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07/24/2015
PMC/EKB Flood Relief Radio-Tele-Thon raises over $70K

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) recently teamed up to help those affected by the July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County which destroyed 150 homes, damaged hundreds more and took the lives of four people. The two organizations hosted a live radio-tele-thon at PMC on Sunday, July 19 to raise money and collect items to directly benefit flood relief efforts through the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee. Over $70,000 in cash, goods and services was donated during the event, which aired live on EKB-TV and all more on this story...  

07/24/2015
ED vital in stabilizing trauma patients

PIKEVILLE — One of the first areas that come in contact with a trauma patient is the Emergency Department (ED), where assessment and stabilization efforts take place. “My role on the trauma team is evaluation, treatment and stabilization of the trauma patient in the Emergency Department,” said John Fleming, DO, assistant director of Emergency Services at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). “The Emergency Department and the trauma surgery team work very closely in the evaluation and treatment of trauma patients. ” Dr. Fleming stated that the ED’s role in the care of a trauma more on this story...  

07/24/2015
Dr. Varney warns against sports injuries

PIKEVILLE  — As a new school year soon begins, so will sports season for young athletes. Jamie Varney, sports medicine physician at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), wants young athletes and their parents to be aware of common injuries as well as how to treat them. “With a new season beginning and after a period of less activity, you have to build your stamina and strength by gradually conditioning and getting used to increased activity,” said Dr. Varney. “It is especially important in the summer and early fall to gradually adjust to activity in the heat more on this story...  

07/17/2015
PMC, EKB Hosting Johnson County Flood relief radio-tele-thon

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) will be presenting a Johnson County Flood Relief Radio-Tele-Thon beginning at noon on Sunday. The event will take place in PMC’s ground floor May Tower Lobby. All donations and pledges will directly benefit flood relief efforts in Johnson County More than 500 homes were damaged in the communities of Flatgap, Redbush and Staffordsville. Listen to EKB-TV or any EBK radio station for more details. more on this story...  

07/17/2015
PMC welcomes Larry Zhao, MD

PIKEVILLE —Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Larry Zhao, MD, pathologist. Dr. Zhao received his Doctor of Medicine from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He completed a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He said. “I enjoy studying the mechanisms of various diseases and conditions in this diagnostically- warranted specialty. ” more on this story...  

07/17/2015
Set fitness goals with Colors of Courage run

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s Color of Courage 5K race is fast approaching on August 22. While many participants will attend to support a worthy cause (raising funds for underinsured cancer patients), there are also a large number of runners who will participate for the fitness benefits. One such runner is Karissa Porter, a physical therapist who has been employed at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for 22 years. “I’ll be running on August 22,” she said. Porter lost 70 pounds since January 3, - by picking up the more on this story...  

07/10/2015
PMC warns against danger of ticks

PIKEVILLE — Ticks are multi legged parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Medical Director of Infectious Disease Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass said, “Ticks are very tiny and cause multiple risks.   They carry several different bacterial and viral infections and can cause hypersensitivity reactions. ” These creatures cannot jump or fly but simply wait on blades of grass or low vegetation and shrubs with their front claws out.   They sense carbon dioxide and heat.   When grazed by a warm blooded mammal, they attach. more on this story...  

07/10/2015
PMC welcomes Sankar R. Chirumamilla, MD

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Sankar R. Chirumamilla, MD, physiatrist. Dr. Chirumamilla received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Kakatiya Medical College in Warangal, India and his Master of Public Health degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington and a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.   Dr. Chirumamilla specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is one more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Miracle girl survives cardiac arrest at PMC

PIKEVILLE — Days before high school graduation, 18-year-old senior Reagan Linton was facing her future unlike traditional seniors. She was preparing for her final calculus class when she began to feel strange.   Linton said, “It was not anything extreme, just different. I was not feeling normal. ” She immediately researched her symptoms on her cell phone. “I found an article that scared me,” she said.   “It said the symptoms I was experiencing could be fatal if not checked out. ” She called her mother, more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Prostate, colon cancer screenings held

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) held a free prostate and colon cancer screening at the Leonard Lawson cancer center on April 25. A total of 10 patients were screened, including nine males and one  female. Of the 10 people examined for colon cancer, one tested positive for occult blood. This patient has been notified to follow up with a physician. All nine males were screened for prostate cancer and all were within normal Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels.   However, nine (100 percent) more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Mahesh Aradhya, MD, joins staff

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mahesh Aradhya, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Aradhya received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India and completed his cardiology fellowship at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Penn.   He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Aradhya specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “Cardiology allows me to work with advanced technology every day,” said Dr. Aradhya. “I appreciate cardiology’s wide variety of more on this story...  

06/26/2015
PMC is a Level II Trauma Center: Hospital hosts grand opening celebration

PIKEVILLE – The trauma services at Pikeville Medical Center have been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a scientific and educational association that improves the quality of care for surgical patients. It is now the only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky. The announcement was made during a Grand Opening Celebration for Trauma Services on June 23 at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). As a verified Trauma Center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused more on this story...  

06/23/2015
PMC Sleep Center receives 5th straight AASM accreditation

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Sleep Center has received full reaccreditation status from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), marking 20 consecutive years of accreditation. The AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine heath care, education and research. The PMC Sleep Center received its first accreditation in 1995 after beginning the service only one year earlier. The accreditation holds a five year status, and the 2015 accreditation marks PMC’s fifth consecutive AASM designation. To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed more on this story...  

