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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 more on this story...  


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. more on this story...  


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 more on this story...  


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 more on this story...  


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 more on this story...  


  

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 more on this story...  


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. more on this story...  


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 more on this story...  


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 more on this story...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Anita Frantom: Social Worker, Inpatient Rehabilitation/Physical Rehabilitation Services

Anita Frantom celebrated her 23rd year as a Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employee in June. She has been a PMC social worker since 1991. In that role, she ensures that PMC patients have medical equipment, home health services and other things they need when they more on this story...  


Lori Burgess: Interim Director, Heart and Vascular Institute

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute Interim Director Lori Burgess has been part of the PMC family since 1994.   Her first position was that of hostess in central registration.   She quickly realized she wanted to advance and work with patients, so she set more on this story...  


Sherri Thacker: Physician Practice Manager, Hospitalists and Intensivists Program

Sherri Thacker, physician practice manager for Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Hospitalists and Intensivists Program, has a passion for helping others. “I love being able to help other people,” she said. “The employees here at PMC are wonderful and everybody really cares about making a difference in more on this story...  


Elizabeth Music: LPN, Clinical Informatics Educator

Elizabeth Music, LPN, joined Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in July 1999 when she moved back to Kentucky from Georgia, bringing with her 26 years of experience in the medical field. “I’d always worked in nursing homes, but when I moved back home that year, there were more on this story...  


Melissa Coleman: Director, Employee Health

Melissa Coleman started working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a medical records clerk in 1991.   Three years later, she transferred to the human resources department as an assistant.   She stayed in that department for 19 years and held various titles, more on this story...  


Phyllis Bowling: Staff Development Specialist, Employee Education Department

Not many people can say they’ve devoted nearly four decades to their employer. But that’s an easy statement for Pikeville resident Phyllis Bowling to make. She’s devoted 39 years to Pikeville Medical Center. She currently works as a PMC Staff Development Specialist, more on this story...  


Shirley Coleman: Oncology Program Coordinator, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Shirley Coleman joined the staff at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in 1975. She has managed the surgical floor, served as house supervisor and is currently an Oncology Program Coordinator.   She received certification in medical/surgical nursing in 2002 and basic life support and first-aid in 2014. more on this story...  


Cheryl Hickman: Assistant to the President/CEO, Administration

In 1969 Cheryl Hickman came from New Jersey to Pikeville as part of St. Vincent Mission.   She helped open a daycare center,  second-hand store, and assisted with social work and outreach programs mainly in Floyd County.   Her passion for helping others led her to the field of nursing.   more on this story...  


Dana King: Director, Guest Relations

For the past 22 years, Dana King has dedicated herself to serving Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in any way necessary. She started her career at PMC as secretary to the controller, a part-time, temporary position. She was quickly promoted to human resource assistant, a full-time more on this story...  


Brenda Griffith: Food Service Worker, Nutritional Services

Not many people understand commitment and dedication the way Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) food service worker Brenda Griffith does. Griffith, who has been with the hospital over 32 years, has worked in Hobe’s Grille since 1982 when it was located in the Miners Building. more on this story...  


  

Francis Meadows: Rehabilitation Technician, Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Shelbiana resident Frances Meadows has dedicated 17 years to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). She dedicated her life to caring for others decades ago. She knew, even as a child, that she wanted to work in the medical field. “I’ve more on this story...  


Linda Daniels: Shift Supervisor, Pre-admission Testing

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Pre-admission Testing Shift Supervisor Linda Daniels is a 29-year veteran in health care. She earned a national certification in PeriAnesthesia Nursing in 2012 and holds the title of CAPA, or Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia Nurse. Daniels says her more on this story...  


Ronald Adkins: Clerk, Patient Financial Services

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Patient Financial Clerk Ronald Adkins enjoys his role of helping others in their time of need. “Being able to lend a hand to people, even though it’s on the financial side, is satisfying to me as an employee here. Just knowing that more on this story...  


Willard Hall: Manager, Facilities/Plant Operations/Maintenance

Willard Hall has been a valued member of the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family for over 18 years. He started his career with the hospital in May 1996 as supervisor of facilities, plant operations and maintenance. He has spent the previous eight years as manager more on this story...  


Brian Mullins: Training Analyst, Information Systems

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Virgie resident Brian Mullins celebrated his 19th year as a Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employee. Mullins began his career at PMC immediately after graduating from Alice Lloyd College. As a part of his undergraduate training, Mullins learned more on this story...  


Roy Bowling: Equipment Specialist, Respiratory Therapy

Four decades. Roy Bowling has given that — and then some — to Pikeville Medical Center. He has been employed at the hospital for 42 years. “It’s a good job. They’ve been really good to me and it’s a good place to more on this story...  


