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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...  

09/19/2014
Physical Rehab offers weekly gospel singing

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Vice President of Professional Services Patty Thompson recently challenged the Chaplain department to develop a musical initiative to encourage patients in PMC’s Physical Rehabilitation Hospital. Thompson said, “I was on the inpatient rehab floor during one of our holiday events when the Chaplain department had special music for the patients. Their response was breathtaking.   The patients’ moods changed immediately as they joined the visiting group in song.   I know our hospital staff is talented beyond measure and I felt like we could put together a group to sing with our more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Prostate Cancer Awareness month observed

PIKEVILLE — September is prostate cancer awareness month and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages men to know the signs, symptoms and screening options available to them. Prostate cancer is formed in the tissue of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system, and is one of the most common types of cancer that affect men in the United States.   The National Cancer Institute estimated 233,000 new cases to be diagnosed in 2014, with over 29,000 deaths. This type of cancer is usually slow to spread outside of the prostate gland.   more on this story...  

09/12/2014
‘Love Ride’ benefits PMC cancer patients: Fundraiser set for this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to help cancer patients at Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. The 17th Annual “Kings Love Ride,” a fundraiser for the cancer center’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group, will be held Sept. 13. Registration begins at 8 a. m. and the ride begins at 10 a. m. at the Pikeville Harley Davidson store. Registration is $20 per bike. The ride is also open to local residents who want to follow the motorcycle parade in their cars. Jenkins resident Carl “King” more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Raising awareness for ovarian cancer

As a doctor dedicated to the care of women with gynecologic cancer, I know that September is an important month.   It is the time to enhance awareness of ovarian cancer, the deadliest gynecological cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. This disease, which starts in the ovaries and spreads to other organs in the abdomen, is highly curable if found in its early stages.   All too often, it has already spread at the time of diagnosis and the opportunity for a cure is diminished.   Since there more on this story...  

09/05/2014
PMC honors physicians

PIKEVILLE — Two groups of physicians were recognized during Pikeville Medical Center’s Sept. 2 medical staff meeting at the PMC Clinic. Incoming physicians were introduced and physicians who have served the region for 30 or more consecutive years were honored for their contributions. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins and Chief of Staff Dr. Aaron W. Crum presented certificates of appreciation to the latter group. Dr. Crum said, “This [recognition] was a joint effort between PMC administration and the medical staff.   We wanted to take this opportunity to honor those more on this story...  

09/05/2014
HEADS UP: Preventing and treating concussions

PIKEVILLE — During football season, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages coaches, parents and players to learn the symptoms of a concussion and know when to seek medical attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. ” A hit to the body that causes the head to move back and forth quickly can also lead to a concussion. From more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Patient learns to walk again

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville resident Betty Hobbs knew something was wrong in 2001 when she started feeling weak and her legs began to give out when she walked.   A fractured knee bone led to an early retirement from Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) cafeteria.   Less than a year after her departure from PMC, Hobbs fell and broke her leg.   She could not afford to have surgery and was too weak to walk around on one leg, leaving her confined to a bed for more than a year.   When her more on this story...  

08/29/2014
PMC welcomes General Surgeon Art George Asrian

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome General Surgeon Art George Asrian.   Dr. Asrian received his medical degree from Pirogov’s Medical School in Moscow, Russia.   He completed a residency in general surgery at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N. C.   He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.   Dr. Asrian specializes in hepatobiliary surgery, general surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder procedures, tissue/skin disorders, bowel operations, and abdominal and thyroid surgery.   Dr. Asrian is excited more on this story...  

08/29/2014
PMC remembers two of the best

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employees said goodbye to two of their most beloved former coworkers this month, Delores “Dodie” Poole, RN and Ermile Looney Robinson. Poole, age 79, passed away on Monday, August 11 and Robinson, age 75, passed away on Sunday, August 10. During their time at PMC, these women made a lasting impression and helped shape the way the hospital is today. Poole was employed by PMC for more than 40 years (June 1957 to June 1999) and held 10 different job titles within more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Uterine fibroid treatment evolves

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Interventional Radiologists are providing advanced treatment to assist patients suffering from uterine fibroids. As many as one in five women may have uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. Half of all women have fibroids by age 50. According to PMC Interventional Radiologist Dr. Rami Sartawi, uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus. They can be asymptomatic, but can also cause a lot of discomfort. “Typical symptoms include heavy bleeding, prolonged bleeding, painful intercourse, frequent urination, bloating and pelvic pressure,” Sartawi said. Traditionally, more on this story...  

