Local doctor discusses retirement

Dr. Pickens K. “Ken” Moyd Jr. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Stephan Drew, Editor


He may be retiring but, Dr. Pickens K. Moyd doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Dr. Moyd has worked for CareSouth Carolina for over 30 years and was with Byerly Hospital (now Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center) for many years before that. Family medicine is his specialty and his passion. Dr. Moyd attended USC Medical School in Columbia, SC and served his residency in Spartanburg before locating to the Pee Dee. His love of medicine is only outweighed by his love of people. “Teaching patients about their health is the most rewarding thing ,” Moyd stated, “Demystifying the medical jargon makes them much more compliant with their care.” He states that if more people understand their medical conditions and what to do, more of them would understand and cooperate in their healthcare. Years ago, when he began practicing in Society Hill, he made house calls. “It’s mostly not cost-efficient,” he said, “but, someone’s home atmosphere tells you a lot about their healthcare and the options available to them.” Moyd stated that the most significant problems in this area are Diabetes, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and Obesity. “A lot of it is inherited,” Moyd stated, “but, not eating healthy and not getting exercise contributes a lot to it.” He is very interested in where medical technology is going at the present time. He likes to study new medications, better treatments and how these drugs and procedures make a significant difference in the health of patients in Darlington County. In his many years of practice, Dr. Moyd has earned not only the friendship but also the respect of thousands of people in this area. Never in a rush, he spends as much time as it takes with his patients and their families. He says he loves talking and joking with them but, his favorite hobby is listening to them. “I’m going to miss everybody,” he states, “It’s nice to treat them but it’s nice to visit with them too. I’ll miss the people more than anything else.” Dr. Moyd plans to retire on Friday, February 17th and he hopes to spend his time doing some farming, yardwork and just relaxing.

Author: Stephan Drew

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