PMC to host Lighting Ceremony
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center invites everyone to kick off the Christmas season by attending a Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 pm in front of the hospital’s clinic and parking garage. Enjoy the lighting of the hospital, special Christmas music and other festivities. After the ceremony, free refreshments will be served and Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos. “Christmas is a special time at Pikeville Medical Center,” said Laura Damron, director of public relations. “As a Christian-based more on this story...
Newsome benefits from coronary bypass surgery at PMC
PIKEVILLE — Brack Newsome of Paintsville is pleased with the care he received at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) following episodes of cardiac arrest – the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. He didn’t realize his health was in danger until he was driving home one afternoon with his wife and daughter and began feeling anxious. Newsome pulled the emergency brake before passing out. After recovering, he began experiencing extreme fatigue and ultimately asked to be taken to the local hospital. Once there, Newsome went into cardiac arrest twice more on this story...
National Palliative Care Month observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Palliative Care Month during November. PMC’s Palliative Care team, staffed by social workers, registered nurses, chaplains and a physician office assistant, is focused on improving the quality of life for patients with chronic or life-threatening diseases. Attention is also placed on the patients’ loved ones. “Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious ailments,” said PMC Assistant Chief Nursing Office and Senior Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Michelle Rainey. “It focuses on providing patients with reprieve from the symptoms and more on this story...
Recipes for healthy living
Healthy diets Do you want to adopt a healthy diet but aren’t sure where to start? As you consider the parade of healthy diets in magazines and cookbooks, make sure to look for one that: Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein including beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store more on this story...
Pikeville Medical Center observes COPD month
PIKEVILLE — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, sputum production and wheezing. “Unfortunately, our area has a high prevalence of COPD due to the higher rates of smoking compared to the rest of the country,” said PMC Pulmonologist Shadi Obeidat, MD. “COPD remains under-diagnosed here. ” COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD more on this story...
Nurse Practitioner Week being observed
PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Nurse Practitioner Week Nov 8-14 in recognition of the important contributions nurse practitioners make to patient care. Nurse practitioners across the country have much reason to celebrate this week. Fifty years ago at the University of Colorado, the first Nurse Practitioner program was established. Now, there are more than 205,000 nurse practitioners licensed to practice in the United States. “All across the country, nurse practitioners are serving as a lifeline for patients, many who would otherwise struggle to access care,” more on this story...
Puckett receives prestigious physical therapy award
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Deborah Puckett, vice president of Rehabilitation Services and physical therapist, has been awarded the 2015 Donald H. Lange Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA). According to the KPTA, the Donald H. Lange Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a physical therapist who has exhibited outstanding leadership, innovation in practice, mentorship and ongoing service to the profession of physical therapy. Criteria for the award include being or having been a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association/KPTA; having a lifelong more on this story...
Lung Cancer Awareness Month observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) observes Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November to spread awareness and education about this life-threatening disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. Kentucky ranks first among all states in lung cancer death rates, and the Appalachian region of Kentucky has the highest percentage of death rates in the nation. Leisa Hopkins, PMC cancer registrar, stated, “Since the hospital started collecting data in 1989 on the types of cancer in Pike County, lung more on this story...
PMC welcomes Pulmonologist Dr. Zahid
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Erum Zahid, MD, pulmonologist. After receiving Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, Dr. Zahid completed a residency in internal medicine at the Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She completed a fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences/Baylor and White Healthcare at Temple, Tex. She was also trained at St. Jude Medical Center in Brooklyn under the supervision of a sleep medicine specialist at the Metropolitan Center for Sleep Medicine. more on this story...
Hot Pink, Cool Blues Bash big hit
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s (LLCC) After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group hosted its 11th annual Hot Pink, Cool Blues Bash on October 26, at the newly renovated Mark II in Pikeville. Proceeds from the event assist underinsured cancer patients of the LLCC with medications, breast prostheses, wigs, gas cards for travel to and from treatments, and other items. “All of the money raised at this event stays local,” said Shirley Coleman, LLCC oncology program coordinator and one of the event organizers. The Hot Pink Cool Blues Bash was more on this story...
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month during October. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SIDS is the sudden death of an infant less than one year old that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation that includes a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and a review of the medical history. “Research has shown that about one in five SIDS deaths occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent or usual caregiver,” more on this story...
Understanding treatments, drugs for breast cancer
Your doctor determines your breast cancer treatment options based on your type of breast cancer, its stage and grade, size, and whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones. Your doctor also considers your overall health and your own preferences. Most women undergo surgery for breast cancer and also receive additional treatment before or after surgery, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. There are many options for breast cancer treatment, and you may feel overwhelmed as you make complex decisions about your treatment. Consider seeking a second opinion from a more on this story...
FLU SEASON IS HERE! ‘It’s not too late to get vaccinated’
PIKEVILLE — As flu season begins, it is important to note that preparation is key in preventing most seasonal flu activity, which typically occurs between October and May, and peaks in the United States between December and February. “I recommend everyone six months of age and older to get the yearly flu vaccine as the first step in protecting against the flu,” said Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, MD, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) infectious disease specialist. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, every day preventative measures like hand-washing and staying more on this story...
