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07/22/2016
WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: PMC to host a community health fair

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will host a community health fair in recognition of World Hepatitis Day on Thursday, July 28 from 7:30am to 6pm at the Mark II, located at the Landmark Hotel Complex (190 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville). Hepatitis C infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, affecting approximately three million people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Hepatitis is a world-wide problem,” said Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, medical director of infection control at PMC, “but it is also a community more on this story...  

07/22/2016
Emergency medicine physician offers tips for summertime safety

Summer in eastern Kentucky means people are spending more time outdoors hiking, playing sports, running and playing. All of that activity is good news, but along with it comes an increase in visits to the emergency room. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to use caution when participating in outdoor activities. Not all injuries require an emergency room visit. “If you happen to injure an ankle or wrist, first call your doctor and describe your symptoms,” explained Dr. Gary Singer, PMC emergency medicine physician. “If you or more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. John Blackburn

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John Blackburn, MD, anesthesiologist. Dr. Blackburn received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, and his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesia and perioperative medicine, as well as a critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dr. Blackburn is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and in critical care. His exam to become board certified in more on this story...  

07/15/2016
New procedure offers hope for PMC prostate cancer patients

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is now offering a cutting-edge diagnostic procedure to detect prostate cancer sooner. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with an ultrasound (US) fusion guided prostate biopsy provides a more targeted approach to diagnosing prostate cancer than traditional methods. PMC Urologist Dustin Gayheart, MD, said, “I think we are going to see this technology explode. It is basically going to become the norm. ” Dr. Gayheart says  he thinks PMC may be one of only two hospitals in Kentucky offering this procedure.    “Approximately one in six men more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Rudy J. Judhan, MD

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Rudy J. Judhan, MD, trauma surgeon. Dr. Judhan received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M. B. B. S. ) Degree from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his residency and general surgery internship at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington,  Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N. Y. , and Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va. Dr. Judhan specializes in trauma reconstruction, general surgery and surgical critical care. “I love the unpredictability of more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Hosam Attia

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Hosam Attia, MD, a vitreo-retinal surgeon to the medical staff. Dr. Attia specializes in ophthalmology with a sub-speciality in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous.   “My patients can expect the most up to date and cutting-edge technology in diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases,” said Dr. Attia. “This is a challenging subspecialty, and I will do my absolute best for my patients.   I will work hand-in-hand with them to help fight sight threatening and potentially blinding diseases like diabetic retinopathy, wet macular degeneration and more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC’s committed to healthy moms, babies

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) provides a full range of services for women and children in the region. From pregnancy, to childbirth, to pediatrics and beyond, PMC’s Women’s & Children’s Services department offers quality care and valuable support to expecting parents, new parents and children. The hospital has a highly-trained and skilled team of six obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs). These physicians are from the area and possess a wide range of experience. A seventh OB/GYN will join the team in August.   “As OB/GYNs, we are committed to having healthy moms and healthy babies,” more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer

Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry disease. Take steps to avoid potential exposures that might occur through the bite of an infected mosquito.   Aedes species mosquitoes are known transmitters of numerous viruses such as Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile Virus, and eastern equine encephalitis. They are also transmitters of dog heartworm parasites and will bite pets as well as humans. Aedes are actually quite small, and are dark in color with white stripes and bands on the legs. more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Portion control key for weight loss

Large portion sizes have been thought to be one of the major contributors to excessive calorie intake leading to overweight and obesity in the U. S. Prepackaged meals, such as single-serve frozen entrees, have been shown to be helpful in controlling portion sizes and reducing weight. A recent study suggests that greater weight loss can be achieved with prepackaged meals and lifestyle counseling with a registered dietitian. There were 3 groups in the study. One group ate prepackaged meals, one ate high-protein prepackaged meals, and a last group bought and prepared their own meals. more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Pikeville Medical Center welcomes Dr. Johnson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Courtney Johnson, DO, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Johnson is from Breathitt County and is excited about practicing medicine in the region. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. , and his medical degree from the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. Dr. Johnson said his mentors are his parents. more on this story...  

