Over the past several decades, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has been the region’s leader in taking aggressive approaches to combat heart disease in central Appalachia. As a 348-bed regional medical center and a major referral center for many smaller hospitals who lack critical heart and vascular services, PMC’s pro-active approach to cardiac care has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives throughout east Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and southern West Virginia. From performing the first open-heart surgery in our region over 20 years ago to being one of the first hospitals in the nation to implant the life-saving Watchman device in 2019, PMC has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the United States for heart attack patient safety and our Vascular Surgery department has been ranked #1 in the state for patient safety. And while a recent multi-million dollar expansion, including new state-of-the-heart cardiac catheterization labs, goes a long way to creating a healthier Appalachia, there is much more to do in terms of providing outreach, education, and equipment to our region’s most rural communities.
With cardiac specialty clinics now open in four rural counties from Kentucky to Virginia, our goal of keeping heart and vascular patients close to home for follow-up care is becoming a reality. But there’s even more we can do to create a heart-healthy central Appalachia, including the procurement of high-quality cardiovascular imaging for the very communities our patients call home. For most heart and vascular patients, time is of the essence, and expanding access to cutting-edge echocardiogram and vascular diagnostic tools to areas with the most prevalence of heart disease is central to our mission.
Which is why the PMC Foundation has created the 2021 Heart and Vascular Fundraising Campaign. Your tax deductible gift will be used to purchase much-needed diagnostic equipment, including the advanced GE Vivid E95 Premium Cardiac Ultrasound System, for our Whitesburg, Kentucky, cardiology clinic.
Every second lost is a second that patients or their families cannot get back, so let’s join together and make sure those in rural communities like Whitesburg have access to the same life-saving technology available to those in larger communities. We appreciate your support. Together, We Rise. And, Together, We Save Lives.