PIKEVILLE — Does diabetes effect your life? If so, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) offers support for this chronic disease that continues to burden many individuals, like you, in our region.

 

On the last Monday of each month, the PMC Diabetes Education department hosts a free Diabetes Support Group to anyone effected by diabetes. This includes those diagnosed with the disease along with family members and friends who want to show support and encouragement to those diagnosed.

 

"The support group is open to the public, anyone can attend, even if you don't have diabetes," said Diabetes Educator Sandy Chaney. "You may have a friend or family member with diabetes, or maybe you want to learn how to have a healthier lifestyle to prevent becoming a diabetic. If this sounds like you, we'd love to have you join us."

 

Stacy Jennings, 44, speaks on behalf of her experience attending the PMC support group.

 

"I was diagnosed (with diabetes) in 2014 and have been coming to the Diabetes Support Group for two years," she said. "It has benefited me by giving me information on eating better and how to cope with the bad days and celebrate the good days. The group members give me support along with Sandy (Chaney) and Mavis (Lowe), who are phenomenal."

 

While Lorraine Bartley, 73, began coming to the support group as a support person, not a diabetic herself.

 

"I began coming to the support group with my husband in 2005, then I found out I was a diabetic and have continued coming ever since," she said. "There has never been a meeting where I haven't learned something. It may be something small or something big, but I always learn something."

 

Along with the benefits mentioned above by the group members, there are many others you can learn by attending the monthly meetings.

 

"Since diabetes is a lifelong condition, individuals can benefit for their ongoing diabetes management by meeting regularly and accessing the support from others experiencing the same challenges," said PMC Diabetes Nurse Practitioner Mavis Lowe.

 

For more information on the Diabetes services offered at PMC, including the Diabetes Support Group, call 606-218-3513 or visit us online at www.pikevillehospital.org.

 

 

 

— Please note: There are no meetings in the months of November and December

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In this season of giving Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) cardiologists and staff continued their tradition of serving those in need. They once again, joined Thankful Hearts Food Pantry to provide a hot meal for hundreds of local families.

 

The Chain of Love Disaster Relief Center served as the backdrop for the dinner. The menu included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, corn, rolls and dessert.

 

Director and Coordinator of Thankful Hearts Food Pantry, Tressa Scott reported more than 525 meals were served to families who came to the center for their meal and to others who received their special delivery dinner. Meals were delivered to Myers Tower, Westcare Emergency Shelter, Hames Court, residents from Northgate Apartments and in the Johns Creek area.

 

Scott said, "We want to thank the many volunteers who helped make the Thanksgiving dinner a huge success. We especially want to thank the doctors at PMC for their donations and all their help."

 

PMC Heart and Vascular Institute Floor Manager Melissa Gunter said, "I am so proud to be part of this team and the wonderful tradition our physicians have created."

 

The head server at this year's dinner was Interventional Cardiologist Bill Harris, M.D. and the serving line included staff, students and volunteers from PMC.

 

"We got started several years ago when approached about trying to help out with food for people who were struggling. Our office then started putting together this Thanksgiving dinner," said Dr. Harris. "I think the first year we served close to 100 people, maybe a few more. It has expanded every year which is a sad thing to say."

 

Dr. Harris says they provide the funds and supplies for the food, physicians and staff from the heart institute come and serve but the ladies from The Chain of Love Disaster Relief Center do the hard work. They work tirelessly to prepare all the food for the dinner.

 

"When you go out and do something like this, you have a sense of feeling good, but it is one night and we do not solve the problem," said Dr. Harris. "We know there is a much bigger problem and one day never does that."

 

This was an extremely humbling experience for me," said PMC Clinical Administrator Rose Collins. "I was blessed to have my daughter with me as we volunteered to help. Our eyes were opened to many of the struggles these families faced. I am grateful we were able to spend a little time helping."

 

Scott invites those in need to their annual Christmas give-away on Dec. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Christ Central School and will last until all the items are gone.

 

For additional information call Thankful Hearts Food Pantry at 606-437-6221.