06/23/2015
PMC observing National Cataract Awareness Month

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will be observing National Cataract Awareness Month during June. National Cataract Awareness Month focuses on the importance of eye health. Currently, there are more than 22 million Americans, age 40 or older, with cataracts making this eye condition the leading cause of blindness in the world. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a cataract is “a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. ” The cloudiness is caused by the buildup of proteins in the eye’s lens. more on this story...  

06/23/2015
PMC welcomes Pediatrician Shobha Haridas, MD

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Shobha Haridas, MD, pediatrician. A local physician residing in Forest Hills, Dr. Haridas has been practicing in the region for nearly 16 years and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients.   Dr. Haridas received her Bachelor of Medicine and Basic Surgery from the University of Madras and her medical degree from Madras Medical College, both in Chennai, India.  “I have always enjoyed working with children,” said Dr. Haridas. “It is extremely gratifying when you more on this story...  

06/12/2015
PMC becomes AHA Training Center

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is now an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center, offering multiple certification classes for its employees and the public. Becoming an AHA Training Center is a rigorous, two-year process that includes collecting extensive amounts of data and completing an application process. Once the application is approved, a surveyor monitors multiple courses to ensure appropriate teaching techniques are utilized.   “The PMC Hospital Education Department plays an instrumental role in the quality of care provided by the organization,” said Rita Crum, director of Employee Education/Staff Development. more on this story...  

06/05/2015
PMC emphasizes importance of pool safety this summer

PIKEVILLE — As summer heat waves sweep across the region, many people are turning to swimming pools for quick relief from the hot temperatures. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) advises the community to be safe when cooling off in the water this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Each day, about 10 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. ” “For millions of Americans, swimming pools more on this story...  

05/29/2015
Cancer event set for Aug. 22 in Pikeville: Registration now underway

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to support cancer patients during a race that will be hosted by Pikeville Medical Center later this year. Registration is now underway for the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Aug. 22 in downtown Pikeville. In its second year, funds generated by the Colors of Courage 5K will be used to help underinsured patients of the cancer center. Last year, more than 900 runners and walkers from throughout the region participated, and the race provided $21,542 more on this story...  

05/29/2015
Snake bites increase during summer months

PIKEVILLE — Summer is the season for outdoor fun, but an increase in snake activity creates the need for heightened awareness. A snake bite victim should go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevent Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “When in the woods or the garden, the best defense against a snake bite is to look where you are walking and look closely where you are placing your hands. ”  Victims are urged not to: •Cut and suck more on this story...  

05/22/2015
PMC’s Chaney earns national certification

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Registered Nurse Sandra Chaney recently earned national certification. This month, the American Association for Diabetes Educators named Chaney a Certified Diabetes Educator, recognizing her as a health professional who has “comprehensive knowledge and experience” with prediabetes, diabetes, diabetes prevention, and complications and management of the disease. Working with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Mavis Lowe in the PMC Diabetes Education Department, Chaney started preparing to earn the title more than a year ago. She spent hours researching and studying diabetes, completed 1,000 hours more on this story...  

05/22/2015
PMC welcomes Dr. Attum

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Abdulla Attum, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Attum received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Eqypt.   He completed his residency and fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He is board certified by the American Board in Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Attum specializes in open heart procedures, off-pump bypass, valve surgery, lung and chest wall resections and complex cardiac procedures. He said, “I decided to be more on this story...  

05/14/2015
PMC welcomes Dr. Mansour

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John Mansour, DO, orthopedic trauma surgeon.  Dr. Mansour received his Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mo. , and his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.    A full-service orthopedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Mansour specializes in minimally invasive 3D navigational surgery, pelvic and acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures, malunions, nonunions, osteomyelitis and infections. “I like the complex nature of orthopedic trauma surgery,” Dr. Mansour said. “It has the highest level of importance when it comes more on this story...  

05/14/2015
PMC seeks USDA funding: Money would create 85 new jobs, attract 1,700 new admissions

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is seeking $104 million in loans from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finance multiple construction and renovation projects as well as funding to refinance part of the $90 million in bonds issued to PMC in 2011. If approved, the loans would help create 85 new jobs and bring in 1,700 new admissions during the first year of full operation. “We believe strongly in the future of this hospital and the economic impact it will have on the region,” PMC Chief Legal Counsel Pamela T. more on this story...  

05/08/2015
PMC celebrates National Nurses Week

PIKEVILLE — National Nurses Week, May 6-12, begins on National Recognition Day for nurses and ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.   The week highlights the many ways in which America’s 3. 1 million nurses help improve the lives of their patients every day.   Currently, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employs almost 700 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 50 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who strive daily to provide quality care and who touch thousands of lives each year.   Senior Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer more on this story...  

05/01/2015
PMC praised for mom, baby care

PIKEVILLE  — In 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Engagement Network. Through that program, and through a partnership between the Anthem Foundation and the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Inc. (KIPSQ), a nonprofit subsidiary of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), many Kentucky birthing hospitals joined together to reduce non-medically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks.    PMC participated in the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network and the Anthem Foundation “Improving Patient Safety for Mom and Baby” initiatives. They significantly reduced the number of early elective more on this story...  

05/01/2015
PMC encourages proper skin care

PIKEVILLE — May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center encourages everyone to take precautions when going outdoors this summer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U. S. Every year more than 3. 5 million new cases are diagnosed and nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. There are two different types of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. Melanoma is considered to be more more on this story...  

