PIKEVILLE — East Kentucky Broadcasting and Pikeville Medical Center are partnering to host the ‘Eggstravaganza” this weekend.

The event will begin at noon on Saturday, April 4, in the Pikeville City Park.

The Easter egg hunt, open to children up to age 12, will feature 3,000 Easter eggs and other activities. The Easter bunny will also be present.

The event is free and open to the public.

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) invites everyone to attend the hospital’s Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services, from Sunday, March 29 through Sunday, April 5.

“Pikeville Medical Center has observed Holy Week and Easter for as far back as I can remember,” PMC Director of Spiritual Activities Jane Robinson said. “We celebrate the resurrection and are thankful that Pikeville Medical Center values the importance of providing quality care in a Christian environment as it continues to grow.”

The Palm Sunday service will take place at 9:30am on March 29 in the hospital chapel, located on the second floor of the May Tower

Holy Week services (Monday, March 30 – Friday April 3) will be held in the chapel from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Communion will be available throughout the week.

The Easter Sunrise service will be held on Sunday, April 5 at 7 a.m. on the 10th floor of PMC’s parking garage.

The service will be led by the minister of Cornerstone Christian Church, Paul Potter. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held on the 10th floor of the PMC Clinic.

Refreshments will be provided immediately following the Sunrise Service.

For more information, contact Jane Robinson at 606- 218-4769.

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RECOGNIZED: Pictured from left to right, above, are Laura May, Euna Blackburn, Devan Owens, Tonya Lawson, Melissa Whitt, Cindy Elswick and Tammy Johnson. Below are (front row) Andrea Akers, Karra Ratliff, Kim Napier and Michelle Sparkman. (Back row) Kristy Ratliff, Sherry Dotson, Alyssa Kidd and Jamie Salyers.

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Gastrointestinal (GI) Nurses Week, March 23-29. 

PMC’s GI nurses, also known as endoscopy nurses, work in the operating room with patients who need to undergo surgery for problems with their digestive system or GI tract. 

This close-knit group enjoys their profession and strives daily to deliver quality care to each patient. 

“Not only has the Lord blessed me to be a nurse but he has blessed me to work in endoscopy with the best group of nurses and physicians,” said Euna Blackburn.

“I’m happy to work with people that I consider family and hold very dear to my heart,” said Andrea Akers.

“As the only child in my family, I never knew that I would end up with a group of sisters that I love so much,” said Devan Owens. “I am so lucky to get to work with them every day.” said Devan Owens. “I am so lucky to get to work with them every day”.

“I have worked in different departments during my time at PMC, but endoscopy is definitely my favorite,” said Kim Napier. “I enjoy the people I work with and taking care of the patients.”

“Not everyone knows the different struggles nurses, physicians and patients go through every day,” said Melissa Whitt,  “but to know that you have done your best at the end of the day, that you may have made a difference in your patient’s life and made someone else’s burdens a little lighter, that is what makes patient care so rewarding to us.”

Source: https://discovernursing.com


PIKEVILLE — On Sunday, March 30, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will celebrate National Doctors’ Day.

Doctors’ Day was first conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Ga. March 30 was chosen specifically for the observance because it is the anniversary of the first time anesthesia was used in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long, of Georgia, in 1842.

In 1990, President George Bush signed a proclamation declaring Doctors’ Day be observed as a national holiday.

“Our doctors’ commitment to our patients is unsurpassed,” said PMC Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Chief Operating Officer Debra Parsons. “We thank them for being an active part of our mission to provide quality, regional health care in a Christian environment.

“Doctors’ Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate our physicians and thank them for the care and compassion they provide year-round,” said PMC President/CEO Walter E. May. “On March 30, I encourage you to take time to wish your personal physician a very happy Doctors’ Day.”

Source: Southern Medical Association Alliance

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OVARIAN CANCER ADVOCATE: Paula McCarty, pictured here with family members at Pike County Relay for Life, wants to walk in the Kentucky Oaks 141 Survivors parade. To vote for McCarty, visit the Nominee Profiles link at http://kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Survivors are listed in alphabetical order.