GIVING BACK: Pikeville Medical Center cardiologists and staff joined Thankful Hearts Food Pantry to serve more than 525 Thanksgiving meals to needy families.
Medical Leader│Photos by CAROL CASEBOLT
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Here is a look at how area teams reached the state semifinals in Kentucky and West Virginia:

 

 

Class 1A

 

Pikeville (8-4)  vs. Raceland (9-4)

 

Date: Nov. 24

 

Site: Raceland Field

 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

 

Radio: 98.1 FM

 

Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Michael Salmons (Raceland)

 

Players to Watch: QB Connor Roberts, RB Zack Roberts (Pikeville); QB Damon Black, RB Judd Adkins (Raceland)

 

Pikeville schedule

 

Panthers 51, Holy Cross Covington 14

 

Lexington Christian 49, Panthers 21

 

Paintsville 28, Panthers 0

 

Belfry 56, Panthers 13

 

Hazard 38, Panthers 26

 

Panthers 42, Calloway County 6

 

Panthers 43, Phelps 6

 

Panthers 41, Grundy, Va. 13

 

Panthers 54, Tolsia, W.Va. 12

 

Post Season

 

Panthers 47, Harlan 14

 

Panthers 42, Williamsburg 6

 

Panthers 14, Hazard 9

 

 

 

Class AA

 

Mingo Central (12-0)

 

vs. Fairmont Sr. (11-1)

 

Date: Nov. 25

 

Site: "Buck" Harless Stadium

 

Kickoff: 1:30 p.m.

 

Radio: 96.5 FM

 

Coaches: Joey Fields (Mingo Central); Nick Bartic (Fairmont Senior);

 

Players to Watch: QB Jeremy Dillon, RB Dawson Elia (Mingo Central); QB Connor Neal, RB Caleb Walker (Fairmont Senior)

 

Mingo Central schedule

 

Miners 36, Point Pleasant 34

 

Miners 47, Wayne 28

 

Miners 65, Logan 22

 

Miners 69, Sissonville 15

 

Miners 62, Poca 8

 

Miners 52, Nitro 0

 

Miners 52, Scott 0

 

Miners 64, Herbert Hoover 23

 

Miners 60, Chapmanville 22

 

Miners 56, Winfield 50

 

Post Season

 

Miners 76, Robert C. Byrd 40

 

Miners 53, Liberty Harrison 21

 

 

 

Class 4A

 

Johnson Central (11-2)

 

at Wayne County (12-1)

 

Date: Nov. 24

 

Site: Wayne County Field

 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

 

Radio: 98.9 FM

 

Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Shawn Thompson (Wayne County)

 

Players to Watch: RB Devin Johnson, RB Blake Gamble (Johnson Central); QB Lorenzo Linsey, RB Caugen Wallace (Wayne County)

 

Johnson Central schedule

 

Golden Eagles 31, Capital, W.Va. 20

 

Golden Eagles 40, Henry Clay 28

 

Golden Eagles 41, South Charleston, W.Va. 28

 

Golden Eagles 42, Moore 8

 

Golden Eagles 58, Boyd County 0

 

Golden Eagles 59, East Carter 0

 

Golden Eagles 51, Greenup County 14

 

Golden Eagles 61, Rowan County 7

 

Ashland Blazer 21, Golden Eagles 18

 

Belfry 35, Golden Eagles 19

 

Post Season

 

Golden Eagles 43, Mason County 0

 

Golden Eagles 64, Scott 16

 

Golden Eagles 54, Ashland Blazer 27

 

 

 

— Compiled by Staff Writer Teddy Paynter. He may be reached at 606-218-4932, 606-794-3609 or by e-mail at: teddy.paynter@pikevillehospital.org.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAZARD — When Hazard dealt Pikeville a 38-26 loss at Hillard Howard Field on Sept. 29, the Panthers dropped to a losing record of 1-4.

 

Fast forward seven weeks and Pikeville finds itself on the doorstep of Kentucky high school football's biggest stage.

 

The Panthers picked off Hazard quarterback Bailey Blair five times and recovered a fumble en route to a stunning 14-9 win in the Class 1A regional championship game played at Daniel Field on Nov. 17.

 

Pikeville, which played a turnover-free game, next travels to Raceland (9-4) Friday with the winner advancing to the state championship game at Kroger Field in Lexington next weekend. The Rams upset Paintsville, 31-14.

