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College Volunteer Opportunities Available at PCRMC This Fall

Local college students looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to help the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services Department with two programs this fall.

The first way students at local colleges and universities can help is through the Safe Send-Off College Student Volunteer Program, where student volunteers will provide non-nursing assistance to patients at PCRMC.

The volunteers will assist PCRMC staff with escorting discharged patients safely from their room to their ride home. Volunteers will be trained on proper wheelchair procedures.

For students interested in this program, three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

The second way college students can volunteer at PCRMC this fall is through the Nursery Cuddler College Student Volunteer Program. In this program, student volunteers will work with the Obstetrics Department to help hold infants who need more support. These college students will gain experience through rocking and consoling neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) babies.

These volunteers will be taught how to keep babies swaddled. They also will be trained on how to perform a two-minute hand scrub and how to decrease environmental stimulation of infants. In addition, they will be educated on the importance of pacifiers.

Volunteers in this program will be required to complete two hours of job shadowing with a mother/baby nurse. Four-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

College students who want to volunteer for either program must first apply and attend one of two orientations. These orientations have been scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. or Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. in Private Dining Room 1 at PCRMC, 1000 West 10th Street, Rolla.

In addition, online learning modules are required prior to volunteering.

Both of these college volunteer programs will start Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

For a volunteer application or for more information, contact Franz Kindel at 573-458-7553 or franz@maheclibrary.org or visit http://www.pcrmc.com/Career-Opportunities/Volunteer-Opportunities.

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Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.

Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.

When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.

Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.

As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.

To learn more about Dr. Ellur, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.

 

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PCRMC Hosts First Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) hosted the first annual Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

About 40 representatives from PCRMC, area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance districts, Texas County Memorial Hospital, Salem Memorial District Hospital and other healthcare organizations attended the daylong, free event held at the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

The attendees, which included paramedics, nursing and EMS staff, ambulance personnel and emergency department providers and employees, heard from physicians at PCRMC, MU Health Care in Columbia and SSM Health in St. Louis about topics related to emergency medicine.

“This seminar offered a chance to learn about the most up-to-date information in emergency care,” says Jeffery Kerr, DO, medical director of the PCRMC Emergency Department. “Even though we work for different organizations, we’re all on the same team when it comes to emergency care.”

During the seminar, Dr. Kerr led a session called “My Chest Hurts,” which explained the signs and symptoms of an impending critical event. He also filled in on a presentation about pediatric airway emergencies.

Carl “Chip” Lange, PA-C, with the PCRMC Emergency Department, discussed hot topics in emergency medicine.

Among the other speakers at the symposium was Dr. Albert Chan, an interventional cardiologist at MU Health Care, who provided an update on the management of ST elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI), a type of heart attack.

In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, a trauma surgeon with MU Health Care, spoke about initial management of serious injuries in the rural setting, and Dr. Ashish Nanda, an interventional neurologist at SSM, discussed acute stroke management and interventional therapy.

This seminar was offered free to emergency services personnel thanks to the Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Fund, which provides for the needs of the PCRMC Emergency Department.

“The fund was set up by Dr. Crump’s family through the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation. The fund is used for educational opportunities for emergency medical personnel,” Dr. Kerr says. “Dr. Crump had a passion for teaching and promoting teamwork among healthcare professionals.”

Dr. Crump moved to Rolla in 1981 and joined the PCRMC staff, where he worked in the Emergency Room. He eventually became the medical director of emergency services from 1984-2009. In 1997, he took a position as vice president/chief medical officer at PCRMC and held this position until the time of his death in 2010.

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Nurelign Abebe, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Nurelign Abebe, MD, is a new addition to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Physicians Group. He comes to PCRMC this August as a nephrologist, but this is not his first time in Rolla. Dr. Abebe originally was a hospitalist at PCRMC from 2011 to 2015.

A nephrologist, also known as a renal physician, is a specialist in internal medicine who has received additional training in the medical treatment of patients with kidney diseases. Nephrologists treat patients with conditions related to kidney problems, including kidney failure, as well as acute and chronic kidney diseases that are due to multiple causes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Abebe is originally from Ethiopia, a country in eastern Africa. As a child, his youngest brother became sick and had to stay at a hospital in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. “I remember seeing the doctors and nurses making rounds, and I made the decision then that being a doctor is what I’d like to do,” Dr. Abebe says.

Dr. Abebe earned his medical degree from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He received his residency training in internal medicine through Addis Ababa University at Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia.

In addition, he completed a residency program in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. In his second and third years, Dr. Abebe was named Resident of the Year at St. Luke’s.

He completed a nephrology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital through Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Abebe says what he likes about PCRMC is that this healthcare organization “has many different specialties, so the doc­tors can take care of multiple patients and they don’t have to refer them to other facilities.”

Nephrology is a thought-provoking specialty, Dr. Abebe says. “There can be many types of problems with kidneys,” he says. And if a nephrologist like Dr. Abebe can catch issues earlier, patients can avoid more serious kidney problems down the road.

Dr. Abebe has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He is married to Meskeram Asfaw. The couple has three children, two daughters, Lydia and Rebecca, and one son, David.

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Hadi Bhurgri, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group recently welcomed a new gastroenterologist, Hadi Bhurgri, MD, to the team. He began practicing at PCRMC in August.

Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of disorders affecting a person’s digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are sometimes referred to as GI (gastrointestinal) doctors.

Dr. Bhurgri finds this line of work to be very intellectually satisfying and challenging.

I get to see a wide variety of patients across all age groups,” he says. “I also like that I get to work with my hands.” He says PCRMC is well-equipped to handle most anything.

As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Bhurgri sees patients for a wide variety of general gastrointestinal conditions. “Some common GI complaints include heartburn, stomachache, dyspepsia (indigestion) or Barrett’s esophagus, (where the lining of the esophagus becomes damaged),” he says.

Dr. Bhurgri is trained in numerous general GI procedures, such as upper endoscopies and colonoscopies. He has special interests in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) gastroparesis and biliary pathology.

Dr. Bhurgri notes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for patients with GI issues. “Everyone requires a tailored approach,” he says.

To keep patients’ digestive tracts healthy, specific diets or changes to the types of foods patients eat may help in certain cases. Some GI doctors work with nutrition specialists to help patients.

Dr. Bhurgri was born and raised in Pakistan. “I always had an interest in science and medicine, growing up,” he says. “Both of my parents were physicians and held academic appointments as pathologists, and even my grandfathers on both my mom’s and dad’s sides of the family were doctors.”

In 2008, he earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Bhurgri then came to the United States for post-graduate medical training. In the U.S., Dr. Bhurgri studied at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, as a visiting medical student.

In 2014, he completed a residency program in internal medicine followed by a fellowship specializing in gastroenterology, both at Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.

To learn more about gastroenterology, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhurgri, visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.