PIKEVILLE — For the fourth straight week, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is ranked second in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, officials from the national office announced on Tuesday.

The Bears — which have already wrapped up their first Mid-South Conference Regular-Season Championship since 2001 — have two games left before the postseason, hosting Campbellsville (Ky.) on Thursday and St. Catharine (Ky.) on Saturday.

At 15-1 in league play, UPIKE has a chance to complete one of the best seasons in conference history. Last season Lindsey Wilson set the high mark for MSC wins with 16. The Bears have already posted wins against both of their opponents this week on the road early in the season.

Cal St. San Marcos kept the No. 1 spot in the poll for the fifth straight week as it is riding a nation’s best 18-game winning streak. William Carey (Miss.) is third, Columbia (Mo.) is fourth and SAGU (Texas) rounds out the top five.

While Cal St. San Marcos earned nine first-place votes, it was Pikeville picking up the remaining top nod.

Other MSC teams in the rankings include Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 14, St. Catharine at No. 23 and Campbellsville is listed among teams receiving votes.

UPIKE has won 11 games in a row itself and has not lost at home in 20 straight games dating back to last season.

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LEADING THE WAY: University of Pikeville guard Josh Whitaker (13) scored a career-high 26 points in the Bears road win at Rio Grande on Feb. 22. UPIKE, the second-ranked team in the nation, returned home last night to host Campbellsville.

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Pikeville led from wire-to-wire as the Bears cruised to a 111-91 win over Rio Grande on Feb. 22.

Josh Whitaker had a break-out game for the Bears (25-2) with a game-high and career-high 26 points.

Four other Bears landed in double figures. Keala King followed with 21 points, Bruce Reed added 19, Kenny Manigualt hit for 11 and Elisha Justice tossed in 10.

The Red Storm was a close at 33-28 in the opening half but the Bears used a 26-7 run to go up 59-35 at the break.

D.D. Joiner and Ricky Tisale paced Rio Grande with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Bilal Young chipped in 14.


At Rio Grande, Ohio


UP (25-2)...................59  52 – 111

RG (16-11).................35  56 –   91


UPIKE (111) – Bruce Reed 6(1) 4-4 19; Chris Cantino 2 0-2 4; Josh Whitaker 6(3) 5-10 26; Elisha Justice 3(1) 1-2 10; Keala King 8(1) 2-2 21; Kenny Manigualt 5 1-2 11; Michael Eneh 2 5-9 8; John Nunnally 0 1-2 1; and Dalton Cornett 1 0-0 2. Totals: 37(6) 19-33 111.

Rio Grande, Ohio (91) – Philip Hertz 2 0-0 4; Jalen Harris 1 0-0 2; Ricky Tisdale 2(3) 7-9 20; Jermaine Warmack 0(1) 4-4 7; D.D. Joiner 4(4) 1-4 21; Bilal Young 4 6-8 14; Evan Legg 0(2) 0-0 6; Gabe Davila 0 2-2 2; Travis Elliott 1 0-0 2; Josh Reagan 2(1) 2-5 9; Kyle Rollins 1 0-0 2; and Sterling Smoak 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18(11) 22-32 91. 


Shawnee St.......56

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Second-ranked University of Pikeville clinched the Mid-South Conference regular season championship with a 69-56 win over Shawnee State University on Feb. 20.

Keala King led the way for UPIKE, now 24-2, with 19 points. Bruce Reed followed with 18 and Elisha Justice chipped in 10 as the Bears won the conference title for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

Shawnee State’s Andrew Bendolph and Mark Bryant paced the Bears with 13 and 12, respectively.

At Portsmouth, Ohio


UP (24-2)......................37  32 – 69

SSU (8-18)....................21  35 – 56


UPIKE (69) – Bruce Reed 4(1) 7-8 18; Chris Cantino 2 2-2 6; Josh Whitaker 1 0-0 2; Elisha Justice 3(10 1-2 10; Keala King 5 9-12 19; Kenny Manigualt 3 1-2 7; Michael Eneh 0 2-2 2; and John Nunnally 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 19(3) 22-30 69.

