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Cardiac rehab improving patients’ lives

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 14-20.   Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) focuses on improving the health and physical performance of people at risk for heart disease or living with heart dysfunction. Most heart disease patients can help lower their risk of future heart problems by making lifestyle changes. Building a healthier future is a partnership between patients and their doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Many people of all ages who have heart conditions can benefit from a cardiac rehab program. PMC Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director of more on this story...  

National Donor Day calls attention to need for transplants

PIKEVILLE — There are an estimated 123,000 individuals in the United States waiting for a life saving organ transplant. A national observance to promote awareness about the need for organ donation is National Donor Day, February 14.   National Donor Day calls attention to the need for all types of donation – organ, cornea, tissue, blood, platelets and bone marrow – and encourages people to join Organ Donor and Bone Marrow registries, as well as donate blood or platelets.   It is a national awareness day dedicated to helping others, and providing hope to others, through the generosity more on this story...  

A Winning Weight Loss Journey: Sheila Elkins

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery has changed the lives of countless patients. Sheila Elkins has experienced joy and challenges throughout her life as a wife, mother and grandmother. One of her greatest challenges was obesity.   She tried countless diet programs but nothing worked long-term. When her weight caused multiple health issues it was time to get serious about weight loss. She suffered from diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was taking blood thinner medication. Elkins found it more on this story...  

A Winning Weight Loss Journey: Djuena Potter

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery has changed the lives of countless patients. Djuena Potter’s weight loss surgery journey began in the office of her family practice physician, Dr. Larry Coleman. She was in his office because her blood pressure was out of control. She was taking 12 different medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, arthritis and she was borderline diabetic. Dr. Coleman recommended she see PMC Weight Loss Surgeon Amy Johnson, MD.  “I actually backed out three times,” Potter said. “I was scared. I more on this story...  

LLCC reaching hundreds throughout the community: Education key to reducing cancer cases

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) outreach program reaches hundreds of people every month with a message about cancer: The best defense against cancer is prevention and early detection.   Registered nurse Nell Bedwell relays this message to the public as outreach coordinator at the LLCC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Kentucky has the highest cancer death rate in the United States. Two-hundred-one  of every 100,000 people died of cancer in 2012, according to the latest data that is available. more on this story...  


A new procedure for treating severe asthma is available at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Bronchial thermoplasty is a non-drug, outpatient procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma attacks for at least five years. “There are only a few centers in Kentucky with this new technology,” said PMC Pulmonologist Dr. Obaeda Haroush “Pikeville Medical Center is the only facility in eastern Kentucky to offer this procedure. ” People with severe asthma have more smooth muscles in their airways. These muscles, together with inflammation, combine to make the airway walls thicker than normal, more on this story...  

PMC welcomes Nephrologist Dr. Chinmay Patel

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Chinmay Patel, MD, nephrologist. Dr. Patel completed his internal medicine residency and was chief resident at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Jamaica, NY. He completed his nephrology fellowship training at Hofstra North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Great Neck, NY. Dr. Patel has received numerous awards for his research and has published articles in national and international medical journals. As a nephrologist, Dr. Patel specializes in acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, critical care nephrology, diabetic nephropathy, glomerular disease, renal parenchymal more on this story...  

PMC ophthalmologists encourage eye examinations

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Ophthalmologists Keith Ison, DO, and Kay Hazelett, MD, encourage everyone to be proactive when it comes to the health of their eyes. Known as the second leading cause of blindness in the U. S. , glaucoma is a condition that can lead to damage in the eye’s optic nerve, and is usually associated with increased intraocular pressure. The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that more than 2. 7 million Americans and 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma. Half of those individuals are unaware they have this more on this story...  

A Winning Weight Loss Journey: Cory Harris

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery has changed the lives of countless patients. Letcher County native, Cory Harris made a life changing decision less than 15 months ago.   He knew if he wanted to live a healthy productive life and achieve his personal career goals he had to develop a new direction. Harris, a former University of Pikeville (UPIKE) football player, experienced a knee injury.   Soon he slipped into a life of inactivity.   He gained considerable weight which contributed to his diagnosis of sleep apnea and high blood pressure.   more on this story...  

Top PMC Stories — 2015: PMC is a Level II Trauma Center

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 As a verified Trauma Center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused by vehicle crashes, gunshots, assaults, falls or other incidents. The spectrum of care encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Regulations require that trauma victims be transported to the more on this story...  


