Registration open for Colors of Courage 5K race
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the 3rd annual Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on August 20 in downtown Pikeville. Proceeds will benefit under insured patients of Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. “The Colors of Courage 5K Committee and the cancer center staff are really excited about the 5K this year,” said Whitney Hogg, assistant director of public relations. “We have patients in critical need of assistance who can continue treatment here at home thanks to the funds from this race. ” Most people more on this story...
Protect your family from mosquitoes around your home
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) advises homeowners to begin preparing now for summer mosquito season by ridding their environments of potential mosquito breeding areas. Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry diseases. Take steps to avoid potential exposures by reducing possible breeding locations in and around the home. “We should be mindful of areas and objects around our homes that can hold water and also support mosquito breeding,” said Fadi Al Akhrass, MD, PMC infectious disease specialist. “Birdbaths, more on this story...
PMC physicians consult to help chronic pain patient
Allie Chapman of Belfry was living with chronic pain for four years before seeking help at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). The pain was a constant discomfort and it affected her emotional health as well. “The pain came on suddenly and then was with me 24/7,” said Chapman. “I would rate my pain a 10 on a scale of one to ten and it never let up. I told my sister that if I don’t get some help, I am going to die. ” The pain was so severe that oral narcotic medications nor more on this story...
PMC closes Critical Care waiting areas until further notice
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) treats all people regardless of their condition and wants to treat visitors with courtesy and respect. However, it appears that some visitors in the Critical Care waiting areas on the third floor of the May Tower have brought bed bugs into the hospital on their belongings. The hospital has a policy and a procedure in place for dealing with this type of problem: •The waiting area is closed until further notice. •Professional exterminators have been hired and are currently on-site working with hospital more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Jasnett Singh Bhullar
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Jasneet Singh Bhullar MD, MS colorectal surgeon. Dr. Bhullar received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at the GGS Medical College in Faridkot, India and a Master of Surgery (MS) at Government Medical College, Amritsar, India. He did his residency in general surgery at the Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Southfield, Mich. He completed his urology fellowship at National University Hospital, Singapore and an advanced colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn. He is board certified by the American more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Vikram Oke
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Vikram Oke, MD, pulmonologist, to the medical staff. Dr. Oke is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College. He completed a residency in internal medical at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and was named chief resident. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine also at Interfaith Medical Center which is affiliated with SUNY Downstate University, NY. He has studied public health at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO. Dr. Oke is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Cody Reynolds
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Cody Reynolds, DO, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Reynolds received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes and his medical degree from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Reynolds is board certified in emergency medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. “I knew I wanted to do emergency medicine pretty quick,” he said. “My family ran an ambulance service in Phelps so I was exposed to EMS (Emergency Medical Services) more on this story...
Relay For Life June 10 at Bob Amos
Join the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on June 10 at Bob Amos Park for Pike County Relay For Life. This fundraiser benefits the ACS by raising awareness for cancer research. The money raised also helps with patient programs and services to help the community. “Relay For Life is a wonderful way to remember those lost to cancer and to encourage those who are still in the fight,” said Nell Bedwell, RN, PMC Cancer Center Outreach Coordinator and PMC Team Organizer. “This is the community’s way to take action and support those more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Hanna
Critical Care physician Rami Hanna, MD, is returning to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) to treat patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Hanna worked at PMC from 2009 to 2013 in critical care medicine. He has been working with the Intensive Care Consortium at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. After earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Hanna went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York. He was named chief resident during his final year more on this story...
PMC participating in Relay For Life
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) again this year as a sponsor of Pike County Relay For Life, which is themed Paint Your World Purple. Everyone is invited to Bob Amos Park in Pikeville on June 10 from 6pm to midnight. The fundraiser benefits the ACS and raises awareness for cancer research. The ACS is the largest nongovernmental cancer research organization. For over 70 years, the ACS has been funding research for cancer treatment and a cure. In fact, the ACS lists cancer as one more on this story...