TEAL EVERYONE KNOWS: Ashcamp resident Paula McCarty, center, posed for this picture at her daughter’s “Teal Everyone Knows” 5K race, an annual event that raises awareness about ovarian cancer.

What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. It often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. When it has spread like this, it’s more difficult to treat and is frequently fatal.

Early-stage ovarian cancer, when the disease is confined to the ovary, is more likely to be treated successfully.

What are the symptoms?

Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes symptoms. Advanced-stage ovarian cancer may cause a few symptoms that are often mistaken for other conditions, like constipation or irritable bowel syndrome.

Signs and symptoms include:

•Abdominal bloating, swelling

•Quickly feeling full when eating

•Weigh loss

•Discomfort in the pelvis area

•Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation

•A frequent need to urinate.

Risk factors

•Age. It is most common in women ages 50 to 60. Also, women who started menstruating before age 12 or underwent menopause after age 52 have a higher risk.

•Inherited gene mutation: A small percentage of ovarian cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation.

•Estrogen hormone replacement therapies, especially with long-term use and in large doses.

•Never being pregnant.

•Fertility treatment.


•Use of an intrauterine device.

•Polycystic ovary syndrome.

Should you see a doctor?

If you have any sign or symptom that worries you, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

People who have a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer should talk to their doctor about their risk.

Source: Mayo Clinic

ASHCAMP — Eastern Kentucky residents are rallying behind a cancer patient who wants to participate in the Kentucky Oaks parade at the Kentucky Derby.

Ashcamp resident Paula McCarty is among hundreds of cancer survivors in Kentucky who are seeking to fill 141 spots in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on May 1.

People who visit the Kentucky Derby website may vote once each day for cancer survivors. Those who receive the most votes at http://kentuckyderby.com/survivors are chosen.

McCarty said a person who has cancer is reminded of it every day.

“You can never rest from it,” she said. It’s your whole world. Your whole life centers around it.”

She said participating in the parade would help take her away from the “hustle and bustle of cancer and chemo.”

She is fighting her second battle with ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2007 and underwent chemotherapy and surgery. The cancer returned last February.

She was nominated to be a part of the parade by Registered Nurse Kenetha Rose, who works in the gynecology oncology department of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.

Rose nominated McCarty because she’s passionate about educating the public about ovarian cancer.

“As a gynecology oncology nurse, I want to make people more aware of ovarian cancer and other kinds of female cancers, and Paula has that same kind of passion I do about making people more aware of ovarian cancer,” Slone said. “She’s just a very wonderful, genuinely good person.”

“Even though she’s battling cancer, she’s still very active in the community and her church,” Slone continued. “She’s very inspirational, she really is. It would be good for people from this area to see someone like her walking in the Kentucky Derby parade and being involved in an event like that to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.”

McCarty is passionate about educating people about ovarian cancer because she knows what it does to people and their families.

“I’ve always said I may have cancer, but cancer does not have me,” she said.

McCarty used to own the Paula K. Shop at the Southside Mall. She had to close it after her second ovarian cancer diagnosis, but she refuses to stop doing things she loves because of cancer. She still sews, offers piano lessons and takes care of her family and home.

“I want people to know that you can still function when you have cancer,” she said. “Even though it hurts, even though I’m sick, I do everything I’ve always done. The kids have to be picked up and taken places. You have to get up and get dressed. You’ve got laundry to do, the dishes. Life goes on. Sometimes I need help, and sometimes, I have to have more help than others, but it doesn’t stop me. Life goes on.”

She is writing, “Six Years Later,” a book about her experience with cancer. She also hosts “Women Supporting Women,” a support group for women who have had cancer, at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Elkhorn Community Church. Her daughter started the Paula K. McCarty Ovarian Cancer Foundation and hosts a “Teal Everyone Knows” 5K race every May.

 “I’m very open and I have been the whole time,” she said. “A lot of people are very secretive with their illness, whether it’s cancer or whatever. My philosophy is the more specifics they know, the better they know what to pray for.” 

