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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...  

01/30/2015
PMC teaches students to avoid distracted driving

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Coordinator Jackie Caudill visited Jenkins High School on Thursday, January 22, to educate students (grades 9-12) about the dangers of distracted driving. He stated, “There are three types of distracted driving: visual (when a driver’s eyes are taken off the road), manual (when the driver’s hands are taken off the wheel) and cognitive (when a driver is thinking about something else). ” “Texting on a cell phone is the worst thing a driver can do, because it is all three distractions in one,” said Caudill. “Your more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Patton Leadership team visits PMC

PIKEVILLE — Patton Leadership Institute team members visited Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) this month to meet with health care professionals and providers from around the region and get a better understanding about health care in eastern Kentucky. PMC hosted the Patton Leadership Institute forum in its new 11-story Clinic building. PMC Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins welcomed the class. They toured the Clinic’s exam area with Vicki Kidd, floor manager, and Joe Meade, RIS/PACS Administrator. The class learned about the hospital’s new state-of-the-art call system as well as the more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Dr. Hill brings new hope to patient

PIKEVILLE — Dr. Josh Hill, podiatrist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), is bringing a new year filled with hope and healing to local veteran Arthur Ray Leedy of Huddy. Leedy broke his left foot on April 13, 2013. He sought treatment at a local VA hospital, but after a grueling 17 months spent waiting for the swelling to subside, he was told nothing could be done for his foot. “For nearly a year and a half, I lived in pain with this broken, swollen foot,” recalled Leedy. “The swelling never would go down more on this story...  

01/09/2015
PMC to open Flu Clinic

PIKEVILLE – Flu is widespread throughout the state, and eastern Kentucky is no exception.   In December more than 600 cases of flu were identified at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), and at this time the disease continues to spread.   PMC will open a Flu Clinic on Monday, Jan. 12, in order to take care of the growing number of patients with flu. The clinic will be open from 8 a. m. – midnight, seven days a week at the Family Practice Clinic, located at 184 South Mayo Trail in front of the Landmark more on this story...  

01/09/2015
PMC Weight Loss Surgery Department announces changes

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) free weight loss surgery seminars, Reclaim Your Life (support group) meetings and diet education classes have new schedules and locations.   Each of these special programs are part of the pre-surgery process for weight loss surgery. “We are committed to making the patient experience as easy as possible.   We feel bringing these classes on the PMC campus will be very beneficial.   It is easy to find and the parking garage provides safe quick parking for our patients. Overall, it is a great fit for everyone,” said more on this story...  

01/09/2015
PMC welcomes Dr. Nguyen

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Pho Nguyen, an interventional radiologist focusing on stroke intervention through clot retrieval.   Dr. Ngyuen received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2000.   He went on to complete an internal medicine internship at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, and two diagnostic radiology residencies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the University of Cincinnati. He finished his fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Duke University in Durham, more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Are you ready to quit smoking?

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is hosting a class to help people stop smoking this month. The free 13-week class offers the Cooper Clayton Stop Smoking method to help smokers kick the habit. The class begins at 6 p. m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 in the cancer center lobby, and will continue at the same time every Thursday for 13 weeks. Walk-ins are welcome. For details, call Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center Oncology Program Coordinator Nell Bedwell at 606-218-4682. more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Avoid the flu this holiday

PIKEVILLE — Christmas family gatherings and church services may not be as full this year due to an increase in the flu. According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), flu activity in Kentucky is now considered “widespread”.   The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines widespread activity as “the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. ” The CDC keeps weekly up-to-date records of the flu and reports that during the week more on this story...  

