Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) held a ribbon cutting Monday, April 22, for the new Primary Care facility, located just behind the main hospital on the PMC campus. This $811,000 investment promises to better service the health care needs of the region.
“PMC went through a period of searching for what kind of hospital we wanted to be,” explained President of PMC Board of Directors Ron Burchett. “We are now at a time where we are doing measured growth.”
Burchett went on to say that PMC is assessing what services the community needs and then questioning whether it is something the hospital can provide, where the money will come from and if they have the personnel and space. He said the new Primary Care facility checks all those boxes.
“It is very needed in the community and it’s a new phase on the growth of the hospital,” added Burchett.
Primary Care occupies the first floor of a building that was intended to house the information technology department of PMC. But, as the needs of the community grew, the plans for this building changed.
PMC has made a firm commitment to elevating the access and quality of health care in eastern Ky. This commitment guides the focus and direction of the hospital.
PMC CEO Donovan Blackburn stated that over $50 million in investments have been made in Pikeville and in surrounding communities, by expanding the footprint of the hospital throughout the region and to make quality, specialized more accessible. Primary Care is a foundation of where health care. The new facility is in a more convenient location, right next to the hospital, and provides more parking for patients.
“We are extremely proud of the investments we have made in patient care over the past few years here at PMC,” said Blackburn. “Being able to keep people close to home is extremely important. The new Primary Care provides physicians that deliver a quality of care that is second to none, in a location so convenient to the hospital and the downtown area.”
Ky Senator Phillip Wheeler attended the ribbon cutting, and mentioned how much PMC has meant to the area, especially in the last few years with the downturn of the coal industry.
“PMC has been a beacon for our young people that gives them the hope of having good paying jobs in the region, in addition to providing excellent care for the people in the mountains,” said Senator Wheeler. “Pikeville Medical Center is a special place to me. My father has served as an ophthalmologist for the last 34 years. The leadership of the current board and with Donovan benefits both the physicians and the patients. I am so happy to be here today to share this moment with you.”
Jahnave Gudaru, MD and Robert Shurtleff, DO began seeing patients immediately after the ceremony. Dr. Gudaru has been on staff at PMC for several years, while Dr. Shurtleff came on board after he completed his residency at PMC in 2018. Both are very proud to be a part of the new Primary Care facility.