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07/29/2016
PMC health fair brings attention to hepatitis

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was among several organizations worldwide working with the World Hepatitis Alliance to help raise awareness about hepatitis. PMC held a community health fair in recognition of World Hepatitis Day at the Mark II in Pikeville on July 28. Those in attendance at Thursday’s event were able to receive free screenings for Hepatitis and HIV. In addition PMC offered free blood pressure, vision, peripheral vascular disease, body mass index, foot, hearing, glucose,  cholesterol and chronic obstructive  pulmonary disease screenings at the health fair. more on this story...  

07/29/2016
Update testing guidelines make more women eligible for Herceptin; benefit uncertain

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Changes to HER2 testing guidelines for breast cancer in 2013 significantly increased the number of patients who test HER2-positive, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Cancers that have an excess of HER2 protein or extra copies of the HER2 gene are called HER2-positive and can be treated with drugs like Herceptin that target HER2. HER2 stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Mayo Clinic researchers found that the number of HER2-positive breast cancers doubled after testing guidelines were changed by the American more on this story...  

07/29/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Dempsey

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly welcomes Anthony Dempsey, MD, critical care physician. Dr. Dempsey attended the University of Tennessee and later transferred to University of California, Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. He received his medical degree from the Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. and he is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Dempsey completed his critical care fellowship at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine in Lexington. He is also more on this story...  

07/29/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Mateen

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Nida Mateen, MD, an experienced internist, to the medical staff. Dr. Mateen will be treating hospitalized patients at PMC. Dr. Mateen specializes in internal medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.   After graduating from Dow Medical College, Dr. Mateen completed a residency in internal medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, a clinical affiliate of the Mount Sinai Hospital and an academic affiliate of the Icahn School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Mateen more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PMC offers expecting parents free pediatrician consultation

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) understands that many questions arise for parents-to-be when preparing for the birth of a child. That’s why the hospital is now offering free consultations with a PMC pediatrician during pregnancy. By talking with one of the hospital’s three board certified pediatricians, expecting parents can gain a better understanding of what to expect with regard to their baby’s healthcare after birth. “Sometimes, expectations might be different from reality and the first few days of life with a newborn can be challenging,” said Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD. “To more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PMC Employees Off The Clock: Todd Werner, Pikeville Medical Center Sleep Lab Supervisor

Todd Werner has been with Pikeville Medical Center since 1991 when he joined the respiratory department. He helped start the hospital’s sleep lab department in 1994 and currently supervises all three PMC Sleep Labs. Werner has not only shown talent in his career but has also exhibited an aptitude for photography that has landed him an informal position as a high school sports photographer. Werner and his wife Marigo, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center clinical manager, have two daughters.   His love for photography developed shortly after he became a father. He started taking photos to more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC conducts community health needs survey

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in an attempt to improve health care services in the area. PMC strives to be responsive to the needs of those it serves. The organization provided more than $7. 5 million in charity care last year and has also increased service lines, added beds, opened satellite clinics and recruited additional specialists to make quality health care more accessible. In addition, PMC has made improvements to its health care delivery system based on results from its 2013 CHNA. To gain more on this story...  

07/15/2016
BEAT THE HEAT, STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER

As summer heat and humidity are in full force in eastern Kentucky, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and prevent heat-related illness. From dehydration, to heat exhaustion, to heat stroke, high temperatures and humidity levels can lead to serious illness and even the risk of death. Heat-related illnesses can affect people quickly, often with only subtle warnings. While heat-related illnesses can affect anyone, children and older adults are especially at risk. “For elderly people who live with health conditions such as cardiovascular and more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Will Hickerson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of James “Will” Hickerson, MD, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Hickerson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, and his medical degree from the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine. He decided on a career in emergency medicine after working in healthcare during college and receiving encouragement from his family. His mentors are more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC physician offers insight to infectious disease

The Zika virus is one of the most prominent infectious disease problems facing the world today. It is posing tremendous pressure and anxiety across the United States and around the world. Healthcare professionals and researchers do not know a lot about Zika. What is known at this point is just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, pieces of the puzzle will start fitting together  to reveal exactly how Zika is transmitted and the complications associated with the infection. The name “Zika” comes from the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus was initially isolated more on this story...  