National Pharmacy Week observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Pharmacy Week, October 18–24. Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians make to patient care in hospitals, outpatient pharmacies and other health care settings. PMC patients are served through Central Pharmacy Dispensing Services, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Critical Care and Surgery Satellite Pharmacy, Cancer Center Satellite Pharmacy, Antimicrobial Monitoring Service, Anticoagulation Clinic and Outpatient Pharmacy Services. The PMC Pharmacy Department consists of 24 pharmacists and 36 pharmacy technicians. Medications can be life-saving, but they can also be harmful if not more on this story...
Understanding breast cancer stages
Breast cancer stages range from 0 to IV, with many subcategories. Lower numbers indicate earlier stages of cancer, while higher numbers reflect late-stage cancers. Stage 0 This stage describes noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is an example of stage 0 cancer. Stage I This stage is an early stage of invasive breast cancer in which: The tumor measures no more than 2 centimeters (cm), or about 3/4 inch, in diameter. No lymph nodes are involved — more on this story...
PMC’s general surgeons ready to care for trauma patients
PIKEVILLE — When multiple trauma patients arrive in the Emergency Department (ED) at one time, the care of a physician specially trained in general surgery may be required. Artour Asrian, MD, Amy Johnson, MD, Noorul Khan, MD, Oon Leedhanachoke, MD, Grady Stephens, MD, and Timothy Wright, DO, general surgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They respond to emergency and in-house trauma calls for the evaluation and management of a trauma patient’s care. “Trauma surgery is a specialized branch of general surgery that needs quick and accurate assessment more on this story...
Hot Pink, Cool Blues Bash to raise funds for cancer patients
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group will host the 11th annual Hot Pink, Cool Blues Bash on Monday, Oct. 26 at the Mark II in Pikeville. Proceeds from the event will assist underinsured cancer patients of the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center with medication, breast prostheses, wigs, gas cards for travel to and from treatment, and other items. The Bash will feature music by The Continental 5, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent and live auction. Nell Bedwell, oncology program coordinator at more on this story...
PMC celebrates Pediatric Nurse’s Week
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing Pediatric Nurse’s Week October 5-9. Pediatric nurses at PMC can be found in the pediatricians’ office in the Clinic and in the inpatient pediatric unit. “Pediatric nurses are dedicated to promoting the optimal health of children and providing quality nursing care to children and their families,” said PMC Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Jeanette Sexton. “They are a special breed of nurses who specialize in providing care to infants, children and adolescents and communicate with their patients and caregivers. ” more on this story...
Mayo Clinic: Tests, diagnosis key factors in treating breast cancer
At Mayo Clinic, we take the time to listen, to find answers and to provide you the best care. Learn more. Request an appointment. Tests and procedures used to diagnose breast cancer include: •Breast exam. Your doctor will check both of your breasts and lymph nodes in the armpit, feeling for any lumps or other abnormalities. •Mammogram. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are commonly used to screen for breast cancer. If an abnormality is detected on a screening mammogram, your doctor may recommend more on this story...
PMC offers free childbirth classes; new session begins Oct. 6
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) offers free childbirth classes to help expecting mothers prepare for the arrival of their little ones. A four-week series of classes begins the first Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to attend all four classes, which cover a variety of topics including: •Labor and delivery •Pain management •Newborn care •Breastfeeding Obstetricians/Gynecologists, anesthesiologists and pediatricians are on hand to discuss the various topics and answer questions. “By attending more on this story...
Ask your doctor when to begin breast cancer screening exams
Making changes in your daily life may help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Try to: •Ask your doctor about breast cancer screening. Discuss with your doctor when to begin breast cancer screening exams and tests, such as clinical breast exams and mammograms. •Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what breast cancer screening strategies are right for you. •Become familiar with your breasts through breast self-exam for breast awareness. Women may choose to become familiar with their breasts more on this story...
PMC physicians named to 2015-16 Best Doctors In America® list
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Ruth Lavigne, MD, radiation oncologist, and Bill Harris, MD, interventional cardiologist, have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for 2015-2016. The prestigious recognition marks the fifth time that both Dr. Lavigne and Dr. Harris have earned this honor. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor more on this story...
PMC offers patients new cancer treatment
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical’s Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is now offering high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for patients with vaginal, cervical or endometrial cancer. HDR brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that delivers radiation from implants placed close to or inside the tumor(s) in the body. It can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or external beam radiation, depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Because cancer often affects organs and other essential structures, it is important for radiation treatment to be tightly focused on tumors more on this story...
PMC celebrates Inpatient Rehabilitation Week
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrates Inpatient Rehabilitation Week September 20-26. The PMC Rehabilitation Hospital is a 40-bed, state-of-the-art facility offering physical, occupational and speech therapy services along with rehabilitation nursing. The facility also offers a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a gymnasium that are utilized for therapy as well as a dining hall. “I am so thankful Mr. [Walter E. ] May and the Board of Directors built and support this amazing physical rehab program,” said Vice President of Rehabilitation Services Debbie Puckett. The department is more on this story...
PMC recognizes neonatal nurses
PIKEVILLE — PMC celebrates those nurses who dedicate their lives to caring for infants born with health issues. According to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, neonatal nursing is a subspecialty of nursing that works with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infections, cardiac malformations and surgical problems. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at PMC is a Level II, eight bed unit providing around-the-clock care. “Our NICU nurses have been specially trained to care for the patients who need special more on this story...
