Times Staff Report
February 5, 2013
WAYLAND — McDowell ARH and the Wayland Historical Society recently hosted a Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Floyd County workshop session at the Wayland Community Center. This session focused on health care.
Russ Barker, McDowell ARH Community CEO, welcomed the group and provided the members an overview of Floyd County’s health care environment and services offered at McDowell ARH. In addition to the presentation by Barker, Sabrina Hicks, ARH Registered Dietitian, discussed nutritional education and diabetes; Trish Williams, ARH Administrative Assistant, presented information on customer service, volunteer opportunities and community outreach; and Janet Prater, ARH Social Worker, talked about child abuse.
Dr. Karen Patton, Internal Medicine with Wayland ARH Family Care Clinic, ended the day with a discussion on drug abuse, health care issues and being a “family practitioner” in Floyd County. Dr. Patton grew up in Floyd County and she told the group it was always her plan to return to her roots to practice medicine.
According to organizers, the leadership group was fascinated by the venue. The historical society’s community center is a jewel in a past coal mining town. The fountain corner grill is a step back in time with the checkerboard floor, working pinball machines, phone booth, juke box, pop machine and five cent candy bar machine. Members were also able to make their own soda fountain drink.
Wayland Mayor Jerry Fultz, who is also historical society president, gave the group a tour of the center and museum. Kathy King Allen, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director stated, “It’s wonderful to know people that embrace their past and realize what a rich heritage we have in Eastern Kentucky and to see a society have a facility such as this Community Center that helps preserve that history.”
At the end of the day, the participants received free health screenings. The next Leadership session will be the Legislation session on February 20th in Frankfort in coordination with Big Sandy Community & Technical College.
The 2012-13 Floyd County Leadership class consists of Patricia C. Watson, Floyd County Board of Education; Jason D. Murphy, Carl D. Perkins Job Corps; Allison Peppi, McDowell ARH; Dr. Patsy Jackson Jones, BSCTC; Virginia Williamson, BSCTC; Elaina Stamper, First Commonwealth Bank; John Rhodes, US Bank; Dawn Lowe, East Ky. Network; Josh Johnson, Highlands Regional Medical Center; and Nina Hamilton, Citizens National Bank.