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Pikeville Medical Center joins Mayo Clinic network

May. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Officials from Mayo Clinic and Pikeville Medical Center announced Thursday that the center is the latest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Pikeville Medical Center is a 261-bed facility providing care to a region of more than 420,000 people in 15 counties in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. Being part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network extends knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients.

Pikeville Medical Center providers will have access to Mayo Clinic resources, including its online point-of-care information system and its electronic consulting process that connects physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of diagnosis, therapy or care management.

The hospital is currently undergoing a $150 million expansion that includes an 11-story clinic and 10-story parking facility. Pikeville Medical Center employs more than 2,300 people.

"I have admired Mayo Clinic for many years and tried to make Pikeville Medical Center more like the Mayo Clinic," Walter E. May, president and CEO of Pikeville Medical Center, said in a press release. "This new agreement will take our hospital to the next level."

PMC physicians will be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of complex medical care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. Physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert.

The network launched in 2011 and has member organizations based in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

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