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PMC honors outstanding stroke team

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: On Tuesday, January 27, Pikeville Medical Center’s Stroke Coordinator Stephanie Turner recognized outstanding members of the stroke team. Those honored for their continued commitment to PMC’s stroke patients and their families were Charla McKinney from critical care, Kendra Drake from the stroke unit, Tiffany Akers from the more on this story...  


PMC hosting childbirth classes

PIKEVILLE — Each month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosts a series of free childbirth classes for expectant mothers in their third trimester. The classes are conducted by Erin Hall, RN and held every Tuesday from 5:30 p. m. to 7 p. m. in the hospital’s more on this story...  


PMC reaches out to seniors

WHITESBURG — On Tuesday, Jan. 20, public outreach coordinators from Pikeville Medical Center’s trauma, stroke and cancer programs visited the Ermine Senior Citizen Center and provided members with life-saving information. Nell Bedwell, oncology program coordinator, discussed how to prevent and detect breast cancer with annual mammograms more on this story...  


  

PMC doctors protect your vision

PIKEVILLE — January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Ophthalmologists Dr. Keith Ison and Dr. Kay Hazelett encourage everyone to be proactive when it comes to the health of their eyes. Known as the second leading cause of blindness in the U. S. , more on this story...  


PMC teaches students to avoid distracted driving

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Coordinator Jackie Caudill visited Jenkins High School on Thursday, January 22, to educate students (grades 9-12) about the dangers of distracted driving. He stated, “There are three types of distracted driving: visual (when a driver’s eyes are taken off more on this story...  


Patton Leadership team visits PMC

PIKEVILLE — Patton Leadership Institute team members visited Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) this month to meet with health care professionals and providers from around the region and get a better understanding about health care in eastern Kentucky. PMC hosted the Patton Leadership Institute forum in its more on this story...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Gary Looney: Supervisor, Environmental Services

There is a lot to love about working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) according to Gary Looney, a supervisor in environmental services. “The benefits, the job security and most of all, the people, are just great,” said Looney, who celebrates 25 years with the hospital more on this story...  


Carol Mitchell: Technician, Operating Room

Carol Mitchell reports to work in the Operating Room (OR) at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and has for years. She was hired in 1979 as a Nurse Aid and nine years later, she stepped up to meet the challenges of an OR Technician. more on this story...  


Leshia Keene: Payroll Analyst, Accounting

On November 9, 1990 Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Dodie Pool hired Leshia Keene as a Registrar in Central Registration. In February 1996, Bernice King, Accounting Manager, offered Keene a position in Accounts Payable where she paid the hospital’s bills and in 2000 her role changed again when she took more on this story...  


Beverly Hunt: Shift Supervisor, Labor & Delivery

When Beverly Hunt finished nursing school, she was hired on the spot during a dinner for recent graduates. She started out as a staff registered nurse on the labor and delivery unit and for more than 25 years, she has remained on that unit. “I love more on this story...  


Bryan Tuttle: Security Guard, Security

Shelbiana resident Bryan Tuttle has provided 21 years of service to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), where he works as a security guard. Tuttle, who celebrated the birth of his first grandchild last year, started working in the hospital’s kitchen in 1993. “I more on this story...  


Linda Beaty: Technician, Operating Room

Linda Beaty served as the activities director for a local nursing home before hearing about an operating room technician class at the hospital. She completed the class and began working in surgery. She worked there for more than 20 years before moving to the obstetrics unit where she has more on this story...  


Jayna Little: Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery

Jayna Little knew she didn’t want to leave Pikeville upon graduating nursing school. She had completed clinical rotations at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and knew she would stay close to home. For more than 25 years, Little has shared in the experience of bringing babies into the world as more on this story...  


Leisa Hopkins: Certified Tumor Registrar, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

In March, Leisa Hopkins will mark her 26th year at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). At PMC, Hopkins, a Certified Tumor Registrar, learned what compassionate care really means. “I am so proud to have the privilege to work with the doctors, nurses and staff more on this story...  