04/24/2015
PMC receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award: Award demonstrates PMC’s commitment to stroke patients

PIKEVILLE  Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. This marks the third consecutive year the stroke center has earned this honor. “Pikeville Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC honors volunteers

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrated its volunteers during the 25th annual volunteer banquet on April 13 at the Landmark Inn in Pikeville. Dana King, director of guest relations and emcee of the event, recognized hospital volunteers for their hard work throughout the year. “Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our patients,” said King. “Their dedication makes PMC a better place.  I am so proud of their contributions and appreciate the compassion shown by each volunteer. ” Volunteers enjoyed food and fellowship as awards were presented more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC encourages organ, tissue donations

PIKEVILLE — Organ, eye and tissue donors could save up to eight lives. April is known as National Donate Life Month (NDLM). First celebrated in 2003, NDLM is recognized as a time to celebrate those who have given the gift of life to others through donation and to encourage the public to be organ, eye and tissue donors. According to Donate Life America, “nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. ” The need for organ donation is great.   Every 10 minutes another more on this story...  

04/10/2015
McConnell praises PMC in ‘tough times’

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commended Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for staying financially strong during difficult economic times in eastern Kentucky. A special audit report released last month focused on the financial strength of rural hospitals across Kentucky, citing that a number of those facilities ranked well below the national average.  “Sixty hospitals across Kentucky have been dealt a serious financial blow as a direct result of Obamacare,” McConnell said following the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Luncheon held at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on April 8. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Smoking harms nearly every part of the human body.

1. BRAIN: The nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as heroin. This nicotine makes changes in your brain. The brain develops extra nicotine receptors in smokers, and when they stop smoking, it causes nicotine withdrawal and experience being anxious, irritable and craving nicotine. 2. EARS: Smoking reduces oxygen supply to the cochlea, an organ in the inner ear. This may cause permanent damage and mild to moderate hearing loss. 3. EYES: Smoking causes physical changes in the eyes by restricting the production of a chemical necessary for a person to see at night. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
PMC offers patients, families convenient parking

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC ) offers patients convenient parking options on its main campus. Patients visiting the PMC Clinic and May Tower may park in the parking garage, which attaches to the PMC Clinic on each floor.   The May Tower may be accessed through the PMC Clinic on most floors. If patients are visiting the Elliott Building or Miners Building, they may park behind the hospital in order to shorten the walking distance to those buildings.   Designated parking is available in front of the Heart more on this story...  

04/03/2015
PMC offers new service

PIKEVILLE — New technology exists for patients with excessive calcified blockage in the heart. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Interventional Cardiologist Dr. M. Ahmad is the second physician in Kentucky to offer this technology.   The coronary orbital atherectomy system is designed to treat patients who could otherwise be facing coronary bypass surgery. Don Morton of Thornton was PMC’s first patient to receive treatment using the technically-advanced system. Dr. Ahmad said, “The arteries that carry the blood to the heart can become blocked, causing discomfort, chest more on this story...  

04/03/2015
PMC recognizes Patient Access Week

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins hospitals across the country in observing National Health Care Access Personnel Week, April 5-11, 2015. PMC is proud of the efforts put forth by its patient access staff. Their roles are vital because they are the first point of contact patients have with the hospital. They also carry the financial responsibility of beginning the hospital revenue cycle. The Patient Access Department includes patient transport services, transfer coordinators, financial counselors and central registration. Patient access staff can be found on the main campus, in the more on this story...  

04/03/2015
EKB, PMC partner for ‘Eggstravagana’

PIKEVILLE — East Kentucky Broadcasting and Pikeville Medical Center are partnering to host the ‘Eggstravaganza” this weekend. The event will begin at noon on Saturday, April 4, in the Pikeville City Park. The Easter egg hunt, open to children up to age 12, will feature 3,000 Easter eggs and other activities. The Easter bunny will also be present. The event is free and open to the public. more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Hospital recognizes GI Nurses

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes National Gastrointestinal (GI) Nurses Week, March 23-29.   PMC’s GI nurses, also known as endoscopy nurses, work in the operating room with patients who need to undergo surgery for problems with their digestive system or GI tract.   This close-knit group enjoys their profession and strives daily to deliver quality care to each patient.   “Not only has the Lord blessed me to be a nurse but he has blessed me to work in endoscopy with the best group of nurses and physicians,” more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Cancer patient seeks votes to walk in Kentucky Oaks parade

ASHCAMP — Eastern Kentucky residents are rallying behind a cancer patient who wants to participate in the Kentucky Oaks parade at the Kentucky Derby. Ashcamp resident Paula McCarty is among hundreds of cancer survivors in Kentucky who are seeking to fill 141 spots in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on May 1. People who visit the Kentucky Derby website may vote once each day for cancer survivors. Those who receive the most votes at http://kentuckyderby. com/survivors are chosen. McCarty said a person who has cancer is reminded of it every more on this story...  

03/20/2015
WOUND CARE TOP PERFORMER

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center was recognized as one of the top performers for the 2014 Diabetes Campaign by Healogics Inc. Healogics’ Diabetes Campaign encouraged Wound Care Centers to utilize community outreach to educate health care providers about chronic wounds caused by diabetes. A chronic wound is one that will not heal itself over time (within two to three months).   The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center has been honored as one of the top five centers in the region. Their hard work and dedication more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Motorcycle mishaps, falls most common causes of brain injury

PIKEVILLE — Prevention is known as the only cure for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is defined as an injury to the brain/skull caused by an external force, such as a strike or impact. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are the most common causes of TBI. According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, “someone in the United States sustains a brain injury every 15 seconds. ” Luckily, there are many steps one can take to help prevent a TBI from occurring. Adhering to more on this story...  

