Pikeville Medical Center’s Mettu Children’s Hospital
The Mettu Children’s Hospital at Pikeville Medical Center was born from a dream of advancing the care that Eastern Kentucky children could receive close to home. Because of that dream, families now have a beautiful, kid-friendly facility where babies, toddlers and preschoolers, on to adolescents and teens can receive quality hospital care from doctors who specialize in the medical needs of children. The accessibility to pediatric care in the area relieves emotional and financial hardships for families by reducing the need for travel, lodging and other burdens faced during a child’s hospital stay.
The Mettu Children’s Hospital at Pikeville Medical Center is the first children’s hospital in the region. It serves patients in Kentucky, southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia and other areas.
The 13,400-square-foot facility provides inpatient and outpatient pediatric health care, meaning children and their families no longer have to travel hundreds of miles for care. The hospital provides six pediatric specialty services with plans to add additional specialties in the future, a 10-bed inpatient unit, 13 pediatric exam rooms, treatment rooms, two children’s waiting areas and a playroom. The outpatient clinic also provides telehealth.
The facility was designed with children in mind. Both inpatient and outpatient areas feature safari and jungle décor, with unique lighting, beds and more. The inpatient hospital has designated treatment areas so patients can remain at peace when in their own hospital rooms. Each room has a full bathroom with a shower and a couch that expands into a bed for parents and family members staying through the night.
In addition, the Mettu Children’s Hospital provides toys and activities for its patients, portable video gaming carts and visits from its loveable mascot, Buddy Bear.