Shawnee State University (56) – Mark Bryant 2(2) 2-2 12; Nick Gouch 2 0-0 4; Andrew Devlin 3 2-5 8; Dante Dunston 4 0-0 8; Andrew Bendolph 2(1) 6-8 13; Devon Carter 0(1) 0-0 3; Sean Elliott 0(2) 1-2 7; and Ethan Moffatt 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13(6) 12-19 56.


Rio Grande........81


RIO GRANDE, Ohio — University of Pikeville’s Callisha Johnson missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired and the Bears fell short to Rio Grande, 81-78, on Feb. 22.

The loss dropped the Bears into a tie for seventh place heading into last night’s home game against Campbellsville. UPIKE will close out the regular season Saturday against St. Catharine’s.

Johnson finished with 19 to lead UPIKE, now 12-16. Khalilah Quigley followed with 18.

Sara Bonar paced the Red Storm with a game-high 21 points. Brianna Thomas netted 20 and Harley Adler added 11.

At Rio Grande, Ohio


UP (12-16)...................39  39 – 78

RG (18-10)..................39   42 – 81


UPIKE (78) – Cheyenne Madden 3 2-2 8; Courtney Haney 2 4-6 8; Callisha Johnson 4(3) 2-2 19; Lakeria Crowder 1(1) 1-2 6; Khalilah Quigley 3(2) 6-9 18; Brogan Conley 1(2) 0-0 8; Patrice Tonge 1 0-0 2; Kandice Porter 2 3-6 7; Kelah Eldridge 0 1-2 1; and Brittany Swindall 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17(8) 20-31 78.

Rio Grande, Ohio (81) – Brook Marcum 4 2-3 10; Alexis Payne 2 1-2 5; Sarah Bonar 8 5-6 21; Harley Adler 4 3-4 11; Brianna Thomas 6 8-10 20; Sharday Baies 2(2) 0-1 10; Ciara Herring 1 0-0 2; and Audra Clark 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28(2) 19-28 81.

Shawnee St.......78


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University snapped a 66-all tie late in the second half and then hit clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off the University of Pikeville, 78-71, on Feb. 20.

It was an uphill climb all evening long for the Bears, now 12-15. SSU led by 12 in the second half before UPIKE pulled even. The Bears hit 10-of-13 free throws to seal the win.

Cheyenne Madden led UPIKE with 20 points while Khalilah Quigley followed with 13. Kandice Porter added 12 and Callisha Johnson chipped in 10.

SSU’s Alannah Sheets led all scorers with 22 points.

At Portsmouth, Ohio


UP (12-15)...................29  42 – 71

SSU (15-11).................35  43 – 78


UPIKE (71) – Cheyenne Madden 8 4-6 20; Brogan Conley 0(1) 1-2 4; Courtney Haney 1 0-0 2; Callisha Johnson 5 0-0 10; Lakeria Crowder 2 0-2 4; Patrice Tonge 1 0-0 2; Kandice Porter 6 0-0 12; Kelah Eldridge 1 0-0 2; Brittany Swindall 1 0-0 2; and Khalilah Quigley 3(2) 1-2 13. Totals: 28(3) 6-12 71.

Shawnee State University (78) – Ali Zieverink 4 0-1 8; Diane Abbady 6 1-1 13; Abby Feuchter 1 8-10 10; Tabby McKinney 4 2-5 10; Alannah Sheets 5(2) 6-6 22; Priscila Santos 3 0-0 6; and Catrice Mitchell 4 1-2 9. Totals: 27(2) 18-25 78.

Reed honored

for second week

PIKEVILLE — For a second straight week, University of Pikeville senior Bruce Reed is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Reed is the fifth player this season to earn the weekly honor multiple times.

The senior averaged 19 point, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while leading the second-ranked Bears to three wins last week.

The Olathe, Kan., native began the week with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in UPIKE’s 92-76 win over Cumberlands last Monday.

On Thursday, Reed scored 18 points while pulling down three boards in a 69-56 win at Shawnee State (Ohio).

Reed closed the week on the road Saturday with 19 points and five rebounds as the Bears sprinted past No. 19 Rio Grande (Ohio).

