Pikeville Medical Center is hosting a ribbon cutting and community cookout next week in celebration of the opening of its new urgent care clinic in Prestonsburg.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prestonsburg Primary and Urgent Care Clinic on South Lake Drive in Prestonsburg. Admission is free and open to the public.

PMC announced that Debra Hall, MD, and Kevin Farthing, DO, will be treating patients at the new clinic.

Farthing, who grew up in Prestonsburg, received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky and completed his medical degree at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“The community and people of Prestonsburg are dear to my heart. It is a dream come true to be able to work and care for the community I love,” he said in a press release.

He also said in that statement, “My goals are to simply provide the best medical care I can. I want to be a physician that my patients know they can depend on in their time of need.”

Hall, who started practicing medicine in Prestonsburg 23 years ago, received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and her medical degree at the University of Kentucky. She serves as a voluntary faculty member at the University of Pikeville’s Kentucky School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hall, who will be treating patients both in Prestonsburg and Harold, said in a statement that she is excited to be part of the development of the PMC Primary and Urgent Care Clinic in Prestonsburg.

“My goals are to see the new clinic in Prestonsburg be a huge success,” she said in a press release. “Prestonsburg is my hometown, and I am very motivated to work hard and help the clinic prosper.”

She says she always wants patients to feel comfortable around her and feel like she is there to help them.

“I always hope to be an advocate for my patients no matter what their need may be,” she said in the press release.

This week, PMC also announced a new partnership with William Brian Helton, MD, and Mark Veronneau, DO, to treat patients requiring otolaryngologist services.

“The growing number of patients requiring otolaryngology services continues to increase,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kansas Justice. “It was vital that we meet the demands of those in the region.”

Helton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University and his medical degree at the University of Louisville. Veronneau received his Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in Mass., his pre-medical requirements at the University of Nevada and his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

These doctors will maintain their private practice clinics in Prestonsburg, and they will also be treating patients alongside William Hoskins DO in Pikeville and will be providing additional surgical care for the Level II Trauma Center at PMC.

Dr. Helton explained, “Your nose and throat physician is a very specialized primary care doctor who does surgery. We take care of things that most family doctors would take care of like ear, sinus and allergy problems. We treat thyroid and skin cancer issues and take care of your head and neck cancers. Unfortunately in this area, head and neck cancer is very prevalent for smokers and tobacco users.”

Veronneau said he and Helton are excited to be working at the trauma center.

“Essentially, we’re coming to Pikeville several days a week covering some of their maxillofacial trauma. We’re really excited to have that portion of our practice in Pikeville,” said Dr. Veronneau. “We have performed these procedures for many years, but to add it to a trauma center is really exciting for us.”

PMC Senior Vice President, Assistant CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Aaron Crum said Helton and Veronneau are “truly invested in the community and understand the unique needs of the people in the region.”

His statement said in part, “Floyd, Magoffin, Mingo, Johnson, Pike and surrounding counties are now positioned for world-class quality health care opportunities with the addition of these specialists and with the opening of our new Prestonsburg Primary and Urgent Care Clinic.”

Vice President of the PMC Board of Directors and CEO Donovan Blackburn said the hospital is grateful for the “tremendous outpouring of support” for the new clinic in Prestonsburg.

“We are grateful for the help and interest of the leaders of the city for their tremendous outpouring of support,” he said in a press release. “They have been extremely welcoming and helpful during the process of purchasing the property and the development of our newest clinic in Floyd County. We feel confident that PMC will make a positive difference in the community and are hopeful that other businesses will find their niche in Prestonsburg, as well.”

Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton anticipates economic growth with the addition of the new clinic.

“We are excited to see PMC take an active role in our economic growth in Prestonsburg,” he said in the statement. “Their move to our city brings us additional opportunities in health care and they are already responsible, in-part, for the addition of new businesses in the downtown area.”

Stapleton reported that three new businesses have already been added in Prestonsburg in anticipation of increased foot traffic that may accompany the new clinic. PMC Senior Vice President and COO for Physician Practices Melissa Thacker reported that PMC looks forward “to adding more specialties in the near future” at the Prestonsburg clinic.

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