08/22/2014
PMC welcomes new physician Dr. Gadikota

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota.   He joined to hospital on August 18. Dr. Gadikota received his medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College in India before obtaining a Master’s in Public Health from West Virgina School of Medicine in Morgantown, W. Va.   He is board certified in pediatrics and completed a pediatric residency at West Virginia University Childrens Hospital. He said, “It was a pleasant surprise seeing what PMC could offer.   I was really impressed with the facility after talking more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk set: Public encouraged to support worthy cause

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 16 in downtown Pikeville.   Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.   Most people have been affected by cancer in some way.   This event will raise awareness of all types of cancer and support those in the fight.   Participants are encouraged to dress in the color of cancer they represent.   Although the color for each person may be different, the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk will unite everyone. more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Cancer basics

Gall bladder and bile duct cancers Gallbladder cancer begins in the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ under the right lobe of the liver that concentrates and stores bile, a fluid made by the liver that helps the body digest foods. Most gallbladder cancers are called adenocarcinomas, or cancers that start in the cells with gland-like properties, but there are other types of this cancer as well. The American Cancer Society reports that there will be nearly 11,000 new cases of gall bladder cancer and cancer of the bile ducts diagnosed this year. Of more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Cervical cancer

Nearly 12,400 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. Cervical cancer occurs in the cervix, the lower part of a woman’s uterus. Most of these cancers begin in the cells that line the cervix. The normal cells of the cervix gradually develop into pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer. There are two main types of cervical cancers: squamous cell carcinoma, which makes up about 80 percent of all cervical cancer, and adenocarcinoma, a type of cervical cancer that has become more common in the last three decades. Although cervical cancers start more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Prostate cancer

Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Prostate cancer begins in the prostate, a gland found in men that makes some of the fluid that protects and nourishes sperm cells in semen. Almost all prostate cancers develop from the gland cells, one of many types of different cells found in the prostate. Other types of prostate cancer, including sarcomas, small cell carcinomas and transitional cell carcinomas, are rare. The American Cancer Society reports that there will be 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer this year. It is the more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Neuroblastoma

This cancer is rarely found in children over the age of 10. Neuroblastoma starts in certain early forms of nerve cells found in an embryo or fetus. This type of cancer most often occurs in infants and young children. It is rarely found in children older than 10 years old. It is the most common cancer found in infants, accounting for about seven perfect of all cancers in children. The American Cancer Society that there is about 700 new cases of this cancer in America every year. more on this story...  

08/14/2014
Stork Report

Madelyn Paige Hensley, daughter of Emily and Robert Hensley, born July 31, weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz. Brailee Evelyn Fleming, daughter of Briana Carol Hendrix and Roy Thomas Fleming, born July 31, weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Anthony Richard Reed Newsome, son of Brittany and Michael Chad Newsome, born July 31, weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. Daniel Joseph Tackett, son of Shantana and Jeffery Layne Tackett, born July 31, weight: 8 lbs. Evelyn Vanessa Muncy, daughter of Tiffany Jones and Justin Tyler Muncy, born Aug. more on this story...  

08/08/2014
From backpacks to back pain

PIKEVILLE — As the new school year begins, a backpack can be found on every student’s supply list. They come in all sizes, colors and fabrics and are very handy when used properly.   While backpacks can be a great tool for students, they can strain muscles and joints and cause back pain if they are too heavy. When choosing the right backpack, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents look for a lightweight pack with two wide padded shoulder straps, a padded back, a waist belt and multiple compartments to help distribute the weight more on this story...  