Lonetta Hunt: Service Line Coordinator, Neurosurgery and Urology

Lonetta Hunt, of Pikeville, started her career as an operating room nurse at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on July 10, 1995. In 2007, Hunt was given the title of Service Line Coordinator for Neurosurgery and Urology in addition to her role as operating room nurse. more on this story...  


Anita Layne: Billing Supervisor, Patient Financial Services

Pikeville Medical Center Billing Supervisor Anita Layne has been a strong bond with her co-workers over the past 23 years. “I love the Christian atmosphere and relationship with my co-workers,” the Pikeville resident said. “A lot of us have watched each other’s children grow up, and more on this story...  


  

Bernedda James: Registered Nurse, Infusion Room

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Registered Nurse Bernedda James has a passion about her job. “I always try to talk and listen to our patients and their families,” James said. “It’s important that we work to try and put their minds at ease. ” James, and others in her more on this story...  


Brian Compton: Special Procedures Technologist, Radiology

Brian Compton, of Phelps, began his career at Pikeville Medical Center in 1991. At first, he served as a patient transporter while he finished up his associates degree in radiologic technology from Morehead State University. After attaining his degree he transferred to the radiology department. more on this story...  


Kimberly Wright: Revenue Coordinator, Revenue Cycle Specialists

Kimberly Ann Wright has been a part of the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family for 31 years. She was hired in 1983 as a ward clerk, or what is now known as a PMC unit secretary. She floated from various departments on the evening shift for several years and, more on this story...  


Nancy Blair: Certified Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Nancy Blair, of Paintsville, joined Pikeville Medical Center in ’96 as a respiratory therapist on an “as needed” basis and then became full time in January of ’97. When she first started at PMC, she served patients on the pediatrics unit, the nursery, and was more on this story...  


Carolyn Gilliam: Supervisor, Patient Accounts

Originally hired as an admissions clerk in 1981, Carolyn Gilliam handled all hospital admissions and also worked the switchboard and information desk. In 1984, she transferred to the billing department and worked as a patient accounts clerk for more than 20 years before being promoted to supervisor.   more on this story...  


Joan Newsome: Anesthesia Technician, Anesthesia

Joan Newsome knew she always wanted to work in the medical field. She made that dream a reality when she joined Pikeville Medical Center nearly 17 years ago in January of 1998. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Newsome. “I love patient more on this story...  


Karen Smith: Assets Coordinator, Materials Management

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Assets Coordinator Karen Smith enjoys earning the trust and confidence of her co-workers and customers. “I love the relationship I have with my co-workers and being able to satisfy our customers is very important to me,” Smith, a resident of Raccoon, said. more on this story...  


Bonnie Childers: Licensed Practical Nurse, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Levonnie “Bonnie” Childers has dedicated more than 40 years to patients at Pikeville Medical Center. “I’ve been here so long, it’s like I’m part of the furniture,” she said, laughing. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Childers finished her final months of the nursing  more on this story...  


Margaret Ashby: Polysomnographic Technician, Respiratory Therapy

For nearly 23 years Margaret Ashby has been driving from Grundy, VA to work at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). A one hour trip that she says is well worth her time. She previously worked at a hospital in the Grundy area and when it closed down it seemed everyone more on this story...  


Kris Preston: Clinical Pharmacist, Intensive Care Unit

Kris Preston has been part of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) since August 1998. She serves as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Satellite Pharmacy and says this challenging, fast paced work environment suits her personality perfectly. Preston recalls working Thanksgiving Day a more on this story...  


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Community News


Local representatives speak at legislative forum

PRESTONSBURG — The need for eastern Kentucky cities and counties to unite for the betterment of the region was a recurring theme during the Regional Legislative Town Hall Forum. The event, held Jan. 27 at Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus, was organized more on this story...  


Floyd business seeks artisans: Friday Night Market to be held next week

PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County business is giving local artisans a chance to display and sell their wares. Stephanie Marsh, owner of All Good Things, invites artisans to participate in the Third Annual Friday Night Market. She will extend the store hours from 5 p. m. to more on this story...  