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Tug Valley rallied from nine points down in the final quarter to stun Mingo Central, 55-53, on Feb. 25.

Thomas Baisden led a trio of Panthers (15-5) with 16 points while Aaron Copley and Hayden Sturgell added 11 each.

Alex Lee scored 15 to lead Mingo Central, now 10-11. Dikembe Dixson tossed in 12.

At Newtown, W.Va.


TV (15-5)...........9  13  13  20 – 55

MC (10-11)........13  16  15  9 – 53


Tug Valley (55) – Kyle Newsome 0(2) 0-0 6; Aaron Copley 3(1) 2-4 11; Hayden Sturgell 4 3-4 11; Shane Marcum 0(1) 0-0 3; Austin Baisden 1 0-0 2; Calvin Blankenship 3 1-2 7; and Thomas Baisden 5 5-6 16. Totals: 12(4) 11-16 55.

Mingo Central (53) – Stevie Hammond 1 1-2 3; Mallie May 2 1-1 5; Dalton Hatfield 1(1) 0-0 5; Dikembe Dixson 3 6-8 12; Alex Lee 2(1) 8-12 15; Chase Hatfield 0(2) 2-2 8; Adam Dillon 1 0-0 2; and Julius Hatcher 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 10(5) 18-25 53.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville baseball team split a doubleheader with Cincinnati-Clermont, winning 2-1 before falling 6-5 in the nightcap at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 23.

In the opener, Pikeville managed just two hits. Zach Nothwehr doubled in one run and Chaz Contreras added an RBI and scored once. Connor Osborne had the only other hit for the Bears. He also scored one run.

In the nightcap, the Bears rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but fell short.

Erik Manning belted a home run, doubled, scored twice and batted in two runs for the Bears. Nicholas Gonzales added three hits, all singles, and scored one run.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


CC (0-1)..........000  000  1 – 1-6-2

UP (9-3)...........002  000  x – 2-2-4


WP – Zak Sutherland (2-1)

LP – Ryan Beard

Hitting: Zach Nothwehr (2b, RBI); Connor Osborne (1b, 1R); Chaz Contreras (RBI, 1R), UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


CC (1-1)..........002  103  0 – 6-8-1

UP (9-4)..........000  210  2 – 5-6-3


WP – Lawson Wishard (1-0)

LP – Logan Sales (0-1)

Hitting: Erik Manning (HR, 2B, 2R, 2RBIs); Nicolas Gonzales (3-1b, 1R), UPIKE

UPIKE .............6-9

Goshen, Ind.....0-2

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Cody Chagnon collected five hits, three RBIs, a triple and two doubles as the Bears swept a doubleheader against Goshen (Ind.) 6-0 and 9-2, at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 22.

The Bears improve to 8-3 on the season, their best start since going 7-3 in 2006. It was the first games of the season for the Maple Leafs.

UPIKE starting pitcher Bryce Carden (2-0) was the highlight of game one, scattering three hits for no runs with a pair of strikeouts in five innings of work.

In the opener, Rashawn Farrell had two hits, scored twice and drove in one run. Corey Adams added two hits and scored one run while Chaz Contreras singled and knocked home two run.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


GC (0-1)..........000  000  0 – 0-4-0

UP (7-3)...........000  303  x – 6-9-1


WP – Bryce Carden (2-0)

LP – Arick Armington (0-1)

Hitting: Rashawn Farrell (2-1b, 2R, RBI); Corey Adams (2h, 1R); Chaz Contreras (1h, 2RBIs), UPIKE

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


GC (0-2)..........000  020  0 – 2-4-4

UP (8-3)...........021  033  x – 9-9-0


WP – Jake Sokol (1-0)

LP – Matt Austin (0-1)

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (2-1b, 3b, 2b, 2R, 2 RBIs); Sean Ryan (2b, 1b, 1RBI), UPIKE.



PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Nicolas Gonzales had two hits and drove in one run to lead the Bears to a 4-0 win over Asbury College in game one of a doubleheader at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 20.

Asbury bounced back to take the nightcap, 6-2.

