Family medicine is changing at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). The need for primary care physicians is growing and PMC is answering the call for additional physicians and strategically positioned clinic locations.

“We are taking health care out to the communities that need us most,” said PMC Sr.VP and COO Physician Practice, Melissa Thacker. “We are excited about our providers and our clinics that are now open and those that are coming soon.”

PMC will be adding three new clinics between August 1 and September 30. The clinics and providers are listed below.

PMC’s clinics in Pikeville/Pike County include:

Family Practice & OMT Center (Maleshea Hopkins, DO, Jennifer Kingery, DO, Kristi Tackett, DO, Beth Maynard, APRN and Elizabeth Carter, APRN)

Primary Care Clinic, behind the hospital (Jahnave Gudaru, MD, Robert Shurtleff, DO)

Clinic at Pikeville Walmart (Stephanie Baker, APRN, Rebecca Ramey, APRN and Kimberly Cook, APRN)

Shelby Valley Clinic (Jamie Newsome, APRN)

Primary Care Main Campus – Opening on August 1 (Samuel J. King, MD)

South Williamson Clinic -(Kayla Damron, DO) Opening in September

Clinics located in Floyd County include:

Harold Clinic (Janie Watts, DO and Benita Amick, APRN)

Martin Clinic (Mike Williams, PA-C)

Prestonsburg Specialty Clinic at Peoples Bank – (Physician: Kevin Farthing, DO)

Prestonsburg Primary and Urgent Care – Opening in September

The job of a primary care physician, sometimes called a family practice physician, is to deliver a wide range of acute, chronic and preventative medical care services.

Providers diagnose and treat illnesses, but they also perform routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests and they provide counseling to help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some also work in emergency medicine or urgent care and they coordinate care provided by other sub-specialists.

Primary care providers see and treat almost everything,” said Thacker. “They don’t just work within a medical niche but are considered the patient gatekeeper, managing and coordinating individualized care across the healthcare continuum.”

Thacker says they are truly invaluable members of the medical field and are needed now more than ever.

For additional information about a specific clinic location, phone number, hours of operation or to schedule an appointment visit or call 606-218-3500.