Dr. James Lanter was part of the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family since March 2016. His life is being remembered by hospital officials and the PMC community, following the orthopedic hand surgeon’s untimely death at the age of 58 this past week.

He is being remembered as a dedicated, dependable, beloved physician who had earned the respect of his coworkers, patients and their families.

Dr. Lanter received his medical degree from University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in 1985. He trained in orthopedic surgery at Tulane University, then completed a fellowship for hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University Medical Center. 

He later completed an additional fellowship in reconstructive spinal surgery. Throughout his career he practiced as both a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon and hand surgeon at various times. He spent the past 11 years of his career as a hand and microvascular specialist with the past two years being at PMC. He specialized in complicated hand trauma including fractures, crush injuries, nerve injuries, as well as tendon and ligament repair.He found joy in spending extra time with his patients and getting to know them on a personal level. As a surgeon, he strived to help them get back to a normal function and quality of life. He was a very detailed and conscientious person and surgeon, always spending extra time to make sure everything he did was the best he could. He treated everyone as he would his own family, and spent the time to make them comfortable that they were getting the best care possible.
Anyone that ever met Dr. Lanter knew that as dedicated as he was to his patients and career he was more dedicated to his family. Many people likely felt they knew his family even if they had never met them from the stories he would tell and love he showed for them. He was married to his wife, Brigitte, for 34 years. Additional survivors include his three daughters, Katherine (Jeremy) Workman, Stephanie Paige Lanter and Victoria Lanter; and one grandson, Brock Workman.

In addition to the love he had for his family, Dr. Lanter was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to hunt and fish. He would spend as much time with patients talking about these things as he would their medical problems.
In his short time at PMC, Dr. Lanter made a huge impact not only on his patient’s, but on everyone that worked with him. He served as an example of what it meant to be a good physician, colleague, husband, father and person. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Graveside services were held on Feb. 17 in Alabama. 

Colleagues reflect on late doctor as deep religious family man

“One night, Dr. Lanter and I were waiting on a room for a patient. We had time to talk about family, God and music. We began talking more in depth about God. We talked about our testimonies and I mentioned that I had seen him pray before one of his cases. He then shared that he said the Lord’s Prayer and a small prayer from God to guide him through the procedure before every single case while he was scrubbing in. It touched my heart. He then mentioned that many patients come to him after surgery and say ‘thank you for saving my hand.’ He said he told them he didn’t save the hand, God did. That God just worked through my hands. I will never forget the God-fearing, compassionate man that I thought the world of.”
 – Alyssa Kidd, PACU RN
 “He truly cared for every patient and all he knew. His smile was so contagious. He was always in a good mood

and he loved to laugh.” — PMC staff

“Dr. Lanter was one of the nicest surgeons I have ever worked with. He was always so patient and polite. He was down to earth and easy to talk to. He cared about each of his patients and always made them feel important. He will be greatly missed.” — Leah Rose, RN

“Dr. Lanter was one of the kindest doctor’s I’ve ever worked with. He loved his job, he loved his family and he loved people. That was evident every single time I saw him.” — PMC staff

 “He talked about God and the Bible while I was helping him during procedures. He was so knowledgeable about it.  He was so sincere. He was always smiling. He always prayed with his patients if they wanted him to.” — PMC staff

“I thankfully had the opportunity to work with Dr. Lanter. Every day with him was a good day because he never got angry and every day we worked together we never ran out of things to talk about. He loved his family dearly. He always had a story that involved them.” — Taylor Plymale.

“He was truly one of the best men I have ever met. I have so many memories with him. He was a man that loved his family. He would always talk about his daughters and how proud he was of them. I’m proud to say I worked with James Lanter. We all loved him. He will be missed.” — PMC staff

“He loved his wife, daughters and music. He was always in a good mood and he was great with his patients.” — PMC staff

“He was so pleasant to work with and he always asked how everyone was. He was always personable.” —PMC staff

“He was always so patient and loved to teach. He was a great surgeon.” —PMC staff

“He enjoyed his job and loved his family. He always bragged on his daughters.” — PMC staff

Friday, February 23, 2018

Shannon Watts found the right physician and the right hospital to care for her heart. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, M.D. and Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Abdulla Attum, M.D. delivered heart care to help her get back on her feet.

Watts has a family history of heart disease. She says she has always blamed her father for her heart complications.

She is originally from Batesville, Ind., where she first started experiencing signs and symptoms of heart disease.

