Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is among several worldwide organizations joining with the World Hepatitis Alliance to help raise awareness about hepatitis.
PMC will hold a community health fair in recognition of World Hepatitis Day at the Mark II on July 28 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Attendees will be able to receive free screenings for hepatitis and HIV.
In addition to hepatitis screenings, PMC will offer free blood pressure, vision, peripheral vascular disease, and body mass index, foot, hearing and glucose and cholesterol screenings at the health fair.
"The goal of the health fair is to raise awareness about this worldwide issue. The event is for everyone, not just those infected with hepatitis. It is a wonderful event to educate our community," said Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, Chief of Staff and Infectious Disease Specialist at PMC.
He will address attendees about the increase in hepatitis C infection rates and how the disease has more than tripled across the region.
According to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports eastern Kentucky was among the highest in the nation at risk of a hepatitis and HIV epidemic.
"Bringing awareness and attention to hepatitis in our region is the only way to head off any possible epidemic we may be faced with," said Dr. Al Akhrass.
He said PMC has a responsibility to educate the public, but the public has a responsibility to follow the necessary steps to protect themselves and others.
For more information, call 606-218-4509 or visit pikevillehospital.org.
PIKEVILLE — More than 100 children across the region benefited from Score Domestic's 10th annual "Shoes of Hope" held at the University of Pikeville Gymnasium on July 13.
Shoes of Hope is a year-long effort among a number of churches. Members collect new shoes of all sizes and bring them to Pike County for distribution.
The event is not just about receiving a pair of shoes. It's designed to show the children attending the love of God.
"It is always a joy to see their faces light up over their brand new shoes," Appalachian Ministry Director Sharon Dees said. "This was a great example of extraordinary work of providing hope to children through a heart-warming mission event."
Hess said 120 volunteers from seven different states took part. In addition to Kentucky, other states were North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New England, Ohio and Mississippi.
"We all come together to spread God's love through work projects," she added.
"It's a blessing to be able to come to Pike County for ten years and host 'Shoes of Hope," Hess said. "We have made several friendships in this area and it's something we look forward to each year."
The group spent two weeks in the area, completing work on repair projects, ranging from wheelchair ramps to roofs as well as a number of other projects.
Children enjoyed face painting, music and games during registration. Once a child is registered they are sized for the proper fitting shoe, and taken to an area inside the gymnasium to have their feet washed, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The foot washing is designed to demonstrate a story of the Bible to the children.
"This is such a rewarding experience for our mission team to be able to provide these shoes to these children. We truly are able to see the difference we are making in Pike County," she added.
"It is remarkable to see the look on these kids' faces when they receive their new pair of shoes. This is one simple way we can reach people and also tell the story of God. It's truly heartwarming to watch this experience each year," Dees said.
PRESTONSBURG — Air Evac Lifeteam and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13, to celebrate their new base in Prestonsburg.
"We will be putting a full-time aircraft here once the site is completed," Program Director for Air Evac 116 Bill Baker said.
This will allow Air Evac Lifeteam to provide more access to patients.
"We moved locations to get above the weather and be closer to the hospital [Pikeville Medical Center]," Membership Sales Manager Allen Bolling said.
PMC and Air Evac are partnering together to host a pre-hospital trauma life-support (PHTL) class, on the 11th floor of the new Clinic.
Classes will be held September 18-19, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The cost will be $30.
"We are holding the class to help educate local emergency medical personnel on trauma," PMC Outreach Coordinator Angie Reed said. "Although the certification is not required, it's good for them to have, working so close to a Level 2 trauma hospital."
The new base has been in progress since March of last year.
"The facility should be completed in three to six months – barring any complications," Baker said. "We're hoping to be able to save more lives and provide faster service to our patients."
The new site will house living quarters, fuel storage, a landing pad and a hanger.
"Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a contributing factor in more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States," William Peery, MD said. "Minutes matter with this type of injury. A patient who has TBI has a higher chance of survival if they can get to a trauma center within a short time frame."
Air Evac Lifeteam was founded in 1985 and has grown to 2.3 million members in 32 states with over 260 aircraft locations.
They provide emergency air medical transportation to members and other patients in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport. Their goal is to provide timely access to air ambulance services in order to improve survivability during the "golden hour" after a serious injury.
Air Evac Lifeteam is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States.
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said this is a huge opportunity for residents in Prestonsburg and those in Floyd and surrounding counties.
