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08/28/2015
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...  

08/28/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/13/2015
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...  

08/13/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/17/2015
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...  

07/17/2015
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...  

07/10/2015
ADVANCED TECHNIQUE

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...  

07/10/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

06/26/2015
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...  

06/23/2015
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...  

06/23/2015
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...  

06/12/2015
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...  

06/05/2015
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...  

06/05/2015
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...  

05/29/2015
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...  

05/22/2015
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...  

05/22/2015
PMC welcomes Dr. Connor

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Ann Connor, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Connor received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. , and  her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed  her thoracic and cardiac surgery residency at New York University, where she received the Resident of the Year award. She completed her thoracic and cardiac surgery fellowship at Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn. , and is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. more on this story...  

05/14/2015
PMC receives top patient satisfaction rating

PIKEVILLE — 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...  

05/14/2015
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...  

05/08/2015
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...  

05/08/2015
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...  

05/01/2015
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...  

04/24/2015
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...  

04/24/2015
PMC recognizes lab staff

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins hospitals across the country in observing Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19 - 25. Clinical laboratory science professionals play a key role in the diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Laboratory staff usually work behind the scenes but are essential to quality patient care.   “I am very proud of our department,” PMC Laboratory Director Carolyn Johnson said. “The lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ for laboratory accreditation. ” As PMC has grown, so more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC welcomes John A. Nesbitt II, MD

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John A. Nesbitt II, MD, urologist. Dr. Nesbitt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville and his M. D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.   He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. A full-service urologist, Dr. Nesbitt specializes in enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, kidney stones, bladder leakage, bladder cancer, and testicular masses, pain and cancer. “I felt a more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Audit lists PMC in excellent financial health

PIKEVILLE — State Auditor Adam Edelen released a special report on March 30 regarding the financial strength of rural hospitals, finding that a majority of Kentucky’s rural hospitals fared below the national average in assessed financial strength and one third were in poor financial health. According to the report, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was the only acute care hospital in the state classified as being in excellent financial health. PMC is a regional referral center that offers all major medical specialties and many subspecialties, allowing patients to stay in the area for medical treatment as opposed more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Hospital’s smoking cessation program accepting participants

PIKEVILLE — Smokers who missed the first spring meeting of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s free smoking cessation program still have time to register. Program hosts Nell Bedwell, an outreach coordinator at the cancer center, and Shirley Coleman, program coordinator at the cancer center, hosted a graduation ceremony for the first 2015 smoking cessation class on April 2 and welcomed a new class on April 9. The class will continue to meet weekly at 6 p. m. every Thursday through July 2 at the cancer center. People who missed the first class more on this story...  

04/10/2015
PMC neurologist member of National Stroke Belt Consortium

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center Neurologist Dr. Naveed Ahmed is a member of the National Stroke Belt Consortium (SBC).   The SBC is a private, invitation-only group comprised of the nation’s top Stroke leaders, and  “represents all types of health care providers, including physicians, NPs/Pas, therapists, pharmacists, and others in academic, private practice or industry. ”  They also include key city, state and federal officials, with representation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Health. The goal of the SBC is to “bring more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Free smoking cessation class begins next week

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is hosting a free program to help people kick the habit. The center’s smoking cessation class begins on April 9. Participants will meet from 6 p. m. to 7 p. m. every Thursday at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center through July 2.  The program, developed by two University of Kentucky faculty members, teaches behavior modifications, skills training, social support, tips on how to quit and educational information about weight loss, diet and other issues that are helpful to people who are trying to quit more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Community mourns loss of Dr. Roberts

PIKEVILLE —  Elster Dean Roberts, MD, commonly known as “E. D. ,” passed away Monday, March 30, at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Dr. Roberts was born in Pikeville on December 4, 1937. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in 1957 and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1963. He completed an internship at Floyd Memorial Hospital in Rome, Ga. , and graduated from the Naval School of Aerospace Medicine in 1964. A U. S. Navy veteran and board certified family medicine physician, Dr. Roberts entered more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Helping people ‘Live Life to the Fullest’: PMC occupational therapists reflect on having a career that changes lives

PIKEVILLE — Teaching a stroke survivor how to walk again. Helping a crash victim learn to use his arms and hands so he can hold his infant for the first time in months. Helping a child with cerebral palsy learn how to hold a crayon. Those are just a few of many ways that Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) occupational therapists are changing lives. The American Occupational Therapy Association proclaims that occupational therapists work to help people “live life to its fullest. ” PMC’s 10-member occupational therapy team works diligently toward more on this story...  

03/27/2015
PMC to host Holy Week, Easter services

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) invites everyone to attend the hospital’s Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services, from Sunday, March 29 through Sunday, April 5. “Pikeville Medical Center has observed Holy Week and Easter for as far back as I can remember,” PMC Director of Spiritual Activities Jane Robinson said. “We celebrate the resurrection and are thankful that Pikeville Medical Center values the importance of providing quality care in a Christian environment as it continues to grow. ” The Palm Sunday service will take place at 9:30am on March 29 more on this story...  

03/27/2015
March 30 marks National Doctors’ Day

PIKEVILLE — On Sunday, March 30, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will celebrate National Doctors’ Day. Doctors’ Day was first conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Ga. March 30 was chosen specifically for the observance because it is the anniversary of the first time anesthesia was used in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long, of Georgia, in 1842. In 1990, President George Bush signed a proclamation declaring Doctors’ Day be observed as a national holiday. “Our more on this story...  

  

08/28/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/20/2015
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...  

08/13/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/07/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
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...  

08/03/2015
Safety tips for carrying backpacks

PIKEVILLE — 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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/24/2015
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...  