“The physicians at the Indiana hospital thought my problems were connected to asthma or could have possibly had something to do with diverticulitis,” said Watts. “Then I was treated for acid reflux but nothing seemed to work.”

Watts says she struggled with shortness of breath.

“I was in and out of the hospital so much,” she said. “I felt like the nurses in the emergency department knew me by name. I had shortness of breath to the point it really felt like someone was taking their hands around my neck and just suffocating me.”

She says she finally got results from her physicians at PMC.

Moving to Pikeville was a blessing, according to Watts.

“Dr. Ahmad told me he was going to assume the worst and work his way up from there, and he got it,” she said. “He really got it. He is a wonderful doctor.”

He performed a heart cath on Watts and the same evening Dr. Attum came in to inform her she needed open heart surgery.

Watts says her heart issues were actually tied to her diabetes.

“I was developing calcium where most patients with heart disease develop plaque and that was the source of my problems,” she said.

Watts says PMC is a great hospital and all her doctors and the staff paid close attention to her. They were dedicated to getting her well.

She said, “I recall a conversation with Dr. Attum before my surgery. He asked me how I felt. He wanted to know if I would like to feel better and be able to breathe. He told me he could make that happen for me.”

After Watts had her surgery she had a follow-up conversation with Dr. Attum.

“He looked at me and asked if he delivered what he had promised. I told him it was like a miracle. He delivered on his promise and more,” she said.

Watts says her situation was awful but after her surgery she finally got relief. 

“I don’t have shortness of breath anymore and I feel so much better,” she said. “I am really thankful that I moved to Pikeville, found PMC and my doctors. I am blessed.”

For information about heart disease or Pikeville Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute call 606-218-2201.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, February 23, 2018

Owen Lane Bartley, son of Ashton and Matthew Bartley, born Feb. 15; weight: 9 lbs., 3 oz.


Autumn Bree Howell, daughter of Sarah and Robert Howell Jr., born Feb. 14; weight: 5 lbs., 4 oz.


Lillie Grace Gayheart, daughter of Elisha and Derrick Gayheart, born Feb. 14; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Madison Reese Bostic, daughter of Deidre and Kenneth Bostic, born Feb. 14; weight: 8 lbs.


Darby Jane Robinson, daughter of Kimberly Bentley and Austin Robinson, born Feb. 13; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Chester Peyton Young, son of Lakin Younce, born Feb. 13; weight: 7 lbs.


Ellie Grey Stevens, daughter of Ashlene and Gabriel Stevens, born Feb. 13; weight: 5 lbs., 15.6 oz.


Addisyn Blayke Charles, daughter of Katie Collins and Austin Charles, born Feb. 13; weight: 9 lbs., 5 oz.


Arianna Nicole Scott, daughter of Anna and Billy Scott, born Feb. 13; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Eric Maxwell Branham, son of Candace and Wyatt Branham, born Feb. 12; weight: 8 lbs., 5 oz.

Kalissa Jayne Paullett Caudill, daughter of Talissa and Jamie Caudill, born Feb. 12; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Bentley Lane Robinson, son of Megan and Jared Robinson, born Feb. 12; weight: 6 lbs., 15.5 oz.


Maddox Clay Wallen, twin son of Amber McCoy and Christopher Wallen, born Feb. 11; weight: 5 lbs., 10 oz. Maci Shea Wallen, twin daughter, weight: 5 lbs., 7 oz.


Addison Leigh Noel Lambert, daughter of Courtney Lambert, born Feb. 10; weight: 6 lbs., 9.1 oz.


Samuel Justus Castle, son of Candace and Rodney Castle, born Feb. 9; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Kambri Adaline Varney, daughter of Kierra and Thomas Varney, born Feb. 9; weight: 8 lbs., 11 oz.


Juniper Scout Shahmouradian, son of Brianna Mead and Nicolas Shahmouradian, born Feb. 8; weight: 6 lbs., 9.9 oz.


Joshua Lee Adkins, son of Tia Kirkland and David Adkins, born Feb. 8; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Kinsley Rose Sherman, daughter of Sara and Garrick Sherman, born Feb. 8; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Clemit Ray Hall, 66, of Virgie, passed away Feb. 19. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, March 1.

Johnny Morris Wolfe, 58, of Sidney, passed away Feb. 16. Funeral, Feb. 21. Burial, Bent Ridge Cemetery, Meta.