Willena Moore: Director, Family Practice Clinic

Willena Moore will celebrate her 38th year as a Pikeville Medical Center employee in November. She began as a nursing aide and quickly advanced to a Registered Nurse, serving most of her career in the emergency department. Moore has held management positions for the past 16 more on this story...  


Linda Greer: PMC Sleep Lab Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Linda Greer joined the staff at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on October 29, 1979. Her career has revolved around respiratory care where she has held several positions including respiratory therapy, pulmonary rehab, manager and director of respiratory care.   She currently is a respiratory therapist in the Sleep Lab. more on this story...  


Diana Gilbert: House Manager, Nursing

Elkhorn City resident Diana Gilbert began her career at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on April 10, 1995. Prior to working at the hospital, she had worked for several different coal companies. The coal business’ instability inspired Gilbert to take a different direction in life. She more on this story...  


Gerri Collins Administrative Assistant, Administration

Johns Creek resident Gerri Collins began working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) soon after graduating from college on January 24, 1994. She applied to work as an accountant in the accounting department, per her college degree. She was instead offered a job in human resources more on this story...  


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Community News


Appalachian Air off the ground: Daily flight offered from Pikeville to Nashville

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville officials and members of the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport Board and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce learned what perseverance is all about on Monday, Oct. 27. After years of working to obtain commercial air service in Pike County, they watched — and more on this story...  


District 12 announces half of US 460 to open

PIKEVILLE — Half of new US 460 will open to traffic in the late afternoon on Dec. 17, following a 1 p. m. ceremony at Shelby Valley High School and ribbon-cutting near the U. S. 23 interchange. Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Chief District Engineer, Highway District 12, Kentucky more on this story...  


Business ‘Startup Challenge’ underway

PIKEVILLE – Do you have the next big idea for starting a business? Could your startup attract investors? Will you become the region’s newest thought leader and innovator? Entrepreneurs from across eastern Kentucky are invited to compete in the University of Pikeville-Coleman College of Business Startup more on this story...  


State offices on ballot for next Tuesday’s election

Candidates seeking state offices in Floyd, Pike and Letcher counties include:  U. S. Senator One state race has made national headlines and is on the forefront for many eastern Kentucky voters. U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and more on this story...  


Floyd County voters to choose several offices on Tuesday

Floyd County received a new county judge (Ben Hale) and sheriff (John Hunt) following the Primary Election in May. Hale, a former county judge, beat all opponents in the Primary by capturing 57. 92 percent of all votes. Former Kentucky more on this story...  


Chrishan resilient in finding his forever family

Chrishan not only needs a family, he really wants one. In spite of a few hard knocks, he is on the road to a bright future. He is an intelligent young man, but has to work hard to catch up on more on this story...  


Colley accepts leadership role

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently appointed Vice President of Operations Jacob Colley to serve as interim president. The appointment came several days after current President/CEO Jared Arnett was named the first executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). more on this story...  


Annual charity dinner a success

PAINTSVILLE — The fourth annual Charity Dinner was a huge success on Oct. 18, raising more than $25,000 for The Jordan Light Foundation (TJLF). Close to 300 corporate and community partners attended the event, held at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville, to “Ignite the Light” for more on this story...  


Pike County earns NACo awards

PIKEVILLE — The National Association of Counties recently honored Pike County government with two National Achievement Awards. The county was recognized for the Pike County Fallen Peace Officer’s memorial, located on the grounds of the Pike County Courthouse, and the newly-renovated Hatfield-McCoy Park in McCarr. more on this story...  


  

May offers legal, financial planning

PIKEVILLE — Who would look after your personal affairs and your health care if an illness or injury caused you to become disabled? Attorneys Pamela T. May and Phillip A. Robinette answered those and other questions in a presentation, “Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia,” at more on this story...  


ACT performs children’s classic

ELKHORN CITY — Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City is opening a new play next week. The theatre is hosting performances of the children’s classic, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” from Nov. 6-16. The play, one of two plays more on this story...  


May featured at UPIKE business lecture series

PIKEVILLE – Pamela T. May was the featured speaker for the University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series. May presented a workshop entitled “The Next Big Thing: Leaders are Needed” on Oct. 29 at the UPIKE Booth Auditorium. more on this story...  


Several offices up for grabs in Pike County this year

Pike County will have a new sheriff, as Pike County Jailer Rodney Scott beat long-time incumbent Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee during the Primary. No Republicans sought the office. Other Pike County races have several candidates on the ballot. Judge-Executive more on this story...  


