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.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, September 22, 2017

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins the American Cancer Society in raising awareness for one of the most deadly cancers in women.


The American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to saving lives from ovarian cancer. In fact, the ACS has been a part of nearly every major breakthrough in cancer research in recent history.


Each year, an estimated 22,400 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States by the end of 2017. Approximately 14,080 of them will result in death as reported by the National Foundation for Cancer Research.


While all women are at risk, most cancers are diagnosed in the postmenopausal years.


"Ovarian cancer usually affects women in their fifties and sixties," said Dr. Holly Gallion, PMC Gynecologic Oncologist at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. "In addition to advancing age, women with a family history of the disease are at particular increased risk."


Unfortunately, many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread. If it is detected at the earliest stage, stage one, the five-year survival rate is more than 90 percent.


"In many cases this cancer is curable, particularly in early disease which has not spread outside the ovary," said Dr. Gallion.


The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and can be easily confused with gastrointestinal illness and indigestion.


"The most common symptoms may include pelvic or abdominal pain, bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary frequency," said Dr. Gallion.


Other, less common symptoms may include extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, backaches and weight gain. Digestive problems may include nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea.


There is no adequate screening test for ovarian cancer at this time, which is why it often goes undiscovered until the later stages.


After diagnosis, treatment varies depending on progression of the disease.


"Here at PMC, we have a multidisciplinary team of gynecological, medical and radiation oncologists who treat this disease as well as nurse practitioners," said Dr. Gallion. "We also have a National Institute of Health trained genetic counselor who does testing for ovarian cancer genes that can run in families."


"In general, the initial treatment is surgery to remove the tumor and to determine the extent the cancer has spread."


"If it is an aggressive tumor or the tumor has spread, chemotherapy is given after surgery," Dr. Gallion explained. "In some cases of very advanced disease, chemotherapy may be given first to shrink the tumor to make it easier to remove at surgery."


Dr. Gallion chose this particular specialty as a way to help women.


"Gynecologic oncology gives me the opportunity to really make a difference," she said. "It is really challenging to help patients through this life threatening disease and difficult therapy, but most patients, even with advanced disease, do really well and it is rewarding to get them there."


For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at 606-218-2212.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, September 22, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days festival will kick off in Pikeville/Pike County today and end on Sept. 24.


This event allows Hatfield and McCoy descendants to come together in celebration of their heritage in the heart of eastern Kentucky.


"This festival offers a great opportunity for our visitors and community to meet Hatfield and McCoy descendants and enjoy a variety of amazing events that are planned," Executive Director of Pike County Tourism Tony Tackett said.  


At 6 p.m. tonight, 'The Bullet' a short two mile foot race and Main Street Live featuring Mid Life Crisis at 7 p.m. will kick off the event and Ruff Tuff Cuss Race weekend.


On Sept. 23 beginning at 9 a.m., eastern Kentucky's Premier all-terrain eight-to-nine-mile obstacle course will take place, testing your endurance, stamina and will.


Taking place at the Big Sandy Heritage Center on Saturday, will be an Interactive Lecture Series: Hatfield-McCoy Feud at 10 a.m. Presenter Reed Potter will be bringing history to life with a discussion and Q&A session.


Attendees will be able to enjoy the Pikeville Farmer's Market with great food, crafts, music and a pig roast at 130 Adams Lane in Pikeville.


This event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and will offer a variety of fun activities, such as arts and crafts, candle making, face painting, local produce and much more. Live entertainment will be provided by Jason Goble and Jessica Gillum.


Taps and Caps Beer Fest will be held from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday. Enjoy beer brewed in Kentucky, authentic craft beers, along with live entertainment.


Blood Song, the story of the Hatfields and the McCoy's Theatre Show, will take place at the Historic Pikeville Courthouse at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.


Tesla featuring Weapons of Anew will be performing at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday night at 8 p.m.


The Gun, a half-marathon run through the town of Pikeville will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. Participants will have the opportunity to run on U.S. Highway 23 in the opposite direction and on Pikeville's cut-thru project roadway.


Service at the McCoy Well in Hardy at 10 a.m. will conclude the festival. The special event will feature a presentation by the feud descendants, led by William Keith Hatfield and Ron McCoy. Special music by Jason Goble, Jesse Rachel and Troy Burchett.


Since the signing of the official peace treaty between Reo Hatfield and Ron and Bo McCoy in 2003, both families have tirelessly worked to undo the violent image brought forth by the feud, becoming advocates for peace, communication and reconciliation.


You don't have to be a Hatfield or a McCoy to attend, everyone is welcome.

GEARED UP: Pike County Tourism Executive Director Tony Tackett, right, along with Jay Shepherd and Lenna Goff are ready to welcome visitors to the region this weekend for Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, September 22, 2017

If you are concerned about your risk of prostate cancer, you may be interested in prostate cancer prevention.


There is no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Study results often conflict with each other and most studies are not designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged.


