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Pikeville, KY: Children's Hospital opens Autism Center thanks to $4.78M grant

Aug 19, 2020, Williamson (WV) Daily News: PMC celebrates Children’s Hospital, Certified Autism Center The groundbreaking of the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Children’s Hospital in Pike County celebrated a groundbreaking Friday, thanks in part to a $4.78 million Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grant. Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) joined local leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for PMC’s Appalachian Valley Autism Center, according to a news release. When finished, the new Children’s Hospital in Pikeville will treat patients from birth to 18 years, providing regional health care services for more than 100,000 children in a 50-mile radius encompassing 23 counties in Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia and Southern West Virginia. It is expected to add 50 full-time staffers when completed, with up to 200 additional positions expected within the following four years. Thanks to a partnership with the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, a Joint Pediatric Leadership Working Team will help develop specialty services at the facility. Construction is expected to last less than 18 months. The facility will include a 10-bed in-patient unit, 13 pediatric exam rooms, a children’s waiting area and playroom. “I believe health care is a human right, and this is certainly true for our children,” Beshear said. “This announcement provides much-needed relief for families in Eastern Kentucky that no longer have to worry about traveling hours to seek care for their children. I congratulate everyone who is working hard throughout this global health pandemic to make access to these health care services a reality in Pikeville.”…


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