Letcher voters to decide several offices this election

Several races were determined during the Primary Election in Letcher County, but many candidates still face opposition. Judge-Executive Letcher County Judge-Executive Jim Ward, the Democratic incumbent, faces Republican candidate Hatler Dee Kiser of Jenkins. Neither candidate was opposed in the more on this story...  


City breaks ground at Marion Branch $13 million road, bridge projects to build business: $13 million road, bridge projects to build business

PIKEVILLE — Local and state officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Pikeville Industrial Park, located at Marion Branch, on Oct. 20. The event marked the beginning of a $5. 7 million road project and an $8 million bridge project at the 400-acre industrial site. more on this story...  


Charles needs a loving family

He enjoys gardening and is interested in horticulture. Like most boys his age, Charles also enjoys playing sports and watching television. He is also very intelligent and likes to read. He does great in school when he concentrates on his work more on this story...  


Last weekend to see Alice in Wonderland

ELKHORN CITY — Oct. 26 marks the last performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City. Based on the classic children’s story by Lewis Carroll, the play follows Alice’s “mad romp” through Wonderland. A tumble down a white rabbit’s hole leads more on this story...  


Ground broken for Letcher research facility

The surrounding hillsides ablaze with autumn colors, dreary skies and a chilling breeze beckoned late afternoon rain showers. But in a few short months, just on the other side of a long and desolate winter, the Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Station will spring back to more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Horlis Ray Crum Jr. , 57, formerly of Matewan, W. Va. , died Oct. 19. Funeral: Oct. 25. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Thacker Verman Hall, 79, of Romulus, Mich. , formerly of Floyd County, died Oct. 23. Funeral: Oct. 27 at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial: Hall Cemetery, more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Eddie J. Scarberry, 90, of Goody, died Oct. 10. Funeral: Oct. 17. Burial: Mountain View Memory Gardens Thomas Smith Jr. , 81, of Canada, died Oct. 18. Funeral: Oct. 22 at Lonesome Dove Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial; Stanley-Smith Cemetery, Canada more on this story...  


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Sports


Pirates ground Hawks

GOODY — Belfry continued its dominance of district opponents as the Pirates cruised to a 43-14 win over Pike County Central at CAM Stadium/Haywood Field on Oct. 24. The Pirates, now 8-1, amassed nearly 550 yards, including 534 on the ground, in dropping the Hawks to more on this story...  


Panthers hammer Cardinals

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Tug Valley pulled away from Sheldon Clark in the second half as the Panthers rolled to a 36-8 homecoming night win at Bob Brewer Field on Oct. 24. The Panthers, now 8-1, are headed to the post-season playoffs in Class A. Tug Valley more on this story...  


Allen Central, Belfry advance as top seeds to regional

HI HAT — Regional volleyball power Allen Central captured the 58th District girls’ high school championship with a 3-0 win over Betsy Layne in a match played at South Floyd High School on Oct. 23. The Lady Rebels, now 28-7, and Betsy Layne, now more on this story...  


Panthers keep rolling

EASTERN — Pikeville running back Daric Pugh rushed for 132 yards and three, first-quarter touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 41-0 district win over Allen Central at Don Daniels Athletic Complex on Oct. 24. Pugh carried just seven times as the Panthers improved to 9-0. more on this story...  


Cougars win first district title since 2009

ERMINE — Letcher Central wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip away. Cougar running back Jaylyn Williams rushed 13 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns as LCC beat Whitley County, 42-28, at Cougar Field on Oct. 24. LCC, now 7-2, won the more on this story...  


Bears fall at home to No. 6 Tigers

PIKEVILLE — Sixth-ranked Georgetown scored the game’s final 17 points as the Tigers rallied in the second half to beat the University of Pikeville, 37-26, at Hillard Howard Field on Oct. 25. UPIKE quarterback Sani Warren completed 17-of-31 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, all more on this story...  


Hawks steamroll Cards

BUCKLEY’S CREEK — Pike Central running back Chris Wesley rushed five times for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Hawks to a 40-8 homecoming wins over Sheldon on Oct. 17. Hawk quarterback Mac Justice added 109 yards rushing on nine carries and more on this story...  


Third-ranked Panthers roll in second half

MOUNT ZION, W. Va. — Tug Valley likely secured a post-season playoff berth with a 36-14 win over Calhoun County on Oct. 17. The Panthers, now 7-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class A, used a balanced ground attack to wear down the Red Devils, more on this story...  


Valley Cats hold on, beat Eagles

HYDEN — Shelby Valley went on the road to Leslie County and the Wildcats left town with a nail-biting 38-35 win over the previously unbeaten Eagles in a key district matchup on Oct. 17. The Wildcats, now 6-2, built a 38-13 lead before the Eagles stormed more on this story...  