Brad Andrews tripled, scored one run and drove in one in the opening game win. Zach Nothwehr added one hit, scored once and drove in one.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


AC (0-2)..........000  000  0 – 0-4-3

UP (6-2)......... 002  110  x – 4-7-3


WP – Corey Gilligan

LP – Andrew Marquez

Hitting: Nicholas Gonzales (2-1b, RBI); Zach Nothwehr (1b, 1R, RBI); Brad Andrews (3b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


AC (1-2)........041  001  0 – 6-10-1

UP (6-3)........000  010  1 – 2-  6-2


WP – Brandon Ray

LP – Joe Valentino

Hitting: Cody Chaqnon (2b, 1b); Nicolas Gonzales (1b, RBI); Brad Andrews (1h, 1R), UPIKE.



TOUGALOO, Miss. — Erik Manning and Cody Chagnon belted home runs to power the University of Pikeville Bears to a 5-4 win over Tougaloo (Miss.) and complete a doubleheader sweep at the Coleman Athletic Complex on Feb. 9.

Rashawn Farrell added two hits, scored one run and drove in another.

In the opener, Chaz Contreras had a pair of triples and scored three times in a 9-1 win. Sean Ryan doubled and drove in two runs. Chagnon belted a solo home run and Brad Andrews had a double and drove in one run.

At Tougaloo, Miss.


UP (4-3)........014  200  2 – 9-11-0

TC (0-3)........000  001  0 – 1-  4-2


WP – Joe Valentino

LP – Michael Glasper

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (HR, 1R, RBI); Chaz Contreras (2-3b, 3R, RBI); Sean Ryan (2b, 2RBIs); Brad Andrews (2b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


UP (5-3)....000  021  011 – 5-13-1

TC (0-4)....101  010  010 – 4-  8-1


WP – Bryce Carden

LP – John Alford

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (HR, 1R, RBI); Erik Manning (HR, 2-1b, 2R, RBI); Rashawn Farrell (2-1b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE



TOUGALOO, Miss. — Behind a pair of solid starting pitching performances, the University of Pikeville baseball team swept doubleheader at Tougaloo (Miss.), capturing game one 5-2 and edging the Bulldogs in the finale 5-4 on Feb. 8.

Corey Gilligan (1-0) went to the mound to earn the win in the opener, scattering five hits for just two runs with five strikeouts in just over six innings.

Zak Sutherland (1-0) picked up the second win, going 4 and 1/3 innings with four runs allowed on three hits with three strikeouts.

Catcher Cody Chagnon went 3-for-4 with a double and stolen base and both first baseman Nicolas Gonzales and designated hitter Sean Ryan went 2-for-3 at the plate. Gonzales tallied an RBI and double, while Ryan drove in a run and stole a base.

At Tougaloo, Miss.

(Game 1)


UP (2-3)........001  002  2 – 5-11-0

TC (0-1)........002  000  0 – 2-  5-1


WP – Corey Gilligan

LP – Rodney McKay

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (2-1b, 2B); Nicolas Gonzales (2b, 1b, RBI); Connor Osborne (2b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE

At Tougaloo, Miss.

(Game 2)


UP (3-3)...............300 020 – 5-8-2

TC (0-2)............. 000  040 – 4-5-0


WP – Zak Sutherland

LP – Bennie Warner

Hitting:  Chaz Contreras (1b, 2RBIs); Connor Osborne (2-1b, 1R); Erik Manning (1b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE.


St. Andrews......3-4

LAURINBURG, N.C. — Sean Ryan tallied four hits and Cody Chagnon drove in three runs to help the University of Pikeville split at St. Andrews (N.C.) on Sunday in the Bears’ season-opening series.

The Knights (2-1) won two out of three games over the weekend, but it could have easily swung the other way with UPIKE falling 3-2 in eight innings in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader. Outhitting St. Andrews 12-5 in the finale, UPIKE closed its trip with an 8-4 win.

Corey Gilligan went the distance on the mound in the loss, throwing 7 and 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Joe Valentino picked up the win for the Bears, allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts in just over three innings.

At Laurinburg, N.C.