 

Christian Billiter picked off Blair twice while Seth Pugh, Jackson Hensley and Brody Birchfield had one each.

 

Pikeville quarterback Connor Roberts completed 12-of-18 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown while rushing 17 times for 43 yards and one score.

 

Running back Zack Roberts carried 23 times for 105 yards. Hensley had three catches for 40 yards, Billiter hauled in three passes for 42 yards and Pugh's only catch of 26 yards went for a touchdown.

 

Blair finished 14-of-24 for 152 yards and one touchdown. Receiver Andy Baker caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

 

After a scoreless first period, Hazard took its only lead of 3-0 when Tyler Collins booted a 32-yard field goal with 5 minutes, 14 seconds left in the opening half.

 

Pikeville went in front to stay on Connor Roberts' three-yard run with 1:54 remaining before the break. Tanner Hamilton's PAT kick made it 7-3.

 

It remained a four-point game until Roberts hit Pugh with a 26-yard touchdown pass with 11:25 left to play. Hamilton's kick pushed the lead to 14-3.

 

Hazard, which finished 9-3, closed to within five at 14-9 when Blair hit Baker with a 33-yard scoring pass play with 45 seconds left.

 

Pikeville, which captured its 22nd regional crown while improving to 8-4, is trying to return to the finals for the second time in three years. The Panthers beat Beechwood, 42-28, to win the title in 2015.

 

 

 

At Hazard

 

(Class 1A Regional Championship)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PK (8-4)….....................................0 7 0 7 – 14

 

HZ (9-3)…....................................0 3 0 6 – 9

 

Scoring:

 

First Quarter

 

No scoring

 

Second Quarter

 

HZ – Tyler Collins, 32-yard field goal, 5:14

 

PK – Connor Roberts, 3-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 1:54

 

Third Quarter

 

No scoring

 

Fourth Quarter

 

PK – Seth Pugh, 26-yard pass from Connor Roberts (Tanner Hamilton kick), 11:25

 

HZ – Andy Baker, 33-yard pass from Bailey Blair (conversion failed), :45

 

Next up: Pikeville (8-4) at Raceland (9-4), Class 1A state semifinals, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 24.

REGIONAL FINALS: Pikeville running back Zack Roberts (15), above, runs for a key first down in the Panthers' 14-9 win over Hazard at Daniel Field on Nov. 17.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LOUISVILLE — Belfry's historic run in Class 3A football came to a crashing end under the city lights of Louisville.

 

Longtime nemesis Louisville Central pulled away late in the second quarter and never looked back in rolling to a 60-21 win over the four-time defending champion Pirates at Central Field on Nov. 17.

 

Belfry, which finished its season 11-2, will not be appearing in the finals for the first time since 2009.

 

The Pirates had won 26 straight games against Kentucky schools. The last loss came to Pikeville on Sept. 19, 2014.

 

Running back Taveon Hunter led the Belfry attack with 160 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

 

Central's one-two punch of quarterback Rico White and running back Mykah Williams dominated from start to finish.

 

White completed 11-of-12 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for two scores. Williams carried 23 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

 

White put Central (11-2) ahead for good with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Ukari Baker with 10 minutes, 1 second left in the opening period.

 

The Yellowjackets pushed the lead to 14-0 when Luke Bowman picked up a Belfry fumble and returned it 34 yards with 9:20 left.

 

Belfry quarterback Avery Browning pulled the Pirates within 14-7 with a three-yard touchdown run with 5:14 remaining.

 

White ran two yards for a score with 10:36 left before halftime to extend the Central lead to 22-6. Williams ran in the conversion.

 

Hunter then raced 49 yards for a score to bring the Pirates with 22-14 with 8:22 remaining before halftime.

 

Central came right back as Williams scored on a nine-yard run with 5:41 left.

 

Browning added Belfry's final points on a two-yard run with 1:38 to go to make it 28-21.

 

The backbreaker came when Central's Davon Hall caught a tipped pass and raced 47 yards for a score with 11 seconds left before the break. Central led 34-21.