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PMC’s Level II Trauma Center beneficial to region
Within the last year, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has made tremendous strides in growth and development. One of the largest additions PMC has made in the last year is the only Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky verified by the American College of Surgeons. Opening in June 2015, the trauma center has resulted in a 55 percent increase in trauma services at PMC. “The need for a Level II Trauma Center in this region is evident in the growth of trauma services,” said PMC Trauma Program Director Sandy Tackett. “The number more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Weinberger
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Paul Weinberger, DO, Emergency Medicine physician. Dr. Weinberger received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania. Dr. Weinberger is board certified from the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He decided on a career in emergency medicine because he really enjoys acute care. When asked what his goals were for his practice, Dr. Weinberger replied, “My goal is to provide high quality care more on this story...
PMC employees show strong support for Relay For Life
FOR A GREAT CAUSE: Pikeville Medical Center participated in the Relay
For Life event held at Bob Amos Park June 10. Employees are seen here
preparing to walk the track to remember those who have lost the fight
and to honor those still battling the disease. More pictures of the
event can be found on page 27. Pike County raised approximately $54,500
this year. The Tug Valley Relay For Life will be held June 17 at
historic Lefty Hamilton Park in Williamson, W. Va. Activities will begin
at 6 p. m. more on this story...
Causes of death among men preventable
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Men’s Health Month during June and encourages men to take note of their health risks and the importance of living a healthy life. “It is not unusual for aging men to be concerned about health issues that are discussed in the media,” said PMC Urologist Dustin Gayheart, MD. “Unfortunately men are notorious for delaying medical care or primary care services. It is not uncommon for a men to have their first contact with the medical system during a visit to the urologist for evaluation of low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, urinary more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Thompson
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Tiffany Thompson, DO, Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN). Dr. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and her medical degree from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville. A full-service OB/GYN, Dr. Thompson specializes in family planning, prenatal and postpartum care, osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding and minimally invasive gynecological surgery. “My patient encounters are relaxed, but I am a fierce advocate for patient more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Kirkpatrick
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Cassandra Kirkpatrick, MD, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Kirkpatrick received her Bachelor of Science in biology from West Virginia State University and her medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is board certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Before Dr. Kirkpatrick began her medical career, she served in the United States Army. “I knew I wanted to do emergency medicine ever since the Army placed me the Emergency Department at Fort Benning, Georgia. ” more on this story...
Governor Bevin visits PMC
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin stopped by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on Monday, June 6 after wrapping up the SOAR Innovation Summit at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. He met with hospital officials to discuss how PMC is impacting the region and how the delivery of healthcare in the Commonwealth can be improved. Chief Legal Counsel Pamela T. May and Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins led Gov. Bevin on a tour of the hospital during which the governor talked with employees and participated in photo opportunities. After the tour, Gov. Bevin met one-on-one with more on this story...
PMC welcomes Mario Matos-Cruz
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mario Matos-Cruz, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Matos-Cruz received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He performed his residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Carolinas Heart Institute in Charlotte, NC. He completed a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta and a cardiac surgery fellowship at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Matos-Cruz specializes in open heart procedures, off-pump bypass, valve surgery, more on this story...
PMC celebrates Nursing Assistants Week
Nursing Assistants (NAs) provide more than healthcare to patients, they provide compassion and a sense of friendship during a patient’s most vulnerable time. This is why Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating its over 140 NAs during Nursing Assistants Week June 9-16. “The NAs at PMC are an important and integral part of our health care team,” said PMC Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Assistant Chief Operating Officer Debra Parsons. “Each day they approach their assigned duties with the dedication and skill of true professionals. Without them, we would not succeed more on this story...
Patient praises PMC Wound Care Center staff
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently received a letter of appreciation from Douglas Jones of Ashcamp praising the care and professionalism of the PMC Wound Care Center staff. Jones said, “I am writing this letter of thanks and praise for the expertise and follow-up treatment I received at PMC. ” Jones presented in the emergency department with four open wounds on his right foot. After a thorough examination, he was admitted to the hospital where he immediately received intravenous antibiotics. He received treatments under the direction of the PMC Wound Care Center. more on this story...