But that’s not her only reason for being open about her struggle with cancer.

“More awareness is needed for ovarian cancer,” she said.

Slone said ovarian cancer is often called the “silent killer” because the symptoms include many of the same symptoms women experience when they are having a menstrual period.

“Most of the symptoms women experience are things they experience every month, so they don’t know anything is wrong,” Slone said. “Most of the time, we find it incidentally, and it usually isn’t found until it is in advanced stages.”

When she was diagnosed the first time, McCarty had three young children.

She believes God saved her for a reason.

“He didn’t waste his time that first go around,” she said. “He didn’t waste any time in sparing my life. That was seven-and-a-half years ago, and it has swept me off my feet this time. I really believe my mission in life is to help others who are in this same devastating situation.”

Her second diagnosis came unexpectedly.

“This time it was every evasive, very extensive,” she said. “I found out last February and I was only sick the month before. It had to have been going on for a year or more and I had no clue. That’s the nature of ovarian cancer.”

McCarty said tumors have covered her liver and surgery is not possible. She takes chemotherapy to keep them from growing.

She wants to thank every person who has offered a helping hand or prayed for her and her family: her husband Joey; her daughter Kasey (Jordan) Hall, a University of Kentucky student; her daughter Hollie, a University of Pikeville student who plans to work at a cancer center; and her son Joshua, an East Ridge High School sophomore who wants to study electrical engineering in college.

“It’s just so overwhelming, the support we’ve received from not just our church, but from the community,” she said. “The food, the prayers, the cards, the gifts I receive in the mail — I don’t really have words to describe how much I appreciate it and how much it means to me.”

Voting for the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade is open through March 31. Survivors who participate in the parade receive free tickets to the horse race.

McCarty’s votes grew from more than 3,400 votes on March 18 to more than 4,000 votes on March 23. The highest number of votes given, as of March 23, to any one participate was 72,579. Officials will select the top 141 contenders for the parade.

To vote for McCarty, visit the Nominee Profiles link at http://kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Survivors are listed in alphabetical order and local residents may vote once daily for her.

PIKEVILLE — Many people do not understand the emotional aftermath that can occur in patients who’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The short and long term emotional side effects of TBI vary depending on the person and the severity of the injury. Some of these side effects include: depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability and temper outbursts.

While these emotional effects can be frustrating, they are common to experience after a TBI.

Sudden mood changes of laughing and crying usually improves within the first two to three months after the injury. Feelings of depression, on the other hand, normally do not occur until some time has passed and the patient realizes his/her long-term situation.

Fortunately, there are many things a TBI patient can do to help ease these effects. Some of these include:

•Have a go-to support person - someone who will listen to you when you are feeling overwhelmed.

•Write things down - record anything that may be difficult to remember: dates, names, or tasks that need to be completed.

•Follow a routine – try to perform tasks at the same time each day, and designate specific places to store the items that you need.

•Take frequent breaks throughout the day to relieve stress and re-organize your thoughts.

•Adjust expectations – allot more time to complete certain tasks, and break big tasks into smaller steps.

•Focus on one thing/task at a time.

•Always inform the patient’s care giver of new or sudden changes in mood.

For more information about the effects of TBI or PMC’s Neurosurgery Department call 606-218-6408.

Sources: http://mayoclinic.org



PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge-Executive William M. Deskins recently signed a proclamation naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pike County.

The Annual Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff will be held on April 1 at noon in the Pikeville City Park with refreshments to follow at the Garfield House.

According to the Pike County Division of Protection and Permanency, which coordinates the state’s child welfare and violence prevention efforts and is organizing the April 1 kickoff, there were 202 substantiated cases of child abuse and/or neglect in Pike County between July 2013 and June 2014, resulting in a total of 315 children having suffered some type of maltreatment.

Community partners like the Big Sandy Child Advocacy Center, Pikeville City Police, Pikeville Fire Department, the KVC Kentucky child welfare and behavioral health care organization, the Big Sandy Area Development District and several Pike County Government agencies like the county attorney, county judge and family court offices work together to raise community awareness of this important issue and its prevention.

