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PMC honors volunteers: Awards presented during 27th annual banquet

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrated its volunteers during the 27th annual volunteer banquet on April 14 at the Landmark Inn in Pikeville. Dana Bishop, 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 Bishop. “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 to more on this story...  

PMC pediatricians promote vaccinating infants

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is promoting the importance of vaccinating infants during National Infant Immunization Week, April 16-23. “Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements of Public Health Initiatives,” said Kishore Gadikota, MD, PMC pediatrician. “We have eradicated many dreadful diseases and are able to combat many others only because of immunization. ” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Infant Immunization Week focuses on protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases, promoting the benefits of immunizations and improving the health of children two years old or younger. “Vaccines help us more on this story...  

PMC gearing up for annual fundraiser

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Center’s Reclaim Your Life 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is just weeks away. Trophies have arrived, sponsors are on board and participants are registering for the race. Preregistration is available through Monday, April 25.   On-line registration can be accessed at TriStateRacer. com/ReclaimYourLife or find a registration blank in this week’s Medical Leader.   Brochures are available throughout the community and can be dropped off or mailed to the Medical Leader Building at 116 Main Street, Pikeville. The race will take place on Saturday, more on this story...  

PMC recognizes IBS Awareness Month

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. IBS is a common condition affecting one in five Americans.   It is not a condition caused by infection or inflammation.   Frequently, it is a long-term chronic condition.   Unlike many other chronic conditions, it is not a condition that will shorten your life.   It is unrelated to several other disorders of the digestive system including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. PMC Gastroenterologist Adib Chaaya MD said, “IBS can have significant effects on your quality of life but it more on this story...  

PMC observing National Foot Health Awareness Month

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages individuals to perform self-exams of their feet during April- National Foot Health Awareness Month. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), the average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day, which adds up to more than three million steps per year. The human body can carry four to six times its body weight across the ankle joint when climbing up stairs or walking steep inclines. According to PMC Podiatrist Josh Hill, DPM, good foot health is essential for an active life. If feet are painful more on this story...  

PMC welcomes Dr. Brown

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Ted Brown Jr. , MD, FACS, to the medical staff. Dr. Brown will be working in trauma services as a facial reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine, in Omaha, Neb. , where he also received a bachelor’s degree in theology. He completed his internship in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. , and his residency at the University of Florida department of otolaryngology. He is board-certified in otolaryngology. At PMC, Dr. Brown will be more on this story...  

PMC welcomes Dr. Rubin

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of David Rubin, DDS, oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Rubin received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and completed his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N. Y. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he assists trauma patients by repairing facial injuries. “Having a facial injury can be extremely devastating for a patient,” said Dr. Rubin. “It may change the way they look, talk, eat and smile. more on this story...  

National Endometriosis Awareness Month observed

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Endometriosis Awareness Month during March. Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus, or womb, grows outside of the organ on other areas in the body. There are an estimated five million women diagnosed with endometriosis in the United States and others who have the disease, but are unaware due to no symptoms. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH) the areas of the body that endometriosis is most often found on are the ovaries, more on this story...  

Pulmonary rehab specialists have passion for helping others

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Pulmonary Health and Certified Rehabilitation (Rehab) Specialists Sonya Simpson and Diana Smith have a passion for helping others in their time of need. During National Pulmonary Rehab Week, March 13-19, they want to share with the community the services they provide and the benefits of those services. Simpson and Smith provide care for rehab patients suffering from chronic lung disease. Chronic lung disease is defined as any symptom that causes shortness of breath and the reduction of the ability to perform daily activities. “The more on this story...  

PMC welcomes Dr. Lanter

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. James Lanter, an orthopedic hand surgeon, specializing in microvascular hand surgery. Dr. Lanter received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in 1985.   He participated in fellowships at Duke University Medical Center and The Florida Fellowship in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery. Dr. Lanter is board certified and practices in hand trauma, nerve injuries, tendon and ligament repair, and carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome.   “I am more on this story...  