08/01/2014
Economy vital to health care industry

PIKEVILLE — During a SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) listening session held at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on July 29, the health of eastern Kentucky locals was the featured topic. “Health care is the region’s number one economic engine,” said committee chairperson Dr. Nikki Stone. Those on hand addressed a number of state, county and local concerns of health care and what steps needed to be taken to create a healthy lifestyle. “The health measure of our state runs poor,” Stone said. “Kentucky ranks last when it comes to total more on this story...  

08/01/2014
Preparing for back to school

PIKEVILLE — Parents enrolling their children in school for the first time are faced with a growing list of responsibilities that are required before class is in session.   Kentucky law requires proof of a dental screening or examination to be presented to the school no later than January 1 of the first year that a five or five-year-old child is enrolled in public school. This requirement helps parents keep a close eye on the dental progress for their children.   Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Family Medicine Resident Ashley Adams, DO, said, “At this more on this story...  

08/01/2014
Stork Report

Jayson Isaiah Honaker, son of Kayla Dawn and Jonathan Honaker, born July 17, weight: 7 lbs. 11. 3 oz. Cambrie Bryn Spears, daughter of Summer and Robert Brandon Spears, born July 17, weight: 7 lbs. 6. 9 oz. Lacey Grace Price, daughter of Dari Anne Adkins and Andrew Blake Price, born July 17, weight: 7 lbs. 3 oz. Matthew James Collins, son of Sonya Layne Collins and Matt Collins, born July 18, weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz. Makiah Storm Slone, daughter of Misty Miller and Leo Dwayne Slone, born more on this story...  

07/25/2014
Dr. Catherine Huffman joins Pikeville Medical Center

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center welcomes Dr. Catherine Huffman. She received her B. A. in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and her M. A. and APA accreditation at Spalding University in Louisville.   She is a Licensed Psychological Associate through the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. Dr. Huffman specializes in pre-procedure evaluations, psychological consultations, psychological assessments, and adult and child therapies.   She will be working with patients in several areas, including Weight Loss Surgery, Pain Management,  Pediatric  Endocrinology and Inpatient Rehabilitation. She said, “I chose my career as a more on this story...  

07/25/2014
BEAT THE HEAT: PMC encourages public to stay safe this summer

PIKEVILLE — During the hottest months of the year, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) stresses the importance of keeping cool.   According to the National Weather Service, “during extremely hot and humid weather, the body’s ability to cool itself is affected. ” This can happen by the rapid rise of body temperature or by losing too much salt/fluid through dehydration. “Many people don’t realize that excessive heat kills more victims than any other weather-related issue,” said Michelle Rainey, Senior Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. “Drinking plenty of fluids, wearing sunscreen for more on this story...  

07/17/2014
Vaccinations prepare kids for school

PIKEVILLE — As summer comes to an end, many parents are preparing their children for the upcoming school year by getting their back-to-school vaccinations. School age individuals, from preschoolers to college students, are required to receive specific vaccinations at different points during their educational experience - before kindergarten/first grade, middle school/sixth grade and college.   The kindergarten required vaccines include Polio, DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), Hepatitis B and Varicella (Chickenpox). The sixth grade required vaccines are Tdap (Pertussis Booster) and the HPV more on this story...  

07/17/2014
PMC osteopathic physicians provide hands-on care

PIKEVILLE  — The osteopathic physicians at Pikeville Medical Center’s Family Practice Clinic help patients in a unique way known as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), OMT involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. Osteopathic physicians move muscles and joints using techniques such as stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. PMC Chief Resident John Colston, DO, said, “We spend additional time with our patients.   We use our hands to see how the musculoskeletal system feels to us.   We interpret 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...  