Statement issued concerning facility fee co-pay at PMC
Pikeville Medical Center issues the following statement concerning its facility fee co-pay: Changes in healthcare market conditions have resulted in numerous hospitals closing units, laying off employees, implementing hiring freezes or closing their doors altogether. During this difficult time in the healthcare industry, Pikeville Medical Center is continuing to hire staff and is currently petitioning state government to ask for additional beds to meet the growing demand. With a philosophy of putting patient care first, operating in a Christian environment and applying good business practices, Pikeville Medical Center is maintaining its fiscal stability and more on this story...
Dr. Crum named CMO at PMC
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly welcomes Aaron Crum, MD, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Crum, a native of Pike County, has been practicing obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) in Pikeville since 2000 and has been employed at PMC since 2012. He has served in several leadership roles at PMC including Chief of Staff (2014-present and 2008-2010), OB/GYN Committee Chairman, Credentials Committee Chairman and Executive Committee member. In addition, he has served as a board member for the Health Underwriters Group Insurance Company. A graduate of the University of Kentucky more on this story...
PMC observes National Childhood Obesity Month
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Childhood Obesity Month in September. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 1980 the percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from seven percent to nearly 18 percent in 2012. The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from five percent to nearly 21 percent over the same time period. There are many risk factors and health effects caused by childhood obesity. CDC states that obese youth are more more on this story...
PMC welcomes Al Addasi, MD
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical
Center (PMC) proudly announces the
addition of Al Addasi, MD, vascular
and endovascular surgeon.
Dr. Addasi received his Bachelor
of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
degree from the University of
Jordan, completed his residency at
Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimiore
and completed his vascular
surgery fellowship at Henry Ford
Medical Center in Detroit.
“I chose to be a vascular and
it is a specialty
that can grow with
me,” he said. “It
can change as I do
through the years. ”
Dr. Addasi is
focused on his
important goal for
my practice is to strive to provide the
best care possible for my patients,”
he more on this story...
September marks National Food Safety Education Month
PIKEVILLE — National Food Safety Education Month highlights the importance of properly storing, preparing and serving food. In the Food and Nutritional Services department at PMC, appropriate steps are taken to store and prepare the food served in the cafeteria, Hobe’s Grill and to patients. According to Food and Nutritional Services Director Sophia Chambers, the way food is stored is crucial to the food staying fresh and safe. “All cold meats, dairy products, vegetables, juices and sodas should be stored at 41 degrees to 35 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent bacteria growth,” more on this story...
PMC physicians specially trained in neurological trauma
PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with serious head and/or spinal trauma, the care of a physician specially trained in neurological trauma may be required. Duane Densler, MD, and Norman Mayer, MD, neurosurgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They evaluate, diagnose and treat neurological trauma patients who have traumatic brain injuries and/or spinal injuries. “Depending on the injury, neurological trauma patient’s post-care can range from a few weeks to a few months. The post-care of the neurological trauma patient also more on this story...
Running For a Good Cause!
OFF AND RUNNING: Nearly 1,000 runners leave the starting line during the 2014 Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Pikeville Medical Center. This year’s race will be held Saturday morning in downtown Pikeville. All proceeds benefit patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Race begins at 9 a. m. Registration begins 7:30 a. m. more on this story...
Specially-trained trauma team on call
PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with blunt chest and/or vascular trauma, the care of a physician specially trained in cardiothoracic surgery may be required. Raed Al Najjar, MD, Ann Connor, MD, and Abdulla Attum, MD, cardiothoracic surgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They evaluate, diagnose and treat trauma patients who have blunt chest trauma to the heart, lungs and other chest cavity structures as well as patients with vascular traumas to major vessels. “Most of the multiple trauma patients, more on this story...
Take an active role in your health with hand washing
PIKEVILLE — With students going back to school, it is important to remember to wash hands and to know the proper technique of hand washing in order to prevent the spread of germs. Hand washing is one of the most important roles one can take involving their own health. Keeping hands clean through good hygiene can prevent people of all ages from getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Hands should more on this story...
First aid for cuts, scrapes
The warmer weather this summer will bring more children outside, and give them more opportunities to experience cuts and scrapes. Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room. The Mayo Clinic shares these tips to help parents care for these types of wounds. Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection. Also put on disposable protective gloves if they’re available. Stop the bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If not, apply gentle pressure with a sterile bandage or clean cloth and more on this story...
Minimally invasive procedures crucial to care
PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with injuries that require minimally invasive surgeries, the care of a physician specially trained in interventional radiology may be required. Rami Sartawi, MD, interventional radiologist, is part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). He evaluates the trauma patient to determine if he can stop bleeding without surgery. He also provides spinal fracture treatments, drainage of post-operative infections and manages blood clots. “Trauma patients can be very sick and it’s that subset of patients that typically benefit most from more on this story...
PMC remembers Dr. Anthony Keene
The passing of Anthony Keene, DO, has had a profound effect on his friends and coworkers at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Dr. Keene, who worked in PMC’s Emergency Room (ER) since 2008, died in a motorcycle crash on Route 680 in Floyd County on Aug. 2. In addition to being a highly competent, caring and compassionate physician, he is being remembered for his friendship, his ability to mentor, his sense of humor and his adventurous spirit, among other endearing qualities. “Dr. Keene wasn’t just a great ER doctor, he was a more on this story...