12/19/2014
CELEBRATING 90 YEARS - May: ‘PMC’s future is bright’

PIKEVILLE — From humble beginnings as a small hospital on Peach Orchard Hill in 1924 to an affiliation with Mayo Clinic – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) continues to grow. “The future of Pikeville Medical Center is bright,” PMC President/Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May told those gathered in the hospital’s atrium for a press conference to celebrate 90 years of service. May told a standing-room-only crowd that PMC’s expansion continues to put the hospital head and shoulders above others. “We currently have projects going on that total more than $69 more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Managing holiday stress: PMC psychologist offers tips on building a happier holiday

If you are experiencing additional stress during the Christmas holiday season you are not alone.   Pikeville Medical Center’s Clinical Psychologist Dr. Catherine Huffman said, “A lot of holiday stress stems from financial stress. As Christmas approaches, I think it’s important for families to focus on relationships instead of consumerism.  Choose to spend time instead of money. ”  A recent survey by the American Psychological Association showed that 75 percent of Americans report money as a significant source of stress. Heightened stress during the holidays can lead to unhealthy stress management more on this story...  

12/12/2014
PMC gives the gift of life

PIKEVILLE — On Wednesday, December 3, Pikeville Medical Center awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gold medal for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation within the hospital and community. The award was presented by the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). PMC is the only hospital in our region and among only 15 hospitals in the state of Kentucky to receive this prestigious award. Neurosurgeon and KODA Board Member Dr. Duane Densler said, “As PMC pursues Trauma Center certification, the number of traumatic brain injury patients referred to the hospital will increase. more on this story...  

12/05/2014
PMC welcomes new plastic surgeon to region

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Dimitrios Danikas, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with nearly 10 years of experience in his field. Dr. Danikas joined PMC on December 1. Dr. Danikas trained in plastic surgery at Cornell University and Columbia University in New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Prior to joining the hospital, Dr. Danikas served as the attending physician at the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery more on this story...  

12/01/2014
PMC to host lighting ceremony

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) invites everyone to attend its spectacular Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 1 at 6 p. m. in front of the hospital’s Clinic and parking garage. Ringing in the Christmas season, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there eagerly waiting to meet each child and hear their special Christmas wishes. Parents are encouraged to bring their own camera for pictures. Those in attendance will also enjoy a special musical performance, as well as a reading from Luke 2 by Walter E. May, President and Chief Executive Officer. more on this story...  

12/01/2014
Managing diabetes

PIKEVILLE – A diabetes diagnosis is life-changing, but managing the condition is necessary to prevent debilitating, life-threatening complications. Fortunately, there are several ways diabetics can manage this condition and live a normal, healthy lifestyle. “It’s important to know that people with diabetes can have a normal, healthy life,” said Dr. Arlette Soros, Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Pediatric Endocrinologist. “To prevent complications, patients need to make every effort to keep their blood glucose controlled. Also, it’s important to keep all doctor appointments and follow your doctor’s instructions as well as all guidelines set out by the more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Diabetes complications are worth preventing

PIKEVILLE — In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn about the dangerous complications of diabetes mellitus (diabetes) and how to prevent the disease. Complications resulting from diabetes are divided into two categories, acute and chronic or long-term. Acute complications arise from uncontrolled low blood glucose (sugar), or hypoglycemia, and high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia happens when there is too much insulin for the amount of sugar in the blood, causing blood sugar levels to drop below the normal range. more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Happy Retirement Brenda Griffith!

FAREWELL: Pikeville Medical Center Food Service staff recently hosted a retirement party for Brenda Griffith, who retired after more than 32 years of service. Griffith has worked in Hobe’s Grille since 1982. Her family and friends joined the celebration.   more on this story...  

11/14/2014
PMC raises lung cancer awareness

PIKEVILLE — November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.   During this month, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) encourages the public to learn more about lung cancer — the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lungs. When a person has lung cancer, abnormal cells located in the lung cluster together to form a tumor. These abnormal cells then destroy the surrounding healthy tissue in the lung. There are two more on this story...  