Program offers job training for seniors

HAZARD — A local agency is working to help low-income senior citizens make money while they learn job skills. The U. S. Department of Labor funds the Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program, providing grants to state agencies and 15 national nonprofit organizations. more on this story...  


Pike County native honored in Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON — A Pike County poet was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame this week. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning named Pike County poet Effie Waller Smith as one of six inductees in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during a Jan. more on this story...  


Promise Zone program successful

WHITESBURG — Sandi Curd, coordinator of the Promise Zone initiative, was the guest speaker at the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Jan. 26. Curd, working through the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, was hired to manage the implementation of the Promise Zone strategic more on this story...  


Local artists offer scholarships

HINDMAN — A group of local artists are working together to grow eastern Kentucky’s next generation of artists. Shawn Owens of Knott County and Lacy Hale of Letcher County are working together with several other artists to launch Eastern Kentucky for Arts Education. more on this story...  


Building stronger kids: Pikeville YMCA program to expand to more schools

PIKEVILLE — For the past eight weeks, the Pikeville Area Family YMCA has been building stronger students at Johns Creek Elementary School in Pike County. Nearly 50 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at the school are enrolled in the Rotary Youth Fitness Challenge. more on this story...  


Local entrepreneurs entice buyers with book, jewelry: ‘Lula & Lily’ party set Jan. 31 for Pike

PIKEVILLE — Two Floyd County entrepreneurs are combining their love for children’s stories and jewelry to grow a new business. Sisters-in-law Missy Carter and Lisa Carter recently published “Lula & Lily Sprinklz and Twinklz Birthday Adventure,” a book about two twins and their adventures. In the more on this story...  


LIVING THE DREAM: Mingo resident earns state honor for civic awareness, public service

CHARLESTON, W. Va.   — Chattaroy resident Jada Hunter retired more than a year ago, but you wouldn’t know it. She served more than four decades as an educator and school administrator, but the thousands of students she’s mentored along the way are only part of her legacy. more on this story...  


Estep earns Heisman award

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School senior Cody Estep was recently chosen among 1,020 state finalists as the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner. One senior male and one senior female from each state is selected as a state winner. Clara Johnson of Greenville was more on this story...  


APCC seeks ‘Banquet for Life’ sponsors

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center will celebrate eight years of changing lives with its second Banquet for Life, set to begin at 6 p. m. on Feb. 5 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond said, “I am so thankful for more on this story...  


H.O.M.E.S. expands web services: Applications for volunteers, assistance online

WHITESBURG — A Letcher County assistance organization started the New Year with a new face, online. H. O. M. E. S. Inc. , (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service) a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing through new construction, renovation and rental opportunities, recently updated its website to more on this story...  


SOAR summit registration underway

PIKEVILLE – After an ambitious first year of mobilizing support and cataloguing visions for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, Governor Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and SOAR executive director Jared Arnett announced the second annual SOAR Summit will accelerate work to implement strategies for growth in eastern more on this story...  


Floyd, Letcher, Pike highlighted in magazine

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlighted several local communities for their efforts to improve and protect their natural resources. The cabinet’s latest issue of “Land Air & Water” highlights Elkhorn City, Jenkins, Wayland, Hazard and Paintsville in an article about communities more on this story...  


  

Punxsutawney Phil ready to offer up weather prediction

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — Believe it or not, there is actually a club that honors the life and times of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who dares to show (or not to show) his shadow to predict upcoming weather on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil is expected more on this story...  


Kellogg’s of Pike County joins state board to improve local workforce

KIMPER — A representative from Kellogg’s plant of Kimper in Pike County will be among 14 members of the newly-formed Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education’s board of directors. Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement on Jan. 14, explaining that the organization, a partnership more on this story...  


Pikeville to execute ‘Sister City’ with Ireland town

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking the next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. During a Jan. 26 meeting, the city commission approved to permit City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation to travel to Dundalk, more on this story...  


Seeking ‘Superheroes’: Registration underway for Judi’s Place race

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids is taking registrations for its Run with Courage 5K, which will be held April 11 in downtown Pikeville. In its eighth year, the race helps Judi’s Place to continue to provide services for children who have been sexually more on this story...  