PMC hosting Colors of Courage 5K
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 22 in downtown Pikeville. Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. The event is in its second year. “The cancer center staff and Colors of Courage Committee are very excited about this year’s 5K,” said Whitney Hogg, assistant director of public relations. “There are patients in critical need of assistance and the funds from this race will allow those patients to continue treatment here at more on this story...
Orthopedics has advanced since its beginning at PMC
PIKEVILLE — John LeBreche, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Board of Directors member, recently found an Appalachian News-Express article from March 21, 1984 that highlighted the first hip replacement surgery at PMC. Performed by Orthopedic Surgeon Konduru K. Raju, MD, on an injured coal mine, the surgery was ground-breaking for the region because people previously had to travel hours to have it done. The procedure helped pave the way for the expansion of PMC’s orthopedic services. Today, PMC’s orthopedic surgeons perform more than 20 hip replacement and more than 30 knee replacement surgeries each month. In more on this story...
Sykes praises PMC for outstanding care
Jack Sykes, 64, of Pike County, was well pleased with the care he received at the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital after having back surgery. Sykes was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 51 and soon thereafter had a deep brain stimulator implanted to treat his symptoms. He later began experiencing back pain, which he thought may be related to his medical condition. Physicians determined it was not connected to Sykes’ Parkinson’s disease and recommended he have back surgery. Following his back procedure on June 23, 2015, Sykes was advised more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Hayley Trimble
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Hayley Trimble, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). Dr. Trimble received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. , and her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A full-service OB/GYN, Dr. Trimble specializes in annual exams, family planning, prenatal and postpartum care, gynecological surgeries, ovarian screenings, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility. “My goals are to build a great practice and provide excellent care to my patients,” Dr. Trimble said. “I want to give more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dustin T. Gayheart, MD
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Dustin T. Gayheart, MD, urologist. Dr. Gayheart received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Ky. , and his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture biotechnology from the University of Kentucky. He completed his urology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Gayheart specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer, bladder leakage, testicular masses and cancer, kidney stones and enlarged prostate. He said, “I have always more on this story...
Safety tips for carrying backpacks
— Backpacks are among many parents’ back-to-school lists for their
children and teens. Backpacks are a popular and practical way for
children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. However,
if worn incorrectly or too heavy, they can cause harm. “Improperly worn
backpacks can cause severe back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as
injure muscles and joints,” said Dr. Kishore Gadikota, MD, pediatrician
at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Choosing the right backpack
is important and following certain guidelines can help a family when
purchasing the correct backpack. Helpful guidelines more on this story...
PMC/EKB Flood Relief Radio-Tele-Thon raises over $70K
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) recently teamed up to help those affected by the July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County which destroyed 150 homes, damaged hundreds more and took the lives of four people. The two organizations hosted a live radio-tele-thon at PMC on Sunday, July 19 to raise money and collect items to directly benefit flood relief efforts through the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee. Over $70,000 in cash, goods and services was donated during the event, which aired live on EKB-TV and all more on this story...
ED vital in stabilizing trauma patients
PIKEVILLE — One of the first areas that come in contact with a trauma patient is the Emergency Department (ED), where assessment and stabilization efforts take place. “My role on the trauma team is evaluation, treatment and stabilization of the trauma patient in the Emergency Department,” said John Fleming, DO, assistant director of Emergency Services at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). “The Emergency Department and the trauma surgery team work very closely in the evaluation and treatment of trauma patients. ” Dr. Fleming stated that the ED’s role in the care of a trauma more on this story...
Dr. Varney warns against sports injuries
PIKEVILLE — As a new school year soon begins, so will sports season for young athletes. Jamie Varney, sports medicine physician at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), wants young athletes and their parents to be aware of common injuries as well as how to treat them. “With a new season beginning and after a period of less activity, you have to build your stamina and strength by gradually conditioning and getting used to increased activity,” said Dr. Varney. “It is especially important in the summer and early fall to gradually adjust to activity in the heat more on this story...
PMC, EKB Hosting Johnson County Flood relief radio-tele-thon
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) will be presenting a Johnson County Flood Relief Radio-Tele-Thon beginning at noon on Sunday. The event will take place in PMC’s ground floor May Tower Lobby. All donations and pledges will directly benefit flood relief efforts in Johnson County More than 500 homes were damaged in the communities of Flatgap, Redbush and Staffordsville. Listen to EKB-TV or any EBK radio station for more details. more on this story...
PMC welcomes Larry Zhao, MD
PIKEVILLE —Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Larry Zhao, MD, pathologist. Dr. Zhao received his Doctor of Medicine from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He completed a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He said. “I enjoy studying the mechanisms of various diseases and conditions in this diagnostically- warranted specialty. ” more on this story...
Set fitness goals with Colors of Courage run
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s Color of Courage 5K race is fast approaching on August 22. While many participants will attend to support a worthy cause (raising funds for underinsured cancer patients), there are also a large number of runners who will participate for the fitness benefits. One such runner is Karissa Porter, a physical therapist who has been employed at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for 22 years. “I’ll be running on August 22,” she said. Porter lost 70 pounds since January 3, - by picking up the more on this story...
PMC warns against danger of ticks
PIKEVILLE — Ticks are multi legged parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Medical Director of Infectious Disease Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass said, “Ticks are very tiny and cause multiple risks. They carry several different bacterial and viral infections and can cause hypersensitivity reactions. ” These creatures cannot jump or fly but simply wait on blades of grass or low vegetation and shrubs with their front claws out. They sense carbon dioxide and heat. When grazed by a warm blooded mammal, they attach. more on this story...