11/14/2014
PMC welcomes audiologist Dr. Julie Helfen

PIKEVILLE — Dr. Helfen received her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Louisville, she also received her Master of Social Work at the University of Southern Indiana and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She has worked in private practice since 2007 and has practiced in Pikeville since May 2008 at East Kentucky Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. Dr. Helfen specializes in the testing and placement of hearing aids, balance and dizziness and electrophysiology, including testing for newborn screenings and adult auditory brain more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Dr. Soros helps patients understand type 1 diabetes

PIKEVILLE — November is American Diabetes Month, and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn about diabetes mellitus (diabetes) and how to prevent and manage the disease. To date, nearly 30 million children and adults have diabetes. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. According to Mayo Clinic, “diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose (sugar). ” People with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. This can lead to serious health complications. Type 1 more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Pikeville Medical Center supports ATV safety

PIKEVILLE — On Nov. 1-2, Pikeville Medical Center’s Trauma Department hosted a free All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety and Rescue Class. The class was lead by Dale Dobson, Safety Administrator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Several representatives from fire and police departments in Kentucky and Virginia attended, as well as personnel from Health Net Aeromedical Services. According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, “Kentucky has the highest number of ATV fatalities in the nation, and only four percent of drivers injured in an ATV accident reported more on this story...  

11/07/2014
PMC welcomes General Surgeon Alex Funicello

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome General Surgeon Alex Funicello.   Dr. Funicello received his medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.   He completed a five-year residency in general surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey and a fellowship in burns/plastic surgery  and trauma/critical care from Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.   He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.   Dr. Funicello specializes in general surgery, hernia more on this story...  

10/31/2014
PMC pediatricians recommend flu vaccine for children

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recommends an annual flu vaccination to protect children from getting influenza (flu). The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized due to flu complications. Flu seasons vary in severity every year. During the 2013-2014 flu season, more than 100 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported. PMC Pediatrician Dr. Kishore Gadikota said, “The flu in children looks like the common cold with a few differences.   It affects the more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Creating a healthy home can prevent breast cancer

Prevention starts at home. These simple tips will reduce the whole family’s exposure to the toxic chemicals commonly found around the house. Use Simple, Non-toxic Cleaning Products With all the warning labels on cleaning products, it’s no surprise they’re full of toxic chemicals. Seek out non-toxic cleaning products or make your own. A little baking soda and vinegar go a long way toward everyday household cleaning. Try simple do-it-yourself recipes •Make a solution of half water and half vinegar for sparkling, streak-free windows. •Add more on this story...  

10/24/2014
May releases Ebola outbreak statement

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center has issued the following statement regarding any concerns of a potential Ebola outbreak in our region.   According to President and CEO Walter May, “Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak here is very low.   Even though it is highly unlikely that any patient with Ebola would ever be treated at Pikeville Medical Center, in the best interest of our staff and patients we are currently training staff and renovating a unit specifically for treating patients who could have a contagious virus like more on this story...  

10/24/2014
PMC patient finds comfort in ABC support group

In the spring of 2008, Sue Smallwood was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer.   When faced with the difficult decision of having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy surgery, she joined the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group.   A lumpectomy surgery removes only the cancerous tissue of the breast, while a mastectomy removes all of the breast tissue.     Smallwood said, “Choosing to have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy is a very personal and individual decision.   I joined the support group while trying to make that decision more on this story...  

10/17/2014
PMC CEO, others inducted into Hall of Fame Café

PIKEVILLE — Signature Healthcare of Pikeville inducted several distinguished individuals into its annual Hall of Fame Café at a ceremony on Oct. 9. Hall of Fame ceremonies are conducted annually at Signature facilities across the U. S. This year, more than 350 individuals were honored. The annual banquet honors the accomplishments of residents, stakeholders, volunteers and others who have positively impacted the company’s facilities and communities. The Pikeville-based long-term health care center inducted five new members, including Pikeville Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May. “Walter [May] more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Breast cancer patient praises Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Belfry High School teacher Kelly Mahon felt a lump in her right breast before bed and immediately knew it wasn’t supposed to be there.   Eight days after her 29th birthday, she was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer.   Mahon and her husband, Steve, had heard great things about the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC), so when it came time to choose an oncologist, the decision was easy.  “My husband did research and we knew that the LLCC had a great reputation,” she said.   “We have been impressed since the very more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Cancer Center helps patient get back to enjoying life

PIKEVILLE — Thirty-five-year-old Pikeville resident Racheal Tackett was so exhausted she could barely make it through an eight-hour shift at work. After four pregnancy tests came back negative, she thought it could be early menopause.   She started taking vitamins and hoped her symptoms would go away. She said, “The exhaustion never went away and over a six week period, my right breast had quadrupled in size. I knew something was very wrong then. ”  Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) General Surgeon Dr. Oon Leedhanachoke performed a biopsy more on this story...  