Laid-off miner advances at PMC

Ronnie Dotson, a coal miner of six years, lost his job during one of the many mining industry layoffs over the past few years. Ronnie and his wife Gina, an elementary school teacher, had a big decision to make. “I was laid off from the mines,” Ronnie said. “I didn’t want to waste any more time going from job to job. ” The couple decided that Ronnie returning to college to further his education was the best option for their family. In the fall of 2013, Ronnie began attending Big more on this story...  

Pikeville Medical Center welcomes Dr. Koerper

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Philip Koerper, MD, to the medical staff. Dr. Koerper will be working in the surgical department providing anesthesia care to patients. Dr. Koerper is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Fargo, ND and completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. His undergraduate degree was obtained at Brigham Young University in Utah. Dr. Koerper previously held the position of Chief of Anesthesia at the Kentucky Surgery Center  in Lexington for over more on this story...  

Lung transplant patients praise Pulmonary rehab

Since opening in 2012, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Pikeville Medical (PMC) has made significant improvements in the lives of people suffering from chronic lung diseases. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life of patients by providing them with a better understanding of their disease, assisting them in developing methods to cope with their disease and to promote and maintain improvement in their physical capabilities. Pike County residents Jerry Evans, James Roop and Perry Merritt are all double lung transplant recipients who benefit from PMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation more on this story...  

PMC bringing awareness to National Donate Life Month

As the first hospital of the year to receive consent for organ and tissue donation in the KODA coverage area, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is bringing awareness to National Donate Life Month (NDLM) in April. “The goal of NDLM is to make life possible by educating and motivating individuals to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and sharing their decision with their family,” KODA Community and Hospital Outreach Coordinator Lauren Salyer said. According to Donate Life America, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national more on this story...  

PMC hosting blood drive April 8

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will be hosting a blood drive Friday, April 8 from 7am-12:30pm on the 10th floor of the PMC Clinic. Donors can park on the 10th floor of the garage. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day. An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood but only 10 percent actually do give blood. Just one donation can help save the lives of up to three people. more on this story...  

PMC celebrates Doctors’ Day 2016

On Wednesday, March 30, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will celebrate its 276 credentialed physicians who provide quality care to the region.   Doctors’ Day was first observed on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Ga. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, set aside this day to honor physicians by mailing greeting cards to doctors and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. On Feb. 21, 1991, President George Bush signed a proclamation designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. Doctors treating patients at PMC represent all major medical specialties more on this story...  

Dr. Ashby’s medical work earns national recognition

Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of medicine recently recognized Dr. Harty Ashby as a result of her role as a dermatopathologist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Continental Who’s Who acknowledged Dr. Ashby for her medical achievements and recently published her biography in their executive biographies of business. Dr. Ashby is dual board certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology. She offers a decade of medical experience in dermatopathology, anatomic and clinical pathology, medical education, laboratory medicine and research. Dr. Ashby joined PMC in 2012. She provides pathologic interpretations more on this story...  

Dr. Gadikota says housekeeping rules prevent poisoning

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Poison Prevention Week March 20-26, 2016. According to the Poison Prevention Week Council, this observance is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take preventive measures as the dangers warrant. “Household cleaners, personal care products and over-the-counter medications lead the list of poisons,” said PMC Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD. “Many caustic products, such as drain cleaners, which can cause devastating injuries, have no taste which can cause a child to ingest a large amount before he or she stops due more on this story...  

Mayo Clinic offers tips nutrition basics, health diets, health cooking

Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the latest nutrition news because it’s always changing? While it’s true that what is known about nutrition and diet is evolving, there are some nutrition basics that can help you sort through the latest research and advice. Mastering nutrition basics comes down to understanding the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet. Want to go beyond the nutrition basics? Talk to your doctor or a dietitian for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes. more on this story...  

PMC to host Reclaim Your Life 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Center Weight Loss Surgery Center encourages the community to participate in the Reclaim Your Life 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 30 in downtown Pikeville. Proceeds will assist weight loss surgery patients in their journey to better health. The event is in its second year.   “The Weight Loss Surgery Center staff, Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Amy Johnson and the Reclaim Your Life Race Committee are very excited about this year’s event,” said Race Committee Chair and Public Relations Specialist Carol Casebolt. “Exercise is one of more on this story...  


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