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PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Pikeville Medical Center has announced the relocation and expansion of its Prestonsburg Clinic at a press conference held Thursday, June 20, at the new Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.

The move comes on the heels of conversations between Board of Directors Vice President and CEO Donovan Blackburn and Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton.

"Prestonsburg is excited to have Pikeville Medical Center expanding to our city," Stapleton said. "We feel this new endeavor is an opportunity for additional health care options and will increase traffic into Prestonsburg, which will benefit not only the city, but our existing businesses as well. And on a personal note, it was an opportunity for me to conduct business with a trusted friend, Donovan Blackburn."

Blackburn said he believes that Stapleton is a man who loves his community and is dedicated to making decisions to benefit the residents of Prestonsburg.

"Mayor Stapleton recognizes the quality of care that Pikeville Medical Center provides," said Blackburn. "The intent was to go into Prestonsburg with an urgent care facility has not changed. In fact we are stepping up the timeline."

PMC purchased a property in downtown Prestonsburg to bring urgent care and to relocate specialty services already being offered at the First Commonwealth bank location. Demolition of existing structures is currently underway and an 8,500-square-foot modular unit is being brought in from South Williamson. The property also allows for growth in the near future.

"We have a very aggressive plan to open the new Prestonsburg Clinic within the year," said Blackburn.

"We do specialty care in our surrounding communities and we do it really well," said Senior Vice President, Assistant CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Aaron Crum.

Crum said that the future expansion of PMC's outlying clinics will be focused on primary care and urgent care.

"Primary care is key to successful specialty lines," Crum said. "While urgent care may not be popular in our region, it is more common away from here and is the bridge between primary care and the emergency room."

For more information about PMC, please visit www.pikevillehospital.org or call 606-218-3500.

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