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PMC ribbon-cutting aims to cut barriers for healthcare access

Pikeville opens new medical center
Pikeville opens new medical center(WYMT)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 10:07 AM EDT
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pikeville Medical Center officials gathered with state and local leaders Friday to celebrate the opening of a new facility in Pikeville.

The PMC Urgent Care and Family Wellness Center, located on Cassady Boulevard in the former Staples building, officially opens Monday as PMC’s first urgent care center in Pike County.

The facility brings together a variety of healthcare services, offering urgent care, OBGYN services, primary care, and pediatric care-in one of the state’s busiest locations.

Officials said they wanted healthcare facilities in the area to not only be visible, but accessible.

“What the real mission of this facility was to provide more access to rural health,” said PMC CEO Donovan Blackburn.

The pediatric center is decorated to match the Appalachian Valley Autism Center, bringing a more colorful environment for children and a sense of security to the learners at the center who seek care with PMC.

“Being able to leave an environment that they’re used to, that have all of the same wall hangings and the same look, and come in to a pediatric clinic that has that same look puts them at ease,” Blackburn said.

Officials say the space is not only adding access, it is creating jobs.

Blackburn said the growth the hospital has seen in the last few years has been exponential and it is only the beginning as healthcare continues to evolve.

“Stay tuned,” he said. “More growth is coming.”

The urgent care center is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day.

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