03/20/2015
It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month

PIKEVILLE — Recognizing March as national Endometriosis Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the public to learn more about this disorder. PMC provides comprehensive services for women with a team of five Obstetricians/Gynecologists — Dr. Aaron Crum, Dr. Rebecca Hobbs, Dr. Angela Maggard, Dr. Tom McGuire and Dr. Erin Mullins. Endometriosis — a painful disorder that occurs in women during their reproductive years — is one of numerous gynecological conditions treated by this team. It is often called the “invisible disorder” because it does not cause more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Passion To Help Others: PMC celebrates National Pulmonary Rehab Week

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Pulmonary Health and Rehabilitation (Rehab) Specialists Sonya Simpson and Diana Smith have a passion for helping others in their time of need. During National Pulmonary Rehab Week, March 9-15, they want to share with the community the services they provide and the benefits of those services. Simpson and Smith provide care for rehab patients suffering from chronic lung disease. Chronic lung disease is defined as any symptom that causes shortness of breath and the reduction of the ability to perform daily activities. “The wonderful more on this story...  

03/06/2015
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the first in a four part series. ) PIKEVILLE — March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Pikeville Medical Center’s neurosurgeons Dr. Duane Densler and Dr. Norman Mayer encourage everyone to become more aware of traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention. According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK), “Brain injury affects one in five households in Kentucky, and an estimated 214,000 Kentucky residents have been diagnosed with a brain injury. ” The Mayo Clinic states that a “TBI occurs when an more on this story...  

03/06/2015
PMC offers free smoking cessation class

PIKEVILLE —This month marks one year that Pikeville Medical Center has offered a free smoking cessation program to the public. The class meets once weekly for 13 weeks at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Attendees are guided by the Cooper Clayton Method to quit smoking. The program, developed by two University of Kentucky faculty members, teaches behavior modifications, skills training, social support, tips on how to quit and educational information about weight loss, diet and other issues that are helpful to people who are trying to quit smoking. more on this story...  

02/27/2015
Know Risks for heart disease

PIKEVILLE — During National Heart Health Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand the risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack. People are born with certain risk factors that cannot be changed such as heredity (including race) and male sex (gender). Increasing age is another uncontrollable risk factor. Risk factors that can be modified or controlled include tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and overweight, diabetes mellitus, and physical inactivity. “Patients should be proactive and live a healthy life,” said more on this story...  

02/19/2015
Dr. Harris says to understand warning signs

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn the signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected are not sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting help. PMC Cardiologist Dr. Denzil Harris said, “With a heart attack, more heart muscle dies with every minute that goes by. ” Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or more on this story...  

02/19/2015
Skin-to-skin best way to begin

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is encouraging new mothers to follow a trend that has been found to stabilize a newborn’s heart rate. Kangaroo care involves skin-to-skin contact. Beginning immediately after delivery, the newborn is placed on the mother’s abdomen after a nurse puts a diaper and hat on the baby. The baby is then placed on the mother’s chest, skin-to-skin. The nurse covers mother and child with a blanket, providing privacy and additional warmth. PMC Education Specialist Rita Crum said, “Kangaroo Care is the best possible care for mommy and baby. more on this story...  

02/18/2015
PMC recognizes Cardiac Rehab Week

PIKEVILLE — National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, focuses on improving the health and physical performance of people at risk for disease or living with heart dysfunction. The American Heart Association (AHA) defines cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) as a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Cardiac rehab is a vital component of the Heart Institute at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). PMC Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab Dr. more on this story...  

02/13/2015
PMC trauma department says prevent hypothermia

PIKEVILLE — The future forecast calls for below freezing temperatures, even into the single digits, this weekend. Pikeville Medical Center Trauma department urges everyone to know and be able to recognize the symptoms that occur when someone is exposed to the extreme cold. One of the main risk factors of being in the cold for too long is hypothermia.   It can also be caused by being immersed in cold water. Hypothermia happens when one’s body loses heat faster than it can produce it.   According to the Mayo Clinic, “Normal body temperature more on this story...  

02/05/2015
Raising heart health awareness at PMC

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins national efforts to bring attention to heart disease this February. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. When people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions, heart disease can often be prevented. PMC Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Bill Harris said, “In the past women have thought heart disease is mainly a disease affecting men.   Rest assured, heart disease is an equal opportunity disease.   Actually, more women more on this story...  

01/30/2015
PMC honors outstanding stroke team

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: On Tuesday, January 27, Pikeville Medical Center’s Stroke Coordinator Stephanie Turner recognized outstanding members of the stroke team. Those honored for their continued commitment to PMC’s stroke patients and their families were Charla McKinney from critical care, Kendra Drake from the stroke unit, Tiffany Akers from the medical unit and Florina Bailey from the cardiothoracic and vascular unit. Pictured from left to right are Turner, Bailey, McKinney, Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Michelle Rainey and Drake. more on this story...  

