PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Lee McIver as the Director of Public Relations.


Prior to joining PMC, McIver served in federal government and the military, including managing communications for two Veterans Affairs hospitals. His management experience includes leading strategic communication programs in health care, military, aviation, maritime, natural resource, conservation and for non-profit organizations.


“I am elated to be working for PMC President and Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May and Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins who are pillars of our community—entrusted with leading world-class, quality health care in the region nearly half-million people strong.”


McIver said he is also proud to work with PMC’s highly-skilled physicians, nurses and other professionals who work tirelessly to provide eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southwest Virginia with compassionate care in a Christian environment.


As PMC moves closer to nearly a century of serving the region, McIver looks forward to fostering communication with patients and partners.


“As we move toward this historic Centennial,” said McIver, “I’m extremely proud to be working with PMC’s award-winning Public Relations, Medical Leader and Printing Department staff to achieve our communication mission that supports timely and efficient delivery of health care to our patients and that is supported by our wonderful partners.”


McIver is married to his wife, Amy Theriault, who begins medical school with this year’s entering class at the University of Pikeville. They enjoy hiking and participating in events such as the SOAR 5K. His son Leo lives in Maryland, where he is also an avid outdoorsman.

NEW LEADERSHIP: Kevin Lee McIver, center, poses with members of the Public Relations, Medical Leader and Printing departments following his hiring as director of public relations.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, July 14, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Emergency Responders are gearing up for their first-ever 5K race set for August 19.


Police, fire and public safety departments are partnering together in an effort to give back to the community. The theme for the race will be Cuffs and Hoses.


All proceeds will benefit community outreach programs for schools throughout Pike County.


“We want to do our part to help provide school supplies for underprivileged children in our school district,” Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds said.


Law enforcement officers, firefighters and community members will gather teams of four and challenge one another to the finish line. Times will be recorded when the last team member crosses the finish line. All emergency personnel are encouraged to participate.


In addition, those avid runners across eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia are urged to take part.


The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Johnson Stage in downtown Pikeville.


Winners will be awarded in all age groups. Registration is $25 per participant. Those who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt and medal.


The course will be marked by responders’ vehicles.


“We want to look at ways we can reach out to the community and become more involved,” he added. “It’s also an opportunity to meet those who protect and serve.”


Registration forms are available at City Hall in Pikeville and Bartley Weight Loss located at 7307 N. Mayo Trail, Pikeville.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, July 14, 2017

ELKHORN CITY — Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT), now proudly enjoying its 15th year serving Pike County and the surrounding region, is thrilled to announce the 2017-18 season.


With seven shows, including lighthearted comedies, intense dramas, whimsical storybook tales, and theatrical musicals, you can bet you’ll find something to enjoy for every age and interest level.


New to theatre? Come dip your toes in at Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City, where you’ll feel like family as soon as you walk through the door. A frequent patron? Welcome back for a new season! Interested in joining the ACT Company full of local talent? Mark your calendars today and plan to visit on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. for open call season auditions. No previous acting experience necessary, just enthusiasm and commitment.


The new production year will begin in September with Calendar Girls, a comedy based on the true story of a group of middle-aged-and-up ladies who are members of the local Women’s Institute chapter. Together, the women craft a creative plan to raise money for a memorial in honor of one of their member’s late husbands. Their idea? To pose nude for a “tastefully alternative” girlie calendar. The project, hugely successful, spreads like wildfire as hordes of press descend upon the small town. Now, with the money raised, group member friendships are put to the test under the strain of new-found fame. Calendar Girls will be on stage September 21-October 15.


Next up is Peter Pan Jr., the fall production from the ACT Kidz Company. A story beloved by all, follow Peter Pan’s familiar journey to never grow old. The three Darling siblings, Wendy, John, and Michael, adventure through enchanting Neverland, meeting Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and many other interesting characters along the way including crocodiles and mermaids. Will the three children make it home by morning? Find out as local Pikeville, Pike County, and surrounding area school children brave the stage to tell the tale. Peter Pan Jr., will be on stage November 2-12.


