Volunteers Recognized at Annual Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services were honored during an appreciation luncheon on April 19, 2017, at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla.

This year’s theme was “PCRMC Volunteers Celebrating Moments in Time.” An estimated 150 people attended.

The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service with the Auxiliary. Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and plants. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary.

Audrey Huddleson is the longest serving PCRMC Auxiliary volunteer, with 35 years of service given to the hospital. “I enjoy every minute of it,” Huddleson says.

Blanche Lortz has been an Auxiliary volunteer for 25 years, and Velma Overby and Linda Marsh each have 24 years of service. Jean Joiner and Jean Platt each have served as Auxiliary volunteers for 22 years. Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener all have been Auxiliary members for 20 years.

The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 23,123 service hours in 2016. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.

“Volunteers make many things and events special,” said PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon.

Three guest speakers shared how contributions from the volunteers have benefitted several projects.

Mark Long, development director with The Community Partnership, spoke about how the Auxiliary helped raise funds to offer the Camp Capable program. The camp, normally held each summer, allows children with disabilities or developmental delays to participate in sports and fitness activities.

“We can’t thank you enough,” Long told volunteers. “We appreciate all that the Auxiliary and hospital do for our area.”

PCRMC Administrative Director of Patient Care Services Cindy Butler said she appreciates the support the Auxiliary gives to the Happy Hauler complimentary patient shuttle service, which began in March 2006.

Since then, the courtesy shuttles have driven about 112,000 miles in PCRMC parking lots and transported more than 70,000 passengers. The Happy Hauler has been in operation for a total of 3,000 days, and drivers have logged more than 22,000 hours of driving time.

The Auxiliary has raised funds for gas for the vans as well as to replace one of the shuttles in 2014.

“You’re what set us above all of the rest,” said Butler.

One of the largest fundraisers by the Auxiliary helped fund the digital billboard next to Interstate 44 used to promote events, new physicians, services offered and volunteer recognition. The Auxiliary board gave $150,000 to help fund the LED sign project.

“I’m so proud of the Auxiliary, and you are one of the most enthusiastic and exciting group of people I’ve ever met,” said PCRMC Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Don James, DO.

Kerry Miller and Friends, a ventriloquist from Ozark, Mo., provided the entertainment. His show included songs and comedy mixed with inspirational messages.

Girls Gone Catering provided the meals, desserts and beverages. In addition, there were door prizes given away. PCRMC Director of Pastoral Care Phil Cox led the invocation.

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3rd Annual Hospice Butterfly Release Set for May 20

Phelps Regional Homecare and Hospice will host the 3rd Annual Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 PM at Huffman’s Flowers of the Field, located at 18148 County Road 1000 in St. James, MO.

This event offers the opportunity to remember our cherished family and friends. Releasing butterflies is a unique way to honor our loved ones because the butterfly symbolizes hope, new life and transformation.

“The Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration honors the memory of those we love and serves as a celebration of life,” says Tara Peters, marketing coordinator for Phelps Regional Homecare.

For $30, participants can release a live butterfly and receive an event T-shirt. The deadline to reserve your butterfly is Friday, May 5, 2017. The afternoon also will include beverages and light snacks.

Proceeds from the butterfly release help relieve the financial burden for those in need when facing end-of-life decisions.

The butterfly release benefits the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Hospice Fund, which assists hospice patients and their families with prescription medications, personal bills, food supplements, support services and more.

Phelps Regional Homecare, a division of Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), serves Phelps, Crawford, Maries, Pulaski and portions of Dent, Gasconade and Texas counties.

Phelps Regional Homecare also is seeking sponsors for the butterfly release. Businesses can choose from various sponsor levels.

For more information, call 573-458-3802, email or visit


April is Donate Life Month

April is Donate Life Month, and now is a great time to educate yourself about being an organ or tissue donor and to let others know if you wish to donate.

Did you know that 118,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting lifesaving organ transplants? According to Donate Life America, every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

And sadly, about 8,000 deaths occur every year in the U.S. because organs are not donated in time. That equates to about 22 people who die each day waiting for an organ.

However, if you choose to become an organ donor, you can make a difference. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. One tissue donor can affect 75 lives, including giving sight to 2 people.

People of all ages and with various medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for a donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has an online organ and tissue donor list, courtesy of the PCRMC Auxiliary and Volunteer Services. To visit to list, go to

To learn more or sign up to be an organ or tissue donor, visit or contact PCRMC donor specialist Cindy Butler at or 573-458-7644 or Trish Unger at or 573-458-7920.


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New Helicopter Service Coming to PCRMC

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is proud to announce the launch of Phelps Air, a new helicopter serving Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding areas.

PCRMC has partnered with Air Methods, a global leader in emergency air medical services, to provide this new service starting May 1, 2017.

The Bell Helicopter 407 GXP will be housed at the main PCRMC campus in Rolla. The aircraft will have the latest in aviation safety equipment and medical equipment such as on-board oxygen, air, suction, a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, mechanical ventilation and more.

The helicopter base at PCRMC will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with four pilots, four paramedics and four flight nurses, who will rotate shifts. There also will be a maintenance crew employed.

A helicopter stationed at PCRMC will allow for timely access to tertiary care for on-scene emergencies and reduce the amount of time it takes to transport patients who need specialized care. This ultimately helps improve patient outcomes and experiences.

Phelps Air will provide a new level of emergency care in the community, according to PCRMC Chief Executive Officer Ed Clayton.

“A helicopter base here at PCRMC to serve our patients is important because a matter of minutes can make a big difference in life-saving situations,” Clayton said. “We’re proud to provide this service to our community.”

“The Phelps Air helicopter will provide better patient safety outcomes and allow for more timely transfers,” said PCRMC Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin. “We’re partnering with an air medical service provider that has a stellar safety record.”

The partnership between PCRMC and Air Methods is not new. The two organizations already work together, with Air Methods providing staff to help prepare PCRMC patients to be transported.

“Air Methods is proud to partner directly with PCRMC for the launch of the Phelps Air program based at PCRMC,” said Air Methods Regional Vice President Marty Delaney. “We are committed to enhancing the experience and outcome of PCRMC patients and community members through the highest quality of care and industry-leading safety. We appreciate PCRMC’s trust in our organization and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the hospital and its patients.”

Currently, Air Methods, which is based out of Englewood, Colorado, has over 300 air medical bases nationwide. Eight of those bases are located in Missouri.


PCRMC Now Offering Orthopedics Joint Camp

Do you have an upcoming joint replacement? Are you considering knee or hip surgery? Learn more at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Orthopedics Joint Camp, which can help you get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

The classes, which began in March 2017, are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Shirley Day Conference Center at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute, 1060 West 10th St., Rolla. PCRMC care staff lead the classes.

With Joint Camp, you will get a comprehensive education detailing what to expect each step of the way for your joint replacement surgery, recovery and rehabilitation. At the PCRMC Joint Camp, you will learn about the following:

• Preparing for your surgery

• Getting the most out of your surgery

• Rehab therapy

During the class, you and your family will be provided with the resources you need to ensure your joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation are positive experiences. In addition, you will receive a booklet to take with you that will give you the knowledge, ability and confidence to properly care for your new joint.

The PCRMC Orthopedics Group comprises talented and skilled physicians, nurses and staff. All of our physicians have advanced training and experience in performing hip, shoulder and knee replacements and utilize the most up-to-date treatments and technology available.

For more information, visit or call PCRMC Orthopedics at 573-364-5633(KNEE).