  

07/24/2015
PMC sends medical, baby supplies to Johnson County

PIKEVILLE —In response to the devastating July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) donated medical supplies and other items to organizations serving those affected by the disaster. Medical tape and gauze, gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfectant wipes, facial tissue, washcloths, flashlights, batteries as well as baby formula, diapers and wipes were delivered to the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee at Johnson County Central High School, Encounters Mission, Inc. , and a local church. PMC Assistant Vice President of Risk Management/Patient Safety Pam VanHoose delivered the items on July 16. VanHoose more on this story...  

07/24/2015
Immunizations key to better health for school-age children

PIKEVILLE — With the 2015-16 school year just around the corner, immunizations are on parents’ minds. “Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements of public health initiatives,” Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD, said. “We have eradicated many dreadful diseases and are able to combat many others only because of vaccines. ” According to Kentucky Health News, Kentucky state law requires all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinated, with exemptions given for medical or religious purposes only. The immunizations that kindergarten-aged children must receive are the DtaP more on this story...  

07/24/2015
First aid treatment for cuts, scrapes

The warmer weather this summer will bring more children outside, and give them more opportunities to experience cuts and scrapes. Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room. The Mayo Clinic shares these tips to help parents care for these types of wounds. Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection. Also put on disposable protective gloves if they’re available. Stop the bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If not, apply gentle pressure with a sterile bandage or clean more on this story...  

07/17/2015
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Heart patient says cardiac rehab changed his life

PIKEVILLE — At the age of 49, Dale Ratliff was diagnosed with advanced heart failure. In February, he received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps pump blood throughout the body while the patient waits for a heart transplant. LVAD patients need cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) and care after receiving the device. Ratliff chose the cardiac rehab program at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for his aftercare. The staff, which is trained to care for LVAD devices, helps Ratliff achieve specific goals in preparation for a heart transplant, more on this story...  

07/17/2015
PMC promots concussion awareness

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted a seminar regarding contact sports concussions for Pike County schools’ junior high and high school coaches and coaching staffs. The event was held at Pike County Central High School with PMC Pediatrician Dr. Brad Akers and Trauma Nurse Practitioner Kenny Hawkins as speakers. The event educated attendees on the signs and symptoms of concussions as well as how to obtain medical treatment for players who may get a concussion during a practice or game. “Concussions are the biggest issue in sports these days,” PMC Trauma Injury more on this story...  

07/10/2015
ADVANCED TECHNIQUE

PIKEVILLE — Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, MD, and Vascular Surgeon Bashar Ghosheh, MD, have changed the way abdominal aortic aneurysm, a potentially life-threatening condition, is treated at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They are now performing abdominal aortic aneurysm procedures in the PMC Catheterization (Cath) Lab using a less invasive method than open repair.    PMC Cath Lab Manager Johnny Webb said, “Ten years ago, abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs were considered high-risk major surgeries and patients would be in the hospital for days post-procedure. ” The latest method doesn’t require an incision more on this story...  

07/10/2015
Trauma staff contributes to Level II Trauma Center

PIKEVILLE — The trauma services staff at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) takes pride in being part of Level II Trauma Center. The trauma staff consists of a Trauma Manager Sandy Tackett, Injury Prevention/Outreach Coordinator Jackie Caudill, and Registrars Mary Simmons and Elizabeth Hall. Each staff member plays a vital role in the department. The manager oversees the trauma database, injury prevention, performance improvement and patient care protocols in addition to other duties. The injury prevention/outreach coordinator is highly involved in the community by working with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), providing injury more on this story...  

07/03/2015
PMC assists those affected by benefits suspension

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Release of Information (ROI) department provided medical records free of charge to former clients of Eric C. Conn whose social security benefits were recently suspended.  Those affected received letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Disability notifying them of the suspension and requiring them to provide medical documentation within 10 days of the letter date. The ROI department began receiving medical records requests related to the suspension, most of which were initiated in person, the last week of May. The staff received more than 300 more on this story...  

07/03/2015
PMC recognizes residents during annual banquet

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted its annual Residency Banquet at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville on June 30. The banquet was held in recognition of incoming residents, graduating residents and those who will be moving to their next level of training.   PMC Chief Resident John Colston, DO, said, “I am happy to announce the graduation of some excellent physicians this year.   It’s encouraging to know that most of our residents will be staying and working in Appalachia, serving our community. ” This year’s banquet also more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Pramesh Dhakal, MD, joins staff

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Pramesh Dhakal, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Dhakal received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal.   He completed his Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Dhakal is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Dhakal specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Vedang J. Bhavsar, MD, joins staff

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Vedang J. Bhavsar, MD, general cardiologist. Dr. Bhavsar received his Master’s degree in Public Health from Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Smt. N. H. L. Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University, India.   He completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Echocardiography and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Bhavsar specializes in the diagnosis and more on this story...  

06/26/2015
PMC promotes heat safety awareness

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand heat safety and how it effects your health. High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010.   Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. The main things affecting the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are high humidity, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Risk Management vital to keeping PMC safe

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating Risk Management Week June 15-19. Risk Management Week highlights the importance of reducing the risk of injury to patients, employees and/or visitors at a health care facility. PMC’s Patient Safety and Risk Management team provides support and assistance to patients and visitors as well as departments within the hospital. Patient Safety and Risk Management is the key to protecting individuals, which helps a health care facility function as a whole. “I am extremely proud to be part of the Pikeville Medical Center Patient Safety more on this story...  

