PMC and WYMT.