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05/27/2016
PMC offers first aid, safety course

With summer kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages area residents to prepare for the unexpected with a first aid training class taught by certified medical personnel. PMC Emergency Services Director Chris Whitt, RN, doesn’t have to look at a report to determine the top summer injuries in the region. “ATV and motorcycle accidents are the top injuries every spring and summer,” he said.   “With or without safety equipment, these accidents can cause serious injuries. ” PMC provides educational offerings that may come in more on this story...  

05/20/2016
PMC bringing awareness to trauma injuries

Annually, traumatic injuries account for 41 million emergency department visits and 2. 3 million hospital admissions in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing Trauma Awareness Month during May to bring attention to the different types of traumas and ways to prevent them, especially during the summer months. “The PMC Trauma Center gets a lot busier during the summer because people are outside and getting busier,” said PMC Trauma Surgeon Dr. Aaron Brown, MD. PMC Injury Prevention and Trauma more on this story...  

05/20/2016
Hickman attends summit in Atlanta

PIKEVILLE — The nationwide drug epidemic prompted leaders from across the country to attend The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit March 28-31 in Atlanta. The summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription  drug abuse and heroin use. Pikeville Medical Center sponsored the event and was represented by Vice President and Assistant to the President/CEO Cheryl Hickman, who serves as a member of Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education (UNITE). Operation more on this story...  

05/13/2016
PMC celebrates National Hospital Week

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating its nearly 2,700 employees during National Hospital Week, May 8-14. The hospital recognizes the dedicated women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their patients and the community by providing quality, compassionate care. “Our hospital has some of the best employees in the world,” said Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins. “During National Hospital Week, I would like to thank our entire staff for all their hard work. Year-round they’re making a difference in the lives of others. ” During the week-long celebration, all employees received a more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Employees dedicate 20-plus years to PMC

~ Patricia McCoy ~ Patricia McCoy began working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in 1974 as the director of inpatient and outpatient pharmacy. “I graduated pharmacy school with high distinction in 1971 and returned home because my parents needed me,” said McCoy. “After I got the job here, I just never wanted to leave. ” McCoy, a staff pharmacist, states that the growth of the hospital has been extraordinary in her 42-year career. “PMC has grown unbelievably, all for the good,” she said. “There are so many more more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Employees travel great distances to work at PMC

Employees at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) “go the distance” in their jobs, working hard to provide quality for patients. Some employees literally “go the distance” to get to work every day by commuting from other states and counties in Kentucky. Why do they endure the long commute every day? “Pikeville Medical Center is simply the best healthcare system in the region,” said Derek Hubbard, information systems clinical analyst. “There are great opportunities here. ” Hubbard and his neighbor, Theresa Smith, information systems project manager, live next door to each other more on this story...  

05/13/2016
PMC: Living out our Christian mission

Every successful entity requires a solid foundation. At Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) that foundation is its mission to provide quality, regional healthcare in a Christian environment. It’s not simply a nice statement placed in an attractive frame on the walls; it’s a mission woven throughout the fabric of the organization that gives employees peace and hope. “I am happy to work for an organization that has the same values as I was raised with,” said PMC 8th Floor Clinic Clerk Renoda Edmonds. “I enjoy coming to work, knowing the company I work for not more on this story...  

05/06/2016
PMC achieves national accreditation for bariatric surgery

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program in eastern Kentucky. Amy Johnson, MD, Bariatric Surgery Medical Director at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), announced that the Weight Loss Surgery Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive more on this story...  

05/06/2016
PMC provides KSP with life-saving supplies

The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Trauma Program has partnered with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 9 to quickly help trauma victims who acquire injuries causing arterial bleeding.   PMC donated Trauma To-Go Bags for each Post 9 patrol car in Pike, Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties. The bags included supplies for troopers to control bleeding until Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrives at the scene. Along with the To-Go Bags, PMC provided free training to the troopers on how to handle a potentially life-threatening situation. “The Pikeville Medical Trauma Center is proud to support more on this story...  

04/29/2016
Turning down ringing in the ears

One in five people experience a perception of noise or ringing in the ears when no external noise is present. This problem, known as tinnitus, is typically not serious and is often a symptom of an underlying condition such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. “Tinnitus is not a disease, but something that is wrong in the auditory system,” said Julie Helfen, Au. D. , audiologist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Mayo Clinic reports that, in many people, tinnitus is caused by one of these conditions: more on this story...  