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Decorating accidents sending many to ER
PIKEVILLE — The holiday season is officially here and along with it comes decorating, family gatherings and festivities. It is also a busy time of year for emergency rooms. Injuries and accidents during the holiday season cause thousands of emergency room visits each year. “It is important to be aware of the dangers of the season while decorating and decking the halls,” said Chris Witt, RN, director of Emergency Services at Pikeville Medical Center. “The emergency room sees an increase in patients during the holidays, making it important to more on this story...
Pikeville Medical Center well prepared for power outages
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s extensive backup power system was put to good use from approximately 8:15 pm on Monday until 1 am on Tuesday after a power outage occurred as a result of copper being stolen from Kentucky Power’s South Pikeville Substation. Due to being well prepared and equipped to handle power outages, Pikeville Medical Center operated without interruption Monday night. The hospital has invested approximately $6 million in generators to supply backup power to the one million square feet on the main campus, located on Bypass Road. more on this story...
Obesity brings dangers, risks
Obesity usually results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including: Genetics. Your genes may affect the amount of body fat you store, and where that fat is distributed. Genetics may also play a role in how efficiently your body converts food into energy and how your body burns calories during exercise. Family lifestyle. Obesity tends to run in families. If one or both of your parents are obese, your risk of being obese is increased. That’s not just because of genetics. Family members tend to share similar eating and more on this story...
ADVANCING HEALTHCARE: PMC introduces robotic surgery
PIKEVILLE — The latest in robotic surgery is now available at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) — the only hospital in the region to offer the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This revolutionary system utilizes advanced robotic, computer and optical technologies and can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Robotic surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. Key benefits for patients having robotic surgery versus open surgery include: •Shorter hospital stay •Less blood loss •Fewer complications more on this story...
American Diabetes Month under way
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing American Diabetes Month during November. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Common symptoms of diabetes include: •Frequent urination •Excessive thirst •Unexplained weight loss •Extreme hunger •Sudden vision change •Tingling numbness in hands or feet •Feeling very tired much of the time more on this story...
PMC postpones Gala fundraiser until economy improves
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center hosted a New Year’s Eve Gala for six consecutive years as a fund-raiser to assist with various hospital programs and projects. Funds were raised through corporate sponsorships and the sale of tickets. While the event has been successful, PMC will not be hosting it this year due to the economic downturn in eastern Kentucky. “Our region has been faced with tough economic conditions,” said PMC President/CEO Walter E. May. “Businesses and families are trying to survive on less money, and we’re sensitive to that fact. ” May more on this story...
Enjoying life after knee replacement surgery
PIKEVILLE — At Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), more than 30 knee replacement surgeries are done each month by orthopedic surgeon Kevin Pugh, MD. In 2014, two of those surgeries were performed on Joe Burke, 54, of Whitesburg. Burke, a grandfather with years of hard labor and an old football injury went through most of his life with knees that made him feel older than his age. “My knees were so bad that I couldn’t walk up or down hills,” said Burke. “I felt like I couldn’t keep up with my wife or grandkids. ” more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Coulter
PIKEVILLE —Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Interventional Radiologist William S. Coulter, DO. Coulter received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and certification in medical technology from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (now the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine). He completed his diagnostic radiology residency and interventional radiology fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Coulter is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. A full-service interventional radiologist, Coulter specializes in joint injections, more on this story...
Protecting our greatest resource: Pediatricians recommend annual influenza vaccine
PIKEVILLE — Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized because of influenza complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children two years of age up to their fifth birthday are more likely than healthy older children to be taken to a healthcare professional because of flu. Some flu illnesses result in death. To protect children’s health, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) pediatricians recommend children receive the influenza vaccine. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone who is more on this story...
Strong family history: Breast cancer risks higher in some women
PIKEVILLE — Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer and some women have a higher risk of developing the disease than others. It’s important to talk with a health care provider to determine risk and develop a preventive care plan. Michelle Rainey, senior assistant vice president of patient services and assistant chief nursing officer at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), is at high risk for breast cancer because of a strong family history of the disease. “My mother had breast cancer twice, my aunt died of breast cancer at age 44, more on this story...
National Respiratory Care Week observed
PIKEVILLE — The respiratory staff at PMC includes 69 full-time therapists and five part-time therapists. The team provides care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A respiratory therapist specializes in treating people with health care issues affecting the cardiopulmonary system. Their career is a balanced blend of technology and patient interaction. They work under the medical direction of physicians to treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people with lung disease. “Our respiratory therapists are more on this story...
Lumpectomy: Potential option for breast cancer patients
PIKEVILLE — A diagnosis of breast cancer does not automatically warrant a mastectomy (removal of the breast). Under certain circumstances, patients with breast cancer may choose breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation. In breast-conserving surgery, the goal is to take just enough tissue so that the breast looks as normal as possible after surgery and the chance of cancer coming back is low. A lumpectomy preserves both the appearance and sensation of the breast. During the surgery, the tumor and some normal tissue around it are removed, but not the breast more on this story...
National Physical Therapy Month observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Physical Therapy Month during October. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, National Physical Therapy Month recognizes the ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. The Physical Therapy department at PMC is staffed by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and home health settings. The staff assists patients in multiple areas such as orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries, lower back and neck strain, more on this story...