Earl Adkins, 71, of Wellington, formerly of Pike County, passed away Feb. 16. Funeral, Feb 19. Burial, Dotson Family Cemetery, Kimper.

Abel Charles Kinsey, infant son of Mellyssa Dibble and Jonathan Kinsey, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 19, Pikeville Medical Center Chapel. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.

Mary “Pal” Elizabeth Anderson, 81, of McDowell, passed away Feb. 17. Funeral, Feb. 20. Burial, Anderson Cemetery, McDowell.

Sidney Lee Boyd, 72, of Dana, passed away Feb. 16. Funeral, Feb. 20. Burial, Boyd Family Cemetery, Dana.

Polly Dimple Kidd Clark, 86, of Honaker, passed away Feb. 15. Graveside service, Feb. 17, Davidson Memorial Park, Ivel.

Jimmie Johnson, 74, of Hi Hat, passed away Feb. 14. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat.

Barbara Princess Martin, 88, of Vanceburg, formerly of Eastern, passed away Feb. 12. Funeral, Feb. 15. Burial, Fred Bailey Cemetery, Eastern.

Alvin “Buster” Newsome, 94, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 19. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. Funeral, Feb.21. Entombment, York Mausoleum, Johnson Memorial Park.

Billie S. Davis, 82, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 18, First Baptist Church, Pikeville. Burial, York Family Cemetery, Pikeville.

John Wesley Sturgill, 84, of Ecorse, Mich., formerly of Amba, passed away Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Sturgill Cemetery, Harold.

Dr. Orville Mayo Clark Jr., 92, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 14. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Feb. 17, First Baptist Church, Pikeville. Burial, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Sarah Beth Coleman Wright, 90, of Regina, passed away Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 16. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.

Ruby Marie Coleman, 73, of Collins Highway, passed away Feb. 18. Funeral, Feb. 22. Burial, R.H. Ratliff Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Wanda Hamilton, 77, of Virgie, passed away Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Smallwood-Beverly Cemetery, Flemings Branch.

Iva Jean Runyon, 57, of Forest Hills, passed away Feb. 16. Funeral, Feb. 19, Sharondale Church of Christ, Belfry.Burial, Don Runyon Cemetery, Pinsonfork.

Easter Lois Muncy, 87, of Turkey Creek, passed away Feb. 14. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Sartin Cemetery, Turkey Creek.

Frank Moon, 79, of Ransom, passed away Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 16, Bluesprings Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Bluesprings Baptist Church Cemetery.

William Allyn “Bill” Brooks, 64, of McAndrews, passed away Feb. 12. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, Feb. 20, Octavia Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Brooks Family Cemetery.

Gary Dean Ward, 64, of Price, passed away Feb. 19. Funeral, Feb. 23. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.

Vernie Jane Patrick Hall, 91, of Banner, passed away Feb. 19. Funeral, Feb. 22. Burial, Hall Family Cemetery, Banner.

Joetta Shepherd, 66, of Wayland, passed away Feb. 17. Memorial service, Feb. 21, Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Estill.

George Hall, 81, of McDowell, passed Feb. 17. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Feb. 20. Burial, Curt Hamilton Cemetery, McDowell.

Glennetta Gail Daugherty, 59, of Sidney, passed away Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 18, Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Hunt Cemetery, Stanville.

Cleo Rogers Williams, 74, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 14. Funeral, Feb. 17, River of Life Freewill Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Hamilton Cemetery, Grethel.

Bobbie D. Burchett, 69, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 13. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, Feb. 19, Highland Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Friday, February 23, 2018

In Exodus 14, the children of Israel find themselves in a seemingly impossible situation. They were faced with water in front and the Egyptian army behind. As many of us do in a crisis, they panicked.  Yet, God brought them out of slavery and they crossed through the Red Sea on dry land.

As a child I took the old Batman sitcom very seriously. It seemed at the end they were doomed. They would find themselves in a seemingly impossible situation and then it would say: to be continued. But the real Batman fans knew it was not the end for Batman. So, we didn’t get too anxious. The next episode always began with them in the same predicament. Somehow Batman always escaped with Robin. We as Christians, know how the story ends. We win! So, no matter how bad it gets, we must remember the big picture. I think the Children of Israel forgot the big picture… how about you?

~ PMC Chaplain Larry Penix may be reached at 606-218-3969.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) impacts more than 5.1 million people in the United States, with expectations of 15.9 million by 2050.