(Game 1)


UP (0-2)........100  000  10 – 2-6-1

SA (2-0).........110  000  01 – 3-5-3


WP – D’Aundray VanSlyke

LP – Corey Gilligan

Hitting: Nicholas Gonzales (1h, 1R); Zach Nothwehr (1h, 1R); Sean Ryan (2h), UPIKE.

At Laurinburg, N.C.

(Game 2)


UP (1-2)........102  110  3 – 8-12-1

SA (2-1).........200  200  0 – 4-  5-3


WP – Joe Valentino

LP – Austin Weber

Hitting: Brad Andrews (2b, 1b, 1R); Zach Nothwehr (2-1b, 3R); Erick Manning (3-1b, 1R, 2RBIs); Sean Ryan (2-1b, 1R, 2RBIs), UPIKE

St. Andrews.........2


LAURINBURG, N.C. — St. Andrews (N.C.) scored a run in the first inning and that’s all it would take as the University of Pikeville baseball team was shutout in its season opener on Feb. 1.

The Knights added another run in the fifth inning to earn the 2-0 win as UPIKE’s Zak Sutherland was handed the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks in five innings.

Sutherland struck out six Knight batters.

Joe McCarty impressed for St. Andrews (1-0), going the distance for the win while scattering three hits with five strikeouts.

Left fielder Zack Nothwehr, third baseman Erik Manning and right fielder Corey Adams picked up the Bears’ three hits, while catcher Cody Chagnon drew a walk.

At Laurinburg, N.C.


UP (0-1)...........000  000  0 – 0-3-2

SA (1-0)...........100   010  x – 2-7-0


WP – Joe McCarty

LP – Zak Sutherland

Hitting: Zach Nothwehr, Erik Manning and Corey Adams, 1b

Recently we spent a Sunday afternoon hiking.  One of the members of this party is my 4 year old grandson, Eli.

The hike was for the joy of a sunny weekend afternoon, exploring somewhere we’d never been and of course, some exercise.

Watching Eli and his older brother was worth the whole trip. Early on, Eli announced “I need injury” and his father was there to help him understand the difference between injury and energy.

All along the way it was discovery and excitement. A rock was overturned and a salamander appeared, marks on trees told us bears had been there and a number of trees toppled over gave an opportunity to talk about the power of wind.

You could almost see the gears turning in their heads. I love the inquisitive spirit that is especially strong in children.

I’m afraid us adults too often become dull and don’t get excited about new things and learning —growing up. It is not supposed to end, it is supposed to grow too.

A shout out to Eli and a thank you too for reminding me, and I hope all of you, to never stop digging around and exploring God and what he has created.

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

Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
PRESS CONFERENCE: University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley (left) announced the creation of the Kentucky College of Optometry at Booth Auditorium on Feb. 26. Below, Gov. Steve Beshear told those on hand the state had kicked off the new school with $1.5 million in ARC grants.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville’s growth took a monumental step forward with the announcement of the Kentucky College of Optometry.

President Dr. James Hurley told a crowd at Booth Auditorium on Feb. 26 that UPIKE will become the 22nd college in the country and first in the southeast region of the country, which covers Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Twenty-five percent of the counties in Kentucky do not have a practicing optometrist,” Hurley said.

Hurley said the new school, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would create 11,300 new jobs within five years.

“We will have 240 new students on campus and there will be 60 students per class,” Hurley added.

UPIKE will offer a four-year Post Baccalaureate Professional Degree once a new 90,000-square foot facility is completed.

The new facility will also allow the university to expand the nursing program, resulting in an increase of degrees.

“We will also be able to expand health sciences and develop programs in occupational and physical therapy,” he said.

Gov. Steve Beshear welcomed the announcement and said it helps kick off the SOAR program.

“This announcement today helps the Commonwealth at large to reach our goals when it comes to healthcare and creating more jobs,” Beshear said.

State Senator Ray S. Jones II said UPIKE is dedicated in its effort to halt the “brain drain” in eastern Kentucky.

“This is a milestone for not only eastern Kentucky but Central Appalachia,” Jones said. “Hopefully this will keep our best and brightest students at home.”

