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...
PMC assists those affected by benefits suspension
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Release of Information (ROI) department provided medical records free of charge to former clients of Eric C. Conn whose social security benefits were recently suspended. Those affected received letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Disability notifying them of the suspension and requiring them to provide medical documentation within 10 days of the letter date. The ROI department began receiving medical records requests related to the suspension, most of which were initiated in person, the last week of May. The staff received more than 300 more on this story...
PMC recognizes residents during annual banquet
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted its annual Residency Banquet at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville on June 30. The banquet was held in recognition of incoming residents, graduating residents and those who will be moving to their next level of training. PMC Chief Resident John Colston, DO, said, “I am happy to announce the graduation of some excellent physicians this year. It’s encouraging to know that most of our residents will be staying and working in Appalachia, serving our community. ” This year’s banquet also more on this story...
Pramesh Dhakal, MD, joins staff
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Pramesh Dhakal, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Dhakal received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal. He completed his Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Dhakal is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Dhakal specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. more on this story...
Vedang J. Bhavsar, MD, joins staff
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Vedang J. Bhavsar, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Bhavsar received his Master’s degree in Public Health from Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Smt. N. H. L. Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University, India. He completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Echocardiography and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Bhavsar specializes in the diagnosis and more on this story...
PMC promotes heat safety awareness
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand heat safety and how it effects your health. High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. The main things affecting the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are high humidity, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. more on this story...
Risk Management vital to keeping PMC safe
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating Risk Management Week June 15-19. Risk Management Week highlights the importance of reducing the risk of injury to patients, employees and/or visitors at a health care facility. PMC’s Patient Safety and Risk Management team provides support and assistance to patients and visitors as well as departments within the hospital. Patient Safety and Risk Management is the key to protecting individuals, which helps a health care facility function as a whole. “I am extremely proud to be part of the Pikeville Medical Center Patient Safety more on this story...
PMC welcomes Jennifer Wright, PhD
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Jennifer Wright, PhD, licensed psychologist. Dr. Wright received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and SpE Educational Psychology and PhD from the University of Kentucky. A full-service psychologist, Dr. Wright specializes in pre-procedure evaluations, psychological consultations, adult and child therapy, and psychological assessments. As a child, her goal was to be an archeologist; but she took a psychology class as a high school sophomore that changed her career more on this story...
Nursing assistants essential in patient care
PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating the 38th Annual Certified Nursing Assistant Week, June 11-18. The week highlights the many ways that nursing assistants (NAs) improve the wellbeing of their patients. NAs are instrumental in meeting the daily needs of acutely ill and long-term care patients. “Nursing assistants help patients with their basic needs,” Senior Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey said. “They are essential in helping patients heal by assisting them with bathing, dressing and feeding themselves. They also help keep the patient’s environment more on this story...
PMC ready to walk, celebrate Relay
PIKEVILLE —This year the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life fundraising event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to participate. The hospital will have a team at the Pike County Relay For Life, which will take place from 6 p. m. until midnight on Friday, June 12 at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. “This is such a wonderful event that gives us all time to stop and celebrate the survivors and honor the heroes who have walked that path so bravely,” said Marigo Werner, clinical manager more on this story...
Wound Care Awareness Month observed
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating National Wound Care Awareness Month during June. National Wound Care Awareness Month highlights the importance of treatment for non-healing wounds, chronic wounds and ulcers. The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center (WCC) is a member of the Healogics, an organization that promotes wound healing and prevention, and has been honored as one of the top five centers in the region. The WCC’s hard work and dedication to community education is valuable to patients and health care providers. “The more on this story...
Pikeville Medical Center encourages ATV safety
PIKEVILLE — Warm weather is here, which means it is all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding season. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to put safety first when riding ATVs. PMC Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “Wear a helmet at all times. If the ATV is a mule or side-by-side, always use a seat belt. Never allow children to operate an ATV without adult supervision. ” PMC treated 63 ATV-related injuries this past year. ATVs provide a lot of fun for those riding them, but like more on this story...
May receives honorary Doctor of Laws degree
PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Interim President Paul E. Patton called Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) President and Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May one of the most influential figures in the growth of the medical community in eastern Kentucky. May, who became a member of PMC’s Board of Directors in 1962, was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 2015 commencement for the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on May 16. “I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this degree today,” May said. more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Attum
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Abdulla Attum, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Attum received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Eqypt. He completed his residency and fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He is board certified by the American Board in Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Attum specializes in open heart procedures, off-pump bypass, valve surgery, lung and chest wall resections and complex cardiac procedures. He said, “I decided to be more on this story...
