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PMC to host Lighting Ceremony

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center invites everyone to kick off the Christmas season by attending a Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 pm in front of the hospital’s clinic and parking garage. Enjoy the lighting of the hospital, special Christmas music and other festivities. After the ceremony, free refreshments will be served and Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos. “Christmas is a special time at Pikeville Medical Center,” said Laura Damron, director of public relations. “As a Christian-based organization, we want to celebrate the Christmas season with the community. We encourage everyone to come out for our highly anticipated Lighting Ceremony. ” more on this story...  

Newsome benefits from coronary bypass surgery at PMC

PIKEVILLE — Brack Newsome of Paintsville is pleased with the care he received at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) following episodes of cardiac arrest – the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. He didn’t realize his health was in danger until he was driving home one afternoon with his wife and daughter and began feeling anxious. Newsome pulled the emergency brake before passing out. After recovering, he began experiencing extreme fatigue and ultimately asked to be taken to the local hospital. Once there, Newsome went into cardiac arrest twice and was revived both times. He was transferred to PMC and scheduled for a cardiac catheterization. It was discovered that Newsome had three clogged coronary (heart) arteries and one clogged carotid (neck) artery. He was scheduled for coronary bypass surgery with Raed Alnajjar, MD, PMC cardiothoracic and more on this story...  

ADVANCING HEALTHCARE: PMC introduces robotic surgery

PIKEVILLE — The latest in robotic surgery is now available at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) — the only hospital in the region to offer the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This revolutionary system utilizes advanced robotic, computer and optical technologies and can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Robotic surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. Key benefits for patients having robotic surgery versus open surgery include: •Shorter hospital stay •Less blood loss •Fewer complications •Faster recovery •Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring During a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon is in complete control of the da Vinci system. Seated at the surgeon console in the same room with the patient, the surgeon manipulates more on this story...  

Pikeville Medical Center observes COPD month

PIKEVILLE — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, sputum production and wheezing. “Unfortunately, our area has a high prevalence of COPD due to the higher rates of smoking compared to the rest of the country,” said PMC Pulmonologist Shadi Obeidat, MD. “COPD remains under-diagnosed here. ” COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don’t even know it. COPD is most often caused from cigarette smoke. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer more on this story...  

American Diabetes Month under way

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing American Diabetes Month during November. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Common symptoms of diabetes include: •Frequent urination •Excessive thirst •Unexplained weight loss •Extreme hunger •Sudden vision change •Tingling numbness in hands or feet •Feeling very tired much of the time •Very dry skin •Sores that are slow to heal •More infections than usual “Diabetes is a very common disease in Kentucky and the nation while eastern Kentucky ranks highest in the state with the prevalence of diabetes,” said PMC Certified Diabetes more on this story...  

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