In general, doctors recommend that men with an average risk of prostate cancer make choices that benefit their overall health for prostate cancer prevention.


There is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that is low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer, though this has not been proved concretely.


Pikeville Medical Center Urologist, Luke Edwards, M.D. said, "A heart healthy diet is a prostate healthy diet."


If you want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, consider the following:


•Choose a low-fat diet 


•Eat more fat from plants than from animals 


•Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables


you eat each day 


•Eat fish 


•Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day 


•Maintain a healthy weight


•Exercise most days of the week


•Talk to your doctor about your risk


Some men have an increased risk of prostate cancer. For those with a very high risk of prostate cancer, there may be other options for risk reduction, such as medications. If you think you have a high risk of prostate cancer, discuss it with your doctor.


For additional information about prostate health call 606-218-2202 or visit pikevillehospital.org.


Source: Mayo Clinic

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, September 22, 2017

Diabetes complications can include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly.


The good news is that proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent foot ulcers. In fact, better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years.


"The first visit I have with a diabetic patient includes a discussion about the importance of checking your feet every night," said Pikeville Medical Center Vascular Surgeon, Nancy Clark, M.D. "Use a mirror and look for even the smallest wounds."


When foot ulcers do develop, it is important to get prompt care. More than 80 percent of amputations begin with foot ulcers. A nonhealing ulcer that causes severe damage to tissues and bone may require surgical removal (amputation) of a toe, foot or part of a leg.


"As soon as you see a wound, get in our office and get checked out," said Dr. Clark. "Many amputations can be prevented with early detection and treatment of foot wounds."


Factors that lead to an increased risk include:


•High blood sugar levels




•Nerve damage in the feet (peripheral neuropathy)


•Calluses or corns


•Foot deformities


•Poor blood circulation to the extremities (peripheral artery disease)


•A history of foot ulcers


•A past amputation


•Vision impairment


•Kidney disease


•High blood pressure


Good diabetes management and regular foot care help prevent severe foot sores that are difficult to treat and may require amputation.


For additional information about preventing amputations contact the office of Dr. Nancy Clark and Dr. Al Addasi in the PMC Clinic 2nd floor at 606-218-2202 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.


Source: Mayo Clinic

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, September 22, 2017

Atrial fibrillation (AFIB) is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that occurs when the two upper chambers of your heart (atria) experience chaotic electrical signals.


Certain factors may increase your risk of developing AFIB.


"In our area we have a lot of problems with obesity, inactivity, no exercise, too much tobacco and too much smoking," said Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Electrophysiologist, Michael Antimisiaris, M.D. "Also the kind of work people do here makes a difference. Working in the mines is a very tough job and it has a lot of long term effects on the lungs and on the heart too. These kind of things are difficult to overcome."


When it comes to diagnosing AFIB there are a few different ways.


PMC Electrophysiologist, Chase Reynolds, M.D. said, "If someone comes into the office, they get an EKG and are in AFIB that is obviously the simplest way of making a diagnosis but unfortunately, that often is not the case."


More often than not, the patient reports some vague symptoms, there is some suspicion of AFIB, and the patient must be monitored to see what is going on.


Dr. Reynolds said, "This could mean putting an external monitor on them. But sometimes it means implanting a small device called a loop recorder that allows us to monitor people for a prolonged amount of time. Those devices actually have a three year battery life, so even if they are only having a short episode of AFIB a couple times a year the loop recorder would detect it and that is enough to cause a stroke."


He says a lot of people feel like they do not have AFIB often and it is not a big deal.


Dr. Reynolds said, "Even just a small amount of AFIB once a year could cause a stroke."


"The number of patients who come to us with AFIB is so large and their symptoms can vary," said Dr. Antimisiaris. "We have technologies today to identify patients with AFIB who are at risk for a stroke prior to the stroke occurring. If we are trying to decrease the incidence of stroke, AFIB is one of those parameters that we can influence because if we can detect the patient early, there are good treatments available."


Dr. Antimisiaris says the earlier they catch the disease the easier it is to treat effectively with processes other than medications.


For additional information about AFIB call 606-218-2201 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, September 22, 2017

Like many employees at PMC I am participating in the HMR weight loss program. Everyone in the program knows what it means to be "in the box" or "out of the box." To be "in the box," you are in compliance and eat only meals that are HMR approved. "We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 1:3). The term sin means to miss the target or the goal God has set for us. In our weekly meetings, we are held accountable and must confess if we have been "out of the box." If we stumble, we are encouraged to promptly get back "in the box."


In the Christian life, we sometimes stumble and are out of the "spiritual box." We are not perfect. "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins"( 1 John 1:9). That puts us back "in the box," in a right relationship with God. Are you "in the box?"


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

Author Name: 
Larry Penix
Friday, September 22, 2017

PHELPS — Tug Valley's defense made a statement early on in its matchup with Phelps.


The Panthers turned away the Hornets inside the 10-yard line on the first offensive series of the game and went on to score a 20-7 victory in a game played at Marty Casey Stadium on Sept. 15.