For more information about membership with Air Evac Lifeteam contact Allen Bolling at 606-359-4451 or email@example.com.
To register for the PHTL class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton carried a smile to the podium as he prepared to talk about the natural beauty eastern Kentucky has to offer.
"A lot of people took a vision and have turned it into a great opportunity for Floyd County and the people of Prestonsburg," he said after announcing the opening of the Sugarcamp Mountain Trails project during a ceremony held on July 15.
The trails stretch over nearly a 20-mile section, nestled within the mountain just outside StoneCrest, and offers enthusiasts an opportunity for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.
"I can't say enough about the Friends of Jenny Wiley, countless volunteers and community members who have made this day possible," he added.
Sugarcamp includes approximately six miles of horse-friendly trails which allow those riding a view of Dewey Lake and surrounding areas. Hikers can enjoy an additional 12 miles of trails dedicated to mountain bikes and walking.
State Senator Johnny Ray Turner offered his best to the Friends of Jenny Wiley, Mayor Stapleton and council members for what he called, "a great day."
"People need to come visit what we have to offer in eastern Kentucky," he said.
Hikers now have easy access to the upper reaches of the mountains with the additional trail's opening.
"We are excited about expanding the Jenny Wiley trails," Park Manager Julian Slone said. "Adventure tourism is on the move and we are glad to be part of the movement."
Ron Vanover, director of recreational parks and historical trails, says leadership and vision has enabled Prestonsburg to use national resources for the good of others.
"All of Kentucky is beautiful and this opening today is just another piece of what we have to offer visitors," he added.
Stapleton said the opening will also benefit businesses throughout the downtown district.
"I've seen cars from Ohio and West Virginia up here," he said. "When folks visit, it opens the opportunity for our businesses to see additional people, resulting in additional revenue for our city."
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Vascular Surgeon Nancy Stanley Clark, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Clark received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, and her medical degree and an internal medicine internship from The University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.
She completed her general surgery residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD and a vascular surgery fellowship at The Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J.
In addition to medical training she also has attained a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.
Dr. Clark specializes in limb salvage/wound care, aortic disease, carotid artery disease, dialysis access and varicose veins.
Selecting vascular surgery was an easy choice for her. She worked with a vascular surgeon in Baltimore and she said the specialty immediately appealed to her.
"Vascular surgery is very similar to plumbing and conceptually easy to understand," she said. "You have a blockage in an artery just like you have a clogged pipe. You have to reroute the water, or the blood flow, around the blockage. That is basically what vascular surgeons do."
She says treating vascular patients is an opportunity to care for critically ill patients.
"I was able to combine my initial internal medicine training with surgery and I really liked that," she said.
Dr. Clark is a native of Pike County. She graduated from the Pikeville Independent School System.
Her family footprint is seen throughout the city. Amba Street, Garred Street, Perry Street, Billie Sue Avenue and Myra Barnes Avenue in downtown Pikeville were named after Dr. Clark's grandmother, mother, aunts and uncles. Her grandparents were Amba Steele Cline and Jacob Perry Cline Sr., the son of the historic Hatfield McCoy Feud's Perry A. Cline.
When Dr. Clark was in Junior High School, the late Pam May moved into her neighborhood. They developed a heart-felt, lifelong relationship that would impact Dr. Clark in a valuable way.
"She was my mentor and my friend," said Dr. Clark.
For nearly 10 years, Pam May and PMC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Walter E. May tried to recruit Dr. Clark for the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Clark managed a successful private practice in Baltimore and it was initially a difficult decision to leave. However, after many prayers, it became clear that this opportunity should be embraced.
"I am not exactly sure what made the difference, but perhaps it was an impressive campus modeled after Mayo Clinic that provides state-of-the-art care for eastern Kentucky, northwestern Virginia, southwestern West Virginia and east Tennessee.
"Maybe it was because the hospital had grown so much and it was clear there was something special here. PMC has this big campus and a very modern cafeteria with a beautiful panoramic view. It may have even helped when they told me they would get the equipment I needed and there would never be an issue," she said.
Dr. Clark said she prayed a lot and it just seemed like it was the right thing to do.
Dr. Clark was the last physician Pam May recruited for PMC.
She says Pam May brought her to the door but Walter E. May made it happen.