06/23/2015
PMC welcomes Jennifer Wright, PhD

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Jennifer Wright, PhD, licensed psychologist. Dr. Wright received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and SpE Educational Psychology and PhD from the University of Kentucky.   A full-service psychologist, Dr. Wright specializes in pre-procedure evaluations, psychological consultations, adult and child therapy, and psychological assessments. As a child, her goal was to be an archeologist; but she took a psychology class as a high school sophomore that changed her career more on this story...  

06/12/2015
Nursing assistants essential in patient care

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating the 38th Annual Certified Nursing Assistant Week, June 11-18. The week highlights the many ways that nursing assistants (NAs) improve the wellbeing of their patients. NAs are instrumental in meeting the daily needs of acutely ill and long-term care patients. “Nursing assistants help patients with their basic needs,” Senior Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey said. “They are essential in helping patients heal by assisting them with bathing, dressing and feeding themselves. They also help keep the patient’s environment more on this story...  

06/05/2015
PMC ready to walk, celebrate Relay

PIKEVILLE —This year the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life fundraising event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to participate. The hospital will have a team at the Pike County Relay For Life, which will take place from 6 p. m. until midnight on Friday, June 12 at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. “This is such a wonderful event that gives us all time to stop and celebrate the survivors and honor the heroes who have walked that path so bravely,” said Marigo Werner, clinical manager more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Wound Care Awareness Month observed

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating National Wound Care Awareness Month during June.  National Wound Care Awareness Month highlights the importance of treatment for non-healing wounds, chronic wounds and ulcers. The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center (WCC) is a member of the Healogics, an organization that promotes wound healing and prevention, and has been honored as one of the top five centers in the region. The WCC’s  hard work and dedication to community education is valuable to patients and health care providers. “The more on this story...  

05/29/2015
Pikeville Medical Center encourages ATV safety

PIKEVILLE — Warm weather is here, which means it is all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding season. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to put safety first when riding ATVs. PMC Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “Wear a helmet at all times. If the ATV is a mule or side-by-side, always use a seat belt. Never allow children to operate an ATV without adult supervision. ” PMC treated 63 ATV-related injuries this past year. ATVs provide a lot of fun for those riding them, but like more on this story...  

05/22/2015
May receives honorary Doctor of Laws degree

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Interim President Paul E. Patton called Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) President and Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May one of the most influential figures in the growth of the medical community in eastern Kentucky. May, who became a member of PMC’s Board of Directors in 1962, was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 2015 commencement for the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on May 16. “I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this degree today,” May said. more on this story...  

05/22/2015
PMC welcomes Dr. Connor

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Ann Connor, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Connor received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. , and  her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed  her thoracic and cardiac surgery residency at New York University, where she received the Resident of the Year award. She completed her thoracic and cardiac surgery fellowship at Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn. , and is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. more on this story...  

05/14/2015
PMC receives top patient satisfaction rating

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is among the top five percent of hospitals in America to achieve the highest rating possible — five-stars — for patient satisfaction in a new system recently introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). PMC is rated higher than Mayo Clinic (Rochester), Massachusetts General Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center. Approximately 4,600 hospitals were listed on CMS’s public information website, Hospital Compare, which is designed to make it easy for consumers to evaluate the quality of health more on this story...  

05/14/2015
PMC nurses honored at banquet

NURSE OF THE YEAR: Zelma Watson (center at left) was selected as the PMC 2015 Nurse of the Year for the many ways in which she goes above and beyond and gives back to the community. She is pictured with Chief Nursing Officer/Assistant Chief Operating Officer Debra Parsons (far left) and Director of Home Health/Home Medical Equipment Annette Harris-Ward (right). more on this story...  

05/08/2015
PMC partners with SOAR, commits $300K

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has committed $300,000 to Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and its initiative to improve the economy and quality of life in Appalachian Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers established SOAR in 2013 to strengthen health care, expand job creation and promote innovation as well as spearhead other regional initiatives. SOAR collaborates with organizations, institutions, businesses, leaders and citizens in its efforts. As a presenting partner with SOAR, PMC will participate in the corporate partner roundtable, which meets quarterly and advises SOAR’s executive committee. PMC more on this story...  

05/08/2015
PMC Trauma Department emphasizes pool safety

PIKEVILLE — As hot temperatures greet our region, we are reminded that summer and pool season is right around the corner. Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Department wants everyone to keep in mind the importance of playing it safe around the pool. Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator Jackie Caudill said, “Each day in the United States, nine people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning is also the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages one to four, most of which take place in residential swimming pools. ” “The best ways to prevent more on this story...  

05/01/2015
PMC Trauma Department hosts Jenkins Project Prom

PIKEVILLE — On April 28, Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Department held Project Prom at Jenkins Middle/High School to help teach students the importance of keeping their eyes and mind on the road when driving. PMC Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Scott Suttles said, “The death rate from car crashes in Kentucky (23. 2 per 100,000) is higher than that of the national average (12. 9 per 1,000). At Pikeville Medical Center, we hope to decrease the overall death rate by providing trauma care for patients who are severely injured. ” At 1pm, Jenkins Middle/High School Students, more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Community mourns T.T. Colley

Theodore Thelmer Colley, better known as “T. T. ,” passed away just before noon on Wednesday, April 15 at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) at age 88. Colley was born on Aug. 21, 1926 in Esco, Ky. After graduating from Virgie High School, he joined the Navy at age 18 and was stationed at the U. S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.   Following his military stint, he attended Eastern Kentucky University but dropped out after two years to work in the coal business.   Colley’s mother, the late Elizabeth Branham Colley Baker, guided him in more on this story...  

