Pikeville Medical Center announces name of new children’s hospital

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 3:04 PM EST
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PIKEVILLE, Ky (WSAZ) - The Pikeville Medical Center has unveiled the name of their new children’s hospital.

The hospital’s Board of Directors announced during a press conference Thursday, the new hospital will be named the Drs. R.V. and Jyothi Mettu Children’s Hospital.

Local leaders along with Governor Andy Beshear celebrated cutting the ribbon of Eastern’s Kentucky’s only children’s hospital.

Board of Directors Vice President Donovan Blackburn made the announcement and shared the impact Dr. R.V. Mettu, a Pikeville Medical Center physician, and Dr. Jyothi Mettu, a pediatrician at the hospital, have had on the community and the development of the children’s hospital.

Donovan says R.V. and Jyothi Mettu have been serving eastern Kentucky at Pikeville Medical Center for decades. He says Jyothi, also a member of the Board of Directors, was instrumental in planning the hospital’s development.

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) representatives as well as state and local leaders gathered to...
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) representatives as well as state and local leaders gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Eastern Kentucky's only children's hospital. The opening of the Drs. R.V. and Jyothi Mettu Children's Hospital at Pikeville Medical Center is the culmination of a multi-year initiative centered around enhancing pediatric healthcare services for the children of the region.(WSAZ)

“I’m beyond excited to cut the ribbon on the Drs. R.V. and Jyothi Mettu Children’s Hospital as well as take part in the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center expansion announcement,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I’m incredibly proud of the partnership we’ve established with Pikeville Medical Center, one of its region’s leading hospitals and one of its major employers. The kind of energy and momentum we’re seeing in Pikeville creates prosperity, hope and opportunity, and that’s what Team Kentucky is all about.”

“Pikeville Medical Center is transforming healthcare in the mountains by utilizing federal funds to provide specialized medical care to fight cancer and to establish the region’s very first children’s hospital. Just a few months ago, we celebrated the expansion of the Appalachian Valley Autism Center and the Heart and Vascular Institute, providing critical medical services right here at home,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “This is why I fight so hard in Washington for every available federal dollar in our region, because leaders like PMC use it to improve the lives of our people in Eastern Kentucky.”

The facility entrance is located near the Starbucks inside on the second-floor atrium with easy access from the parking garage. The Mettu Children’s Hospital spans more than 13,400 square feet and houses both inpatient and outpatient pediatric service areas. Inpatient services are located in an 8,130 sq. ft. area consisting of a family-friendly waiting room, 10 private patient rooms (two of which are isolation rooms), a consultation room, a treatment room, a medication room, a nourishment room and more.

The interior of the hospital and patient exam rooms are decorated with a safari theme and bright colors.

Pikeville Medical Center Children’s Hospital will begin seeing its first patients next week.

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