Is Pikeville Medical Center a good place to have your baby?

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Oct 10, 2011
 
Just wondering, has anyone or do u know of anyone that has delivered their baby recently at Pikeville Medical Center and was yours/their experience good? I appreciate your feedback..
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Oct 10, 2011
 
I wouldn't recommend it. I had a decent experience there, but when you're having a baby you don't want a good enough experience, you want a great one.
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Just wondering, has anyone or do u know of anyone that has delivered their baby recently at Pikeville Medical Center and was yours/their experience good? I appreciate your feedback..
I would highly recommend it to anyone. I had my 1st baby in Lex at Central Baptist. I didn't see how PMC could even come close to CB but they were just as good if not better. And if you ever have any complications during your pregnancy you really want to be close to home if it's possible. PMC has a great staff!
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Oct 10, 2011
 

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they were awesome! probably the best floor in the whole hospital. they watch you like a HAWK, they are awesome!!! your baby and you will have excellent care!
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Oct 10, 2011
 
My first child was delivered there. The nurses where great. They where very friendly and got me anything I needed. I am due in 8 weeks and I will deliver there again without a worry
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Oct 10, 2011
 

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OB nurses great...MICU nurses most are really good...SICU nurses are lazy and rude...10th floor...half and half...Nurse aides do most of the work...Physical therapy dept most are great....cancer center is great...Peds usually great..not been there in a while ...lol....People who work the grill are very nice...Surgery personel outstanding...Er we won't go there..floor nurses....at your own risk...You always find a few bad apples in every bunch
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Oct 11, 2011
 

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If everything goes normal you should be fine. If complications arise then you are in for it. Regardless of what some of the employees will tell you they have no support staff and when things go bad, so do you. One of the most respected Doctors at PMC sent me elsewhere to have surgery. His exact words were we have a few good doctors that are capable, but if it goes bad you will not make it. Go to a place that deals with complicated procedures daily and have the experience. Basically you are taking a gamble just to be close to home and it is not worth it. Do not be swayed by fictitious awards from nobodies that mean nothing. That is nothing but a way for the CEO to waste money at his Radio Station. Look under U.S. News and World Report for real rankings and trust me they are nowhere to be found. They list the top one hundred Hospitals and Doctors. Hopefully you won't have any complications and every thing goes just fine.
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Oct 11, 2011
 
About 2 years ago my wife had our 3rd baby at PMC. We had lived at various other places in the state with the first two. First child was at a very good, well respected hospital in Louisville. It was a reasonable experience. Kind of scary, had to do emergency c section, but all came out ok (no pun intended). Second child was at a small community hospital in another part of the state that none of you probably have even heard of. Great experience. Had to be another c section but the care we received was fantastic. Third was at PMC. Not so good on many levels. Was with one of the more respected OBs in town and felt like he and partners were rather uncaring and overall did not inspire the greatest sense of confidence in us. The situation was made much worse by the fact that the baby had to be flown out on day 3. The first nicu doc told us everything looked ok, and then another doc comes in that is just coming on duty for the nicu and tells my wife that the baby should not have been kept in Pikeville from the time of birth. Luckily everything turned out ok, but a rather crappy experience. I do know that they now have a new head of the nicu and I have no experience with him, so that is not for me to judge.
But probably the thing that bothered me more than anything about the PMC delivery was something that was done by the anesthesiologist. My wife had a spinal, which for whatever reason did not seem to work quite as well as it should have. But after the procedure and all evening after the procedure, my wife kept saying that for some reason the pain seemed worse with this one than her prior two sections and the pain medication seemed to not be working very well. She is not one to complain a lot and I knew she had been through this before, so she knew what to expect. I happened to notice that there was a bag of something in an IV still running, and I couldn't think of why she should be getting an IV drip of anything at this point. So I take a look at the bag. Turns out it was Narcan. For those who are unfamiliar with this, it is a medication that reverses narcotic or opioid pain meds. This is used commonly for reversal of suspected overdoses, etc. It makes no sense to use this medication after a spinal because the medication does not cross the blood brain barrier, and even if there was reason to use it, typically a one time dose takes care of it. So I ask the nurse about it and she agrees that it doesn't really make sense, but this was just the preference of the anesthesiologist to run it as a drip for 24 hours post op. I have done much research on this since that time and all I can find is this is an outdated method with no scientific basis, just one of those things of "this is just how we do it." So what this did was reverse any pain medication my wife received instantly for the first 24 hours. Having your belly cut open and then essentially receiving nothing for e pain in the first 24 hours is just inhumane if you ask me.
In all fairness, I do not know if this anesthesiologist still works there or not, but all things combined, we had a terrible experience. And I understand that this is not necessarily the norm, but I do feel like it completely turned me against the ob unit at PMC.
In fairness, the nurses were very good and nice, and one even sat with my wife and cried while they were flying the baby to UK and they still would not let her go until later that day.
Anyway, don't mean to scare anyone, but when someone asks for an honest opinion on the subject, I always feel compelled to tell our story. Regardless of what you choose I wish you nothing but the best and truly feel that good experiences and bad ones can happen at any hospital on any given day.
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Pikeville, KY