Hurley said Kentucky becomes one of only two states that allows laser as a scope of practice.

“Today’s announcement is a product of this bold vision,” said Hurley. “It was developed by faculty and staff, our trustees, alumni, community stakeholders, and most importantly, our students. Our board of trustees is fully committed to creating this opportunity for a new community of learners. UPIKE will provide the financial and human resources necessary to have one of the finest colleges of optometry in the nation.”

Gov. Beshear said the state was able to provide $1.5 million through ARC grants. The new school will generate $8.5 million in tuition revenue and have a $6 million economic impact.

Khloe Mae Hall, daughter of Brittany Hatfield and Jonathan Hall, born Oct. 1, weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz.

Lakyrah Terrionna Wolford, daughter of Latasha Wolford, born Nov. 5, weight: 3 lbs. 9 oz.

Grayson Edward Stanley, son of Hillary “Jade” Stanley, born Nov. 6, weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz.

Marleigh Mullins, daughter of Megan Ratliff and Cody Mullins, born Nov. 7, weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz.

Henley Erin Davis, daughter of Letitia and Bart Davis, born Nov. 8, weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.

DaLeigha Dawn Henderson, daughter of Ashley and Delelano Henderson, born Nov. 8, weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Lauren Ashley Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Stephanie and Ashley Sparks, born Nov. 8, weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz.

Allison Amanda Rhoton, daughter of Lacy and Nick Rhoton, born Nov. 8, weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.

Summer Raye Hopkins, daughter of Kellie Hutchinson and Scottie Hopkins, born Nov. 8, weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

Trenton Keith Hall, son of Jessica and Virgil Hall, born Nov. 8, weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz.

Kaden Matthew Childress, son of Courtney and Stephen Childress, born Nov. 9, weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz.

Michelle Brushae Hope Harvel, daughter of Danikki and Christopher Harvel, born Nov. 9, weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz.

Haylee Nicole Stewart, daughter of Tiffany Stewart, born Nov. 10, weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz.

Braxton Colt Roberts, son of Whitney and Brandon Roberts, born Nov. 10, weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz.

Cooper Tommy Dale Phillips, son of Rachel Akers and Adam Phillips, born Nov. 12, weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz.

Cameron Isaiah Colley, son of Sally and Jason Colley, born Nov. 12, weight: 8 lbs.

Lylah Arrionna Alexis Thacker, daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Thacker, born Nov. 12, weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz.

Aaron Patrick Johnson, son of Amy and Steven Johnson, born Nov. 14, weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz.

PIKEVILLE - Justin Hurley and his wife Rachel, of Phelps, live each moment as it is their last.

On April 27, 2013, Justin and Rachel were on their way to visit family, three miles down the road, when their car traveled off the embankment. Walking back up to the hard top, Justin fainted and hit his head on the pavement.

“I remember, I was lying on the ground and one of my buddies who works at the volunteer fire department was trying to keep me awake,” said Justin. “The pain in my head was excruciating. It felt like it was about to explode. I blacked out, and the next thing I remember is riding in the ambulance to the hospital.”

Once he arrived at PMC’s Emergency Department, Neurosurgeon Dr. Duane Densler informed Justin he needed brain surgery.

“The pain was unbearable,” explains Justin. “I was scared for my life, and I remember praying, ‘Lord have mercy on me.”’

Justin was diagnosed with an epidural and subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain), as well as a skull fracture. 

After surgery, Justin spent five days in the hospital, including three days in PMC’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Rachel praises the staff at PMC by saying, “Everyone was wonderful.  Amanda Case and Derek Kenne in the ICU were awesome. I would ask the same question a hundred times and they never got aggravated with me. They were always good to me and answered my questions, making me feel comfortable. I know they really cared.”

She continues, “I remember one time, Amanda sat in Justin’s ICU room with me for over an hour. I was a nervous wreck when I came in, but when I left she made me feel like a million dollars.”

When talking about the care they received at PMC, Justin and Rachel can’t say enough about Dr. Densler. 

“We are so thankful for everything Dr. Densler has done. He’s such a good person and he really cares. He is probably the friendliest doctor at PMC.”