Ring in the holiday season with A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration. It’s 1864, and Washington, D.C., is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy.


In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. This musical intertwines the lives of many, showing us that the gladness of one’s heart is the best gift of all and that we all have more in common with one another than we may think. A Civil War Christmas, full of amazing instrumentals and soaring vocals, will be on stage from November 23-December 17.


The season will begin with The Crucible, a dramatic literary story surrounding the infamous and historic Salem witch trials. In the Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. The Crucible will be on stage from February 15-March 4 and March 15-18.


Something more lighthearted and whimsical follows with Winnie the Pooh Kids. The ACT Kidz Company are back again for their spring semester to bring us the loveable crew from Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey, his favorite sweet treat. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious, looming Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course, sharing snacks. Winnie the Pooh Kids will be on stage from March 29-April 8.


The sixth production of the season comes bouncing on stage with High School Musical. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. High School Musical will be on stage from May 3-27.


The final show of the season, Send Me No Flowers, follows George Kimball, a Westchester-to-New York City commuter whose favorite hobby is hypochondria. When he mistakenly overhears his doctor discussing another patient with heart trouble, he prepares to meet the end bravely, sure it is his time to go. Putting his affairs in order, he writes a heartbreaking letter to his wife to be read as his eulogy. He even arranges a good second husband for his soon-to-be widow, with a prematurely purchased cemetery plot for three: himself, his wife and the new future ‘Mister Kimball’. Antics aplenty, this story definitely represents the oft taken vow ‘for better or for worse. Send Me No Flowers will be on stage from June 21-July 15.


For more information about ACT’s upcoming season, call 606-754-4228.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Each year on July 4 we celebrate our nation’s independence with parties, fireworks and cookouts.


In much the same manner, we celebrate birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations. We can read in God’s holy word of other celebrations.


Jesus tells of three times of celebration in his parables in Luke 15. He tells a story of finding a lost sheep, a woman finding a lost silver coin and one about a younger son coming home after squandering his inheritance.


There was celebration because something that was lost is found. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth”.


Have you given heaven a reason to celebrate? What is lost in your life that can be found by looking to our Lord and Savior?


He yearns for us to be found so the celebration can begin.


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


Author Name: 
Larry Kendrick
Friday, July 14, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of James Crouch, M.D., Anesthesiology.


Dr. Crouch received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Crouch received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


“Anesthesiology by definition is the study of taking away pain, in my first exposure of shadowing I knew pretty quick I wanted to become a practicing anesthesiologist,” said Dr. Crouch.


Dr. Crouch says his mentor was Dr. Payton, a practicing anesthesiologist he shadowed.


“He had genuine compassion for people and showed true empathy for patients in their most sick and vulnerable states,” he said. He gave reassurance to those frightened by their upcoming procedure and his humility made him accessible to all.


“It was because of Dr. Payton that I decided to make Anesthesiology my life’s mission. In my years of practice and training, I have never forgotten that treating patients is a privilege and something which is sacred,” said Dr. Crouch.


He looks forward to providing care to the region.


Several factors drew Dr. Crouch to PMC.


“PMC was an easy first choice. I have worked in major downtown urban tertiary care centers and can confidently say PMC lacks for nothing,” said Dr. Crouch.


“The equipment is state-of-the-art and the administration implements proven policies and procedures directly from the Mayo Clinic. The administration is also receptive to feedback and promotes an environment of shared teamwork,” said Dr. Crouch.


“The combination is something very few other institutions possess,” he added.


When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Crouch enjoys running, participating in small group sessions at church, reading the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Penguins hockey and Louisville basketball.


“My wife and I look forward to making Pikeville our new home. We hope to be starting a family soon,” Dr. Crouch said. “We feel Pikeville will be a tremendous opportunity to raise a young family in a community that is loyal to God and traditional Christian values.”