 

Williams scored on TD runs of 28 yards with 10:05 left and 10 yards six minutes later to put the game out of reach.

 

At Louisville

 

(Class 3A Regional Championship)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

BF (11-2)….................................7 14 0 0 – 21

 

LC (11-2)…...............................14 20 20 6 – 60

 

Scoring:

 

First Quarter

 

LC – Ukari Baker, 41-yard pass from Rico White (run failed), 10:01

 

LC – Luke Bowman, 34-yard fumble return (Mykah Williams run), 9:20

 

BF – Avery Browning, 3-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 5:14

 

Second Quarter

 

LC – Rico White, 2-yard run (Mykah Williams run), 10:36

 

BF – Taveon Hunter, 49-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 8:22

 

LC – Mykah Williams, 9-yard run (run failed), 5:41

 

BF – Avery Browning, 2-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 1:38

 

LC – Davon Hall, 47-yard pass from Rico White (run failed), :11

 

Third Quarter

 

LC – Mykah Williams, 28-yard run (run failed), 10:05

 

LC – Mykah Williams, 10-yard run (Takius Linton run), 4:37

 

LC – Takius Linton, 49-yard run (run failed), :11

 

Fourth Quarter

 

LC – Rico White, 1-yard run (pass failed), 3:55

 

Next up: Belfry's season ends.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wendell Avery Varney, 56, of Pinsonfork, passed away Nov. 19. He was a member of the Army National Guard. Memorial service, Nov. 25, Sharondale Church of Christ.

 

Thomas Leonard "Tommy" Scott, 58, of Hardy, passed away Nov. 16. Funeral, Nov. 19. Burial, family cemetery, Hardy.

 

David Jerry "Poppy" Martin, 83, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Nov. 13. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Memorial service, Nov. 17, East Williamson Baptist Church. Per his wishes, the body was cremated.

 

Sherman H. Blankenship, 67, of Stopover, passed away Nov. 15. Funeral, Nov. 21. Burial, Wheeler Blankenship Cemetery.

 

Christopher Columbus Moore Jr., 87, of Hellier, passed away Nov. 18. Funeral, Nov. 22, Allegheny Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.

 

Blanche Blair, 71, of Steele, passed away Nov. 16. Memorial service, Nov. 21.

 

Elisie Lea Justice, 90, of Regina, passed away Nov. 16. Funeral, Nov. 19. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.

 

Herman Coleman, 69, of Lower Pompey, Shelbiana, passed away Nov. 18. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Nov. 20. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.

 

Ronnie Goble, 51, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 16. Funeral, Nov. 18. Burial, Goble Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

 

Jarred Paul Newsome, 38, of Teaberry, passed away Nov. 13. Memorial service, Nov. 17.

 

Maynard Hall, 81, of Dema, passed away Nov. 15. Funeral, Nov. 18. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

 

James Donald Hall, 80, of Pintop, passed away Nov. 14. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral, Nov. 18. Burial, Arlin Hall Cemetery, Pintop.

 

Lenora Miller, 88, of West Van Lear, passed away Nov. 13. Funeral, Nov. 16. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

 

Teresa Adkins Toler, 63, of Elkhorn City, passed away Nov. 15. Graveside service, Nov. 17, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tate Kyler Ward, son of Tiffany Prater and Thomas Ward, born Nov. 16; weight: 9 lbs.

 

Aiden Dean Smith, son of Jani Kilgore, born Nov. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

 

Weston Kade Slone, son of Amber Tackett and Travis Slone, born Nov. 15; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.

 

Charla Faith Muncy, daughter of Laura Muncy, born Nov. 15; weight: 6 lbs., 5 oz.

 

Averie Jane Lester, daughter of Amanda and Mason Lester, born Nov. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.

 

Chloe Noelle Justice, daughter of Alyssa Yates and Chandler Justice, born Nov. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

 

Brian Gray Lowe, son of Amanda and Brian Lowe, born Nov. 15; weight: 8 lbs., 0 oz.

 

Katie Madison Nicole Wright, daughter of Brittany Howell and Rex Wright, born Nov. 15; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.

 

Adelynn Rhea O'Quinn, daughter of Lindsay and Kyle O'Quinn, born Nov. 14; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.