10/10/2014
PMC taking part in mock disaster drill

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will be taking part in a full-scale mock earthquake disaster planned on Oct. 15. PMC Safety Management Director Mary B. Combs said the exercise will begin throughout the region at 9 a. m. and conclude around 11:30 a. m. PMC medical personnel, along with first responders, and mock patient volunteers will participate in the disaster drill that will include eight other regional hospitals. “The Region 10 Healthcare Planning Coalition (HPC) has been meeting since 2003, planning such mock disaster to better train medical personnel more on this story...  

10/10/2014
PMC’s Dr. Al Akhrass answers flu-related questions

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Infectious Disease Medical Director Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass answers questions to protect you and your family during flu season. Q: What is Influenza? Dr. Al Akhrass: Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Q: Who is at risk from flu? Dr. Al Akhrass:  Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some more on this story...  

10/10/2014
PMC to celebrate Rebab Week with party, reunion

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Hospital will host its tenth annual rehabilitation week celebration October 13-17. As a part of the festivities, a Rehab Party and Reunion will be held on Tuesday, October 14 from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. on the 10th floor of the PMC Clinic. “The Rehabilitation Party and Reunion is a time set aside to celebrate our community’s senior citizens and honor past rehabilitation patients,” Myra Stephens, Physical Rehabilitation Assistant Director of Nursing, said.   “Rehabilitation Week’s party and reunion is special, because it allows our staff and more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Patient travels 200 miles for cancer care

With no family history of breast cancer, Tamara Schroder was devastated when she was diagnosed at 55 years old.   She knew that God had a purpose for her and that He would show her how to use cancer to help others.   Living in Fort Thomas, Ky. , Schroder began treatments with Radiation Oncologist Dr. Ruth Lavigne in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Dr. Lavigne ordered five weeks of daily radiation treatments on top of the six rounds of chemotherapy she had already completed. Schroder came to adore Dr. Lavigne and was disappointed when she learned that more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Stork Report

Isabella Dawn Day, daughter of Miranda Santerri Cochran and Joshua Day, born Sept. 10, weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. Natalie Kate Duncan, daughter of Wendy and Marshall Duncan, born Sept. 10, weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz. Abel Nicholas Alexander Thacker, son of Franchesca and Michael Thacker, born Sept. 11, weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. Jayce Riley Hall, son of Amber and James Riley Hall III, born Sept. 12, weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz. Haley Elizabeth Sword, daughter of Jennifer Paige and Tony Edward Sword, born Sept. 11, more on this story...  

09/26/2014
PMC mourns loss of colleague, friend: Thompson remembered for kindness, professionalism

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is mourning the loss of a dedicated employee this month. Kimberly Ann Bentley Thompson, 34, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 16, due to injuries sustained in an automobile crash. A loving wife and mother, she was employed as a medical technologist at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. She worked at PMC since March 2003. “She was the best,” said PMC Laboratory Director Carolyn Johnson. PMC Vice President and Assistant to the President/CEO Cheryl Hickman commended Thompson for 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...  

01/30/2015
PMC hosting childbirth classes

PIKEVILLE — Each month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosts a series of free childbirth classes for expectant mothers in their third trimester. The classes are conducted by Erin Hall, RN and held every Tuesday from 5:30 p. m. to 7 p. m. in the hospital’s 2nd floor, May Tower classroom. Free parking is provided in the clinic parking garage.  Some of the topics covered throughout the four part series include: the delivery experience at PMC; what expectant mothers need to bring to the hospital; managing pain during labor; more on this story...  