Appalshop releases new documentary

WHITESBURG — Appalshop’s latest documentary is available for rental online. The film, “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot,” is available for rental at http://seedandspark. com and it is also available for purchase online through the Appalshop General Store. Created by Anne Lewis and more on this story...  


Pikeville highlighted in magazine

Appalachian Magazine, a publication dedicated to highlighting the history of the people, culture and events in Appalachia, recently dubbed Pikeville as “Appalachia’s Model City. ” The article, published online this month by the magazine, depicts Pike County’s star city as “a thriving and progressive community. ” more on this story...  


Instruments sought for Appalachian Symphony

ELKHORN CITY — A local program geared to raise the next generation of Appalachian musicians is growing in Elkhorn City. Coordinated by Artists Collaborative Theatre volunteer Allen Gibson, the Appalachian Symphony welcomes musicians of all ages and skills levels to weekly instructional sessions more on this story...  


Ready, set, fundraise! Letcher County kicks off Relay for Life season

WHITESBURG — Local residents are invited to kick-off one of the region’s largest fundraising drives next week. Letcher County Relay for Life will host its annual kickoff party from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. more on this story...  


Floyd County Chamber discusses hunger issue in eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Jan. 13 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was “Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. ” Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, described hunger as more on this story...  


‘Socks for Tots’ wanted

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School student Brianna Blackburn was very young when her parents J. R. Blackburn and Shirley Blackburn began “Coats for Kids,” a nonprofit program that provides coats for children in need. So when it came time for her to pick a special more on this story...  


Ky. Power offers workshops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive team is offering workshops to teach people about cash incentives that are available for energy saving projects. Workshops have already been held in Hazard, Paintsville and Ashland. Free workshops will also be held more on this story...  


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JWSRP to host buffalo night PRESTONSBURG — Jenny Wiley State Resort Park invites the public to enjoy its annual buffalo night, featuring several dishes made out of buffalo and other country favorites on its buffet line. The meal will be served more on this story...  


Casting Crowns to play at Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced recently that it will host the Casting Crowns in concert this spring. An Evening with Casting Crowns will be held at the Expo on April 9. The concert comes as part of a tour to promote more on this story...  


Library seeks pictures, info: Memorabilia from Mine Wars sought

MATEWAN — The Matewan Public Library, located at 97 First Ave. in Matewan, West Virginia, seeks items related to the Mine Wars for an upcoming documentary. The library is working with a small production company in Boston, Massachusetts, called Film Posse to find photographs, more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Carol Lou Smith, 60, of Phelps, died Jan. 17. Funeral: Jan. 23. Burial: Smith Family Cemetery, Ash Lick Fork, Phelps Donna Gail Little, 66, of Elkhorn City, died Jan. 26. Funeral: Jan. 30. Burial: Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville Mary Coleman, 90, more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Roger D. Salyers, 73, of Regina, died Jan. 18. Funeral: Jan. 21, Blessed Hope Church, Millard. Burial: Annie E. Young Cemetery Bobby Gene May, 64, of Pikeville, died Jan. 15. Funeral: Jan. 19. Burial: Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville Anna Ruth more on this story...  


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Sports


Boys’ High School Basketball roundup: Pirates ground Hornets

GOODY — Belfry opened the second half on a 16-4 run and never looked back in cruising to a 60-40 win over Phelps in a 60th District matchup in a game played on Jan. 27. Garrett Fannin poured in a game-high 21 points, including 19 more on this story...  


HITTING THE MARK: Pikeville students welcome new sport

PIKEVILLE — When Pikeville Independent Schools took its annual interest inventory with students there was an overwhelming desire to begin an archery program. First-year head coach Shane Hurt was surprised to say the least when 40 high school and 40 elementary school students signed up for more on this story...  


Allen Central,Valley Cats, Tug Valley post big wins

ASHLAND — Allen Central took control against Rose Hill Christian in the second quarter and cruised to an 86-59 win in a game played on Jan. 24. Devan Horn poured in a game-high 28 points as the Rebels improved to 11-10. Seth Hall followed with 25 more on this story...  