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, July 14, 2017

Lisa Nicole Boyd, of Harold, worked hard to try to lose weight and get healthy.


She tried multiple well-known diets, purchased gym memberships and joined highly recognized exercise groups. She would lose weight but she just could not keep the weight off.


Boyd said, “As soon as I quit the programs I would bounce back and gain twice as much weight as I originally lost.”


Health issues soon became a problem.


“I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and I was diabetic,” said Boyd.


Boyd chose to reclaim her life through bariatric surgery. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Bariatric Surgeon Amy Johnson, M.D. performed bariatric sleeve on Boyd and after her 90-pound weight loss, her life took a much different direction.


Boyd says she can also tell a difference in the attitude of her two children.


“When I was heavier my kids were a little distant and even hesitant when they would identify me as their mom but now it is back to a very proud ‘Oh that is my Mom!” and it makes me feel really good,” she said.


Prior to her weight gain Boyd says she was very confident, but as she packed on the pounds she found herself losing self-esteem.


“It took me a while to even get up enough confidence to go to the gym. Even though I knew I was smaller, in my head I was still big and it was hard,” she said.


Today she is excited about her success story.


“I love Zumba but I could not do the classes before my surgery,” said Boyd. “I had plantar fasciitis and tarsal tunnel in both feet. They were actually going to do surgery on both my feet but after my weight loss surgery I no longer have those problems.”


Boyd says she could only walk less than a mile before she had to sit down and cry due to the pain in her feet.


“Now, I can walk up to eight miles non-stop and that is a huge difference,” she said. “I also get really excited because now I can bend down and tie my shoes.”


Life has changed for Boyd. She says she loves to dance, which is just one more addition to the many activities she enjoys after reclaiming her life.


“I know I am going to live longer,” said Boyd. “I had an enlarged heart and I know that with time it is going to go back down. My doctor said it has already made a dramatic change. I figured I would die of a heart attack, but I took control of my life and I am so glad I did.”


Boyd sat down with her husband before she had the surgery to discuss the pros and cons. She says they both realized that surgery would change both their lives.


“He supported me 100 percent,” said Boyd. “I remember him telling me he loved me and I was beautiful either way, big or small.”


She says he is excited to see the health benefits that have followed her commitment to better health through weight loss surgery.


Boyd says loves living in her new body and is thankful for her new lease on life. She says her new life is about change.


She exchanged her love for soda pop with an early morning cup of coffee. She starts the all-


important first meal-of-the-day with a protein shake and then heads out to the gym. Soon she is off to work packing a healthy snack and planning healthy normal meals for the remainder of the day.


Boyd reports, “Life is good again.”


For more information about wellness or weight loss contact the Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center at 606-218-2205 or visit pikevillehospital.org

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, July 14, 2017

Ayden Riley Adams, son of Sabrina Dietz and Ronnie Adams, born July 6; weight: 7 lbs., 8.9 oz.


Cohen Isaac Lee, son of Ashley and Joseph Lee, born July 6; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Stella Renae Caudill, daughter of Rachel McClelland, born July 6; weight: 9 lbs., 2 oz.


Ayden Ryan Chaney, son of Alesha and Ryan Chaney, born July 5; weight: 7 lbs., 14.8 oz.


Isabella Faith Lynn Evans, daughter of Jazmine Dent, born July 4; weight: 7 lbs.


Levi Ryder Combs, son of Megan Thacker, born July 4; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Greyson Carter Yates, son of Tara and Christopher Yates, born July 3; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.


Noah Jamison Sawyers, son of Taylor and Jamison Sawyers, born July 3; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Abigail Reign Williams, daughter of Rose White, born July 3; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Ava Lynn Blackburn, daughter of Virginia and Tristan Blackburn, born July 3; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Makinlee Jayde Mayhorn, daughter of Christina and Willie Mayhorn, born July 3; weight: 6 lbs., 4 oz.


