Despite being located in a rural area, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has one of the most advanced trauma departments in the state.

With the capability to offer specialized emergency care around the clock, the PMC Trauma Department treats life-threatening injuries and high-risk cases from car crash injuries, gunshot wounds and ATV crashes.

“Being able to treat the most serious cases is a huge priority at PMC,” explained PMC Director of Trauma Services, Sandy Tackett.

“We see patients who have been severely injured in some of the most remote areas of the region. When they reach us, many times, it has been a significant amount of time since they were injured. Time is of the utmost essence.”

The PMC Trauma Department includes two trauma bays, three triage bays, on-site digital x-rays and CT scans.

PMC offers patients 24-hour immediate coverage by trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, critical care and other surgeons specializing in traumatic injuries. No matter what type of injury a patient is suffering from, PMC’s Level II Trauma Center can initiate care for that patient.

In 2015, PMC achieved the status as Kentucky’s only level II trauma center after receiving accreditation by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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