Medical Leader: 1999-2018 - 19 Years of Service

June 1, 1999:

•Pikeville Medical Center publishes first edition of the Medical Leader as monthly 10-page, tabloid-sized newspaper covering hospital and community news. Staff work out of Pikeville Medical Center to write, edit and publish the paper.

 

2002:

Medical Leader begins publishing bi-weekly.

 

2003:

Medical Leader earns first place award for publications in the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing.

Medical Leader begins publishing weekly, adding more community news from Pike County and expanding into a broadsheet newspaper form.

 

2004:

Medical Leader wins two editorial awards from the Kentucky Press Association.

 

2005:

Medical Leader expands into Floyd County.

Medical Leader wins six editorial awards from the Kentucky Press Association.

 

2006:

Medical Leader staff move offices from the hospital to Shelby Valley.

•Medical Leader expands into Letcher County.

Medical Leader begins offering full color on every page and begins publishing a sports page.

Medical Leader wins one editorial and nine advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association.

 

2007:

Medical Leader moves to the former Walter P. Walters building, located at 116 Main Street, Pikeville, between the U.S. District Courthouse and the East Kentucky Exposition Center.

Medical Leader significantly expands its coverage of local sports and community news.

Medical Leader wins eight advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association.

2008:

 

Medical Leader expands it coverage area to Mingo County in southern West Virginia.

Medical Leader launches its own website, http://medicalleader.org.

Medical Leader wins 14 editorial and 15 advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also wins first place in General Excellence for advertising.

 

2009:

Medical Leader wins 10 editorial and 29 awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also earns second place for General Excellence in advertising.

 

2010:

Medical Leader launches its Facebook page and Twitter account.

Medical Leader wins 12 editorial and 21 advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also wins second place in General Excellence for advertising.

 

2011:

Medical Leader wins 14 editorial and 26 advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also earns third place in General Excellence for editorial and second place in General Excellence for advertising.

 

2012:

Medical Leader wins 16 editorial and 38 advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also earns third place in general excellence for editorial and first place in General excellence for advertising.

 

2013:

Medical Leader establishes its “Homepage,” a weekly page set aside specifically to highlight opinions, business news, health news and school news.

•Medical Leader wins 25 editorial and 40 advertising awards from the Kentucky Press Association. It also earns second place in general excellence for both editorial and advertising.

 

2014:

Medical Leader launches its new compact-size paper, which is easier to hold and read.