  

07/29/2016
Senate candidates visit PMC during campaign swing

U. S. Senate democratic candidate Jim Gray toured Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as part of his visit to Pikeville on July 26. Gray, a businessman and current mayor of Lexington, spoke with hospital officials about his plans if elected in Kentucky. U. S. Sen. Rand Paul toured PMC on July 27 during a visit to eastern Kentucky this week. Sen. Paul, an ophthalmologist who is running for re-election in Kentucky, sat down with hospital Board of Directors, administrators, managers and physicians to outline his vision for the country and the Commonwealth.     Walter E. May, more on this story...  

07/29/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Singer

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Gary Singer, DO, emergency medicine physician. Dr. Singer received his medical degree from the Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery in Missouri. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. He completed a fellowship in emergency medicine at the American College of Emergency Physicians. When asked what his patients can expect from him, Dr. Singer replied, “What to expect? I expect every patient to laugh, either at me or at themselves!” Dr. Singer more on this story...  

07/29/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Lataifeh

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Abdel Rahman Lataifeh, MD, to the medical staff. Dr. Lataifeh specializes in critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine and sees patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Certificate from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Dr. Lataifeh completed two residencies in internal medicine with the most recent at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. He completed a fellowship in pulmonology and critical care medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and more on this story...  

07/22/2016
WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: PMC to host a community health fair

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will host a community health fair in recognition of World Hepatitis Day on Thursday, July 28 from 7:30am to 6pm at the Mark II, located at the Landmark Hotel Complex (190 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville). Hepatitis C infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, affecting approximately three million people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Hepatitis is a world-wide problem,” said Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, medical director of infection control at PMC, “but it is also a community more on this story...  

07/22/2016
Emergency medicine physician offers tips for summertime safety

Summer in eastern Kentucky means people are spending more time outdoors hiking, playing sports, running and playing. All of that activity is good news, but along with it comes an increase in visits to the emergency room. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to use caution when participating in outdoor activities. Not all injuries require an emergency room visit. “If you happen to injure an ankle or wrist, first call your doctor and describe your symptoms,” explained Dr. Gary Singer, PMC emergency medicine physician. “If you or more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. John Blackburn

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John Blackburn, MD, anesthesiologist. Dr. Blackburn received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, and his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesia and perioperative medicine, as well as a critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dr. Blackburn is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and in critical care. His exam to become board certified in more on this story...  

07/15/2016
New procedure offers hope for PMC prostate cancer patients

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is now offering a cutting-edge diagnostic procedure to detect prostate cancer sooner. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with an ultrasound (US) fusion guided prostate biopsy provides a more targeted approach to diagnosing prostate cancer than traditional methods. PMC Urologist Dustin Gayheart, MD, said, “I think we are going to see this technology explode. It is basically going to become the norm. ” Dr. Gayheart says  he thinks PMC may be one of only two hospitals in Kentucky offering this procedure.    “Approximately one in six men more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Rudy J. Judhan, MD

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Rudy J. Judhan, MD, trauma surgeon. Dr. Judhan received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M. B. B. S. ) Degree from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his residency and general surgery internship at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington,  Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N. Y. , and Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va. Dr. Judhan specializes in trauma reconstruction, general surgery and surgical critical care. “I love the unpredictability of more on this story...  

07/15/2016
PMC welcomes Dr. Hosam Attia

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Hosam Attia, MD, a vitreo-retinal surgeon to the medical staff. Dr. Attia specializes in ophthalmology with a sub-speciality in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous.   “My patients can expect the most up to date and cutting-edge technology in diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases,” said Dr. Attia. “This is a challenging subspecialty, and I will do my absolute best for my patients.   I will work hand-in-hand with them to help fight sight threatening and potentially blinding diseases like diabetic retinopathy, wet macular degeneration and more on this story...  

07/08/2016
PMC’s committed to healthy moms, babies

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) provides a full range of services for women and children in the region. From pregnancy, to childbirth, to pediatrics and beyond, PMC’s Women’s & Children’s Services department offers quality care and valuable support to expecting parents, new parents and children. The hospital has a highly-trained and skilled team of six obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs). These physicians are from the area and possess a wide range of experience. A seventh OB/GYN will join the team in August.   “As OB/GYNs, we are committed to having healthy moms and healthy babies,” more on this story...  

 





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