Karam Shadi Obeidat, son of Farah Shammout and Shadi Obeidat, born July 1; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Sawyer Grey Howard, daughter of Shelly and Paul Howard Jr., born June 30; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Wade Henry Adkins, son of Brandi and Mark Adkins, born June 30; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Molly Genevieve Shurtleff, daughter of Brooke and Robert Shurtleff, born June 30; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Alexis Marie Justice, daughter of Brittany and Jeremy Justice, born June 29; weight: 9 lbs., 4.5 oz.


Leland Ryan Tackett, son of Laken and Dustin Tackett, born June 29; weight: 8 lbs., 3.8 oz.


Mackston Cade Slone, son of Jessica and James Slone, born June 29; weight: 8 lbs., 10.1 oz.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rudy Kelly, 67, of Ashcamp, passed away July 6. Funeral, July 10, Hylton Freewill Baptist Church, Ashcamp. Burial, Kelly Family Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Gladys Hackney Ramey, 77, of Belcher, passed away July 5. Funeral, July 7. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.


Bethel Owens, 65, of Haysi, Va., passed away July 5. Funeral, July 8. Burial, George W. Deel Cemetery, Haysi, Va.


Peggy Parker Hereford, 77, of Lexington and Prestonsburg, passed away July 7. Funeral, July 13, First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Garry Dean Roberts, 65, of Harold, passed away July 1. Funeral, July 3. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Vivian Stewart Cartmell, 92, of Lexington, formerly of McDowell, passed away July 1. Funeral, July 5. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Betty Lou Falany, 75, of McDowell, passed away July 3. Funeral, July 8. Burial, Dye Cemetery, McDowell.


Kathleen Whittaker Wireman, 73, of Hueysville, passed away July 7. Funeral July 11. Burial, Shepherd Cemetery, Hueysville.


James K. “Jim” Hall, 84, of Beaver, passed away July 8. Funeral, July 11. Burial, James K. Hall Cemetery, Grethel.


Perry Akers, 73, of Dana, passed away July 7. Funeral, July 10, Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Boyd Family Cemetery, Dana.


Charles Goman “Berry” Patton, 83, of Hueysville, passed away July 5. Funeral, July 9. Hueysville Church of Christ. Burial, Patton Family Cemetery, Hueysville.


Kenneth Neal “CB” Biliter, 57, of Majestic, passed away July 4. He was currently serving his second term as a member of Pike County Board of Education. Funeral, July 7, Barrenbee Church of God. Burial, Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic.


Carolyn Blankenship, 57, of Freeburn, passed away July 1. Memorial service, July 5.


Lou Ellen Stanley, 70, of Russell Springs, passed away July 11. Funeral, July 14. Burial, Matthew Tackett Cemetery, Melvin.


Norma Jean Woods Goble, 66, of Allen, passed away July 10. Funeral, July 14. Burial, Jarrell Cemetery, Slick Rock, Prestonsburg.


Tina McGaffee, 67, of Prestonsburg, passed away July 9. Funeral, July 13, Highland Ave. Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Ronda Renee Bentley Green, 47, of Langley, passed away July 9. Funeral, July 12. Burial, Bentley Family Cemetery, Banner.


Buford Gene Castle, 79, of Stamping Ground, passed away July 7. Funeral, July 10. Burial, Castle Family Cemetery, Hueysville.


Eddie Henderson, 60, of McDowell, passed away July 7. Graveside services, July 11, Henderson Cemetery, McDowell.


Betty Lou Calhoun, 76, of Prestonsburg, passed away July 6. Funeral, July 9, Highland Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Orangie Curry, 87, of Melvin, passed away July 4. Funeral, July 8. Burial, Curry Family Cemetery, Bypro.


Lois Conn, 79, of Harold, passed away July 3. Funeral, July 7. Burial, Conn Family Cemetery, Dana.


Bonnie Newsome Osborne, 72, of McDowell, passed away July 3. Funeral, July 5. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, Frasures Creek, McDowell.