 

Jasper Theodore Ray, son of Lean and Jered Ray, born Nov. 14; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.

 

Jeffery Leon Estep, son of Tonya Estep, born Nov. 14; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.

 

Julie Camille Hopson, daughter of Amanda and Jonathon Hopson, born Nov. 14; weight: 10 lbs., 4 oz.

 

Lacey McKinley Huff, daughter of Kara and Jared Huff, born Nov. 13; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

 

Elijah Lee Blair, son of Kayla and Richard Blair, born Nov. 13; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

 

Lakenleigh Faith Riddle, daughter of Kendra Mullins and Mitchell Riddle, born Nov. 13; weight: 9 lbs., 11 oz.

 

Aurora Judith Tackett, daughter of Alexandria and Robert Tackett, born Nov. 13; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

 

Jaxon Marrick Kyle Thompson, son of Chasity Hunt and Joshua Thompson, born Nov. 13; weight: 9 lbs., 10 oz.

 

Ryker Coltan Young, son of Tanya Hall and Kevin Young, born Nov. 12; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.

 

Scarlett Paige Tiller, daughter of Kimberly and Jonathan Tiller, born Nov. 11; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.

 

Logan Ray Hatfield, son of Tori Cline and Michael Hatfield, born Nov. 10; weight: 6 lbs., 5 oz.

 

Tayton Kole Samons, son of Porsha and Timothy Samons, born Nov. 10; weight: 8 lbs., 8.6 oz.

 

Zyleigh La'Belle Osborne, daughter of Kera Hobbs and Zackary Osborne, born Nov. 10; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

 

Addyson Margaretta Isaacs, daughter of Stephanie Newsome and Oney Isaacs, born Nov. 10; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.

 

Morgan Grae Jackson, daughter of Bridgett Vanover and Dustin Jackson, born Nov. 10; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.

 

Caroline Grace Hill, daughter of Stephanie and Joey Hill, born Nov. 9; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

 

David Arthur Grigoriyan, son of Anna Alexanian and Artur Grigoriyan, born Nov. 9; weight: 9 lbs., 1 oz.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Prematurity. What does this word mean to you?

 

This word can mean life or death in about one in 10 births in the United States each year.

 

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is joining the rest of the world in observing Nov. 17 as World Prematurity Day.

 

"Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths," said PMC Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeanette Sexton. "Most of these babies first weeks of life are spent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny humans fight against all odds to survive."

 

When a baby is born prematurely, or before 37 weeks gestation, they can have severe, long-term health problems. According to the March of Dimes, these health problems can affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision.

 

"The more premature a baby is born, the more likely it is to have health problems," said PMC Children's Services Director Sandy Crum. "Some premature babies have to stay in the hospital's NICU, where sick newborns, with a variety of health issues, are cared for."

 

World Prematurity Day is a day dedicated to the families effected by premature birth, and throughout the month of November, the March of Dimes is drawing attention to the lifesaving research, treatments and community support made possible when working together to give every baby a fighting chance.

 

For parents who have the overwhelming experience of a NICU stay, HealthyChildren.org provides stress coping advice:

 

•Spend as much time with your baby as you or your baby's condition permit.

 

•Feed your baby as soon as your doctor says it's OK — the nurses will instruct you on either breast or bottle feeding techniques, whichever is appropriate for the baby's needs and your desires.

 

•You may be ready to return home before your baby is, which can be very difficult – remember, your baby is in good hands and you can visit your baby as often as you'd like.

 

•As soon as your doctor says it's ok, gently touch, hold and cradle your baby.

 

"I'm proud to be part of the wonderful NICU team at PMC," added Sexton. "We play a vital role in giving these special babies and their families the physical and emotional support needed during their NICU stay."

 

For more information on the services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500 or visit us online at www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, November 17, 2017

PINE MOUNTAIN — The beauty of Letcher County was on display high atop Pine Mountain as state and local leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new overlooks on Nov. 10.

 

"This is a project that so many people worked hard at getting done in a very short period of time," Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairperson Missy Matthews said. "Before the overlooks were constructed you could come up here and see people getting out of their vehicles to view the beautiful mountain."

