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PCRMC Food Drive Benefits Local Families

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) teamed up with GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise) and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville this fall to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need during the “A Box of Thanks Giving” food drive.

PCRMC employees and volunteers, along with community groups and businesses, were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items during the food drive held from October 10 through November 10. This marks the seventh year PCRMC has sponsored this food drive.

This year, a total of 181 boxes of food were filled, with one box feeding a family of four. In addition to the boxes, an extra 214 items were collected for local food pantries.

The PCRMC Marketing Department also donated turkeys, butter and eggs to complement the food items, so area families have all of the items they need to fix a full Thanksgiving meal.

The completed boxes and food pantry items were distributed to GRACE and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville. The results of this year’s food drive well surpassed PCRMC’s goal to collect 100 boxes.

During last year’s food drive, 105 boxes – plus an additional 400 food items – were collected. The 2016 goal was to collect 70 boxes.

PCRMC employees donated most of the food, and several community organizations and businesses made donations as well, including the Phelps County Courthouse, Rolla Family Dentistry, Drury University – Rolla Campus and Life Care Center of Waynesville.

The PCRMC Mission Possible group sponsored this year’s food drive, and on the last day of the drive, PCRMC employees were invited to help pack the boxes of donated food.

“We don’t want anyone to go without a Thanksgiving meal,” says Debbie Cook, Mission Possible team member and customer service liaison with PCRMC Guest Relations. “PCRMC is a generous health organization that reaches out to others as the need arises.”

Tina Davis, executive director of GRACE, says families in the Phelps County area could apply for assistance through GRACE to receive one of the boxes. “This will help nearly 100 families and provide them with a Thanksgiving meal they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Davis says.

Davis says any leftover boxes can be used at Christmas for families.

Heather Frabel, emergency resource manager with the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville, says because of the generosity of PCRMC employees and the community, 42 boxes were distributed to families served by the agency.

“It was amazing, and the people who received the boxes of food were so excited and so grateful,” Frabel says.

The Mission Possible organization thanks everybody who contributed to this year’s food drive.

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PCRMC Is Celebrating National Diabetes Awareness Month This November

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is joining the American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Foundation and World Health Organization to raise awareness of diabetes, especially in women.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body, specifically the pancreas, does not produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not properly utilize insulin (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is a vital hormone that regulates blood sugar, which fuels the body for life-sustaining processes.

Symptoms of diabetes can include frequent urination, blurry vision, extreme hunger, excessive thirst, increased fatigue, irritability, unexplained weight loss as well as infections and slow healing of cuts or sores.

While the cause of diabetes is unknown, people may be more at risk for diabetes if they are age 45 or older, are overweight or have a family history of the disease. In 2015, 84 million Americans age 18 and older were diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and currently 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. By 2050, about 1 in every 3 people will develop diabetes.

This disease can lead to devastating long-term complications including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and even death. Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2015 and the primary cause of death for 79,535 Americans each year.

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year. However, this condition is not only seen in adults. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 of each year, and the theme for 2017 is “Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future.” This year’s campaign is meant to promote the importance of affordable and fair access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to essential diabetes medicines, technologies, self-management education and information.

According to the International Diabetes Foundation, there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes around the world. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. Additionally, approximately one in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes.

Diabetes can cause several health problems in women. For instance, women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of having an early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations. The International Diabetes Foundation also states that women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition.

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 people need to manage their diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider. Diabetes self-management education/training helps patients to improve glycemic control, which could reduce the risk for diabetes complications, hospitalizations and healthcare costs.

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 Family 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 diabetes self-management education/training and the monthly support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.

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Rolla Mayor Proclaims November 5-11 as National Radiologic Technology Week

National Radiologic Technology Week, which is being celebrated November 5-11 this year, is an ideal time to learn more about medical imaging and radiation therapy as well as the profession of radiologic technologists.

Medical imaging encompasses X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, nuclear medicine, mammography and bone density scans. Radiologic technologists are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments.

When you are scheduled for a medical imaging examination or radiation therapy treatment, the person who performs your exam or delivers your treatment is called a radiologic technologist. These individuals are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and patient care.

There are 332,755 registered radiologic technologists across the country, including about 7,000 in Missouri, according to a 2016 census by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. They perform approximately 159.7 million X-ray procedures annually, 78.7 million CT procedures and 37.8 million MRI procedures. Additionally, there are about 1.2 million radiation therapy treatments initiated.

On Friday, November 3, Rolla Mayor Louis Magdits IV signed a proclamation marking November 5-11, 2017, as Radiologic Technology Week in the City of Rolla.

The proclamation reads, in part, “Qualified practitioners who specialize in the use of medical radiation and imaging technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease share a commitment to bring the people of the community a safer, more compassionate environment now and in the future.”