01/23/2015
PMC reaches out to seniors

WHITESBURG — On Tuesday, Jan. 20, public outreach coordinators from Pikeville Medical Center’s trauma, stroke and cancer programs visited the Ermine Senior Citizen Center and provided members with life-saving information. Nell Bedwell, oncology program coordinator, discussed how to prevent and detect breast cancer with annual mammograms and self breast exams. She also noted symptoms of breast cancer and what to do if someone suspects something is wrong. She covered the signs and symptoms of lung and colon cancer, and introduced PMC’s free smoking cessation classes. Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator Jackie more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Five steps to a healthier lifestyle

Local residents who want to start a new fitness program in the New Year may want to consider some healthy lifestyle tips from the Mayo Clinic. Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight — even improve your sleep habits and self-esteem. And there’s more good news. You can do it in just five steps. 1: Assess your fitness more on this story...  

01/16/2015
PMC improves care delivered to moms, babies

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is teaming up with the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) and the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KISPQ) in its “Improving Patient Safety for Mom and Baby” project. Through this project, PMC will have access to the education, tools and resources needed to help provide the most optimal care before, during and after delivery. Director of Women’s Services Jeanette Sexton said, “Pikeville Medical Center is continuously striving to improve patient care and this project allows us to partner with other hospitals across the state more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Welcome Jaxon! PMC, EKB announce New Year’s baby

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) welcomed the first baby born in the New Year on January 1 at 8:26 am. Jaxon Nos Glispy weighed in at nine pounds and nine ounces and was 22 ½ inches long.   He is the son of Alicia and Chuck Glispy Jr. of Inez. The baby was delivered by PMC Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Hobbs. Dr. Hobbs said, “It is always exciting to deliver the first baby of the New Year.   Baby Jaxon is precious and is a welcomed addition more on this story...  

01/09/2015
PMC offers free smoking cessation classes

PIKEVILLE  —  Pikeville Medical Center is offering the public free Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Classes on Thursdays at 6 p. m. in the lobby of the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, located at 172 South Mayo Trail in Pikeville. The first class of a 13 week program was held this past Thursday.   The class will take new participants through next week, January 15.  “Cigarette Smoking is an addiction,” said former smoker and Oncology Program Coordinator Nell Bedwell. “It takes mind, body and soul to overcome the addiction.   PMC offers this more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Top PMC stories of 2014

No. 1: PMC opens new Clinic and parking garage On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony for its new Clinic and parking garage. “The Clinic and parking garage expansion is one of the most exciting projects we’ve taken on over the years,” said Walter E. May, PMC President and CEO. “We built the Clinic to model Mayo Clinic, the first organization to integrate physicians with medical facilities. I’ve always believed that anything that can be done in medicine anywhere can be done in Pikeville, Kentucky, more on this story...  

12/24/2014
PMC offers screening/treatment to newborns

PIKEVILLE — All babies born at Pikeville Medical Center receive a routine newborn screening to test for a variety of conditions. Failed screenings may indicate the need for intervention or treatment.    Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros explains that one condition possibly indicated by a failed newborn screening is congenital hypothyroidism. “This is a serious condition that has to be treated ASAP as the brain requires thyroid hormone for its development,” said Dr. Soros. “The first two years of life are crucial for brain development. ” According to the Pediatric more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Managing diabetes: Tips to stay healthy during the holidays

PIKEVILLE – A diabetes diagnosis is life-changing, but managing the condition is necessary to prevent debilitating, life-threatening complications. Fortunately, there are several ways diabetics can manage this condition and live a normal, healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the holiday season. “It’s important to know that people with diabetes can have a normal, healthy life,” said Dr. Arlette Soros, Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Pediatric Endocrinologist. “To prevent complications, patients need to make every effort to keep their blood glucose controlled. Also, it’s important to keep all doctor appointments and follow your doctor’s instructions as well as more on this story...  

