PIKE MEDICAL CENTER TO ADD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, ENHANCE HEART INSTITUTE

Friday, January 04, 2019

Pikeville Medical Center announces $52 million expansion, creation of children’s Hospital

Pikeville Medical Center has announced it will spend $7 million to relocate and expand its inpatient pediatrics clinic into a children’s hospital, and establish, expand or improve nine other facilities with price tags totaling $45 million. Officials said about 200 jobs would be created.

The hospital appears to be on a rebound. In June, CEO Donovan Blackburn laid off 130 employees, blaming mismanagement by former CEO Walter May, whom the board ousted in January. May, 81, died Nov. 2. He had overseen the growth of the former Pikeville Methodist Hospital into a medical center with 300 beds and more than 3,000 employees, who account for one-sixth of total wages in Pike County, reports Dan Klein of WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.Va.

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