These numbers, from Mayo Clinic, only reflect those with AFib confirmed by an electrocardiogram, and do not include many more with symptoms but who cannot be confirmed. There are possibly many more who do not yet know they have it.

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Electrophysiologist, Chase Reynolds, M.D. said, “AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm coming from the top chambers of the heart. It is a situation where the top chambers, which are called the atria, simply quiver or fibrillate.”

Dr. Reynolds says that is where they came up with the name. Instead of having a nice steady heartbeat, you have an erratic, irregular, typically very fast heartbeat that causes the sensation of a high heart rate, and is often called palpitations.

AFib causes a variety of other symptoms as well, including fatigue, shortness of breath and dizziness. If not appropriately managed, AFib can lead to a variety of other medical conditions including stroke and heart failure.

“Everyone is at risk. AFib is, unfortunately, something that occurs at random,” said Dr. Reynolds.  “We do see a much higher prevalence as we get older and in patients with hypertension, diabetes or tobacco abuse.  We also see an increased prevalence in patients who have, for a variety of reasons, a dilated heart.”

Signs and symptoms can vary among patients.

“Most people commonly mention, what we call palpitations, the sensation of an irregular heartbeat,” said Dr. Reynolds. “That is, by far, the most common complaint that leads to a work-up and ultimately finding out the patient has atrial fibrillation.” 

He says by no means are palpitations the only symptoms. 

“AFib can also cause shortness of breath, fatigue or dizziness. It can also cause patients to pass out or chest discomfort. AFib may cause all of these symptoms or patients may have no symptoms at all,” stated Dr. Reynolds. 

He says the patients with no symptoms are often the ones who are most difficult to identify because they do not complain of anything.  They are also at the highest risk, because atrial fibrillation may not be identified until they arrive at the hospital having a stroke.

“AFib raises so many concerns.  We worry about several different problems but the most concerning is a significant stroke risk,” said Dr. Reynolds. 

According to Dr. Reynolds there are other factors that play into how high that stroke risk is. The stroke risk of a patient with AFib is often close to 500 times the stroke risk of someone in the general population.

He said, “The strokes with AFib, unfortunately, are not typically minor strokes.  Not that any stroke is a good stroke but there are often scenarios where someone has a stroke and does recover. With atrial fibrillation, the strokes that we see are most of the time, truly life altering and patients generally, do not recover, or at least not completely.”

Treatment of AFib can take the form of medical management. 

“We have a class of medications called anti-arrhythmic drugs, which are very effective in some patients,” said Dr. Reynolds. “We often start with a medication approach and then advance to higher level therapy’s if medications fail.”

Another treatment option for patients, who either cannot tolerate the anti-arrhythmic drugs or they simply do not work, is an ablation procedure.

“There are a couple different types of ablation procedures,” said Dr. Reynolds. “Classically, we have done what is called a pulmonary vein isolation, which is the basic AFib ablation procedure.  At PMC, we are also proud to offer the hybrid AFib procedure for our more difficult to control patients.  This is a team approach between electrophysiology and cardiothoracic surgery that is ideal for patients who have persistent AFib even after the standard AFib ablation.”

For additional information about afib or to schedule an appointment with the Pikeville Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute, call 606-218-2201.


Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, February 23, 2018

Delmer Ray Akers, 72, of Buskirk-McCarr, passed away Feb. 9. He was a U.S. Marine and served as pastor for over 20 years at the Church of God in Jesus Name, Thacker, W.Va. Funeral, Feb. 15, at the church.

Donnie Stacy, 60, of Beauty, passed away Feb. 10. Funeral, Feb. 15, Mary Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church, Hatfield. Burial, Stacy Family Cemetery, Hatfield.

Edward Hurley, 64, of Kimper, passed away Feb. 9. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Fields Cemetery, Phelps.

Jacklene Joyce Rose Clevenger Henson, 70, of Nicholsville, passed away Feb. 9. Funeral, Feb. 14. Burial, Rose Family Cemetery, Canada.

Ruthene Hall Howell, 85, of McDowell, passed away Feb. 10. Funeral, Feb. 14. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.

Glenda Osborne Newsome, 56, of Teaberry, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 11, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Phyllis Ann Slone, 59, of Kimper, passed away Feb. 11. Funeral, Feb. 14, Cedar Bottom Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Slone Family Cemetery, Kimper.