12/19/2014
PMC employees participate in Angel Tree project

PIKEVILLE — The 10th floor of Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) new Clinic building was filled with Christmas gifts for 30 families throughout Pike and Floyd counties. More than a decade ago, Pikeville Medical Center created the Angel Tree project to help make Christmas special for families in need. Each year, family resource counselors at Pike and Floyd county schools identify families that are struggling and send PMC the ages, gender, sizes and wish lists of family members. Names are kept anonymous from donors.    The information for each family is then compiled at more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Live Nativity opening set for Monday

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center will host the opening ceremony for its annual Live Nativity on Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p. m. The ceremony will be held in PMC’s parking lot in front of the Pain Management Building, across the street from McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There will be special performances by Western Kentucky University student Katie Stafford and the Mingo Central High School Choir, along with a reading of Luke 2, the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth. Live camels, sheep and donkeys along with PMC employees more on this story...  

12/05/2014
A heart for the less fortunate

PIKEVILLE — During the Thanksgiving holiday Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) cardiologists and staff teamed up with Thankful Hearts to give back to the community.    After struggling with the loss of one of their sponsors, Thankful Hearts feared that some families would not receive the food they needed for a Thanksgiving meal this year.   PMC Heart and Vascular Institute Interim Director Lorri Burgess, RN said, “We heard the news of the hardship Thankful Hearts was experiencing. It was like a sign from God, we knew this was meant to be.   These were more on this story...  

12/05/2014
PMC physician selected to address annual assembly

PIKEVILLE — Dr. Jamie Varney, Sports Medicine physician at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), was recently invited to speak at the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) 63rd Annual Scientific Assembly in Lexington. The assembly, held annually to provide updates in medical care for family practice providers, also provides continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for physicians. Physicians need a set number of CME hours per year to keep their medical license. The KAFP invites specialists in or related to the field of family medicine to speak at the assembly. more on this story...  

12/01/2014
‘I love Dr. Soros!’: Local student, family praise PMC pediatric endocrinologist

PIKEVILLE — Savannah Worrix, 12, of Greasy Creek, and her family needed answers. Savannah wasn’t growing like she should. She was short for her age and underweight.   “Savannah was smaller than all the other kids her age, and it was worrying me to death,” said Cristal Worrix, Savanah’s mom. “It was making Savannah sad, too. She was just so tiny. ” Fortunately, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Sports Medicine physician Dr. Jamie Varney referred Savannah to PMC’s Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros. Test results confirmed that Savannah was suffering from a more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Pediatric patient’s family thankful

PIKEVILLE — Blake Funk, 16, of Ivel, and his family have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including Dr. Arlette Soros, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Blake, a sophomore at Wesley Christian School, has battled short stature and the inability to gain weight for most of his life. Blake’s pediatrician, Dr. Debra Bailey, referred him to Dr. Soros for further testing after he grew very little over a period of several years. Test results confirmed that Blake’s body wasn’t getting all the growth hormone it needed, a condition called growth more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Soros lifts patient’s height, spirits

PIKEVILLE — Cameron Deaton, 15, of Hazard, and his family cannot say enough about Pikeville Medical Center’s Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros. Cameron is a freshman at Hazard High School and plays soccer and basketball. Standing tall at 5’4,” no one would ever know he has battled short stature for most of his life. After not growing at all for three years, his pediatrician Dr. Sunshine Smoot referred him to Dr. Soros for further testing. Test results showed that Cameron’s body was not making enough growth hormone on its own. more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Type 2 diabetes occurring more now in children

PIKEVILLE — To date, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. Although less common in children, type 2 diabetes is occurring more and more frequently, typically in overweight children as young as 10-years-old and in teenagers. “Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults, but its incidence has increased in the pediatric population due to the obesity epidemic,” more on this story...  

11/14/2014
PMC’s Underwood completes NY Marathon

NEW YORK — A Pikeville Medical Center employee competed in the country’s largest race this month. Katrina Underwood, special procedures technologist in PMC’s radiology department, finished the famed 44th Annual New York City Marathon in 5:03. 58 hours. The race was one of the most challenging and rewarding things she’s ever done.  “It was probably the most awesome running experience I have ever had,” she said. “The crowds and the spectators were what really kept you going. It was like one big block party. ” “You had more on this story...  