PMC welcomes Dr. Mansour
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John Mansour, DO, orthopedic trauma surgeon. Dr. Mansour received his Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mo. , and his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A full-service orthopedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Mansour specializes in minimally invasive 3D navigational surgery, pelvic and acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures, malunions, nonunions, osteomyelitis and infections. “I like the complex nature of orthopedic trauma surgery,” Dr. Mansour said. “It has the highest level of importance when it comes more on this story...
PMC seeks USDA funding: Money would create 85 new jobs, attract 1,700 new admissions
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is seeking $104 million in loans from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finance multiple construction and renovation projects as well as funding to refinance part of the $90 million in bonds issued to PMC in 2011. If approved, the loans would help create 85 new jobs and bring in 1,700 new admissions during the first year of full operation. “We believe strongly in the future of this hospital and the economic impact it will have on the region,” PMC Chief Legal Counsel Pamela T. more on this story...
PMC celebrates National Nurses Week
PIKEVILLE — National Nurses Week, May 6-12, begins on National Recognition Day for nurses and ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. The week highlights the many ways in which America’s 3. 1 million nurses help improve the lives of their patients every day. Currently, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employs almost 700 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 50 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who strive daily to provide quality care and who touch thousands of lives each year. Senior Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer more on this story...
PMC praised for mom, baby care
PIKEVILLE — In 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Engagement Network. Through that program, and through a partnership between the Anthem Foundation and the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Inc. (KIPSQ), a nonprofit subsidiary of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), many Kentucky birthing hospitals joined together to reduce non-medically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks. PMC participated in the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network and the Anthem Foundation “Improving Patient Safety for Mom and Baby” initiatives. They significantly reduced the number of early elective more on this story...
PMC encourages proper skin care
PIKEVILLE — May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center encourages everyone to take precautions when going outdoors this summer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U. S. Every year more than 3. 5 million new cases are diagnosed and nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. There are two different types of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. Melanoma is considered to be more more on this story...
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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...
PMC welcomes Sankar R. Chirumamilla, MD
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Sankar R. Chirumamilla, MD, physiatrist. Dr. Chirumamilla received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Kakatiya Medical College in Warangal, India and his Master of Public Health degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington and a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Chirumamilla specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is one more on this story...
Miracle girl survives cardiac arrest at PMC
PIKEVILLE — Days before high school graduation, 18-year-old senior Reagan Linton was facing her future unlike traditional seniors. She was preparing for her final calculus class when she began to feel strange. Linton said, “It was not anything extreme, just different. I was not feeling normal. ” She immediately researched her symptoms on her cell phone. “I found an article that scared me,” she said. “It said the symptoms I was experiencing could be fatal if not checked out. ” She called her mother, more on this story...
Prostate, colon cancer screenings held
— Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) held a free prostate and colon cancer
screening at the Leonard Lawson cancer center on April 25. A total of 10 patients were screened, including nine males and one female. Of
the 10 people examined for colon cancer, one tested positive for occult
blood. This patient has been notified to follow up with a physician. All nine males were screened for prostate cancer and all were within normal Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. However,
nine (100 percent) more on this story...
Mahesh Aradhya, MD, joins staff
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mahesh Aradhya, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Aradhya received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India and completed his cardiology fellowship at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Penn. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Aradhya specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “Cardiology allows me to work with advanced technology every day,” said Dr. Aradhya. “I appreciate cardiology’s wide variety of more on this story...
PMC is a Level II Trauma Center: Hospital hosts grand opening celebration
PIKEVILLE – The trauma services at Pikeville Medical Center have been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a scientific and educational association that improves the quality of care for surgical patients. It is now the only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky. The announcement was made during a Grand Opening Celebration for Trauma Services on June 23 at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). As a verified Trauma Center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused more on this story...
PMC Sleep Center receives 5th straight AASM accreditation
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Sleep Center has received full reaccreditation status from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), marking 20 consecutive years of accreditation. The AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine heath care, education and research. The PMC Sleep Center received its first accreditation in 1995 after beginning the service only one year earlier. The accreditation holds a five year status, and the 2015 accreditation marks PMC’s fifth consecutive AASM designation. To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed more on this story...
PMC observing National Cataract Awareness Month
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will be observing National Cataract Awareness Month during June. National Cataract Awareness Month focuses on the importance of eye health. Currently, there are more than 22 million Americans, age 40 or older, with cataracts making this eye condition the leading cause of blindness in the world. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a cataract is “a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. ” The cloudiness is caused by the buildup of proteins in the eye’s lens. more on this story...
PMC welcomes Pediatrician Shobha Haridas, MD
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Shobha Haridas, MD, pediatrician. A local physician residing in Forest Hills, Dr. Haridas has been practicing in the region for nearly 16 years and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients. Dr. Haridas received her Bachelor of Medicine and Basic Surgery from the University of Madras and her medical degree from Madras Medical College, both in Chennai, India. “I have always enjoyed working with children,” said Dr. Haridas. “It is extremely gratifying when you more on this story...
