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Pikeville hospital joining Mayo network

May. 23, 2013 @ 08:00 PM

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Pikeville Medical Center says it will join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the network connects doctors with Mayo Clinic specialists for diagnosis, therapy and care management through an online information system.

Joining the Mayo network is a collaboration, not an acquisition or merger.

The Pikeville center is a 261-bed hospital that is undergoing a $150 million expansion. It employs more than 2,300 people.

The eastern Kentucky hospital is the second medical center in Kentucky to join the Mayo network. Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, a system with hospitals in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, also is a member.