Pikeville Medical Center continues to invest in healthcare which results in the creation of new jobs and an expanded market for the people of the region. We do this because it is the right thing to do. Our goal is to raise the bar for healthcare excellence, even during unprecedented times, and the PMC Foundation for Quality Healthcare is a way for you to partner with PMC in creating a healthier future for generations to come.
Although massive investments have been made in both technology and service lines over the years, we are far from finished. Our children and their families still must travel hundreds of miles for both specialty and in-patient care. Not only is such travel physically and emotionally difficult on a child who may be battling a potentially life-threatening illness, but the time away from home can also place a heavy burden on their families and caregivers. Families in this situation often find themselves spending many days and nights in far-away cities caring for their sick child and taking extended, often unpaid, leaves from work which can put a strain on relationships and exhaust financial resources.
That is why I am asking for your help. The PMC Foundation’s Children’s Hospital and Appalachian Valley Autism (AVA) Center fundraising initiatives seek to lessen the tremendous toll that far-away, out-of-town pediatric specialty care can take on sick children and their families. Keeping everyone together and close to home is our goal and, with your assistance, we can make costly out-of-town hospital stays and specialty out-patient visits a thing of the past.
There is no better time than now to focus on our children. In 2019, PMC began plans to fill the gap for our youngest patients and, on August 14, 2020, we held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the region’s only children’s hospital. That same day, we also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the AVA Center.
This new children’s hospital will allow PMC to provide healthcare to over 125,000 children from birth to 18 years old in 23 counties located in eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia. The AVA Center provides services for children with autism that have never been readily accessible to those in need in our service area.
There are countless opportunities to be a part of these grand efforts for children. Please join in giving as we make history in our area for those who have been tremendously underserved. With our combined efforts, commitment, and the support of our community and business partners, we can change lives. Please consider giving to our foundation today. Our children’s health and well-being depend upon it. Together. We Grow.