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08/26/2016
PMC physicians encourage immunization

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is bringing awareness to the importance of vaccinations during National Immunization Awareness Month. “Vaccinations are one of the greatest achievements of public health initiatives,” PMC Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD, said. “We have eradicated many dreadful diseases and are able to combat many others only because of vaccines. ” As an adult, vaccinations are one of the easiest ways to not only protect oneself as well as children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many diseases are preventable with vaccinations: Infants more on this story...  

08/26/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Melissa Ramsey

PMC proudly announces the addition of Dr. Melissa Ramsey, MD, anesthesiology. Dr. Ramsey received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. She earned her medical degree from the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at the UT Medical Center. Dr. Ramsey is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology. Dr. Ramsey’s career path was unconventional. She worked as a registered nurse for seven years more on this story...  

08/19/2016
U.S. News & World Report: Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide

Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the nation in U. S. News & World Report’s annual list of top hospitals published online recently. In addition, Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the country. Mayo Clinic took the No. 1 spot in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. It also ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix metro area and in the Jacksonville metro area. Mayo Clinic is part of a select group on the U. S. News Honor Roll recognized for “breadth of excellence,” according more on this story...  

08/19/2016
PMC recognizes neurosurgery department

Every year, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) observes Neurosurgery Awareness Month in August. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) takes this opportunity to recognize its neurosurgery department for the positive impact it has on patient care. PMC’s neurosurgeons, Dr. Duane Densler and Dr. Norman Mayer, use innovative techniques and technology to treat their patients. PMC was the first and only hospital in the region to offer the BrainLab system.   In fact, only a select few hospitals in the nation offer this cutting-edge technology. The BrainLab system allows the neurosurgeon more on this story...  

08/19/2016
Helping your baby to learn

It might seem that your baby learns something new every day. In fact, every experience — from cuddling before nap time to listening to a sibling’s chatter — helps your baby learn more about his or her world. As your baby grows and changes, you might have new questions about infant health. How can you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? When should you introduce solid foods? When will your baby sit up? What are infant health red flags? Your baby’s doctor is a great resource for learning more about infant more on this story...  

08/19/2016
PMC Employees Off The Clock: Downtrend rocks!

Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) employee Josh Crum likes to kick back on the weekends after a hard week of work. Relaxing is not in the picture, though, as he changes focus to manager and performer in the hard rock band, Downtrend. “I grew up in a musical family,” said Crum. “My father is a preacher so  we grew up on gospel music. I taught myself how to play the guitar when I was around ten years old and fell in love with it. ” Crum’s musical interest leaned to hard rock and more on this story...  

08/11/2016
FDA Commissioner gets input from PMC physicians, community leaders on drug abuse

PIKEVILLE — Dr. Robert Califf, commissioner of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the spirit of people battling the drug addiction problem in the heart of Appalachia was eye-opening. As part of a multi-state listening tour, he made a visit to Pikeville Medical Center to hear concerns from physicians and other community leaders about opioids and drug abuse as well as recovery success stories. “I wanted to come here first- hand and hear about the addiction problem and what we can do on a federal level to help combat it,” Dr. more on this story...  

08/11/2016
Raising awareness of breastfeeding benefits

During August, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding in recognition of National Breastfeeding Month. According to Mayo Clinic, breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for babies. Breast milk is easier to digest than is commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk boost a baby’s immune system. “Breastfeeding is good for your baby as it provides the baby with the best nutrition, is easy to digest, helps your baby develop a strong immune system and decreases your baby’s risk for certain medical conditions,” said more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. John Stuart Puckett

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John Stuart Puckett, MD, anesthesiologist. Dr. Puckett received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. Dr. Puckett realized he wanted a career in this specialty while at UK. “I decided on anesthesia following a rotation in medical school,” said Dr. Puckett. “I enjoyed taking more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Sofie Pinney

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Sofie Pinney, DPM, MS, foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Pinney received her Bachelor of Science in micro and molecular biology from University of Central Florida in Orlando and her medical degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. As a foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Pinney specializes in foot and ankle trauma and fractures, reconstructive procedures, total ankle replacement, ankle arthroscopy, tendon and ligament repair and limb salvage procedures. “With twenty-eight bones in the foot alone, there is more on this story...  