 

The ribbon-cutting took place at Falcon Overlook, located in the old location of Falcon Inn. Its elevation level is 2,557 feet.

 

"This location we are standing on today was an overgrown building foundation with only a chimney standing," Matthews said.

 

"Now look for a beautiful site."

 

Matthews said the entire project was completed in six weeks, having met the commission's initial deadline of fall's peak colors.

 

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said the new overlooks can be a key contributor in boosting the county's economy.

 

"This mountain, much like many other areas of our county, offer visitors a scenic look at the beauty we have to offer, not only for our people but all those who visit the region," Ward said.

 

State Representative Angie Hatton, who serves the people of the 94th district, said the opening "fills her heart with joy."

 

"You can see the pride on the faces of people when they talk to visitors who stop here," she said. "Any project that stores pride in our people is an important step to our economic recovery."

 

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Deputy Secretary Regina Stivers, a native of Letcher County, praised Matthews for her commitment to restoring life to the region through her hard work and dedication.

 

"She [Missy] doesn't want to take any credit for what's getting done here at home but she has made great strides in a short period of time when it comes to tourism," Stivers said.

 

Other overlooks include:

 

•Cliffside, located in the curve before the summit on the mountain, is at an elevation of 2,315 feet.

 

•Hemlock, located at an elevation of 2,377 feet, gives visitors a 180-degree view of Letcher County's mountain range.

 

•Hogg, dedicated to Debbie Hogg, sits at 2,399 feet and offers the same accommodating amenities as Hemlock.

 

•Sanders Andrew Collins, the fifth site, sits at the old site of Collins' log lodge. The stone chimney at this site is from the original lodge.

 

For more information about the overlooks or Letcher County tourism, visit discoverletchercounty.com or facebook.com/discoverletchercountyky/.

NOW OPEN: Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairperson Missy Matthews, below, addresses the crowd gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open five scenic overlooks, including the Hogg Overlook, above, high atop Pine Mountain. The entire project was completed in just six weeks.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 17, 2017

At Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), Women's and Children's Services are with you from the first kicks to the biggest steps.

 

With our full-service staff, we strive to ensure you and your children receive the best possible care.

 

"You will receive quality, regional care from our highly experienced team of physicians, nurses and support staff," said PMC Women's Services Director Tondra Blevins. "You can stay close to home with the comfort of knowing you are receiving the best possible care."

 

Our seven obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYN) offer services such as annual exams, family planning, infertility, menopause and high-risk pregnancy.

 

"Our region is blessed to offer care close to home with the combined expertise from an amazing group of OB/GYNs," said PMC Clinic Floor Manager Jennifer Raines.

 

For families who are awaiting the birth of their little one, Perinatal Education is offered by our certified Lactation Consultant.

 

This education includes information such as when to go to the hospital, what to expect during your hospital stay, basic infant care and feeding options for your infant.

 

"The Perinatal Education can begin at 28 weeks or greater gestation," said PMC Lactation Consultant Jodi Ison. "I provide valuable information to expecting parents at both PMC OB/GYN locations."

 

The birth of a child is an exciting time, and yet can be an overwhelming experience. PMC understands this and that's why we offer a newborn nursery that has modified rooming in.

 

"Rooming in means families have the choice of having their infant remain in the mother's room or having our nursery staff care for the baby in short intervals," said PMC Children's Services Director Sandy Crum. "Our nursery staff is very caring and happy to help new parents in any way."

 

Another great service offered at PMC, is the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU is where sick infants receive the care needed for a variety of health problems after birth.

 

"The NICU is one of the greatest assets at PMC," said Crum. "We not only care for infants born at PMC, but we also care for sick infants from surrounding area hospitals that are transported to us. Because of this service, these infants can stay close to home, making it much easier for families and friends to give parents much needed support."

 

When it's time to choose a pediatrician, PMC has a pediatric team that offers well-child visits, immunizations, school exams and sports physicals.

 

"PMC has an excellent team of pediatricians that are compassionate and strive to go above and beyond for each patient," added Raines.

 

For more information on the Women's and Children's Services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500 or visit us online at www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, November 17, 2017

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