Bobcats score road victory

SALYERSVILLE — Betsy Layne went on the road to Magoffin County and the Bobcats won a shootout with the Hornets, winning 52-36 on Oct. 17. Running back Jonathan Brock carried 18 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Peyton Case added 117 yards rushing more on this story...  


Friday Night Lights

SPORTS – Friday Night Lights Here is a look at this weekend’s high school football matchups: Belfry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (7-1) vs. Pike Central. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-4) Date: Oct. 24 Site: CAM Stadium/Haywood Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. more on this story...  


Ball bounces Cougars way in overtime district win

HAZARD — The stars were aligned for Letcher Central in its district showdown with Perry County Central on Oct. 17. Perry Central’s Damon Tobler fumbled at the one-yard line and the ball rolled out of the end zone as the Cougars held on for a thrilling more on this story...  


  

Wildcats secure home playoff game, crush Bobcats

STANVILLE — Shelby Valley can still end up being the No. 1 seed in the district following an impressive 46-8 win over Betsy Layne at Bobcat Stadium on Oct. 24. The Wildcats, now 7-2, will become the top seed if Prestonsburg falls on the more on this story...  


Warriors roll past Generals in home finale

LICK CREEK — East Ridge quarterback Christian Hagy tossed five touchdown passes to lead the Warriors to a 34-12 win over Jackson County at The Reservation on Oct. 24. Hagy completed 11-of-17 passes for 202 yards as the Warriors improved to 4-5 overall in their home more on this story...  


Friday Night Lights

Here is a look at this weekend’s high school football matchups: Pikeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (9-0) vs. Russell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (8-1) Date: Oct. 31 Site: Hillard Howard Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. Radio: 98. 1 FM more on this story...  


Blackcats fall to Eagles in overtime

HYDEN — This loss is a bitter pill to swallow. Leslie County quarterback Kevin Whitaker threw a touchdown pass with only three seconds left in regulation and then tossed the game-winning pass in overtime as the Eagles stunned Prestonsburg, 41-34 in a key district matchup on more on this story...  


Pikeville, AC reach 15th finals

HI HAT — Pikeville advanced to last night’s 15th Region girls’ high school volleyball championship match against Allen Central with a 3-0 victory over Paintsville at South Floyd High School on Oct. 29. Alexxa Gearheart, Faith Runyon and Taunee Justice led the Lady Panthers in the more on this story...  


UPIKE rolls in opener

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears built a big halftime lead against Grace Bible (Mich. ) and cruised to a 100-63 win in the college basketball opener at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Oct. 27. The Bears, now 1-0, featured nine new faces after losing more on this story...  


Pirates use big 2nd half to top Dawgs

LOUISA — Belfry was finally able to shake off Lawrence County in the final 12 minutes as the Pirates earned a hard-fought 34-19 district win on Oct. 17. The Pirates, now 7-1, held a slim 20-19 advantage over the Dawgs (7-2) before quarterback Noah more on this story...  


Miners trounce Tigers

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central all but secured a post-season playoff berth with a 53-6 thrashing of Chapmanville Regional at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Oct. 17. The Miners, now 6-1, rolled up more than 500 yards in total offense, including 116 yards and a touchdown from more on this story...  


Pikeville, BL, AC advance in tourney play

ROBINSON CREEK — Pikeville’s Faith Runyon was perfect on 28-of-28 serves in leading the Lady Panthers to a 3-0 win over Piarist School in the 59th District girls’ high school volleyball tournament played at Shelby Valley High School on Oct. 21. Runyon finished with more on this story...  


Raiders breeze past Rebels

HI HAT – South Floyd dominated play from start to finish as the Raiders rolled to a 40-0 victory over rival Allen Central at Raider Stadium on Oct. 17. The Raiders, now 4-4, held the Rebels (2-6) to just 135 total yards. South Floyd finished with more on this story...  


Panthers breeze past Hornets, stay unbeaten

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville continued its march through the district with a 55-0 victory over Phelps at Hillard Howard Field on Oct. 17. It marked the first time the Panthers, now 8-0, had scored back-to-back shutouts since October of 2007. It also marked the first 8-0 start more on this story...  


Bears stumble, fall at Bethel University

McKENZIE, Tenn. — The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) football team lost three turnovers and came up on the short end of a 28-14 decision to Bethel University at Wildcat Stadium on Oct. 18. The Wildcats, now 2-5, won for the first time in three more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


Protection from Intruders

It was no surprise that a security breach at the White House was a top news story. An intruder jumped the fence that surrounds the White House. He made it into the White House and was tackled outside the Green room by an off duty Secret Service agent. This more on this story...

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