Reds Caravan Stops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE STOP: East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) hosted the Cincinnati Reds annual visit to the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 23. Pictured from left to right are Mr. Redlegs, Minor League Outfielder Kyle Waldrop, Catcher Tucker Barnhard, Pitcher Sam LeCure, Broadcaster Thom Brennaman, Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis more on this story...  


COUNTING AT HOME: Simmons scores 43 as Bears trounce Life to improve to 20-1

UPIKE ran its home-court winning streak to 38 straight games. Five of those three-pointers came in the opening half as UPIKE, now 20-1 and 7-1 in the Mid-South Conference, built a 43-28 halftime advantage. Kenny Manigault added 20 points and pulled down 11 more on this story...  


UPIKE softball voted eighth in MSC preseason coaches’ poll

PIKEVILLE — With the start of the 2015 season just a few weeks away, the Mid-South Conference coaches cast their votes for the preseason poll and the University of Pikeville was picked to finish eighth. The Bears, led by first-year head coach Christine more on this story...  


Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Case, Rogers power Bobcats past Valley

ROBINSON CREEK — Betsy Layne used a balanced scoring attack to knock off Shelby Valley, 54-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Jan. 21. Peyton Case fired in a game-high 20 points for the Bobcats, now 13-7. Dustin Rogers added 12 more on this story...  


Bears off to best start in history - UPIKE women knock off CU after tough loss

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville pulled away in the second half to score a 110-77 win over OSU-Mansfield in a non-conference matchup played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 18. The Bears, now 18-1, outscored the Mavericks (3-12) 56-34 over the final 20 more on this story...  


  

Girls’ High School Basketball roundup: Meadows leads Blackcats past Rebels

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg grabbed the lead early against Allen Central and went on to score a 66-40 58th District win in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Jan. 27. Tiffany Meadows fired in a game-high 26 points for the Lady Blackcats, now 13-9. more on this story...  


Letcher County archery hosting ‘womanless pageant’ fundraiser: Local coach to wear dress, high heels at Feb. 13 event

WHITESBURG — The Letcher County Archery team is pulling out all the stops to raise funds for local, regional and national competitions this year. The team is hosting its second-ever “Womanless Beauty Pageant” at 7 p. m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school auditorium. more on this story...  


UPIKE sweeps MSC weekly basketball honors

PIKEVILLE — For the first time in five years and fourth time in school history, the University of Pikeville has swept the Mid-South Conference basketball player of the week awards as K. K. Simmons earns the men’s honor and Khalilah Quigley is the winner on the women’s side, league officials more on this story...  


Valley tops Magoffin; PCC beats Lawrence Co.

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a balanced scoring attack to pull away and beat Magoffin County, 78-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Jan. 24. Lindsay Proffitt poured in19 points and Lakyn Mullins added 15 as the Lady Cats improved more on this story...  


Lady Warriors fall in OT to Bracken County, 66-63

FRANKFORT – East Ridge saw an 11-point, halftime lead dwindle away in the second half as Bracken County rallied for a 66-63 overtime win  in the opening round of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic played at the Frankfort Civic Center on Jan. 28. It was more on this story...  


Girls’ High School Basketball Roundup: Nunemaker, Panthers top Bobcats

BETSY LAYNE — Pikeville held Betsy Layne scoreless in the opening quarter and went on to post a 42-25 win in a game played at D. W. Howard Fieldhouse on Jan. 19. Savanna Nunemaker fired in a game-high 19 points and Emma Looney chipped in nine as more on this story...  


Mingo Central belts Belfry; PCC, ER Phelps win

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo Central took the lead away from Belfry early in the second half and rolled to an 80-61 win in the 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout played at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Jan. 17. The Miners, now 9-4, outscored the Pirates (4-10) by a more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


Messy Blessings

Two dogs usually sleep on my bed.   Regardless of the weather reports and how many times I check them, it inevitably rains every time I change the bed.   Thus, I come in expecting a fresh, clean bed, but find muddy paw prints instead. more on this story...

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