11/14/2014
PMC celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week

PIKEVILLE – Providing patients with safe medical imaging exams and radiation therapy treatments is the prime goal for Pikeville Medical Center’s radiologic technologists. To recognize the vital work of its R. T. s, PMC celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week®, Nov. 2-8. NRTW was created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1979, and is celebrated each year during the week of Nov. 8 to pay tribute to the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895. PMC Radiology Operations Manager Joni Fields said, “Pikeville Medical Center’s radiologic more on this story...  

11/07/2014
PMC Celebrates National Ophthalmic Medical Technicians Week

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center celebrated National Ophthalmic Technician week, Nov. 3-7. PMC’s ophthalmic technicians work with Dr. Jody Brown, Dr. Keith Ison and Dr. Kay Hazelette. They work closely with the physicians to make sure the patients’ needs are met. Some of their daily responsibilities include recording patients’ medical histories, administering diagnostic tests, recording the patient’s visual acuity, maintaining the equipment used in the office and administering medications. These professionals have received a medical degree or commensurate certificate as a certified ophthalmic technician. This requires extensive training more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Patient, mother praise PMC pediatric endocrinologist

PIKEVILLE —  Camryn Newsome, 12 years of age, from Pikeville, and her mother Jeanna Newsome are thankful for Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros.   A sixth grader at Christ Central School, Camryn has battled type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) for six years. At the time of her diagnosis Camryn’s only symptom was uncontrollable thirst. “She just could not get enough to drink,” her mother said. “She was thirsty all the time, nothing would quench her thirst. ” After time, family members began more on this story...  

10/31/2014
PMC joins National Sleep Foundation to bring awareness

PIKEVILLE — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12. 5 billion in monetary losses. Pikeville Medical Center’s Sleep Center Supervisor Todd Werner said, “Approximately 71 percent of the U. S. adult population drive to or from work on a daily basis. In a recent poll, 23 percent stated they drive drowsy several times monthly, while the scary part is 12 percent stated they drove drowsy a few days every week. ” more on this story...  

10/31/2014
PMC welcomes Dr. Robert Ball

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Robert Ball, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon focusing on hand and wrist procedures with more than 25 years of experience in his field. Dr. Ball joined the hospital on October 25. Dr. Ball, a Williamson, West Virginia, native, received his medical degree from West Virginia University’s School of Medicine in 1981. He went on to complete his residency in general surgery at West Virginia University Medical Center. Dr. Ball completed several prestigious fellowships, including a plastic surgery fellowship more on this story...  

10/31/2014
How to conduct a home breast self-exam

Begin with a visual inspection of the breasts. Remove clothing and stand in front of a mirror. Turn and pivot so the breasts can be seen at all angles. Make a note of your breasts’ appearance. Pay special attention to any dimpling, puckering or oddness in the appearance of the skin. Check to see if there is any change in symmetry or size of the breasts. Continue the examination with hands placed by the hips and then again with your hands elevated overhead with your palms pressed together. Next you will move on to a physical examination. This more on this story...  

10/24/2014
PMC celebrates Pharmacy Week

PIKEVILLE — During the month of October, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes the excellent work performed by its pharmacists and pharmacy techs during National Pharmacy Month. October 19–25 is hospital pharmacy week and October 28th is National Pharmacy Technicians (Pharm-tech) Day.   Pharmacists and pharmacy techs play a vital role in health care. PMC Director of Pharmacy Roy Reasor has served his 37-year career in the PMC Pharmacy.   He said, “I feel very blessed to be at PMC.   We have a dedicated professional team of pharmacists and pharmacy more on this story...  

10/24/2014
LLCC celebrates Hot Pink, Cool Blues: Annual event raises nearly $10,000

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s (LLCC) After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group hosted the community’s ninth annual Hot Pink, Cool Blues celebration Oct. 18 at the Mark V in Pikeville. All proceeds from the event went toward helping local, underinsured breast cancer patients of the LLCC. Everyone who attended enjoyed live music by The Continental 5, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a live raffle. University of Kentucky football and basketball tickets, a box at Keeneland and season UPIKE girls and boys basketball more on this story...  