09/19/2014
SAVING BABIES’ LIVES: PMC, March of Dimes team up to make a difference

PIKEVILLE — After delivering a healthy baby boy, Samuel Nathan, at 40 weeks gestation in 2010, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Hospitalist Dr. Alicia Warnock assumed her second pregnancy in 2013 would be similar.   Everything was normal until she began leaking fluid at 34 weeks. Dr. Warnock said, “We quickly went to PMC and learned that I had premature rupture of membranes, meaning my water had broke.   Orders were given for bed rest and steroids in an attempt to mature the baby’s lungs. ” The Warnock family welcomed their daughter, Caroline Dove, on June 7, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Gospel singing helps PMC physical rehab patient

PIKEVILLE — Mattie Evadean Webb of Whitesburg chose Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for inpatient rehabilitation after suffering a stroke that limited her speech, ability to swallow, and use of her right hand, arm and leg.   She received physical, occupational and speech therapies during her stay at PMC. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), a type of therapy in which small electrical impulses are delivered to weakened muscles, was used to help improve Webb’s swallowing ability and facial movement. While at PMC, Webb’s favorite part of speech therapy involved a weekly gospel singing in more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Stork Report

Ellie Elizabeth Bonea, daughter of Stephanie Bonea, born Sept. 4, weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Khaleesi Daenerys Kiser, daughter of Heather and Bradley Kiser, born Sept. 4, weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz. Jaycee Faith Sheppard, daughter of Chelsey Marcum and Bryan Sheppard, born Sept. 4, weight: 8 lbs. 8 oz. Gavin Pierce Kelly, son of Megan and Andrew Kelly, born Sept. 5, weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz. Layla Rose Daniels, daughter of Lisa and Brian Daniels, born Sept. 7, weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. more on this story...  

09/12/2014
PMC observes AFib Awareness Month

PIKEVILLE — This September, Pikeville Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute recognizes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month. AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. The condition occurs in an estimated 2. 7 million Americans and causes a four- to five-fold risk for stroke if left untreated. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Dr. Michael Antimisiaris said, “AFib is the most common irregular heart rhythm we deal with. It can lead to some devastating complications including stroke, worsening heart function more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Stork Report

Aubrey Claire Maynard, daughter of Ashley and Danny Joe Maynard, born Aug. 26, weight: 7 lbs. 3 oz. Izzabelle Lynn Ann Thacker, daughter of Natasha and Garriet Thacker, born Aug. 26, weight: 7 lbs. 2. 8 oz. Jorden Dwayne Scott Adkins, son of Melissa Adkins, born Aug. 26, weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz. Branson Charles Cruz Rivera, son of Brittany Zankovitch, born Aug. 26, weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. Isaiah Shawn Looney, son of Brentany and Joshua Looney, born Aug. 27, weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz. more on this story...  

09/05/2014
MIRACLE DELIVERY: PMC employee praises physicians

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was written by Public Relations Specialist Jessica Howard. ) PIKEVILLE — On April 22, 2014, my world changed forever. At 12:20 p. m. , my husband Bryan Howard and I welcomed our second child, Brady Keith Clayton Howard, via a cesarean section into our family. Pikeville Medical Center OB-GYN Dr. Rebecca Hobbs was the delivering physician. Brady was perfect, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 21 ½” long.   After delivery, Bryan left the operating room with Brady to show him to the rest of the family. more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Stork Report

Gabriella Paige Messer, daughter of Erica and JD Messer, born Aug. 21, weight: 6 lbs. 1. 8 oz. Jaxon Riley Legg, son of Sarah and Andy Legg, born Aug. 21, weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz. Brody Isaac Sanders, son of Joy and Andy Sanders, born Aug. 21, weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. Brooklyn Nicole Robinette, daughter of Brittany Robinette, born Aug. 22, weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. Ryker Kade Hurley, son of Salena and Kenis Lee Hurley, born Aug. 25, weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. more on this story...  

08/29/2014
PMC welcomes Ophthalmologist Kay Hazelett

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome Ophthalmologist Kay Hazelett.   Dr. Hazelett received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Louisville. She then completed a neuro-ophthalmology  fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.     Dr. Hazelett specializes in cataract surgery, blepharoplasty, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, and laser eye surgery.   Dr. Hazelett has practiced in Pikeville since 1991.   She said, “I really value my eye site the most out more on this story...  

08/29/2014
PMC welcomes Dr. Naveed Ahmed

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome Neurologist Dr. Naveed Ahmed to its team of specialists in the PMC Clinic.   He joined the hospital on Aug. 4.   Dr. Ahmed has been caring for patients in the region for more than a decade.   He specializes in headaches, strokes, spine disorders and neuro-rehabiliation and has a special interest in treating Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, neuropathies and dementia. He received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College in Mysore, India, where he also completed an internal medicine residency.   Dr. more on this story...  