PMC making a difference in organ donations

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), are bringing awareness to the importance of organ and tissue donation. PMC was the first hospital of the year to have consent for organ and tissue donation in the KODA coverage area. “PMC started the year off making a tremendous difference in organ donation and transplantation,” said KODA Community and Hospital Outreach Coordinator Lauren Lawson-Salyer. “The most notable achievement is that PMC was the first hospital in KODA’s service area to receive consent for donation this year. ” The PMC Donation Committee more on this story...  

PMC celebrates American Heart Month

The tradition of American Heart Month began in 1964. Amazing progress has been made since that heightened awareness. Still, cardiovascular disease accounts for 17. 3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23. 6 million by 2030. The American Heart Association (AHA) helps lead the fight through awareness, education and funding of medical research. The organization has invested more than $3. 7 billion into studies, including more than $100 million annually since 1996. “The majority of heart disease is preventable,” said PMC Medical Director and Interventional Cardiologist Bill Harris MD.   “If more on this story...  

PMC observes National CRNA Week

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) across the country will educate the public on how they make a difference to their patients and the U. S. healthcare system during the 17th annual National CRNA Week observance January 24-30, 2016. This year’s theme, “Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time,” reflects how CRNAs dedicate themselves to each of their patients before, during and after surgery. CRNAs stay with their patients throughout their procedure to ensure the safest anesthesia experience possible. More than 49,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists provide approximately 40 more on this story...  

A Winning Weight Loss Journey: Joseph Jacobs

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery has changed the lives of countless patients. Joseph Jacobs has always had a weight issue.   His weight gain began in the second grade and has been a battle he has been unable to win, until gastric bypass surgery at PMC. Jacobs said, “I have always thought weight loss surgery could be an option for me but I just kept putting it off. ” His wife, MaShawna Jacobs, had gastric bypass surgery, prompting him to consider the life-changing procedure. Jacobs’ more on this story...  

PMC observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month during January. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Birth Defects Prevention Month is a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur and steps that can be taken to prevent them. PMC Neonatologist Todd Hambleton, MD,  said, “Knowing defects in advance helps pediatricians and neonatologists plan for the birth, giving your baby its best chance at a great start. ” The CDC states that every four and a half more on this story...  

A Winning Weight Loss Journey: MaShawna Jacobs

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery has changed the lives of countless patients. MaShawna Jacobs was experiencing severe acid reflux. Her esophagus was eroding causing multiple health issues. Her gastroenterologist suspected her biopsy could reveal a diagnosis of cancer. This health scare brought Jacobs to the office of general and weight loss surgeon Amy Johnson, MD.   Jacobs was seeking a second opinion for a different surgery but found herself considering weight loss surgery. “Dr. Johnson informed me I was not a candidate for the surgery I thought more on this story...  

Start 2016 with a healthy resolution

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is offering free programs for those wanting to start 2016 on a healthy note. A beginner’s walking program is offered on the first Thursday of every month at the Pikeville Area Family YMCA. A smoking cessation class is held at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. For those with a new year’s resolution of exercising more to lose weight, the PMC Weight Loss Surgery team is sponsoring a beginner’s walking program starting on Thursday, January 7, at 6:30pm at the Pikeville Area Family YMCA. Anyone more on this story...  

PMC welcomes 2016’s first newborn

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) welcomed the first baby born in the New Year at 6:25 a. m. , on January 1. Waylon Eugene Burton Neace weighed in at seven pounds and three ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.   He is the son of Crystal Leann Neace of Raccoon. The baby was delivered by PMC Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Hayley Trimble. Dr. Trimble said, “This is my first official New Year at PMC. Delivering the first baby of the New Year is a real honor that won’t more on this story...  

PMC turns focus to cervical health

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is highlighting Cervical Health Awareness in January. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for American women, but over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50 percent. “The most common reason we see cervical cancer, is women do not come in for Pap tests, a procedure to help detect pre-cancerous changes in cells that could progress to cervical cancer, and they don’t follow up on abnormal Pap tests,” more on this story...  

Dr. Duane Densler helps patient walk again

A coal miner of 35 years is able to walk again thanks to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Neurosurgeon Duane Densler, MD. David Cline, of Buchanan County, Va. , developed degenerative disc disease early in life and endured severe back pain. This past spring, he fell off of his porch causing him to become quadriplegic and face life with no mobility. Cline was brought to PMC where Dr. Densler performed a cervical decompression and fusion for severe stenosis and spinal cord compression. After surgery and a stint in PMC’s Rehabilitation Hospital, more on this story...  


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