A health care giant in eastern Kentucky cut the ribbon recently on its new 12-story medical office building and parking garage. After three years of construction by Messer, Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) new addition to its main campus in Pikeville, Ky., will begin taking patients today (April 14, 2014).

Situated amid the Appalachian Mountains, roughly 40 miles from the Virginia border, Pikeville packs quite the health care punch. The small town of just under 7,000 people is synonymous with PMC, which is among Appalachia’s most trusted and recognizable names in health care.

The new, 220,000-square-foot facility further enhances PMC’s capabilities and capacity, adding 198 exam rooms, 23 pre-op bays, 25 post-op bays, eight operating rooms, six endoscopy rooms, five sub-sterile/scrub rooms and a large sterile processing room. Additionally, the 10-story parking garage can hold 1,208 vehicles and includes an entrance to the medical facility on each level.

At its opening on April 10, PMC President and CEO Walter E. May rang in the new facility by thanking a host of its contributors, including Messer.

“I’ve been involved in I forget how many multi-million dollar building projects,” May said. “The last one I thought would be my last and that I would never undertake another, because it would almost put you in the grave.

“But the difference (this time) was the construction company. It’s been a pleasure working with Messer Construction – the difference between daylight and dark.”