Several Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Imaging staff attended the proclamation signing and reading at Rolla City Hall.

Rolla Mayor Lou Magdits, right, is shown with CT Technologist Nancy Moore, RT(R)(CT)(MR), left. Also pictured are Brandi Grindel, instructor; Kylie Moon and Thomas Coggins, both student technologists; Donna Wilson, assistant director of medical imaging-radiology, RT(R), RDMS, BA; Shawn Hodges, administrative director of ancillary services; Dennis Enloe, director of medical imaging-radiology, RT(R)(N), CNMT, CRA; Kristy Upshaw, CT Technologist, BSRT(R)(CT); and Mechelle Grumney, secretary/student technologist, RT(R), BA.

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PCRMC Holds Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The Comprehensive Breast Center at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) held its annual pumpkin decorating contest on Friday, October 27, 2017, in Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2. This was the first year the contest was opened to the public.

Pumpkins could be decorated or carved but had to tie into the breast cancer awareness theme, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There were categories for both groups and individuals to compete. A total of 13 entries were received in this year’s competition.

Winners were determined by votes cast with money, and the pumpkin in each category (individual or group) with the most money won prizes, including Visa gift cards, movie theater passes, Price Chopper gift certificates and pizza.

All proceeds from the contest benefited the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides uninsured women in need with free mammograms and ultrasounds. Because of this contest, a total of $529.50 was raised toward the fund.

The first-place winner in the group/department category was the PCRMC Heart and Vascular Department, and second place in this category went to PCRMC Medical Oncology.

The individual first-place winner was Oleda Mason, and earning second place in this category was Laura Gilbert.

Other participants in this year’s contest included the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center, Phelps Regional Homecare, PCRMC Denial Prevention, PCRMC Marketing, Air Evac and PCRMC Food Services as well as Cassidy King, Mary Kuelker and Odaila Araiza.

 

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PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza Immediate Care Opens November 1

Getting sick or injured does not always happen at convenient times. So when your primary care physician is unavailable and a trip to the emergency room seems unnecessary, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has a new option for patients and families living in Fort Leonard Wood, St. Robert, Waynesville and surrounding communities.

Immediate Care is a new service at the PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza that will be available starting Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This walk-in clinic will be open seven days a week, and no appointments are necessary.

Clinic hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. On these holidays, the Emergency Department at PCRMC will still be open.

Immediate Care will be conveniently located in Suite 150 on the first floor of the Waynesville Medical Plaza near the North Entrance.

If you suffer from a sinus infection or allergies, sprain your ankle or get a minor burn, PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza Immediate Care is the right place to receive care.

However, if you experience severe chest pain or signs of a stroke or feel you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department. Do not delay seeking treatment for serious conditions.

With Immediate Care, PCRMC’s caring, compassionate team will be able to help both adults and children treat a variety of medical issues, including allergies, coughing, sinus infections, sore throat or strep throat, upper-respiratory infections, ear infections, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, headaches, urinary tract or bladder infections and minor injuries, including sprains and strains, minor cuts and wounds, minor burns, bug bites and stings, splinter removal and more.

Limited laboratory and medical imaging services designed for acute care will be available at Immediate Care. Additionally, Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals and certain vaccinations and immunizations will be offered, too. The clinic also will have telemedicine capabilities.

Jeffery Kerr, DO, CMD, who serves as the medical director of the PCRMC Emergency Department, along with Family Nurse Practitioners Amy Jones, Lisa Smith and Sammy Radcliff make up PCRMC’s Immediate Care providers. With this team approach, patients will receive high-quality care.

PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza Immediate Care will accept patients with TRICARE, Medicare and Medicaid and many insurance providers. For patients with no insurance, PCRMC has care managers and insurance counselors along with other patient financial resources available.

Immediate Care offers many benefits. “Patients can come to us because we are convenient, available after work, after school and on the weekends. They don’t have to drive far,” Dr. Kerr says. In addition, copays at Immediate Care clinics are often less expensive than an Emergency Department visit, according to Dr. Kerr.

Patients who seek treatment at Immediate Care will be able to receive assistance with being connected to PCRMC’s primary care and specialist physicians, getting follow-up appointments, medications refilled or dental appointments or helping patients find pharmacies.

To learn more about Immediate Care, the public is invited to an open house on Thursday, November 9, 2017. This drop-in event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Waynesville Medical Plaza Community Room on the lower level. The Waynesville Medical Plaza is located at 1000 GW Lane St. in Waynesville. There will be information about Immediate Care services, and attendees can meet the providers as well as enjoy light refreshments and free giveaways.

For more information, call PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza Immediate Care at 573-842-4116.