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Oct 11, 2011
 
my experience was alright. I did have one nurse who didn't want to give my pain meds... I was being prescribed 2 every 4 or 6 hours and she was barely willing to pinch out one! when the shift change happened the nurse told me what I was supposed to have been getting, and I was pretty upset that I was trying to deal with pain when I didn't have to.
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#10
Oct 16, 2011
 
I wouldn't take my dog to PMC.
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Oct 16, 2011
 
My 2 cents wrote:
About 2 years ago my wife had our 3rd baby at PMC. We had lived at various other places in the state with the first two. First child was at a very good, well respected hospital in Louisville. It was a reasonable experience. Kind of scary, had to do emergency c section, but all came out ok (no pun intended). Second child was at a small community hospital in another part of the state that none of you probably have even heard of. Great experience. Had to be another c section but the care we received was fantastic. Third was at PMC. The situation was made much worse by the fact that the baby had to be flown out on day 3. The first nicu doc told us everything looked ok, and then another doc comes in that is just coming on duty for the nicu and tells my wife that the baby should not have been kept in Pikeville from the time of birth. Luckily everything turned out ok, but a rather crappy experience. I do know that they now have a new head of the nicu and I have no experience with him, so that is not for me to judge.
But probably the thing that bothered me more than anything about the PMC delivery was something that was done by the anesthesiologist. My wife had a spinal, which for whatever reason did not seem to work quite as well as it should have. But after the procedure and all evening after the procedure, my wife kept saying that for some reason the pain seemed worse with this one than her prior two sections and the pain medication seemed to not be working very well. She is not one to complain a lot and I knew she had been through this before, so she knew what to expect. I happened to notice that there was a bag of something in an IV still running, and I couldn't think of why she should be getting an IV drip of anything at this point. So I take a look at the bag. Turns out it was Narcan. For those who are unfamiliar with this, it is a medication that reverses narcotic or opioid pain meds. This is used commonly for reversal of suspected overdoses, etc. It makes no sense to use this medication after a spinal because the medication does not cross the blood brain barrier, and even if there was reason to use it, typically a one time dose takes care of it. So I ask the nurse about it and she agrees that it doesn't really make sense, but this was just the preference of the anesthesiologist to run it as a drip for 24 hours post op. I have done much research on this since that time and all I can find is this is an outdated method with no scientific basis, just one of those things of "this is just how we do it." So what this did was reverse any pain medication my wife received instantly for the first 24 hours. Having your belly cut open and then essentially receiving nothing for e pain in the first 24 hours is just inhumane if you ask me.
In all fairness, I do not know if this anesthesiologist still works there or not, but all things combined, we had a terrible experience. And I understand that this is not necessarily the norm, but I do feel like it completely turned me against the ob unit at PMC.
In fairness, the nurses were very good and nice, and one even sat with my wife and cried while they were flying the baby to UK and they still would not let her go until later that day.
Anyway, don't mean to scare anyone, but when someone asks for an honest opinion on the subject, I always feel compelled to tell our story. Regardless of what you choose I wish you nothing but the best and truly feel that good experiences and bad ones can happen at any hospital on any given day.
Welcome to PMC. I know you think this could happen at any Hospital but it happens here much too often. Strangely some people will still feel gratitude even though they lived through a nightmare at this place. Mistakenly thinking it wasn't all their fault. These same people aren't smart enough to check the IV bag and just leave there thinking it was bad luck. When their own Doctors don't agree there is a problem.
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Sep 11, 2012
 