  

07/22/2016
PMC offers expecting parents free pediatrician consultation

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) understands that many questions arise for parents-to-be when preparing for the birth of a child. That’s why the hospital is now offering free consultations with a PMC pediatrician during pregnancy. By talking with one of the hospital’s three board certified pediatricians, expecting parents can gain a better understanding of what to expect with regard to their baby’s healthcare after birth. “Sometimes, expectations might be different from reality and the first few days of life with a newborn can be challenging,” said Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD. “To more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PMC Employees Off The Clock: Todd Werner, Pikeville Medical Center Sleep Lab Supervisor

Todd Werner has been with Pikeville Medical Center since 1991 when he joined the respiratory department. He helped start the hospital’s sleep lab department in 1994 and currently supervises all three PMC Sleep Labs. Werner has not only shown talent in his career but has also exhibited an aptitude for photography that has landed him an informal position as a high school sports photographer. Werner and his wife Marigo, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center clinical manager, have two daughters.   His love for photography developed shortly after he became a father. He started taking photos to more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC conducts community health needs survey

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in an attempt to improve health care services in the area. PMC strives to be responsive to the needs of those it serves. The organization provided more than $7. 5 million in charity care last year and has also increased service lines, added beds, opened satellite clinics and recruited additional specialists to make quality health care more accessible. In addition, PMC has made improvements to its health care delivery system based on results from its 2013 CHNA. To gain more on this story...  

07/15/2016
BEAT THE HEAT, STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER

As summer heat and humidity are in full force in eastern Kentucky, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and prevent heat-related illness. From dehydration, to heat exhaustion, to heat stroke, high temperatures and humidity levels can lead to serious illness and even the risk of death. Heat-related illnesses can affect people quickly, often with only subtle warnings. While heat-related illnesses can affect anyone, children and older adults are especially at risk. “For elderly people who live with health conditions such as cardiovascular and more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Will Hickerson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of James “Will” Hickerson, MD, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Hickerson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, and his medical degree from the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine. He decided on a career in emergency medicine after working in healthcare during college and receiving encouragement from his family. His mentors are more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC physician offers insight to infectious disease

The Zika virus is one of the most prominent infectious disease problems facing the world today. It is posing tremendous pressure and anxiety across the United States and around the world. Healthcare professionals and researchers do not know a lot about Zika. What is known at this point is just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, pieces of the puzzle will start fitting together  to reveal exactly how Zika is transmitted and the complications associated with the infection. The name “Zika” comes from the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus was initially isolated more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC encourages ATV riders to use caution when riding

While riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) may seem like a fun activity for your child, too often it can end in a serious injury and a trip to the emergency room. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) urges you to use caution this summer and implement common sense safety guidelines when allowing your children to ride an ATV. “The most common injuries that children sustain at PMC related to ATV accidents are fractures of the extremities,” said Dr. John Fleming, emergency medicine physician at PMC. These can include broken arms, broken more on this story...  

07/08/2016
CDC says flu nasal spray doesn’t work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) should not be used for the 2016-17 flu season because it doesn’t work. The CDC also recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot instead. In a recent report, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says the nasal spray vaccine was shown to have poor efficacy in flu prevention over the past few seasons, especially during 2015-16 season (three percent protection versus 60 percent protection from the injectable vaccine). “This recommendation means that FluMist will not be more on this story...  

07/08/2016
High cholesterol in children big concern for many

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My grandson is 11 and already has high cholesterol. He does not eat a lot of junk food and plays many sports, but we do have high cholesterol in our family. Could this be hereditary, and, if so, is it common to show up in such a young person? ANSWER: High cholesterol certainly can be genetic, and it may show up at an early age in some people. Although your grandson can’t do anything about his genetics, he can make lifestyle choices to help manage his cholesterol. If that isn’t enough, then medication to help control more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC welcomes Randy Legault, DO

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Randy Legault, DO, cardiothoracic anesthesiologist. Cardiothoracic anesthesiology is a subspecialty of anesthesiology devoted to care of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and related invasive procedures. Dr. Legault received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville, and his medical degree from the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing an anesthesiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. He more on this story...  

 





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