PMC recognizes Adams, Benedict for dedication
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) would like to recognize the contributions of Medical Librarian Brenda Adams and Assistant Amanda Benedict during the Medical Lebrarians Month. Medical librarians are an integral part of the health care team. They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care by helping physicians and other health professionals to stay abreast of new developments in their specialty areas. The medical librarians are specialists in using databases and reference materials. They conduct research for medical information, such as new medical treatments, clinical and standard trials, more on this story...
Breast cancer symptoms
Symptoms of breast cancer vary from person to person. Some common breast cancer signs and symptoms include: •Skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences in one or both breasts •An increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s) •Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples •Nipple discharge other than breast milk •General pain in/on any part of the breast •Lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast more on this story...
LLCC offers genetic counseling: Program helps families with cancer history
PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) offers hereditary cancer genetic counseling as part of its quality, comprehensive program. This specialized service was introduced at the LLCC in 2010 to help people with a family history of cancer determine their risk of developing the disease. Those who have a personal and family history of cancer may be at a higher risk than the average person. Sadie Hutson, PhD, RN, travels to the LLCC bi-monthly from the University of Tennessee Knoxville to see patients for this service. She is more on this story...
National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week observed
PIKEVILLE — October 5-11 marks National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week. The Food and Nutritional Services department at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) works diligently in the cafeteria and Hobe’s Grill to meet the needs of patients, visitors and staff. The department provides patient meals, prepares and serves food in the cafeteria and Hobe’s Grill, provides in-house catering services, offers dietary counseling with a physician’s referral and participates in the meals on wheels program. The cafeteria provides breakfast, lunch and dinner during specified hours while Hobe’s Grill provides more on this story...
Consulting with your health care cancer team
Women with breast cancer may have appointments with their primary care doctors as well as several other doctors and other health professionals, including: •Breast health specialists •Breast surgeons •Doctors who specialize in diagnostic tests, such as mammograms (radiologists) •Doctors who specialize in treating cancer (oncologists) •Doctors who treat cancer with radiation (radiation oncologists) •Genetic counselors •Plastic surgeons What you can do to prepare Write down any symptoms you’re more on this story...
Know the risk factors for breast cancer
PIKEVILLE — This year, more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,350 new cases will be diagnosed in men in the U. S. The Kentucky Cancer Registry indicates that more than 100 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pike County. The risks of breast cancer are many, and some are uncontrollable. According to Susan G. Komen, the most common risk factors for women include: Getting olderHaving an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer geneA more on this story...
Lokomat machine helping patients regain mobility
PIKEVILLE — David King, 36, and Tracy Blackburn, 57, both of Pike County, are pleased with the treatment they are receiving at the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Rehabilitation Hospital. Both patients are making great strides with the hospital’s Lokomat machine, which automates locomotion therapy on a treadmill. King was involved in a car accident three years ago, breaking his neck in two places and leaving him paralyzed. Blackburn was involved in a four-wheeler accident two years ago, breaking his leg, dislocating his shoulder and leaving him partially paralyzed. King’s and Blackburn’s therapies more on this story...
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women. Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped improve the screening and diagnosis and advances in the treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths steadily has been declining, which is more on this story...
PMC encourages women to ‘take control’
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on September 30. According to FitnessDay. com, this day focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. “As women, we need to realize that we can’t take good care of others in our lives unless we first take care of ourselves,” said PMC OB/GYN Angela Maggard, MD. “The goal of Women’s Health and Fitness Day is to encourage women to take control of their health, learn the facts they need to make smart more on this story...
AFib: Serious heart condition
PIKEVILLE — September is National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to better understand this serious condition. AFib is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During AFib, the heart’s two upper chambers (atria) beat irregularly and out of coordination with the two lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. AFib can increase the risk of stroke. Even if no symptoms are present, someone with AFib is nearly five times more likely to have a more on this story...
PMC presenting sponsor for March of Dimes Walk
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is the presenting sponsor for the September 26 March of Dimes Walk in Pikeville. According to the March of Dimes, the Central Appalachia March for Babies is an event which helps fund research to find the cause of premature births and ways to prevent it as well as support families with a premature baby in a newborn intensive care unit and help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Jan. 3, 1938 as part of more on this story...
PMC celebrates Environmental Services, Housekeeping Week
PIKEVILLE — Currently, there are 112 housekeepers employed in the Environmental Services department at PMC. Environmental Services is responsible for cleaning the hospital’s main campus, the grounds and parking areas and 21 off-site offices. They also clean each patient room daily as well as operating rooms between surgical cases. Once a patient is discharged, Environmental Services performs a thorough cleaning of his or her room from floor to ceiling. Patients’ comfort and safety are a top priority for PMC housekeepers. They distribute clean laundry to patients, make their beds, and more on this story...
10 ways to control high blood pressure
Here are 10 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. 1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Being overweight also can cause disrupted breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea), which further raises your blood pressure. Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing just 10 pounds (4. 5 kilograms) can help reduce your blood pressure. Besides shedding pounds, you generally should also keep an more on this story...
WHEN SECONDS COUNT: Dr. Peery, Dr. Brown determine plan of care for trauma patients
PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), Trauma Surgeons William Peery II, MD, medical director of trauma services, and Aaron Brown, MD, co-medical director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, evaluate the patient and determine a plan of care. “As the Trauma Medical Director at PMC, I oversee all aspects of the trauma program, including our peer review program which focuses on providing quality care,” said Dr. Peery. Peery and Dr. Brown manage the trauma patient’s care. “I evaluate and treat severely injured trauma more on this story...