Aaron Keith Kidd II, 21, of Martin, passed away July 1. Funeral, July 4. Burial, Reffitt Family Cemetery, Stephens Branch, Martin.


Marlene Hall, 61, of Louisville, formerly of Pikeville, passed away July 7. Funeral, July 11. Burial to follow at a later date.


Nellie J. Cook, 50, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away July 10. Funeral, July 15. Burial, Cook Cemetery, Williamson.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Deciding plans for a vacation any time of the year is always an exciting opportunity.  It is one filled with great anticipation and hope for a memorable experience with friends or family.  Taking the time to properly plan for any trips ahead are always a wise decision.  The essentials such as bottled water, sunscreen, sunglasses and brimmed hats for sunny or tropical locations are always on the “must bring” list.  However, this list could help you stay safe on your travels this summer season whether you are staying around home or taking the big trip overseas.

•Stay well hydrated regardless of how much you may think you sweat each day. It is easy to notice how much water we lose throughout the day by our trips to the bathroom or how much we sweat when we exercise. Do not forget that in warm temperatures our body is almost constantly losing water to help keep us cool, even when we cannot see or feel it.

•Protect yourself from direct sunlight for extended periods. Whether it is skin or eyes, too much light exposure can result in damage.  Pick sunscreen brands which have SPF 15 or more that also provide UVA and UVB protection. If you are sweating or swimming be sure to reapply the sunscreen every few hours. Look for polarized sunglasses to help protect the eyes from harmful rays.

•Whether it is in a restaurant or at a street vendor, always make sure you know Health Inspector Scoring. When traveling to new places it is always easy to get carried away trying to find the best new “secret” place to eat that only the locals know about. Sometimes those hidden gems can pay off for all your hard work investigating the area, however being familiar with sanitation of these places can be important.  Always look for readily available posted score sheets or signs in restaurants or on food vendor carts for how they score with health inspections. Remember, trust your instincts, if a place does not “look” like it would pass, it probably did not.

•Always make sure to know what health precautions are necessary before heading overseas. Be sure to check the Centers for Disease Control website if you are traveling to a foreign county for any recommendations about traveling precautions, restrictions or warnings concerning health hazards before you make your trip.  Some less developed areas may carry recommendations of vaccinations or prophylactic medications to protect from the contraction of native illnesses to those areas.  The investment in research you make ahead of time may pay dividends in the future on your trip.

These travel tips are just the beginning of some guidelines for having a memorable and fun vacation season.  

Be sure to take time to research, ask and learn about new places before you travel. Just a few extra steps can sometimes be the difference between a good and not so good experience.  

Happy Travels!


Author Name: 
Derek Sword, D.O.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to pack up the family, grab some friends and  head out on the open road. Whether you’re going cross-country or visiting local attractions we all know it can be difficult to make healthy food choices.

The best way to avoid making poor decisions is to be prepared. Having healthy snacks packed and ready will make it easier to avoid a fast food restaurant or a gas station.  

Below are a few recommendations to help make road trip snacking guilt free!

Items to use when packing:

1. Ziploc Bags (Storage and sandwich size)

2. Food Storage Containers

3. Frozen water bottles.

Snack ideas:

1. Nuts (Almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews)

2. Hard boiled eggs

3. Fruit (Sliced apples, peeled tangerines, grapes, bananas, dried apricots, berries)

4. Veggies (Carrot sticks, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks)

5. Dip for veggies (Hummus and homemade guacamole)

6. Dill pickle bites

7. PB2 (Powdered peanut butter)

8. All natural jerky

9. Air popped popcorn

10. Whole grain crackers

11. Homemade muffins

12. Rice Cakes

13. Mason jar salads

14. Homemade trail mix

~ PMC Wellness Coordinator Caitlin Gray may be reached at 606-218-3903 or by e-mail at: caitlin.gray@pikevillehospital.org.


PMC Wellness Coordinator Caitlin Gray
Author Name: 
Caitlin Gray
Monday, July 10, 2017