Today, only a few months later, Justin is doing much better. 

“I still experience some dizziness/fogginess and a couple of headaches here and there.  At first I couldn’t taste or smell, but my senses are starting to come back slowly. I’m just taking it easy and letting my body heal.”

“It really is a miracle,” said Rachel. “I truly believe God brought us through this. After an injury like his most people never talk or walk again, but he was able to do that right away.”

Dr. Densler agrees that Justin’s recovery is not “normal.”  He attributes Justin’s remarkable success to fast intervention and the fact that PMC offers trauma services 24 hours a day/seven days a week.

“I think Justin is doing extremely well,” said Dr. Densler.

Looking back, Justin says, “You go through life and take things for granted. I took a simple trip down the road and it could have been the last trip of my life. As bad as this experience was, it was still a good experience, because it has changed me. It has made me realize what I have and value more than I did in the past.”

Justin thanks his wife, family and friends for all their support.

For more information about neurosurgery services offered please call 606-218-4710.

Medical Leader | JESSICA HOWARD
GETTING EQUIPPED: PMC’s Home Medical Equipment can take care of all your home medical needs.

PIKEVILLE - After a visit to the doctor or hospital, many patients are prescribed to use home medical equipment that will help them throughout their everyday lives.

Since 2009, Pikeville Medical Center’s Home Medical Equipment (HME) Office has been providing high-quality, professional health care services, as well as the most-modern equipment available to patients in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Letcher and Magoffin (KY) Counties. 

Chris Angelica, Home Health and Home Business Operations Director, said, “Our main goal is to focus on providing exceptional and outstanding customer service to our patients. By providing this unique customer experience, a range of medical equipment and product options, our team is dedicated to being the provider of choice for the community’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) needs.”

PMC’s HME staff works directly with patients’ physicians and hospital planners to ensure the patient experiences a smooth transition to home.

“Our patients are our number one focus,” said Teresa Kinzer, HME Manager. “I am pleased to be part of such an experienced team of professionals who help our patients adjust from the hospital to home, while providing top-quality care.”

Some of the services offered include:  durable medical equipment, respiratory therapy services, feeding supplements, equipment repair, orthotics and diabetic shoes. Free equipment delivery and set-up, as well as patient and family education/training are also provided.

PMC’s Home Medical Equipment Office is located at 1370 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville. For more information about services provided visit www.pikevillehospital.org or call 606-218-4750.

PIKEVILLE - It’s mid July and that means many people are a turning to pools for quick relief from the heat.

Pikeville Medical Center’s Emergency Department advises everyone to be safe when cooling off in the water this summer.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Everyday, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of death in the U.S.”

“Paying close attention to detail and never swimming alone is the key to safety,” said Michelle Rainey, Assistant Vice President of Cardiac Services, Critical Care and Emergency Services.

“No child should ever be left unattended while swimming and the responsible adult should not be distracted by texting, socializing or drinking alcoholic beverages. The person keeping watch should also know how to swim, and be a strong enough swimmer to rescue someone who’s drowning.”

The main factors that increase one’s drowning risk in the pool include: an inability to swim, lack of barriers to decrease water access (open gate or no gate), lack of close supervision, not wearing life jackets, swimming alone and using alcohol.

Young children are specifically susceptible to drowning in the pool when proper precautions are not taken. Even water less than two inches (6 centimeters) deep can lead to a fatal situation.

To help keep your family safe this summer, adhere to the following pool safety tips:

•Watch children closely when they are in or near water, even if they know how to swim

•Invest in swimming lessons for the whole family

•Use proper fitting, age appropriate Coast Guard approved flotation  devices (life vests)

•Supply plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration

•Control the water temperature, to prevent a drop in body temperature, muscle cramps or hypothermia

•Isolate the pool area with a fence (at least 60” tall), with a self-closing, self-latching gate

•Learn CPR, in case of an emergency

•Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use

•Invest in a power operated pool, safety cover

•Keep a phone poolside

•Do not use floating chlorine dispensers that resemble toys

Source: www.cdc.gov    kidshealth.org and     ndpa.org