  

05/27/2016
Public invited to PMC Blood Drive

Employees at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) find importance in donating blood during the Kentucky Blood Center blood drives at the hospital and encourage others to do the same. Take PMC Clinic – 7th Floor Clerk Darrick Williams for example. His reason for giving blood is altruistic. “I can potentially save a life,” he said. Williams began donating blood with friends at Prestonsburg High School and has been donating ever since. “It just seemed like a good thing to do,” he said. more on this story...  

05/20/2016
May is better speech and hearing month

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes May as “Better Speech and Hearing Month” and celebrates the services provided by audiologists and speech therapists employed at the hospital. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) reports that hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions facing older adults. Unfortunately, only about 20–30 percent of people who could benefit from treatment actually seek help. Untreated hearing loss is associated with depression and social isolation, fatigue, and even earlier onset of dementia than in individuals with no hearing loss. Treatment more on this story...  

05/20/2016
Hear the difference an audiologist can make

Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) audiology services, under the direction of Julie Helfen, Au. D. , is making a difference in patients’ lives. Fayetta Bevins of Whitesburg began losing her hearing in her fifties, which is a natural occurrence of aging. However what she did not realize was that her hearing loss was accelerated because of an inherited condition that caused nerve deafness. “It got to the point that I could only hear half of a conversation,” said Bevins. “My daughter and I would go back and forth. I told her she mumbled and she more on this story...  

05/13/2016
PMC nurses honored during ceremony

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) honored its top nurses in each unit at the annual Nurse of the Year ceremony held on May 9. “We assemble yearly to celebrate National Nurses Week and award several of our nurses with the Nurse of the Year award,” said PMC Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Assistant Chief Operating Officer Debra Parsons. “These special nurses exemplify the values of nursing and the standards of PMC. Even though we can only recognize one person from each department as Nurse of the Year, I want all of our nurses to know how more on this story...  

05/13/2016
PMC has major impact on employees

Working at Pikeville Medical Center affects employees in numerous, meaningful ways. Whether it’s needing the hospital’s services themselves or being able to care for a neighbor, employees are eager to share stories about how the hospital has influenced their lives. Tiffany McCown Nutritional Services Call Center Representative “My job allows me to observe food choices for our patients. I see what they are allowed to eat and we track carbs, potassium, sugar and phosphorous.   My dad is a diabetic who struggles finding foods he should eat. Since  I have been able to more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Employees moving on up

As Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employees have discovered, the hospital is a great place to work. With good salaries and benefits, a job at PMC is coveted by many. But what employees may not realize is that it is also a place where they can advance in their careers. Josh Crum, a materials coordinator at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC), has steadily advanced his career since he started at PMC 11 years ago.  “I’ve been pleased to move up here,” he said. Crum actually took a more on this story...  

05/06/2016
PMC observes National Nurses Week

Each year nurses are celebrated during National Nurses Week May 6-12. This observance begins on National Nurses Day and ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale. “Nurses Week is a celebration to honor the field of nursing. It is a fulfilling profession. Dedicated nurses in all fields of practice play an important role in providing care to patients,” said Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse (RN) Sandy Crum. “My nursing career has been very rewarding to me and I encourage others to become nurses. ” This week celebrates the occupation more on this story...  

05/06/2016
Reclaim Your Life 5K a success

Hundreds of people from all over the region gathered in Pikeville on April 30 for a common cause. The Pikeville Medical Weight Loss Surgery Center Reclaim Your Life 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk was held to promote the importance of health and fitness and to support those in various stages of their weight loss journey. More than 600 participants registered for this event, including several weight loss surgery patients. Reclaim Your Life generated over $21,000, all of which will go toward giving weight loss surgery patients the tools they need to be healthier.   more on this story...  

04/29/2016
Reclaim Your Life: A race for everyone

Race time at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is almost here.   The highly-anticipated PMC Reclaim Your Life 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk takes place Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 am on Main Street with registration beginning at 7:30 am.   Race participants who pre-registered can pick up their race bags on Friday at the Medical Leader Building at 116 Main Street, from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. A light lunch will be served after the race and awards will be presented at the East Kentucky Expo Center Plaza. Weight loss more on this story...  

04/29/2016
PMC Sleep Center in Pikeville moves to new, improved location

The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Sleep Center has moved to the Landmark Inn located at 190 South Mayo Trail in Pikeville. The Center began testing patients on Monday evening, April 25. Prior to relocating, the PMC Sleep Center was located in the Elliott Building on PMC’s main campus. “It’s a welcome change,” said Sleep Center Supervisor Todd Werner. “The Landmark Inn is easy for our patients to access and provides convenient parking. Patients can even register on-site. In addition, the rooms are very accommodating. ” Sleep Center more on this story...  

 





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