Pikeville Medical Center
Pikeville Medical Center (formerly known as Pikeville Methodist Hospital) is a 261 bed medical facility located in Pikeville, Kentucky. It is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2009, it was named the National Hospital of the Year by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.

History
Pikeville Medical Center treated its first patient on December 25, 1924. The original facility had 50 beds, but by May 1940, the hospital was expanded to a 90 bed facility. Pikeville's rapid growth called for another expansion in 1952, which brought the bed capacity to 135. In 1955, the United Mine Workers of America built a second hospital in the city in order to treat its members. Shortly afterwards, the Methodist Hospital of Kentucky purchased the hospital. This structure, known as the Miners' Building, is the oldest section of Pikeville Medical Center. In 1957 and 1963 severe flooding devastated Pikeville and Pike County. The hospital not only treated patients with medical conditions, but provided shelter for flood victims who had become homeless. In 1971, it became apparent that Pikeville Medical Center needed to be expanded once again in order to adequately serve the residents of Eastern Kentucky. On Christmas Eve, 1971, the new 8 story Elliott Tower officially opened. Due to the lack of a comprehensive cancer center in Eastern Kentucky, the institution opened the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center in June 1996. Today, it still remains one of the few cancer centers in the eastern part of the state. In 1998, May Tower was constructed at a cost of $75 million and was dedicated on December 18, 2000.

Today
Today, Pikeville Medical Center is the largest hospital in southeastern Kentucky. As of 2010, the hospital is 535,552 square feet (49,754.4 m 2), has 261 beds (although expandable to 500), and has over 1,700 employees. On February 12, 2010, Pikeville Medical Center received a $44.6 million loan from the federal government that permits the construction of a new office building and parking garage. The hospital plans to build the 11 story office building on the parking lot, near May Tower.

Medical services
Services offers "cardiac, medical, surgical, pediatric, rehabilitative, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care". It is accredited through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).