Never avoid warning signs of teen depression
The teenage years are a time to establish identity, and thus a time ripe for confusion and vulnerability. It has become even harder recently with increased incidence of bullying, unrealistic body images portrayed by the media, confusion about gender identity and pressure to drink and try drugs. Dealing with these issues while adjusting to fluctuating hormone levels is difficult. It is normal for some teens to feel angry, sad or confused at times. However, the warning signs of teenage depression should never be ignored because suicide is the third most common cause of death in more on this story...
PMC observes National Prostate Health Month
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating National Prostate Health Month in September to increase awareness of the importance of prostate health. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), in the United States. It affects one in seven men and can often be treated successfully. If diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. The prostate is a walnut-sized organ located just below the bladder in men and assists in reproduction. The prostate is not essential for life. more on this story...
INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY: New suite allows for expanded services
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s May Tower houses the hospital’s newest addition, an Interventional Radiology (IR) suite. IR specializes in minimally invasive image-guided procedures that diagnose and treat diseases in most every organ system in the body. The new IR suite allows physicians to offer procedures that were not previously available. In addition to procedure rooms, the space features nine pre-operative and post-operative bays, and a centralized nurse’s station. Two additional outpatient rooms are available for minor ultrasound procedures. PMC Interventional Radiologist Dr. Rami more on this story...
Colors of Courage 5K a success
PIKEVILLE — In its second year, the Colors of Courage 5K in Pikeville united people from across the region and several states for an important cause – raising money for underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Approximately $25,000 was raised for patients with the support of corporate sponsors, 5K participants and individual donors. Proceeds will be used to assist underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation and other needs. “Over 900 people registered for the race,” said Whitney Hogg, assistant director of Public Relations at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) more on this story...
PMC plastic surgeons offer full service line
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) plastic surgeons Robert Ball, MD, and Dimitrios Danikas, MD, bring a wealth of experience to the region. From aesthetic changes to the face and body to reconstructive procedures, these highly trained, board certified plastic surgeons provide patients the opportunity to look and feel their best. With a patient-focused approach, Drs. Ball and Danikas emphasize education, patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, and wellness in conjunction with patients’ goals. “Our mission is to help you look great at every age,” said Dr. Ball. As people age, more on this story...
Talking with your Tween is important
Children today are under an enormous amount of pressure from a variety of sources including negative images portrayed by social media, pressure to drink from close friends, or parents breathing down their neck for bringing home a ‘B’ in math. It is vital we realize how to approach “tweens” when it comes to such delicate issues and to consider the physical and emotional changes taking place as well as the dominant influence of their peers. As children grow older and more sophisticated, so do their worries. As parents, more on this story...
Use mindfulness to improve well-being
If you’ve heard of or read about mindfulness — a form of meditation — you might be curious about how to practice it. Kayla Dascher, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner, shares how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment. Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more more on this story...
COLORS OF COURAGE: Funds help Clintwood cancer patient
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) initiated the Colors of Courage 5K race in 2014 to assist uninsured cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. William Branham Jr. (JR) and Tracy Branham of Clintwood, Va. , have experienced this scenario firsthand. Six months ago, JR was experiencing shoulder pain that would not go away. He casually mentioned it to his wife Tracy, a medical assistant in PMC’s orthopedic clinic, and she encouraged him to have an MRI at PMC. On a cold Saturday morning in February, he drove to Pikeville while his wife more on this story...
PMC observes Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
PIKEVILLE — August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and is a great reminder for parents to take their children for an eye exam during the back-to-school season. Most children have healthy eyes, but there are conditions that can threaten their vision. Those conditions can be treated properly if caught early. “A child’s eyes should be examined during regular pediatric appointments and vision testing should be conducted beginning at age three,” said Pikeville Medical Center opthomologist, Kay Hazelett, MD. Parents should be aware of signs more on this story...
Aquatic therapy helping Osborne get his life back
PIKEVILLE — Stanley Osborne, 67, of Pike County, is pleased with the outpatient rehabilitation care he is receiving at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for his back pain. While on vacation, Osborne could tell an improved difference in his pain when he was in the swimming pool. Upon his return home, he was made aware that PMC offers aquatic therapy and was anxious to begin. “The first time I came in here for therapy, I was in a wheelchair,” said Osborne. “I’m far from that now. ” Prior to beginning his aquatic more on this story...
Dr. Ghosheh plays vital role with treating trauma patients
PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with vessel injuries, the care of a surgeon specially trained in vascular and endovascular surgery may be required. Bashar Ghosheh, MD, vascular and endovascular surgeon, is part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). He evaluates the trauma patient to help control bleeding from vessels while repairing the injury. According to Dr. Ghosheh, vascular injuries have short recovery times and the follow-up process is around four weeks. “I play a supportive role for our great trauma physicians by managing more on this story...
Berger family says thanks PMC!