PMC becomes AHA Training Center
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is now an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center, offering multiple certification classes for its employees and the public. Becoming an AHA Training Center is a rigorous, two-year process that includes collecting extensive amounts of data and completing an application process. Once the application is approved, a surveyor monitors multiple courses to ensure appropriate teaching techniques are utilized. “The PMC Hospital Education Department plays an instrumental role in the quality of care provided by the organization,” said Rita Crum, director of Employee Education/Staff Development. more on this story...
PMC emphasizes importance of pool safety this summer
PIKEVILLE — As summer heat waves sweep across the region, many people are turning to swimming pools for quick relief from the hot temperatures. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) advises the community to be safe when cooling off in the water this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Each day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of death in the U. S. ” “For millions of Americans, swimming pools more on this story...
Cancer event set for Aug. 22 in Pikeville: Registration now underway
PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to support cancer patients during a race that will be hosted by Pikeville Medical Center later this year. Registration is now underway for the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Aug. 22 in downtown Pikeville. In its second year, funds generated by the Colors of Courage 5K will be used to help underinsured patients of the cancer center. Last year, more than 900 runners and walkers from throughout the region participated, and the race provided $21,542 more on this story...
Snake bites increase during summer months
PIKEVILLE — Summer is the season for outdoor fun, but an increase in snake activity creates the need for heightened awareness. A snake bite victim should go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevent Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “When in the woods or the garden, the best defense against a snake bite is to look where you are walking and look closely where you are placing your hands. ” Victims are urged not to: •Cut and suck more on this story...
PMC’s Chaney earns national certification
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Registered Nurse Sandra Chaney recently earned national certification. This month, the American Association for Diabetes Educators named Chaney a Certified Diabetes Educator, recognizing her as a health professional who has “comprehensive knowledge and experience” with prediabetes, diabetes, diabetes prevention, and complications and management of the disease. Working with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Mavis Lowe in the PMC Diabetes Education Department, Chaney started preparing to earn the title more than a year ago. She spent hours researching and studying diabetes, completed 1,000 hours more on this story...
PMC receives top patient satisfaction rating
— Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is among the top five percent of
hospitals in America to achieve the highest rating possible — five-stars
— for patient satisfaction in a new system recently introduced by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). PMC is rated
higher than Mayo Clinic (Rochester), Massachusetts General Hospital,
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center. Approximately
4,600 hospitals were listed on CMS’s public information website,
Hospital Compare, which is designed to make it easy for consumers to
evaluate the quality of health more on this story...
PMC nurses honored at banquet
NURSE OF THE YEAR: Zelma Watson (center at left) was selected as the PMC 2015 Nurse of the Year for the many ways in which she goes above and beyond and gives back to the community. She is pictured with Chief Nursing Officer/Assistant Chief Operating Officer Debra Parsons (far left) and Director of Home Health/Home Medical Equipment Annette Harris-Ward (right). more on this story...
PMC partners with SOAR, commits $300K
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has committed $300,000 to Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and its initiative to improve the economy and quality of life in Appalachian Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers established SOAR in 2013 to strengthen health care, expand job creation and promote innovation as well as spearhead other regional initiatives. SOAR collaborates with organizations, institutions, businesses, leaders and citizens in its efforts. As a presenting partner with SOAR, PMC will participate in the corporate partner roundtable, which meets quarterly and advises SOAR’s executive committee. PMC more on this story...
PMC Trauma Department emphasizes pool safety
PIKEVILLE — As hot temperatures greet our region, we are reminded that summer and pool season is right around the corner. Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Department wants everyone to keep in mind the importance of playing it safe around the pool. Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “Each day in the United States, nine people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning is also the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages one to four, most of which take place in residential swimming pools. ” “The best ways to prevent more on this story...
PMC Trauma Department hosts Jenkins Project Prom
PIKEVILLE — On April 28, Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Department held Project Prom at Jenkins Middle/High School to help teach students the importance of keeping their eyes and mind on the road when driving. PMC Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Scott Suttles said, “The death rate from car crashes in Kentucky (23. 2 per 100,000) is higher than that of the national average (12. 9 per 1,000). At Pikeville Medical Center, we hope to decrease the overall death rate by providing trauma care for patients who are severely injured. ” At 1pm, Jenkins Middle/High School Students, more on this story...
Community mourns T.T. Colley
Theodore Thelmer Colley, better known as “T. T. ,” passed away just before noon on Wednesday, April 15 at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) at age 88. Colley was born on Aug. 21, 1926 in Esco, Ky. After graduating from Virgie High School, he joined the Navy at age 18 and was stationed at the U. S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. Following his military stint, he attended Eastern Kentucky University but dropped out after two years to work in the coal business. Colley’s mother, the late Elizabeth Branham Colley Baker, guided him in more on this story...