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PMC/EKB Flood Relief Radio-Tele-Thon raises over $70K

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) recently teamed up to help those affected by the July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County which destroyed 150 homes, damaged hundreds more and took the lives of four people. The two organizations hosted a live radio-tele-thon at PMC on Sunday, July 19 to raise money and collect items to directly benefit flood relief efforts through the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee. Over $70,000 in cash, goods and services was donated during the event, which aired live on EKB-TV and all EKB radio stations. The total continues to grow as PMC employees are still making donations through today. Hospital and EKB employees volunteered their time to work Sunday’s event. “Banjo Neal” (Neal James) of Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman” was on-hand to answer phones and encourage more on this story...  

PMC sends medical, baby supplies to Johnson County

PIKEVILLE —In response to the devastating July 13 flash flooding in Johnson County, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) donated medical supplies and other items to organizations serving those affected by the disaster. Medical tape and gauze, gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfectant wipes, facial tissue, washcloths, flashlights, batteries as well as baby formula, diapers and wipes were delivered to the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee at Johnson County Central High School, Encounters Mission, Inc. , and a local church. PMC Assistant Vice President of Risk Management/Patient Safety Pam VanHoose delivered the items on July 16. VanHoose lives in Johnson County and is currently serving as a case manager for the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee. PMC President/CEO Walter E. May and Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins asked VanHoose what items were needed, and within very little time, VanHoose was on her way to more on this story...  

ED vital in stabilizing trauma patients

PIKEVILLE — One of the first areas that come in contact with a trauma patient is the Emergency Department (ED), where assessment and stabilization efforts take place. “My role on the trauma team is evaluation, treatment and stabilization of the trauma patient in the Emergency Department,” said John Fleming, DO, assistant director of Emergency Services at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). “The Emergency Department and the trauma surgery team work very closely in the evaluation and treatment of trauma patients. ” Dr. Fleming stated that the ED’s role in the care of a trauma patient begins prior to the patient’s arrival. “As the Emergency Department nurse receives information from the Emergency Medical Service personnel in the field, we communicate those findings to prepare for the level of care the trauma patient will need upon arrival,” said Dr. Fleming. more on this story...  

Immunizations key to better health for school-age children

PIKEVILLE — With the 2015-16 school year just around the corner, immunizations are on parents’ minds. “Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements of public health initiatives,” Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD, said. “We have eradicated many dreadful diseases and are able to combat many others only because of vaccines. ” According to Kentucky Health News, Kentucky state law requires all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinated, with exemptions given for medical or religious purposes only. The immunizations that kindergarten-aged children must receive are the DtaP for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis along with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and chickenpox vaccine. These children must also obtain a school physical, a vision exam and a dental exam prior to beginning kindergarten. Immunizations that children entering the sixth grade are given include the more on this story...  

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