Tug Valley, now 3-1, used a balanced rushing attack to grab a 14-0 halftime lead.


Running back Noah Lucas ran 39 yards for a touchdown early in the second period and Nathan Muscat came in at quarterback and hit starter Jonathan Blankenship with a 16-yard scoring play. He then passed to Kyle Sturgell for the conversion.


Muscat completed four of five passes for 95 yards. Lucas rushed 10 times for 65 yards.


Running back Chris Ellis was a workhorse for the Panthers. He carried 10 times and finished 92 yards.


Phelps cut the deficit in half on Peyton Rife's three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Dylan New's PAT kick made it 14-7. Rife had nine carries for 32 yards.


Running back Dominic Francis rushed nine times for 59 yards to lead the Hornets, now 3-1.


Tug Valley pushed its lead to 20-7 on Blankenship's one-yard pass to Blake Dingess.


The Panthers will play at Tolsia tonight. Phelps is idle. The Hornets play at Fairview (2-2) on Sept. 29.




At Phelps




TV (3-1)….................................0 14 0 6 – 20


PH (3-1)….................................0 0 7 0 – 7




First Quarter


No scoring


Second Quarter


TV – Noah Lucas, 39-yard run (run failed)


TV – Jonathan Blankenship, 16-yard pass from Nathan Muscat (Kyle Sturgell pass from Nathan Muscat)


Third Quarter


PH – Peyton Rife, 3-yard run (Dylan New kick)


Fourth Quarter


TV – Blake Dingess, 1-yard pass from Jonathan Blankenship (kick failed)


Next up: Tug Valley (3-1) at Tolsia (1-3), Sept. 22; Phelps (3-1) at Fairview (2-2), Sept .29.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 22, 2017

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike County Central was on the verge of blowing out Letcher Central at the outset of the second half.


Everything went south for the Hawks following the kickoff.


The Cougars recovered back-to-back onside kicks and fought their way back from 28-point, first-half deficit to fall just short, as Pike Central held on to escape with a 35-28 win in a game played at the Hawks Nest on Sept. 15.


Pike Central, now 3-1, had possession of the football just three plays until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter.


The Cougars, who dropped to 0-5, cut into Pike Central's lead on running back Kaleb Mullins' four-yard touchdown run with 7 minutes, 50 seconds left in the third. Quarterback Nick Sergent's two-point conversion run made it 35-15.


After a second straight successful onside kick, Sergent scored on a 10-yard run with 6:49 to go to pull the Cougars to within 35-21.


Sergent then hit Blake Brashear with a 51-yard touchdown pass with 2:14 left in the game to pull the Cougars to within a touchdown at 35-28.


Seth Conn's 90-yard interception return with 8:56 left in the first quarter turned out to be the biggest play of the night as the Hawks took a 7-0 lead following Brice Elkins' PAT kick.


Running back Issac Thacker extended the lead to 14-0 with a 23-yard run with 4:41 remaining to push the Hawks up 14-0. Thacker finished with 135 yards and two scores on 11 carries.


Conn's four-yard run with 10:20 left in the first half extended the lead to 21-0. He rushed 11 times for 85 yards.


Letcher Central's only points of the first half came on Hunter Campbell's 65-yard pass reception from Sergent with 9:59 left to go. Sergent completed 16 of 26 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns.


Thacker added a 47-yard run with 8:25 left and Isaiah Hess ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 4:49 remaining to make it 35-7.


Both teams are back in action tonight as Pike Central visits Floyd Central (4-1) and Letcher Central will host Perry Central (4-0).


At Buckleys Creek




LC (0-5)……...........................0 7 14 7 – 28


PC (3-1)….............................14 21 0 0 – 35




First Quarter


PC – Seth Conn, 90-yard INT (Brice Elkins kick), 8:56


PC – Issac Thacker, 23-yard run (Brice Elkins kick), 4:41


Second Quarter


PC – Seth Conn, 4-yard run (Brice Elkins kick), 10:20


LC – Hunter Campbell, 65-yard pass from Nick Sergent (Zack Dollarhyde kick), 9:59


PC – Issac Thacker, 47-yard run (Seth Conn run), 8:25


PC – Isaiah Hess, 10-yard run (run failed), 4:49


Third Quarter


LC – Kaleb Mullins, 4-yard run (Nick Sergent run), 7:50


LC – Nick Sergent, 10-yard run (pass failed), 6:49


Fourth Quarter


LC – Blake Brashear, 51-yard pass from Nick Sergent (Zack Dollarhyde kick), 2:14


Next up: Letcher Central (0-5) vs. Perry Central (4-0); Pike Central (3-1) at Floyd Central (4-1), Sept. 22.

GROUND ATTACK: Pike County Central running back Isaiah Hess (11) takes the handoff from quarterback Seth Conn (14) and follows the blocking of Logan Dotson (3) during the Hawks matchup with Letcher Central on Sept. 15.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 22, 2017