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PCRMC Urges You to Get Flu Vaccine

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family this flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get the vaccine before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination for antibodies to develop that provide protection against the influenza virus.

Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because of concerns about its effectiveness. The flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses this year. If you have an egg allergy, let your provider know before getting the vaccination.

In addition to the flu vaccine, you can take many precautions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to avoid getting sick. The flu virus is mainly spread through coughs and sneezes so if you have the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading germs.

The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza. The viruses in the vaccine are dead and cannot cause infection.

Check with your Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) provider about getting your flu vaccine today.

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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Week

To celebrate National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 18-24, a luncheon was held at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla on Sept. 22 for patients who had an acute rehab stay at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

About 40 patients who received rehabilitation services during 2015 and 2016 attended this year’s event.  

Kindred therapy staff for the rehab unit at PCRMC served chicken, sides, desserts and drinks to the patients, while they were entertained by a local trio of musicians.

According to Amy Robnett, acute rehab program director, “The event offers a chance for patients to come back and visit with other patients as well as see their therapists who helped them to regain their independence and return to the community.”

Robnett said she enjoys seeing the improvements that patients have made.

Phil Cox, PCRMC chaplain, led a prayer before the meal, and attendees heard from several speakers.

Cameron Hance, annual giving coordinator with the Phelps County Regional Health Care Foundation, spoke about the Foundation and its programs.

Attendees also heard from Rolla Fire Chief Ron Smith, with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, who discussed fire safety, and Cpl. Steve Gray, with the Rolla Police Department, who talked about fraud and scams.

There also were door prizes and other giveaways. Jerry Rosa, Don Davis and Bill Pilliard played music during the luncheon.

Kindred offers acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation in Rolla and Waynesville as well as in the transitional care unit and acute rehab unit and is served by 50 staff members.

For more information about Kindred therapy services, or the inpatient rehabilitation unit at PCRMC, call 573-458-7885.

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Colton’s Fundraiser to Benefit Joy of Caring Cancer Fund

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and Colton’s Steak House and Grill in Rolla have joined together for a fundraiser for the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Joy of Caring Cancer Fund in October.

The fundraising event will be held Monday, October 3, from 4:30-9 p.m. at Colton’s, located at 1675 N. Bishop Avenue in Rolla.

Ten percent (10%) of all sales made at the restaurant during that time will be donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

The fund provides financial assistance for challenges faced by local cancer patients after a diagnosis, including resources for managing daily activities.

The community is encouraged to come out and dine at Colton’s that evening to benefit cancer patients.

Ed Clayton, PCRMC chief executive officer, met with officials from Saving Sight Monday, Sept. 12, to dedicate a rose in honor of the hospital’s eye donors that will be carried on the 14th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in January 2017.

Eye Donors from PCRMC to Be Honored at Rose Parade

Last year, 19 heroes from Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) gave the gift of sight to those at risk of going blind by donating their eye tissue for sight-saving corneal transplants.

Saving Sight, a regional nonprofit organization, coordinated the eye donation process for those donors and is working with PCRMC to honor their gifts on a national stage during the 128th Rose Parade to be broadcast around the world from Pasadena, California, on Jan. 2, 2017.

Ed Clayton, PCRMC chief executive officer, met with officials from Saving Sight on Sept. 12 to dedicate a rose in honor of the hospital’s eye donors that will be carried on the 14th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in January. Clayton signed a vial with a personal message from the hospital in memory of the hospital’s eye donors.

In January, the vial will carry a white Akito rose on the Rose Parade float to honor the donors and help spread the simple, life-giving message that eye, organ and tissue donation heals and saves lives.

“It’s an incredible gift these donors make through eye donation,” said Saving Sight Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. “We’re excited to work with Phelps County Regional Medical Center to honor that gift by dedicating a rose that will be seen around the world as part of this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and serve as a testament to the healing power of the gift of sight.”

Across its service region, Saving Sight recovered, processed and placed 3,016 corneas for transplant in 2015. Saving Sight changed the lives of an average of eight people every day through the gift of sight.

For more information on Saving Sight, please visit