PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) have once again teamed up to help people in need.
The two organizations hosted a live radio/telethon at PMC on Sept. 14 to directly benefit hurricane relief efforts through the American Red Cross. More than $85,000 has been donated so far.
Hospital and EKB employees volunteered throughout the event, answering calls and collecting donations. Turtleman Ernie Brown, a popular celebrity, was on hand to help answer phones and encourage donors.
"As a Christian organization, we feel an obligation to respond to the needs of those affected by disasters," PMC President and CEO Walter E. May said.
"The hospital has a long history of helping others, and the people who work here feel it's our duty to help. We appreciate the support of our staff, our physicians, and everyone in the community who donated," he added.
PMC made it convenient for staff to contribute by allowing payroll deductions and the cash value of vacation time.
President and CEO of East Kentucky Broadcasting, Cindy May Johnson said, "We are so grateful for the people who donated to this cause.
This is a lot of money to raise out of our region, and it just shows how generous our people are. We have the best listeners and viewers, with big hearts. And we can't thank them enough for what they've given."
East Kentucky Broadcasting and Pikeville Medical Center have partnered many times in the past to raise money in times of disaster, and collectively have raised more than a million dollars for charity.