04/24/2015
PMC recognizes lab staff

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins hospitals across the country in observing Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19 - 25. Clinical laboratory science professionals play a key role in the diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Laboratory staff usually work behind the scenes but are essential to quality patient care.   “I am very proud of our department,” PMC Laboratory Director Carolyn Johnson said. “The lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ for laboratory accreditation. ” As PMC has grown, so more on this story...  

04/15/2015
PMC welcomes John A. Nesbitt II, MD

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John A. Nesbitt II, MD, urologist. Dr. Nesbitt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville and his M. D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.   He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. A full-service urologist, Dr. Nesbitt specializes in enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, kidney stones, bladder leakage, bladder cancer, and testicular masses, pain and cancer. “I felt a more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Audit lists PMC in excellent financial health

PIKEVILLE — State Auditor Adam Edelen released a special report on March 30 regarding the financial strength of rural hospitals, finding that a majority of Kentucky’s rural hospitals fared below the national average in assessed financial strength and one third were in poor financial health. According to the report, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was the only acute care hospital in the state classified as being in excellent financial health. PMC is a regional referral center that offers all major medical specialties and many subspecialties, allowing patients to stay in the area for medical treatment as opposed more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Hospital’s smoking cessation program accepting participants

PIKEVILLE — Smokers who missed the first spring meeting of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s free smoking cessation program still have time to register. Program hosts Nell Bedwell, an outreach coordinator at the cancer center, and Shirley Coleman, program coordinator at the cancer center, hosted a graduation ceremony for the first 2015 smoking cessation class on April 2 and welcomed a new class on April 9. The class will continue to meet weekly at 6 p. m. every Thursday through July 2 at the cancer center. People who missed the first class more on this story...  

04/10/2015
PMC neurologist member of National Stroke Belt Consortium

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center Neurologist Dr. Naveed Ahmed is a member of the National Stroke Belt Consortium (SBC).   The SBC is a private, invitation-only group comprised of the nation’s top Stroke leaders, and  “represents all types of health care providers, including physicians, NPs/Pas, therapists, pharmacists, and others in academic, private practice or industry. ”  They also include key city, state and federal officials, with representation from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Health. The goal of the SBC is to “bring more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Free smoking cessation class begins next week

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is hosting a free program to help people kick the habit. The center’s smoking cessation class begins on April 9. Participants will meet from 6 p. m. to 7 p. m. every Thursday at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center through July 2.  The program, developed by two University of Kentucky faculty members, teaches behavior modifications, skills training, social support, tips on how to quit and educational information about weight loss, diet and other issues that are helpful to people who are trying to quit more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Community mourns loss of Dr. Roberts

PIKEVILLE —  Elster Dean Roberts, MD, commonly known as “E. D. ,” passed away Monday, March 30, at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Dr. Roberts was born in Pikeville on December 4, 1937. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in 1957 and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1963. He completed an internship at Floyd Memorial Hospital in Rome, Ga. , and graduated from the Naval School of Aerospace Medicine in 1964. A U. S. Navy veteran and board certified family medicine physician, Dr. Roberts entered more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Helping people ‘Live Life to the Fullest’: PMC occupational therapists reflect on having a career that changes lives

PIKEVILLE — Teaching a stroke survivor how to walk again. Helping a crash victim learn to use his arms and hands so he can hold his infant for the first time in months. Helping a child with cerebral palsy learn how to hold a crayon. Those are just a few of many ways that Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) occupational therapists are changing lives. The American Occupational Therapy Association proclaims that occupational therapists work to help people “live life to its fullest. ” PMC’s 10-member occupational therapy team works diligently toward more on this story...  

03/27/2015
PMC to host Holy Week, Easter services

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) invites everyone to attend the hospital’s Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services, from Sunday, March 29 through Sunday, April 5. “Pikeville Medical Center has observed Holy Week and Easter for as far back as I can remember,” PMC Director of Spiritual Activities Jane Robinson said. “We celebrate the resurrection and are thankful that Pikeville Medical Center values the importance of providing quality care in a Christian environment as it continues to grow. ” The Palm Sunday service will take place at 9:30am on March 29 more on this story...  

03/27/2015
March 30 marks National Doctors’ Day

PIKEVILLE — On Sunday, March 30, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will celebrate National Doctors’ Day. Doctors’ Day was first conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Ga. March 30 was chosen specifically for the observance because it is the anniversary of the first time anesthesia was used in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long, of Georgia, in 1842. In 1990, President George Bush signed a proclamation declaring Doctors’ Day be observed as a national holiday. “Our more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Care after traumatic brain injury

PIKEVILLE — Many people do not understand the emotional aftermath that can occur in patients who’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The short and long term emotional side effects of TBI vary depending on the person and the severity of the injury. Some of these side effects include: depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability and temper outbursts. While these emotional effects can be frustrating, they are common to experience after a TBI. Sudden mood changes of laughing and crying usually improves within the first two to three months after more on this story...  

03/20/2015
PMC observes Diabetes Alert Day

PIKEVILLE — Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and more than eight million don’t know they have the serious disease. An estimated 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects how the body metabolizes sugar.   To bring awareness to this increasingly prevalent condition, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has marked March 24 as Diabetes Alert Day. Risk factors for developing more on this story...  