10/17/2014
PMC participates in ‘Rumble in Region 10’

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) worked with local first responders and Pikeville High School Leadership students to participate in “Rumble in Region 10,” a mock earthquake disaster drill, on Oct. 15. The Region 10 Planning Coalition, made up of preparedness partners in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties, started planning the drill two months ago. Emergency management departments, emergency medical services, health departments, mental health agencies, hospitals, long-term care centers and Red Cross agencies participated. The full scale exercise involved numerous injuries caused by more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Breast Cancer: Mammography Statistics (2014)

Every year over 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. American Cancer Society screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer vary depending on a woman’s age and risk, and include mammography and clinical breast examination (CBE). This infographic illustrates findings from the Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014, that show the percentage of women 40 years of age and older who report having had a mammogram within the past two years has stabilized around 67 percent. Also highlighted are the groups of women least likely to have had a more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Dr. Harris, Heart and Vascular Institute honored

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers praised Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute for its continued fight to eliminate heart disease throughout eastern Kentucky and bordering states. Rogers was on hand to present PMC Chief of Cardiology Dr. Bill Harris with the Health Impact Award during a ceremony held in the hospital’s board room on Oct. 9. Rogers said statistics show heart disease in eastern Kentucky is “84 percent higher than the national average, but the work of this hospital gives us hope. ” Dr. Harris told those more on this story...  

10/10/2014
PMC welcomes Dr. Hazelett

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Otolaryngologist, Gregory V. Hazelett, D. O.   Dr. Hazelett’s received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington and a Doctor of Osteopathy in 1985 from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV.   He is board certified by the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is a full service Otolaryngologist (ENT) specializing in allergies, hearing aids, general ear, more on this story...  

10/10/2014
PMC hosting Alzheimer’s workshop

PIKEVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association invites the public to learn about their personal risk for Alzheimer’s disease during a free workshop that will be held this month at Pikeville Medical Center. A live interactive video presentation with a panel of experts from the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association will be open to the public from 6:30 p. m. to 8 p. m. in the PMC Medical Library. Registration is required by Oct. 15. Register by calling Sarah Tarrant at 859-323-1331 or email sarah. tarrant@uky. edu. more on this story...  

10/03/2014
PMC gives pay increase in challenging economic conditions

PIKEVILLE — Massive layoffs in health care and hospital closures have dominated recent news headlines. Nationally, hospitals such as Cleveland Clinic, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt Medical Center have been affected.   King’s Daughters Medical Center and facilities as close to Pikeville as South Williamson have been impacted regionally. In direct contrast to what is being seen at other hospitals, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has had no layoffs.   At meetings held on September 24 and September 25 with PMC employees, President/CEO Walter E. May announced that effective October 1, 2014, not only will there be no layoffs, more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Cancer patient continues to fight

Eight years ago, Floyd county resident Georganna Samons was told she had breast cancer.   She did not want to receive chemotherapy treatments and instead had the breast removed and started taking a chemo pill.   Soon after, she was in remission. In late 2013, she noticed abnormal moles had shown up on her scalp and hairline.   Her hairdresser advised her to show them to her doctor.   After a series of tests, Samons was diagnosed with cancer a second time. It was stage IV and had spread into her brain, more on this story...  

10/03/2014
October begins flu season

PIKEVILLE  — Pikeville Medical Center is preparing the community for flu season by raising awareness of the illness and encouraging prevention. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness or even death. People who have the flu often experience some or all of these signs and symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Dr. Alnajjar saves patient’s leg

PIKEVILLE — Whitesburg resident Hubert Howard was experiencing severe pain in the lower area of both legs, making it nearly impossible to walk. He was seen at the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Speciality Clinic at Whitesburg by Surgeon Dr. Raed Alnajjar. After an examination, Dr. Alnajjar diagnosed Howard with severe peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in his left leg and foot.   Approximately eight million people in the United States have PAD, including 12-20 percent of individuals older than age 60. PAD in a more on this story...  

 

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