"I am very grateful to him for this opportunity as well," she said. "He was patient but also very convincing. I am thankful he did not give up on me."
She says she has a unique opportunity here.
"I feel like I can really talk to patients since I grew up in Pikeville. It is natural for me to just pull up a chair, sit and hold someone's hand or whatever it takes to deliver the message and talk about the situation in plain terms where the person can understand."
Dr. Clark is located in the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute on the 2nd floor of the PMC Clinic.
For more information visit www.pikevillehospital.org or to schedule an appointment, call 606-218-2202.
With warm weather in the summer months, many more people are getting outside and enjoying the outdoors.
This usually means digging out the camping gear or fishing equipment out of storage in an outside building or attic.
Hiding within the cracks and crevices are all kinds of spiders and insects that can pose potential threat to innocent weekend warriors.
Kentucky is home to around 10 different common spiders that a person may expect to encounter around their home including fishing spiders, funnel web spiders, jumping spiders, wolf spiders, crab spiders, orb weavers, sac spiders, cellar spiders and brown spiders. Of all of these spiders only two are of great concern.
The first spider to be on alert for is the brown recluse spider. The brown recluse spider is the only species among its cousins that calls Kentucky home.
It is a tan colored spider that has a very distinct violin shaped marking on its body. As the name implies, the "recluse" usually likes to make its home in secluded locations and does not like to be near where humans frequently visit.
You should be vigilant to avoid an encounter with the recluse when you are visiting old barns or storage areas that are not visited often. The web of a recluse is usually near the floor or can be found on the side of a wall in low-lying areas.
The web of a recluse is very dense and full and does not have a very uniformed pattern. The recluse is most active at night as this is when it hunts for prey. Encounters with this spider are rare, but the bite can cause a serious injury. If you see a recluse or a suspicious looking web try to avoid direct contact and never attempt to catch the spider.
Another spider in Kentucky that can potentially cause health risk for the patient is the black widow. The black widow is a cobweb spider that most people recognize by appearance. The female spider is small, black and has a bright red hourglass marking on its back.
The male black widow has red and white spots and is different in appearance but are not known to bite humans. Like the recluse the web of a widow spider is not uniform and can have a messy appearance.
If you are bitten by a spider there are a few steps to take to try to help with outcomes.
• Wash the site immediately with soap and water.
• Use a cool compress on the area to assist with pain and reduction of inflammation.
• If the bite occurs on a young child they should be evaluated by a health care professional.
• Ask your doctor if you need an updated tetanus booster injection.
• Seek emergency medical treatment if you think the bite was from a brown recluse or black widow spider.
Most of the spiders that we will encounter are beneficial to us by helping to control the insect population and are not of concern, but it is helpful to know which spiders to watch out for. So as you are going outdoors this summer make sure to be alert and keep yourself protected.
— Jonathan Lyons, D.O., is a third year family medicine resident.
We're creating a culture of collaboration, transformation in Eastern Kentucky.
It's hard to believe that we are on the heels of our fourth-annual SOAR Summit in Pikeville. Four years ago, SOAR was an idea. It was a seed of hope planted in a region destined for transformation.
Our dream is becoming reality.
SOAR has served as a catalyst for doers. It has brought people from all walks of life, from Ashland to Paintsville, Lynch, Hazard, London, Morehead and all places in between, together to share their passion of a bigger and better Appalachia. The passions shared cover a wide spectrum from local foods and agriculture, to technology, education, workforce training and cultural and historic preservation.
What unites us in this passion? The commonality of purpose to build a better eastern Kentucky for all of us and generations to come.
SOAR is much more than an idea. It is a movement. It is a collaboration of all that is good in eastern Kentucky. It validates that none of us can do this alone, but if we work together, we can accomplish anything.
Every day I see the good happening across the SOAR region. Our work has opened doors for local entrepreneurs to create jobs. Our work has allowed for new and innovative training through our partners in higher education, workforce development and the private sectors.
Our work, collectively, has connected the dots to do what many thought was impossible.
But our work is not done. Actually, this is just the beginning.
I challenge you to be involved. I challenge you to be purposeful in your passion. I challenge you to do something, be it small or large, to make a difference in your community.
A unique way you can contribute is by being a part of the SOAR Network www.soar.network, a community of doers that share their passion for areas such as Regional Food Systems, Regional Tourism Development, Industrial Development, Healthy Communities, Small Business in the Digital Economy, Broadband Infrastructure, and a 21st Century Workforce.
