The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute expansion is about to begin.

Their location will be in the Miner’s Building, the oldest section of the hospital.

PMC Vice President of Facilities, Ralph Lomma said, “The Miner’s Building was built back in the 50’s and is in need of a total remodel. We are actually removing the whole exterior of this building, the roof and all the floors, gutting it out completely right back to the structure.”

Lomma says the new look will include a glass exterior all the way around and a complete refinishing of the floors.

“By the time we finish, you will see a total facelift,” he said.

Lomma says it is exciting to see this building get some much-needed attention. “It is the first building that was here on campus so obviously it needs attention,” he said.

Advantages of the new expansion will include two new cath labs, 15 new examination rooms and a new cardiac rehabilitation area.

“We plan to remodel all the current exam rooms and create new ones, new waiting areas and two new electrophysiology cath labs,” he said. Valet parking will still be available for cardiac patients.

The second floor will house physician workspaces, locker rooms, meeting rooms, conference space, lounge areas, environmental services, a freight elevator and materials management storage area that will make it easier to service the entire hospital.

“Our goal has always been to provide outstanding cardiac care to east Kentucky and the surrounding region. To continue to offer this high caliber of care we must continue our pattern of growth,” said PMC Heart Institute Director and Interventional Electrophysiologist Dr. Michael Antimisiaris. “This expansion is the first step of many for the PMC Heart Institute and I look forward to our future with this excellent team of physicians and staff.”

Private contract documents were made available on April 16th for contractors to begin preparing their bids. PMC also hosted a pre-bid conference for bidders on April 26, providing them a quick tour of the hospital. Deadlines for submitting private contract bids is June 6 at 1:30 p.m. then public bids will open at 2 p.m.

PMC anticipates awarding the contract the first of July and begin construction around July 9.