During a year my husband, Joe David Berger, endured a long debilitating journey. He was in Lexington for three months and endured several surgeries. Then after returning home, he endured seven months of being in and out of the hospital here at Pikeville Medical Center. He ended his journey last year on July 21st, 2014 when he was called to his eternal home. He is gone but not forgotten. He was loved dearly by myself, our two sons Phillip Wicker and Jonathon Berger, our granddaughter Sarah Terry, daughter-in-law Leslie Wicker and a host of friends and family. more on this story...
Trauma specialists ready when needed
When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with serious bone and/or joint injury, the care of a surgeon specially trained in orthopedic trauma may be required. Apostolos Dimitroulias, MD, and John Mansour, DO, orthopedic trauma surgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They evaluate trauma patients and, depending on the nature of the injury, recommend conservative or operative treatment. An important part of the orthopedic treatment process is the long-term follow-up the patient must undergo to avoid post-traumatic complications or infections. more on this story...
PMC welcomes Jahnave Gudaru, MD
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Jahnave Gudaru, MD, family medicine physician. Dr. Gudaru received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M. B. B. S. ) degree from Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Pondicherry, India and completed her residency at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. “My dad is a primary care physician,” she said. “He made a big impact on my decision to become a physician. I was able to see first-hand how he treated his patients and how they responded to his care. ” more on this story...
PMC dietician encourages parents to pack healthy lunches
PIKEVILLE — Parents will soon be back in the routine of packing lunches with back-to-school season approaching. Preparing a healthy lunch for young children instills positive eating habits that can last a lifetime. “If your child is a picky eater, trying to make their food fun is a great tool,” Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Registered Dietician Madison Hilgendorf said. “You can grocery shop with them so they can pick out foods they like. ” A turkey wrap and English muffin pizza are healthy lunch ideas. The turkey wrap could include more on this story...
Helping children cope with stress
Children today have many sources of stress with which to cope. Sources can range from a change in normal routine to the loss of a loved one, natural disasters or other life-altering events. Sometimes as adults, we forget what it was like as a child. Adults have established strategies for coping with stress. Without proper coping mechanisms in place, a child can be greatly affected. Children usually deal with stress by making a change in their normal behavior such as increased aggression, insomnia or even regressive behaviors. more on this story...
PMC sends medical, baby supplies to Johnson County
PIKEVILLE —In response to the devastating July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) donated medical supplies and other items to organizations serving those affected by the disaster. Medical tape and gauze, gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfectant wipes, facial tissue, washcloths, flashlights, batteries as well as baby formula, diapers and wipes were delivered to the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee at Johnson County Central High School, Encounters Mission, Inc. , and a local church. PMC Assistant Vice President of Risk Management/Patient Safety Pam VanHoose delivered the items on July 16. VanHoose more on this story...
Immunizations key to better health for school-age children
PIKEVILLE — With the 2015-16 school year just around the corner, immunizations are on parents’ minds. “Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements of public health initiatives,” Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD, said. “We have eradicated many dreadful diseases and are able to combat many others only because of vaccines. ” According to Kentucky Health News, Kentucky state law requires all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinated, with exemptions given for medical or religious purposes only. The immunizations that kindergarten-aged children must receive are the DtaP more on this story...
First aid treatment for cuts, scrapes
The warmer weather this summer will bring more children outside, and give them more opportunities to experience cuts and scrapes. Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room. The Mayo Clinic shares these tips to help parents care for these types of wounds. Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection. Also put on disposable protective gloves if they’re available. Stop the bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If not, apply gentle pressure with a sterile bandage or clean more on this story...
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Heart patient says cardiac rehab changed his life
PIKEVILLE — At the age of 49, Dale Ratliff was diagnosed with advanced heart failure. In February, he received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps pump blood throughout the body while the patient waits for a heart transplant. LVAD patients need cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) and care after receiving the device. Ratliff chose the cardiac rehab program at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for his aftercare. The staff, which is trained to care for LVAD devices, helps Ratliff achieve specific goals in preparation for a heart transplant, more on this story...
PMC promots concussion awareness
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted a seminar regarding contact sports concussions for Pike County schools’ junior high and high school coaches and coaching staffs. The event was held at Pike County Central High School with PMC Pediatrician Dr. Brad Akers and Trauma Nurse Practitioner Kenny Hawkins as speakers. The event educated attendees on the signs and symptoms of concussions as well as how to obtain medical treatment for players who may get a concussion during a practice or game. “Concussions are the biggest issue in sports these days,” PMC Trauma Injury more on this story...
PIKEVILLE — Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, MD, and Vascular Surgeon Bashar Ghosheh, MD, have changed the way abdominal aortic aneurysm, a potentially life-threatening condition, is treated at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They are now performing abdominal aortic aneurysm procedures in the PMC Catheterization (Cath) Lab using a less invasive method than open repair. PMC Cath Lab Manager Johnny Webb said, “Ten years ago, abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs were considered high-risk major surgeries and patients would be in the hospital for days post-procedure. ” The latest method doesn’t require an incision more on this story...
Trauma staff contributes to Level II Trauma Center
PIKEVILLE — The trauma services staff at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) takes pride in being part of Level II Trauma Center. The trauma staff consists of a Trauma Manager Sandy Tackett, Injury Prevention/Outreach Coordinator Jackie Caudill, and Registrars Mary Simmons and Elizabeth Hall. Each staff member plays a vital role in the department. The manager oversees the trauma database, injury prevention, performance improvement and patient care protocols in addition to other duties. The injury prevention/outreach coordinator is highly involved in the community by working with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), providing injury more on this story...