My experience at pmc was good other than a nurse in the delivery room telling me I needed to be more quite because it might scare the other patients. Me not thinking I was being loud at all having my first baby, and this nurse having the nerve to tell me to be quite when my meds wasn't working and looking at me like I was stupid. I felt everything, and then having to deal with this rude nurse didn't help the situation. after the doctor deciding to make his appearance after me holding my child in for more than 3 minutes, finally done the snip snip (which felt very pleasant) -__- I had my beautiful baby boy. Other than that horrible nurse in the delivery room, the main nurse at the nurses station on the patient floor was awesome. She made sure everything was great and I had everything I needed. Hopefully with my next baby I will have the awful, rude nurse again so I can tell her like it is and how it's going to be which is what I should have done in the first place.
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Sep 11, 2012
 
I think pmc is just as good or better than any lexingtdon hospital. I had my babies there had wonderful nurses doctors and so on. My husband has been in and out odd the hospital a lot. He has been to lexingrto and also Cincinnati he had rather be at pmc than any where else. I think they can do as good as anyone .
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I have had both of my children at PMC. The only problem we had was with a rude NICU nurse named Darlene. She was an older woman who wanted to look young and act young. Darlene liked my husband but not me. She was just one of those odd types. I didn't appreciate her rudeness especially during that hard of a time. She was very accommodating to my husband but when I was in there she was short and rude. Frankly she seemed a little full of herself! Just my opinion!
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Dec 6, 2012
 
go gor it
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I had a wonderful experience delivering my child there. I think some of your experience will be based on the OB you have chosen, but the nursing staff on that floor is wonderful. And I'm not a big fan of PMC, esp the ER. So this is high praise coming from me. Dr Crum and Dr Mclellan did an amazing job on my csection.
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Mar 14, 2013
 
how many people can go in the delivery room with you thanks
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Jun 26, 2013
 
Bump. I am due oct. I like reading others feedback. First time mom, getting nervous lol!

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Jun 27, 2013
 
It's been a couple of years since I had my baby there, but I'd say not much has changed. The nurses were great. They came in every so often to check on me while I was in labor. I had to be put on the drip to start labor with all three of mine, so needless to say, I spent pretty much all day in labor. The only time that I can remember that wasn't pleasant was when I felt the urge to push, but they hadn't broke my water yet. The called for the nurse, and she said, "you're not ready yet. You're contractions have stopped." But really what it was was that the monitor for my contractions had stopped working. She checked me and found out that I was ready. You never saw so much scurrying around, lol..it was like roaches when the lights came on.
Well, there was another time that was very scary. My last one had the cord wrapped around his throat, and they had to put me on the drip. When they found out that I was going to take longer, they slowed it down about an hour or so before the docs changed shifts. Said that they didn't want me having him while the docs were in between shift change. Worst mistake they made, because during this time, I was still having contractions. And with every contraction, his cord squeezed his little neck, choking him. He spent extra time in the womb suffering because of a shift change. When he was finally delivered, my babys whole head and little hands and feet were just as black as they could be. But I don't blame that on the hospital. That was the docs fault. They knew that something wasn't right. I was a week before my due and he stopped moving. It's very important to count how many times your baby moves during the day. I called them, and they wanted me in the office that day. An ultrasound was done, and they told me to go on down to the hospital and get checked in. I asked why, and they said that he was big enough already, they'd just go ahead and take him. They said that to not worry me, but I'm sure they saw it. What doc wants to take a baby a week before its due? Most say, if nature doesn't allow you on your due date, to wait a couple more days.
From what I've seen at all hospitals around here, Pikeville would be the best. I love going in there to visit someone, and the lullaby starts playing on the intercom. A new baby just arrived :)
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#20
Oct 6, 2013
 
Every third baby born at PMC has to be named Walter

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