Glema Yvonne Harrell, 70, of Raccoon, passed away Feb. 10. Funeral, Feb. 13. Burial, Robert Charles Cemetery, Raccoon.

Bettie Jean Ramey Hamilton, 83, of Caney Creek, passed away Feb. 9. Funeral, Feb. 11. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery, Caney Creek.

Roy Adams, 69, of Fleming Neon, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 11, Neon Church of Christ. Burial, Bentley Family Cemetery, Hemphill.

Betty J. Greer, 86, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Pike County, passed away Feb. 6. Funeral, Feb. 10. Burial, Greer Cemetery, Myra.

Nelson “Buddy” James Jr., 87, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 8. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Funeral, Feb. 11. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Mary Louise Stewart, 88, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 10. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Sharon Kaye Montgomery, 67, of Elkhorn City, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 13. Burial, Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Mercerville, Ohio.

Janice Rose Norman, 83, of Elkhorn City, passed away Feb. 7. Funeral, Feb. 11, Lick Creek Holiness Church. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.

Willard Talbert Smith, 76, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Chesnut Grove Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Betty Ruth Howell, 61, of Beaver, passed away Feb. 11. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Falling Angel Cemetery, Beaver.

Diane Booth, 66, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.

Billy Gene Orsborn Jr., 41, of Ivel, passed away Feb. 12. Funeral, Feb. 16. Burial, Ivel Community Cemetery, Ive.

James “Lucian” Stephens, 70, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 11. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from the Kentucky State Police. Funeral, Feb. 15. Burial, Stephens Ousley Cemetery, Middle Creek, Spurlock.

Alan “AJ” Case Jr., 24, of Owinton, formerly of Drift, passed away Feb. 11. Funeral, Feb. 15. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.

Kennis “Roe” Evans, 90, of Grethel, passed away Feb. 10. Funeral, Feb. 14. Burial, Evans Family Cemetery, Grethel.

Blake Edward Waugh, 31, of Clay City, formerly of Floyd County, passed away Feb. 9. Funeral, Feb. 12. Burial, Hicks Cemetery, Dema.

Robert Mahaska, 66, of Martin, passed away Feb. 9. Funeral, Feb. 13. Burial, Jones Cemetery, Shortwood.

Beacher Shepherd, 86, of David, passed away Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 11. Burial, Shepherd Cemetery, David.

Helen C. Ormerod, 85, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 7. Graveside service, Feb. 12, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School seniors Alexis Stanley and Camryn Slone understand the pressure of being a star athlete.

Both used their leadership ability and tough mentality to help carry the varsity cheerleading squad to a third straight national championship this past weekend in Orlando, Fla.

“At the beginning of the year there was a lot of pressure on us,” Stanley said. “We felt like we had to be perfect and it made it harder on all of us trying to repeat.”

Slone said winning a third straight title is something she will cherish for a lifetime.

“It couldn’t have been possible without my teammates,” she said. “Standing behind the curtain and getting ready to take the national stage we knew we had to be at our best.”

Third-year coach Kandice Branham said the pressure on her team repeating showed during practice on Friday. She said the challenges of winning three straight weighed on her girls.

“I  never  thought  this would ever happen,” Branham said. “To be from a small town and small school was a great accomplishment. We didn’t practice well on Friday but was in a total different mindset on Saturday and Sunday.”

It was the fifth championship in school history. Prior to the previous three years, PHS won in 2001 and 2002.

“These girls are so talented and put in so much work,” Branham said. “We kind of knew all along we were the favorite.”

Pikeville compiled the highest score of 55 schools on Saturday and Branham felt claiming the title was simply in her girls laying it on the line Sunday.

“We realized if we came out and performed well enough for a perfect score it was going to be an exciting time for us as a group.”

Once the three-peat was complete, talk began on the plane ride from Orlando to Knoxville, Tenn., of winning a fourth.

“My advice to the girls returning next year is try not and let the pressure get the best of you,” Stanley added. “Those girls coming back have the talent to win it again.”

Slone said cheerleading is as much  a physical game as it is mental.

“You can hit that routine over and over in practice but when the lights shine on you it becomes a different ball game.”

Other members of the championship squad include Taylor McKinney, Savannah Crider, Elizabeth Brown, Rachel Bowman, Hannah Potter, Olivia Whitfield, Kaitlyn Damron, Alyssa Shanklin, Karson Bailey, Staci Morrison, Anna Salyer and Emily Hager.