08/22/2014
PMC patient thankful for care

PIKEVILLE — Elkhorn City resident Mary Owens arrived at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) with severe pain in her legs rendering her unable to walk. PMC’s Vascular Surgeon Dr. Bashar Ghosheh examined Owens and delivered a diagnosis of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). PVD refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It’s often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Common symptoms of poor leg circulation more on this story...  

08/22/2014
PMC welcomes new physician Dr. Noorul Khan

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome General Surgeon Dr. Noorul Khan.   He joined the hospital on August 18.   Dr. Khan received his medical degree from Jawaharla Nehru Medical College in Aligarh, India.   He completed a fellowship in multi-organ transplantation from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.   His residency in general surgery was completed at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York and at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla. Dr. Khan has a passion for surgery and for his patients. “Surgery sees a more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Stork Report

Claire Elise Haynes, daughter of Morgan Brooke Haynes and Terry Haynes II, born Aug. 7, weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. Mikey Ray Morton, son of Kayla and Michael Morton, born Aug. 7, weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz. Ryder Koal Bolen, son of Kori and Preston Bolen, born Aug. 7, eight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Caroline Juliet Sparkman, daughter of Jennifer and Derek Sparkman, born Aug. 7, weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. Luke Harrison Arnett, son of Leslie and Oron Arnett, born Aug. 7, weight: 7 lbs. 6 more on this story...  

08/15/2014
PMC hosting community blood drive: Event set for PMC Clinic, 10th floor

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) along with the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will host a community blood drive on Friday, August 22 from 7 a. m.   – 3 p. m. on the 10th floor of the PMC Clinic.   Bruce A. Maples, KBC Director of Donor Recruitment, said, “The Medical Center drive on August 22 is a perfect opportunity for Pike County donors to help pump up the blood supply. Pikeville Medical Center’s patients depend on Kentucky donors to provide the life-saving blood they need. ” According to the KBC, someone more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Ovarian cancer

When this cancer is found at an early stage, treatment is more successful. Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries, or female reproductive glands. There are several different types of ovarian cancer, including some tumors that are benign (don’t spread) or cause serious illness. Ovarian cysts, a collection of fluid inside an ovary, are also common and, often, benign. Ovarian cancer usually develops in older women. The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. Risk factors: more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Head and neck cancers

Head and neck cancers account for three percent of all cancers diagnosed. Head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck (inside the mouth, nose and throat). These cancers are usually referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Cancer in the oral cavity (lips, tongues, gums, cheeks and hard palate of the mouth), pharynx (the tube between the nose and the esophagus), larynx (or voicebox), paranasal sinuses (nasal cavity) and salivary glands are considered head and neck cancers. more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a cancer that starts in the retina, or the very back part of the eye. It is the most common type of eye cancer in children. Retinoblastoma almost always starts with a change in the retinoblastoma gene. This can happen before or after birth. If retinoblastoma tumors are not treated, they can grow and fill much of the eyeball, but these types of tumors are usually found and treated before that happens. This is a rare cancer diagnosed in up to 300 children each year. Overall, more than nine out of 10 children more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U. S. Thyroid cancer starts in the thyroid gland, which regulates a person’s hormones. There are several types of thyroid tumors and most of them are called “differentiated cancers,” in which the cells look much like normal thyroid tissue. Approximately eight out of 10 thyroid cancers are papillary carcinomas, which tend to grow slowly and develop in one lobe of the thyroid gland. These cancers spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, but can be treated successfully. Thyroid cancer is the most more on this story...  

08/08/2014
PMC hosts vital community training program

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center recently hosted a week-long SANE/SART (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team) training program for the community and surrounding areas. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual activity that someone does not agree to. ”  It can be verbal, visual or physical and it can happen to anyone at anytime.   Hosted by the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Program (KASAP), the trainings were geared toward teaching leaders from various disciplines how to best handle sexual more on this story...  

