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PCRMC Donates Ambulance to Rolla Police Department

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently donated a 2006 Ford E-450 ambulance to the Rolla Police Department (RPD). PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey handed the keys over to the RPD on Monday, December 5th.

“On behalf of PCRMC, I give you the keys for this much needed service,” Massey said.

The RPD will use the ambulance for its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team as a miniature command post for hostage negotiations, according to RPD Chief Sean Fagan. The RPD will equip the ambulance with radios, emergency phones, mobile computers and other necessary items.

“The Rolla Police Department sincerely thanks PCRMC for this generous donation,” said Chief Fagan. “This ambulance will greatly expand the operations of our SWAT team and hostage negotiation unit.”

Pictured from left are Phelps County Ambulance Medical Director Dr. David White, RPD Chief Sean Fagan, PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey and RPD Lt. Jason Smith.

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9th Annual Heart-2-Heart Luncheon Held

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) 2016 Heart-2-Heart luncheon was held Friday, December 2nd, at Matt’s Steakhouse in Rolla. The ninth annual event, presented by PCRMC and Mo-Sci Corporation, offered an opportunity to learn about heart health.

The Heart-2-Heart Committee, chaired by Annette Wells, helps each year to organize the luncheon, where attendees are treated to heart-healthy meals.

This year’s event raised over $32,000 for the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Heart-2-Heart Fund, which provides education, screenings and access to resources for cardiac care and rehabilitation. The fund also has assisted with providing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and financial assistance to people in the community.

Timothy Martin, MD, was the featured speaker at this year’s event. He discussed the risk factors, warning signs, symptoms, diagnosis, procedures and treatments for coronary heart disease. Dr. Martin emphasized the need to raise awareness of coronary heart disease in women.

“While the death rate for coronary heart disease is gradually decreasing in men, it’s steadily rising in women,” Dr. Martin said. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S., and prevention is crucial, according to Dr. Martin.

Atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries, can cause coronary heart disease or heart attacks.

Many female patients come to the Emergency Department with complaints that are atypical to coronary heart disease, and it’s up to the physicians, clinicians, nurses and other care providers to keep that in mind when diagnosing these women, according to Dr. Martin.

Risk factors of coronary heart disease include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. However, for women, the risk may be higher after menopause or if they take certain birth control medications.

Symptoms of coronary heart disease can include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea and feeling light-headed. Women with pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes also may be at higher risk.

To prevent coronary heart disease, Dr. Martin advises patients to eat a low-fat protein diet with fruits and vegetables, aim for a BMI (body mass index) of between 18.5 and 24.9 and keep their waist circumference below 35 inches. Lower your calorie intake and exercise more, he recommends, and walk at least 30 minutes a day, preferably after you eat.

In addition to Dr. Martin’s presentation, three local survivors of various heart conditions shared their stories in a video with the attendees. They were Louis Gilbert and Suzanne Jones, both of Rolla, and Dwight Sims, of Dixon.

Several businesses, organizations and individuals donated items for the raffle and silent auction that were held.

Orthopedic Surgeon Alan Heincker, DO, served as the master of ceremonies at the luncheon.

To learn more about heart health or to donate to the Heart-2-Heart Fund, visit pcrmc.com.

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PCRMC Helps GRACE Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Families

For the sixth year, GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enter­prise) and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) teamed up to provide food to families in need to ensure they are able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The “Box of Thanks Giving” food drive was held from October 10 through November 14 at PCRMC, and hospital employees and volunteers donated non-perishable food items for the families. There also were over 300 extra food items donated.

The PCRMC Spirit of Service team members sponsor this food drive each year, and on the last day of the drive, PCRMC employees were invited to help pack the boxes of donated food.

Approximately 95 boxes of food were given to GRACE this year. That is up from about 66 boxes last year, according to Debbie Cook, facilitator with Spirit of Service and customer service liaison with PCRMC Guest Relations.

In addition, PCRMC provides all of the turkeys, butter and eggs, so families who have registered with GRACE have all of the items they need to fix a full Thanks­giving meal.

“It’s a group effort,” Cook said about everyone pitching in to help with this food drive for GRACE.

“This will help nearly 100 families in the Phelps County area and provide them with a Thanksgiving meal they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Tina Davis, director of GRACE.

Davis noted that any of the leftover boxes can be used at Christmas for families who need assistance during the holidays.

To learn more about how to do­nate or volunteer with GRACE, please call 573-368-5577.

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November Is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging the public to learn more about this disease that affects over 29 million people in the U.S.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.

According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 1 in 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. About 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. It’s not just adults who can get diabetes. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.

Diabetes also remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010. Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 69,071 Americans each year.

PCRMC provides many resources and educational opportunities for people diagnosed with diabetes along with their families and caregivers.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC, which is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association, has the tools you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic is located at the PCRMC North Entrance, 1000 West 10th St., Rolla. There also are outpatient clinics Tuesday evenings only at Forest City Medical Practice, 1000 North Jefferson St., in St. James and Thursdays only at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane St., in Waynesville.

In addition, PCRMC offers a free diabetes support group on the first Saturday of each month (except for January and July) from 10 a.m. to noon in Private Dining Room 2 near the cafeteria at PCRMC in Rolla. For more information about this support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20 this year, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) wants to use this week to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.

This is why it is so important to use antibiotics only when needed, and if needed, to use the right drug at the right dose and for the right amount of time.

Illnesses caused by viruses, like the common cold and the flu, do not improve with antibiotics. Taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful to your health. In fact, unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat.

Antibiotics are almost never needed for bronchitis, and antibiotics are not recommended to help treat many ear infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most sore throats will go away on their own without antibiotics.

Sometimes antibiotics are not the cure, so work with your healthcare provider to find the best treatment.

If your healthcare provider does prescribe you antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Even if you feel better, do not skip doses or stop taking an antibiotic early without approval from your healthcare professional.

Additionally, never save antibiotics for future illnesses and never take antibiotics prescribed for others. Also, do not share antibiotics with others. Talk to your pharmacist about how to dispose of leftover antibiotics.

Get more helpful tips on how to treat the symptoms of viral infections and learn more about antibiotics resistance by visiting www.cdc.gov/getsmart or call -800-232-4636 (CDC-INFO).