These areas are aligned with our Regional Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia www.soar-ky.org/blueprint which is the region's collective plan to build a brighter future in Appalachia Kentucky. We need every citizen, community, and organization working together to help us move the needle on these goals and objectives.
I often get asked "What is SOAR?"
That's a good question and it doesn't have a short answer. However, through everything it boils down to this: You. SOAR is you, it's me, and it's us not sitting back and watching, but instead, it is us owning our future. It's an attitude. Let's create a culture of collaboration and transformation.
So, I urge you to be part of the solution and join the movement. Join us for the fourth-annual SOAR Summit in Pikeville on Friday, August 4. Visit our website www.soar-ky.org to learn about ways you can contribute.
— Jared Arnett is executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR)
PIKEVILLE — For generations the Walters family has been pillars of the community, contributing as a major provider when it comes to economic development for Pikeville and surrounding areas.
Over the decades, the family has provided thousands of jobs, been involved in a number of charitable organizations and successfully maintained 11 franchises, among four dealerships.
It all began in 1940, when E. Bruce Walters returned to Pikeville after his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He worked for years in the automobile industry, building a foundation and dreamt of owning his own business. The first Ford dealership opened in 1960 on South Mayo Trail in Pikeville, and shortly afterwards sold their first car for $4,000.
For 45 years Walters grew a dealership, family and contributed to the community. E. Bruce was a leader, active member in church and served on the board of directors for Pikeville Methodist Hospital and Community Trust Bank. Throughout the years, the dealership has been built on strong community relationships and quality service.
The dealership continues to strive with now a third generation of ownership.
Kirby Walters can remember the customer service as a little girl where customers would stop by to visit and have a cup of coffee or popcorn.
"My father, Jack Walters, and my uncle, Bruce Walters, along with their partners Jim Reynolds and Randy Walters continued to work hard so that my cousins and I — the third generation — would have the opportunity to be a part of our family business," Kirby said.
Kirby's father, Jack Walters, who can remember his dad giving him a blue Ford in the early 1960's, takes tremendous pride in carrying on a long-time family business.
The jobs on the lot started at an early age. The kids from each generation liked helping around the dealership, washing cars, stocking shelves and developing the Walters family work ethic.
"I'm proud working in a business my grandfather built many years ago," Jack P. Walters said. "Being the third generation in a growing, thriving local business is an honor."
He added that working with family gives him a framework of support that you don't often find elsewhere.
Serving the area was always the top priority for the family. It was very important to bring safe, dependable transportation to people of the region.
Even when times were tough, the Walters family found ways to deliver their customers the vehicles they needed and continued with top-quality service repairs.
Matthew Walters says vehicles on the road today have become much more computerized.
"On today's vehicles, computers control nearly everything," he said. "As a result of this, the job of repairing them has become much more technical."
He says keeping up with the changing automobile industry is a challenge.
E. Bruce Walters II added, "I'm proud that my family has been able to have three generations work in this business and I am hopeful that we will be able to serve the community for generations to come."
Bruce Gray Walters noted, "The best part of the business is all of the friends made throughout the years and our loyal employees and their families."
Building on their family legacy, "When others won't, Walters will."
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Garred Ross Cline, DO, Hospitalist.
Dr. Cline received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes. He earned his medical degree from University of Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"I chose this simply due to the fact I have enjoyed every specialty I have encountered throughout my medical career," he said. "I felt a hospitalist was a direct offshoot from the core medical curriculum taught in medical school, which is what attracted me to medicine originally".
He looks forward to providing care to the region.
"My goals for practice are pretty simple," said Dr. Cline. "Patient education and communication has been my ally through the entirety of my residency and I plan to continue this practice in my career," he said.
Several factors drew Dr. Cline to PMC.
"PMC is the beating heart of health care in eastern Kentucky. I am interested in growing with this hospital," Dr. Cline said.
Dr. Cline was born and raised in the region, son of Garred and Janet Cline. He grew up in Harold and attended Pike Central High School. Dr. Cline married Jessica Cline and together they have two children Aria and Jackson.
"I moved back to Pike County to be close to family and to play a role at the local medical school and residency program," he said.
When he's not caring for patients, Dr. Cline enjoys rebuilding computer systems and visiting theme parks to accomplish the goal of riding all roller coasters in America.