The Mettu Children’s Hospital at Pikeville Medical Center admitted its first patient just hours after officially opening its doors. The patient, 18-month-old Emberlynn, known as “Emmy” by her Pike County family, is currently receiving care by PMC Pediatric Hospitalist Brandon Nelson, MD and other pediatric nursing staff.

“We are excited to be able to keep our families closer to home,” said Director Jessica Pinion, RN. “Having this facility at PMC allows us to showcase our pediatric nursing care.”

Emberlynn was brought to the PMC Emergency Department on Monday, December 6th, by her family and was admitted for care to the Mettu Children’s Hospital, possibly saving her family a long drive to another pediatric hospital.

“As a pediatric physician, it’s humbling to see the relief on parents’ faces knowing their child is able to receive the care they need close to home,” said Dr. Nelson. “Even though these children are sick, they light up when they see the fun atmosphere and amenities the Mettu Children’s hospital offers.  It is a great feeling to work for a hospital that believes in adding these special touches for our families.”

“The Mettu Children’s Hospital is designed and equipped to address the medical needs of the region’s pediatric population,” said PMC Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey, MSN, RN, NE-BC. “We have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other staff specifically trained on the medical needs of pediatric patients ready to care for them when the need arises.”

The opening of the new Mettu Children’s Hospital at PMC could not have come at a better time for Emberlynn and her family. “We are grateful for the care our sweet Emmy is receiving,” said Emberlynn’s mother, Brianna. “The Mettu Children’s Hospital is a great addition for families in Eastern Kentucky just like ours. We are thankful to be able to receive care so close to home.”