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PMC is a Level II Trauma Center: Hospital hosts grand opening celebration

PIKEVILLE – The trauma services at Pikeville Medical Center have been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a scientific and educational association that improves the quality of care for surgical patients. It is now the only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky. The announcement was made during a Grand Opening Celebration for Trauma Services on June 23 at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). As a verified Trauma Center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused by vehicle crashes, gunshots, assaults, falls or other incidents. The spectrum of care encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Regulations require that trauma victims be transported to the closest trauma center, either by ground or air ambulance. With the verification, PMC’s Trauma Center is more on this story...  

PMC promotes heat safety awareness

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand heat safety and how it effects your health. High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010.   Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. The main things affecting the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are high humidity, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. “Heat exhaustion and heat cramps can occur in anyone, at any age,” said PMC Family Practice Resident Makayla Kiser, DO. “Muscle cramps are usually one of the first signs of heat related illness. If you or someone else begins experiencing muscle cramps, fatigue, excessive sweating, headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness, more on this story...  

PMC Sleep Center receives 5th straight AASM accreditation

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Sleep Center has received full reaccreditation status from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), marking 20 consecutive years of accreditation. The AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine heath care, education and research. The PMC Sleep Center received its first accreditation in 1995 after beginning the service only one year earlier. The accreditation holds a five year status, and the 2015 accreditation marks PMC’s fifth consecutive AASM designation. To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The process involves a detailed inspection of the facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. The surveyors granted PMC’s reaccreditation after reporting no deficiencies were identified. more on this story...  

PMC observing National Cataract Awareness Month

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will be observing National Cataract Awareness Month during June. National Cataract Awareness Month focuses on the importance of eye health. Currently, there are more than 22 million Americans, age 40 or older, with cataracts making this eye condition the leading cause of blindness in the world. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a cataract is “a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. ” The cloudiness is caused by the buildup of proteins in the eye’s lens. “Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible blindness in the world,” PMC Ophthalmologist Dr. Kay Hazelett said. “But this blindness is treatable with cataract surgery. ” When an individual is diagnosed with a cataract, their vision is compared to seeing through a fogged up more on this story...  

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