If you are interested in getting involved or participating in the upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff, contact Tawanna Huffman with Pike County DPP at 606-433-7596 or email  Tawanna.Huffman@ky.gov.

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IT’S A FAMILY THING: This picture was taken during the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee — the first national spelling bee for Paul Keaton. His sister Emily also competed at Scripps for five consecutive years (2009 to 2013). Their parents, doctors Jill and Andy Keaton are also pictured.

LOUISVILLE — For the sixth year, an eastern Kentucky student has taken the crown at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee.

The event, hosted by the Ford Motor Company, was held March 21 in Louisville.

The 13-year-old Christ Central School student Paul Keaton won the competition for his second consecutive year by correctly spelling “insentient,” a word that means “lacking perception, consciousness or animation.”

He earned the trophy after 191 words were correctly spelled by contenders from schools throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana at the spelling bee. He beat 62 competitors to take home the winner’s trophy, earning a $10,000 savings bond, courtesy of the John and Joan Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Derby Festival Foundation, an Amazon gift certificate, a Scrabble game, a dictionary and the honor of riding on the Winner’s Float in the April 30 Pegasus Parade.

Keaton, the son of doctors Jill and Andy Keaton of Pikeville, now qualifies to compete in the nation’s longest-running spelling bee, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held Mary 24-29 for the second time.

It will be the second time he will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but he has traveled with his family several times to Washington, D.C. participate in Scripps events alongside his sister, Emily.

Emily Keaton, a Pikeville High School student, won the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee four times (2010 to 2013) and competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee five times (2009 to 2013).

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be televised and broadcast live online in May. Scripps will release details about the spelling bee beginning May 1 at http://spellingbee.com.

PIKEVILLE — Just in time for spring, dressbarn announces the grand opening of its newest location in Pikeville.

The new retail store opened recently in Pikeville Commons, bringing new spring styles, exclusive designer collaborations and smart style solutions to shoppers.

dressbarn’s “expert associates” also offer personalized wardrobe advice to customers.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Pikeville business community, and play an important role in the lives of the women who live here,” said Annette Stacy, dressbarn District Leader. “We want to be the go-to destination for stylish women who want value-minded fashion, ideas and inspiration. Stop by and see what’s in store!”

dressbarn, known for offering exceptional customer experience, offers versatile, on-trend pieces in sizes 4-24 so that women can get their style fix while staying on budget.

dressbarn’s style ambassadors have a wealth of product knowledge and ideas on how to pull looks together. Plus, in honor of the grand opening, shoppers at the Pikeville dressbarn will receive a complimentary tote bag with their purchase (while supplies last).

“Our goal is to create a fun, informative shopping experience that helps women feel good, look great and express her unique point of  view,” said Stacy. “We think women in the Pikeville community will love what we have to offer.”

For more information, please contact the store at 606-432-0837 or visit http://dressbarn.com.

The Pikeville location is one of 850 dressbarn locations.

What do dying people want?

This is the title of a book on my shelf and a unique and helpful resource.

Before I explore any further with you about this topic, I want you to understand who the audience is that I am addressing.

Look around the room you’re in or the Easter table you’ll soon sit around – How many of those you see will die?

All of them, of course!

Now each of us should look in the mirror and remind ourselves we too will die someday. We are the dying people – all of us – so let’s talk.

We can’t expect others to know what we want unless we sit and talk about what is important to us.

I hope we can start having conversations about our wishes. This is a topic that becomes very important at or near the time of death, but don’t wait that long to start the conversation.

How do we feel about donating tissue or organs?

How does our loved ones feel about the act of donating life?

Unless we take the time to talk about these acts of kindness, we may miss the opportunity to give life even when we are dying.

I hope you can take the time to have these conversations so we can all start making plans to give one of the most precious gifts, ourselves.

PMC Chaplain Randy Johnson may be reached at 606-218-3915 or via e-mail at randy.johnson@pikevillehospital.org.