07/17/2015
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...  

07/17/2015
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...  

07/17/2015
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...  

07/10/2015
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...  

07/10/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

07/03/2015
Prostate, colon cancer screenings held

PIKEVILLE — 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...  

07/03/2015
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...  

06/26/2015
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...  

06/23/2015
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...  

06/23/2015
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...  

06/23/2015
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...  

06/12/2015
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...  

06/05/2015
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...  

05/29/2015
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...  

05/29/2015
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...  

05/22/2015
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...  

05/22/2015
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...  

05/14/2015
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...  

05/14/2015
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...  

05/08/2015
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...  

05/01/2015
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...  

05/01/2015
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...  

04/24/2015
PMC receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award: Award demonstrates PMC’s commitment to stroke patients

PIKEVILLE  Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. This marks the third consecutive year the stroke center has earned this honor. “Pikeville Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC honors volunteers

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrated its volunteers during the 25th annual volunteer banquet on April 13 at the Landmark Inn in Pikeville. Dana King, director of guest relations and emcee of the event, recognized hospital volunteers for their hard work throughout the year. “Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our patients,” said King. “Their dedication makes PMC a better place.  I am so proud of their contributions and appreciate the compassion shown by each volunteer. ” Volunteers enjoyed food and fellowship as awards were presented more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC encourages organ, tissue donations

PIKEVILLE — Organ, eye and tissue donors could save up to eight lives. April is known as National Donate Life Month (NDLM). First celebrated in 2003, NDLM is recognized as a time to celebrate those who have given the gift of life to others through donation and to encourage the public to be organ, eye and tissue donors. According to Donate Life America, “nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. ” The need for organ donation is great.   Every 10 minutes another more on this story...  

04/10/2015
McConnell praises PMC in ‘tough times’

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commended Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for staying financially strong during difficult economic times in eastern Kentucky. A special audit report released last month focused on the financial strength of rural hospitals across Kentucky, citing that a number of those facilities ranked well below the national average.  “Sixty hospitals across Kentucky have been dealt a serious financial blow as a direct result of Obamacare,” McConnell said following the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Luncheon held at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on April 8. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Smoking harms nearly every part of the human body.

1. BRAIN: The nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as heroin. This nicotine makes changes in your brain. The brain develops extra nicotine receptors in smokers, and when they stop smoking, it causes nicotine withdrawal and experience being anxious, irritable and craving nicotine. 2. EARS: Smoking reduces oxygen supply to the cochlea, an organ in the inner ear. This may cause permanent damage and mild to moderate hearing loss. 3. EYES: Smoking causes physical changes in the eyes by restricting the production of a chemical necessary for a person to see at night. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
PMC offers patients, families convenient parking

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC ) offers patients convenient parking options on its main campus. Patients visiting the PMC Clinic and May Tower may park in the parking garage, which attaches to the PMC Clinic on each floor.   The May Tower may be accessed through the PMC Clinic on most floors. If patients are visiting the Elliott Building or Miners Building, they may park behind the hospital in order to shorten the walking distance to those buildings.   Designated parking is available in front of the Heart more on this story...  

04/03/2015
PMC offers new service

PIKEVILLE — New technology exists for patients with excessive calcified blockage in the heart. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Interventional Cardiologist Dr. M. Ahmad is the second physician in Kentucky to offer this technology.   The coronary orbital atherectomy system is designed to treat patients who could otherwise be facing coronary bypass surgery. Don Morton of Thornton was PMC’s first patient to receive treatment using the technically-advanced system. Dr. Ahmad said, “The arteries that carry the blood to the heart can become blocked, causing discomfort, chest more on this story...  

04/03/2015
PMC recognizes Patient Access Week

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins hospitals across the country in observing National Health Care Access Personnel Week, April 5-11, 2015. PMC is proud of the efforts put forth by its patient access staff. Their roles are vital because they are the first point of contact patients have with the hospital. They also carry the financial responsibility of beginning the hospital revenue cycle. The Patient Access Department includes patient transport services, transfer coordinators, financial counselors and central registration. Patient access staff can be found on the main campus, in the more on this story...  

04/03/2015
EKB, PMC partner for ‘Eggstravagana’

PIKEVILLE — East Kentucky Broadcasting and Pikeville Medical Center are partnering to host the ‘Eggstravaganza” this weekend. The event will begin at noon on Saturday, April 4, in the Pikeville City Park. The Easter egg hunt, open to children up to age 12, will feature 3,000 Easter eggs and other activities. The Easter bunny will also be present. The event is free and open to the public. more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Hospital recognizes GI Nurses

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Gastrointestinal (GI) Nurses Week, March 23-29.   PMC’s GI nurses, also known as endoscopy nurses, work in the operating room with patients who need to undergo surgery for problems with their digestive system or GI tract.   This close-knit group enjoys their profession and strives daily to deliver quality care to each patient.   “Not only has the Lord blessed me to be a nurse but he has blessed me to work in endoscopy with the best group of nurses and physicians,” more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Cancer patient seeks votes to walk in Kentucky Oaks parade

ASHCAMP — Eastern Kentucky residents are rallying behind a cancer patient who wants to participate in the Kentucky Oaks parade at the Kentucky Derby. Ashcamp resident Paula McCarty is among hundreds of cancer survivors in Kentucky who are seeking to fill 141 spots in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on May 1. People who visit the Kentucky Derby website may vote once each day for cancer survivors. Those who receive the most votes at http://kentuckyderby. com/survivors are chosen. McCarty said a person who has cancer is reminded of it every more on this story...  

 





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