  

08/26/2016
Dr. Reynolds talks about life after AFib surgery

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65 years and is becoming one of the most prevalent problems in cardiology. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Chase Reynolds, MD, answers common questions that concern AFib patients. Q:  Can a patient live a normal lifestyle after a diagnosis and treatment of AFib? A:  With the proper therapy, there are no limitations to returning to doing all the things a patient was doing before AFib.   It is the patient with AFib more on this story...  

08/26/2016
Dr. Justice joins PMC medical staff

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Antoinette Justice, DO, to the medical staff. She specializes in family medicine and neuromuscular medicine and will be caring for hospitalized patients. “I enjoy caring for patients whether that involves providing a diagnosis and treatment, monitoring their progress or tirelessly pursuing a cause for their symptoms in order to determine a diagnosis,” said Dr. Justice.   “My goal is to help my patients have better quality of life. There is such a joy that comes from seeing someone improve after being very ill. Knowing they are now more on this story...  

08/19/2016
AFib patient praises PMC’s Dr. Antimisiaris for heart care

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Michael Antimisiaris, MD, has been treating heart conditions in Pikeville since 2009.   Recently, he received a letter from patient Mark Mounts of Matewan, W. Va. , praising him for the care he received at PMC. “I just want Dr. Antimisiaris to know that I appreciate the excellent care he gave me,” said Mounts.   “I have seen many doctors, but personally, I consider him the best. ” Dr. Antimisiaris treated Mounts for atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other heart-related more on this story...  

08/19/2016
PMC offers stroke support group for families, caregivers

Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Primary Stroke Center is among the top stroke programs in the state. Its goal is to deliver effective care with cutting-edge technology.  The Primary Stroke Center now offers a stroke support group for family and caregivers of PMC’s stroke patients. “Our Stroke Support Group will provide attendees with the confidence to care for the stroke patient in their home setting,” said Brigetta Collins, PMC Stroke Program Coordinator and Stroke Support Group Facilitator. “I want these patients and families to have a feeling of being cared for more on this story...  

08/19/2016
Never too late to get fit

Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. After all, physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight, and even boost your self-esteem. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults include aerobic exercise and strength training in their fitness plans, specifically: At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic more on this story...  

08/19/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Mike McClain

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mike McClain, DO, anesthesiologist. Dr. McClain received his Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He earned his medical degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Dr. McClain chose this as his specialty because he enjoys the procedural aspects of anesthesia. He also found physiology and pharmacology to be his favorite areas of study in medical school. more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC’s annual Colors of Courage set for August 20

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is set to host the third-annual Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Pikeville.   Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC). “There are so many patients in need and all of the proceeds benefit these patients directly,” said Natalie Coleman, LLCC director.  “Being able to take this money and help patients meet daily needs is extremely gratifying. I feel blessed beyond measure to be part of this program and this institution. ” Most people have been affected by cancer in more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC observes Neurosurgery Awareness Month

each August, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) observes Neurosurgery Awareness Month and brings focus to a variety of neurosurgical conditions and treatments. For 2016 the selected topic is stroke. A patient is having a stroke when blood flow is interrupted to part of the brain. Without blood to supply oxygen and nutrients, brain cells quickly begin to die. Depending on the region of the brain affected, a stroke may cause paralysis, speech impairment, loss of memory and reasoning ability, coma or death.                                                          Stroke is the number more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Molly Meier

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Molly Meier, DPM, podiatrist. Dr. Meier received her Bachelor of Science in biology/psychology from University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. , her post-graduate diploma in wound healing and tissue repair from Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales and her medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. As a podiatrist, Dr. Meier specializes in lower extremity wound care, foot/ankle deformities and disorders, diabetic foot care and limb salvage. more on this story...  

08/11/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Curtis Koons

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Curtis Koons, MD, anesthesiologist. Dr. Koons received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. He earned his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UK as well. Dr. Koons chose a career in anesthesiology because he enjoyed spending time in the operating room while in medical school. “Anesthesiology allows me to have a unique skill set and allows more on this story...  

 





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