THREE-PEAT: Members of the Pikeville High School varsity cheerleading squad pose with the 2018 Universal Cheerleaders Association National Cheer Championship trophy. See Pages 26 and 27 for a salute to the national champs from area businesses.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently recognized its ninth DAISY Award winner, Katie Collins. The DAISY Award is a national recognition initiative that recognizes extraordinary nurses for the work they do for patients and families each day.

 “Katie is a wonderful nurse,” said PMC Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Michelle Rainey. “She goes above and beyond in her role as a pediatric nurse. It takes a great nurse to make their patients feel comfortable and I thank Katie for doing just that with this family.”

Collins has been a registered nurse on the 8B Pediatric/Medical Unit for over two years. Collins, who resides in Pikeville, was selected from a group of several nominees and was honored during a surprise ceremony at the hospital on February 12.

“I’m very proud of the great job Katie does every day with our special pediatric patients,” added PMC Assistant CNO Jeanette Sexton. “I appreciate the extra attention she gives to the patient’s parents and grandparents during their stay because they play such an important role in the pediatric patient’s well-being.”

When asked her thoughts on being the ninth DAISY award recipient at PMC, Collins replied.

“I love my patients, our organization and the pediatric unit,” she said. “I try to go above and beyond to take care of our pediatric patients because their stay is stressful enough as it is. I try to comfort, not only the patient, but the caregivers as well; I find that gratifying in and of itself.”

Collins was nominated for the award for the special care she provided to a pediatric patient and their family at PMC.

Below is the nomination letter submitted by the patient’s family:


Nomination Letter-

She is absolutely the nicest nurse we could have had (not saying the others were not nice). She went above and beyond to make my child’s hospital stay as comfortable as she could.

She never made me feel like a bother when I would ask her for anything. I observed how she makes her patients feel special, even paying out of pocket to make sure little ones have something to do.

When she bought my little girl (and the little one in the next bed) coloring books it was so sweet. I think she really deserves to be acknowledged for her work.


“Katie truly is one of the sweetest, kindest, most humble nurses you’ll meet,” PMC 8B Pediatric/Medical Unit Director Melissa Bentley said. “She always puts her patients and her co-workers before herself. She is more than deserving of this award.”

Collins was selected from a number of registered nurses who were also nominated for this prestigious award.

To nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award® online, go to www.pikevillehospital.org/nominateanurse/.

RECIPIENT: Pediatric Nurse Katie Collins, second from right, was honored with the DAISY Award for the special care she gave. From left to right are Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Jeanette Sexton, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey, Collins and 8B Pediatric/Medical Unit Director Melissa Bentley.
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Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, February 16, 2018

Sawyer Matthew Sanders, son of Emely and Stephen Sanders, born Feb. 8; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

James Thomas Ramey, son of Jennifer and Tony Ramey, born Feb. 6; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Eli James Ward, son of Alyssa and Adam Ward, born Feb. 5; weight: 8 lbs., 9 oz.

Brinley Harper Mullins, daughter of Chesney and Christopher Mullins, born Feb. 4; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.

Zakaria Douglas Kaine Hopkins, son of Lillian and Joshua Hopkins, born Feb. 2; weight: 10 lbs., 3.2 oz.

Grayson Dean O’Neal Waddles, son of Bobbi and Calvin Waddles, born Feb. 2; weight: 8 lbs., 5.4 oz.

Brantley Wayne Childress, son of Kaitlyn and Daniel Childress, born Feb. 2; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.

Cayson Darrell Wilson, son of Autumn and Brandon Wilson, born Feb. 2; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.

Brennan Jayce Taylor, son of Ashley and Brody Taylor, born Feb. 2; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.

Noah Albert Evans, III, son of Kelli Toney and Noah Evans Jr., born Feb. 2; weight: 9 lbs., 1 oz.

John Bryson Smallwood, twin son of Brittany and John Smallwood, born Feb 1; weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz.;

Kinsley Nicole Smallwood, twin daughter, weight: 4 lbs. 5 oz.

Elliana Paige Prater, daughter of Sandra and Ricky Prater, born Feb. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 6.5 oz.

Jameson Maximus Francis, son of Heather Heyne and Jay Francis, born Feb. 1; weight: 8 lbs., 3.5 oz.

Scott Charles Seymour, son of Cynthia and Aaron Seymour, born Feb. 1; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.

Friday, February 16, 2018