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INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY: New suite allows for expanded services

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s May Tower houses the hospital’s newest addition, an Interventional Radiology (IR) suite.   IR specializes in minimally invasive image-guided procedures that diagnose and treat diseases in most every organ system in the body. The new IR suite allows physicians to offer procedures that were not previously available.   In addition to procedure rooms, the space features nine pre-operative and post-operative bays, and a centralized nurse’s station. Two additional outpatient rooms are available for minor ultrasound procedures. PMC Interventional Radiologist Dr. Rami Sartawi said, “Now our outpatients can come in and enjoy their private space, which has been a nice addition. ” “We are capable of doing CT overlays, neurosurgery, carotids and cranial work,” Dr. Sartawi said. “Another unique component is our on-table CT. Even though we have our CT more on this story...  

PMC physicians specially trained in neurological trauma

PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with serious head and/or spinal trauma, the care of a physician specially trained in neurological trauma may be required. Duane Densler, MD, and Norman Mayer, MD, neurosurgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They evaluate, diagnose and treat neurological trauma patients who have traumatic brain injuries and/or spinal injuries. “Depending on the injury, neurological trauma patient’s post-care can range from a few weeks to a few months. The post-care of the neurological trauma patient also depends on the type of injury the patient sustains,” Dr. Densler said.   Dr. Densler enjoys his role on the trauma team as it gives him the opportunity to save lives. “One of the major parts of a trauma program is neurosurgical trauma,” he more on this story...  

Colors of Courage 5K a success

PIKEVILLE — In its second year, the Colors of Courage 5K in Pikeville united people from across the region and several states for an important cause – raising money for underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Approximately $25,000 was raised for patients with the support of corporate sponsors, 5K participants and individual donors. Proceeds will be used to assist underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation and other needs. “Over 900 people registered for the race,” said Whitney Hogg, assistant director of Public Relations at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and Colors of Courage 5K Committee chair. “We’re pleased that so many people came out to support our event and help cancer patients receiving treatment right here at home. ” In addition to fundraising, the Colors of Courage 5K was initiated to bring awareness to all types of more on this story...  

Running For a Good Cause!

OFF AND RUNNING: Nearly 1,000 runners leave the starting line during the 2014 Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Pikeville Medical Center. This year’s race will be held Saturday morning in downtown Pikeville. All proceeds benefit patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Race begins at 9 a. m. Registration begins 7:30 a. m. more on this story...  

PMC plastic surgeons offer full service line

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) plastic surgeons Robert Ball, MD, and Dimitrios Danikas, MD, bring a wealth of experience to the region. From aesthetic changes to the face and body to reconstructive procedures, these highly trained, board certified plastic surgeons provide patients the opportunity to look and feel their best. With a patient-focused approach, Drs. Ball and Danikas emphasize education, patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, and wellness in conjunction with patients’ goals. “Our mission is to help you look great at every age,” said Dr. Ball. As people age, skin loses the elasticity it needs to hold its shape. “Wrinkles form, eyelids droop, cheeks hollow and you may appear more tired, worried or older than you are,” said Dr. Danikas. “As time passes, you may notice that your complexion looks less youthful. ” more on this story...  

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