08/08/2014
PMC participates in KYCOM PEPP program

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky high school students from 16 counties across the region recently completed the annual Professional Education Preparation Program at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. The two-week residential program provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about the medical profession. Nearly 800 students have participated in the university’s program since its inception in 1999. This year, students spent two weeks on campus learning anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology of the 10 major human organ systems through presentations provided by KYCOM more on this story...  

08/01/2014
Cancer patient has positive experience at PMC

PIKEVILLE — Jill Kinzer of Pike County received news in February that she has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system – the disease fighting network spread throughout the body.   She is no stranger to cancer, as her husband of 12 years, Gary, is a six-year Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor. Several months after her diagnosis, Jill sought treatment at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) after learning she couldn’t receive treatment at another hospital due to inability to pay.   Gary was instrumental in getting Jill established at PMC by first more on this story...  

08/01/2014
Breastfeeding benefits baby, mother

PIKEVILLE — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages women to learn about the medical, physical and social benefits of breastfeeding. Jeanette Sexton, NICU, Newborn Nursery and Pediatrics Nursing Director, said, “The staff at PMC encourages all new moms to breastfeed their newborns. We offer guidance and support to help establish a healthy feeding routine. ” Breast milk is known to provide the best nutrients for a newborn, and is digested easier than infant formula. Breastfeeding a new baby provides the antibodies they need to more on this story...  

07/25/2014
Dr. Chase Reynolds joins Pikeville Medical Center

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Dr. Chase Reynolds, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, to the Heart and Vascular Institute.   Dr. Reynolds received his B. A. in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his M. D. at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.   He completed his electrophysiology fellowship at The University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Reynolds specializes in the study of the electrical system of the heart, treatment of atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), pacemaker and defibrillator implantations, cardioversions and ablations. more on this story...  

07/25/2014
Back-to-school physicals priority for student athletes

PIKEVILLE — Back-to-school preparation is a top priority for parents and students, especially student athletes. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) requires interscholastic athletes to receive an annual physical examination and also requires the completion of athletic participation and student consent/release forms for student athletes in grades 7 – 12. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Family Medicine Resident Chad Carroll, DO, said, “Basically, physicals are for the safety of the patients.   They are conducted to make sure students don’t have any issues that would prevent them from playing or would cause them more on this story...  

07/25/2014
Stork Report

Cameron Jacob Keene, son of Crystal and Roger Keene, born July 10, weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. Adalyn Faith Alaniz, daughter of Candra Blackburn and Adam Alaniz, born July 10, weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. Chloe Nichole Horn, daughter of Ashley Iricks and Billie Horn Jr. , born July 10, weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. Baylee Ryan Combs, daughter of Megan and Justin Combs, born July 11, weight: 7 lbs. Brayden Ray Lee, son of Danielle Justice and Dallas Ray Lee Jr. , born July 13, weight: 6 more on this story...  

07/17/2014
Dr. Ashby says protect your skin this summer

PIKEVILLE — Long summer days mean extra time spent outdoors, which increases exposure to the summer sun. Although being active outside is a great way to stay healthy in the summer, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) urges everyone to remember the importance of summer skin safety. Sun damage can cause pre-cancerous skin lesions, wrinkles, freckles, skin discoloration and skin cancer. “The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma followed by squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma,” said PMC Dermatopathologist Dr. Harty Ashby. According to more on this story...  

07/17/2014
Stork Report

Brooklyn Christina Le’Shay Ratliff, daughter of Betty Hensley, born July 1, weight: 5 lbs. Bayleigh Rae Clevinger, daughter of Jennifer Clevinger, born July 3, weight: 7 lbs. , 6 oz. Caney Karlisle Potter, son of Andia and Ryan Potter, born July 3, weight: 8 lbs. , 1 oz. Audrey Louise Sammons, daughter of Cathy Estep and Edward Sammons, born July 5, weight: 5 lbs. , 1 oz. Desean Cordell Davis, son of Jessica Gannon and Tyrone Davis, born July 5, weight; 4 lbs. , 9 oz. Timothy Allen more on this story...  

 

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