03/20/2015
PMC celebrates National Health Care HR Week

PIKEVILLE — This week Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrates National Health Care Human Resources (HR) Week. PMC’s HR department is comprised of 10 employees who meet the hospital’s personnel needs. Some of HR’s  responsibilities include: benefit administration, employee relations, medical leave, HR-related policies and procedures, employee events, recruitment, retention, credential verification,  pre-employment interviews, education, screenings, new employee orientation, on-boarding, employee satisfaction and performance appraisals. “During this week, I want to personally thank each one of my employees for their hard work and dedication to this hospital and its staff,” said HR Vice more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center Neurosurgeons Dr. Duane Densler and Dr. Norman Mayer, along with the other members of the hospital’s trauma team, work together to treat all traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who come through PMC’s Emergency Department (ED).   Other members of PMC’s trauma team include two trauma surgeons and experienced professionals in the emergency department, orthopedic trauma, critical care, interventional radiology, plastic surgery and radiology. Dr. Densler states that, “Unfortunately, TBI accounts for roughly 30 percent of all cases treated by PMC’s Neurosurgery Department. ”  “The more on this story...  

03/13/2015
March marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

PIKEVILLE — March has been designated to bring awareness to the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States and the third leading cause of cancer death – colorectal cancer.   During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is educating the region about the deadly disease and how to prevent it. Mayo Clinic defines colon cancer as cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
PMC recognizes Sleep Awareness Week

PIKEVILLE — Americans will lose one hour of sleep when Daylight Savings Time takes effect on Sunday, March 8. For those suffering from sleep disorders, that hour is all the more valuable. During Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is educating the public on various sleep conditions and the health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. The most common sleep disorder diagnosed in adult and pediatric patients by PMC’s Sleep Lab Services department is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. more on this story...  

02/27/2015
National recognition: Dr. Ahmed elected as fellow of AHA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On February 10, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Neurologist and Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Naveed Ahmed was elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) Stroke Council. “I am extremely humbled to be recognized by a world renowned organization such as the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Ahmed. “As a stroke neurologist, it is an honor to work for Pikeville Medical Center, and an administration who is so supportive of our Stroke Center. It is because of Mr. [Walter E. ] more on this story...  

02/27/2015
PMC puts patients first during winter storm

PIKEVILLE — It has been many years since eastern Kentucky has seen a winter storm like Octavia that hit the area on February 16.   Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) kept its doors open. In preparation for the storm, PMC officials  made sure the hospital was fully stocked with supplies, food and water. Vice President and Assistant to the CEO/President Cheryl Hickman said, “The hospital made sure it had all of the essentials.   We checked the emergency power to make sure it was operating correctly in case of a power outage more on this story...  

02/19/2015
THE BELL OF HOPE

PIKEVILLE — In order to help radiation therapy patients celebrate their last radiation treatment, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has installed a large, gold bell on the wall across from the therapy suites.  Once patients have completed their last treatment, they are able to ring the bell in victory.   Ernest Brock of Whitesburg was recently able to do so. “Ringing that bell made me feel excited and anxious,” he said.   “I feel like I am now able to continue on and do what God has called me to do more on this story...  

02/18/2015
Quick Quiz: Women’s Heart Health

Courtesy of Mayo Clinic  It’s time we start seeing red! That’s what Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Susan Pope says, as we prepare to recognize American Heart Month.  Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, and according to the American Heart Association, while one in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s about one death each minute. So make sure you’re as committed to heart disease prevention as you should be to your yearly mammogram. That means more on this story...  

02/18/2015
Raising awareness for congenital heart defects

PIKEVILLE — Elkhorn City native and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Ultrasound Technician Courtney Bevins is well aware of the many congenital heart defects that can affect newborns.   However, it wasn’t until she became a mother herself that she learned just how important a healthy heart can be.   When Bevins and her husband Brandon welcomed their son Brantley into the world, they were told he had a small ventricular septal defect (VSD).   According to the American Heart Association, a VSD is a hole in the heart that separates the two lower chambers. Bevins more on this story...  

02/06/2015
PMC receives high bond rating

PIKEVILLE — Moody’s Investors Service has just reaffirmed the A3 long-term rating with stable outlook assigned to Pikeville Medical Center’s $84. 1 million of outstanding 2011 fixed rate revenue bonds.   This rating is based on PMC’s strong and leading market share.   “The stable outlook on the long-term rating reflects our belief that PMC will continue to grow as an organization and generate improved operating and operating cash flow margins to support the outstanding debt load,” Moody’s Investors Services reported. These ratings come at a time when other nonprofit organizations’ bond more on this story...  

02/06/2015
PMC supports measles vaccination

PIKEVILLE — With the measles virus on the rise, Pikeville Medical Center encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families by receiving the measles vaccination and taking other necessary precautions. During the first month of 2015, the U. S. reported more than 100 cases of the measles in patients who live in 14 different states.   In 2014, 644 cases were reported across 27 states.   Many of those who were infected with the virus had not been vaccinated. According to medical professionals, this is the worst outbreak of measles more on this story...  

01/30/2015
PMC doctors protect your vision

PIKEVILLE — January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Ophthalmologists Dr. Keith Ison and Dr. Kay Hazelett encourage everyone to be proactive when it comes to the health of their eyes. Known as the second leading cause of blindness in the U. S. , glaucoma is a condition that can lead to damage in the eye’s optic nerve, and is usually caused by additional pressure inside the eye. The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that more than 2. 7 million Americans and 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma. Half of those individuals are more on this story...  

 

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