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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.


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


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 or call -800-232-4636 (CDC-INFO). 


PCRMC Sponsors Field of Heroes in Waynesville

For the third year in a row, the Armed Services YMCA in Waynesville is hosting the Field of Heroes, in conjunction with the City of Waynesville and the Veterans Day Parade. Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is a proud guardian sponsor of the event.

A total of 300 U.S. flags that are 3 feet by 5 feet in size plus 85 smaller flags placed in soldiers’ boots are arranged in precise rows in the field along Old Route 66 in downtown Waynesville.

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the Field of Heroes event Thursday evening, November 10, were Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman, Missouri Rep. Steve Lynch and Thomas L. Howard, a 92-year-old World War II Army veteran.

The flags will be on display all day Friday, November 11, as well as all day Saturday, November 12, and through noon Sunday, November 13. The flags will be lit up at night.

Each flag recognizes a specific hero. The public is invited to stop by and walk through the Field of Heroes to reverently view the heroes’ flags.


PCRMC Auxiliary Named Auxiliary of the Year

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services was named an Auxiliary of the Year by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA).

The MAHA Auxiliary of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions of Missouri hospital auxiliaries and acknowledges the value of volunteerism to individuals, organizations and communities.

The PCRMC Auxiliary was the Category 3 winner of the award, meaning it won out of all auxiliaries at hospitals with 101 to 300 licensed beds.

According to the Missouri Hospital Association, there are 18 hospitals in Category 3 and a total of 73 hospitals that are MAHA members.

A group of nearly 40 PCRMC Auxiliary members and staff took a USA Tours bus from Rolla to Osage Beach, Missouri, on Thursday, November 3, 2016, to receive their award presented at a luncheon during the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention and Trade Show.

The recent Auxiliary of the Year award recognized hospital auxiliaries for outstanding service between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016.

“We are very honored that Missouri Hospital Association has chosen us,” said Linda Mitchell, president of the PCRMC Auxiliary. “Without each and every one of our volunteers, this award would not be possible.”

“Great things are possible when we work together,” said Tina Pridgeon, director of the PCRMC Auxiliary.

“They do a fantastic job. This award is well deserved by the Auxiliary,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton.

The PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services organization has 217 members, and between June 2015, and May 2016, they volunteered more than 23,960 hours within the hospital and in the community.

Also during that time period, the PCRMC Auxiliary contributed a total of $107,783.76 to the hospital and community. That includes $53,511.76 in funds to the hospital, $30,277 toward hospital equipment purchases and $16,000 in scholarships to students pursuing health careers.

The PCRMC Auxiliary embraced the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries state project of “deep vein thrombosis” awareness, holding educational events and providing materials for staff and the public.

In March 2016, the Auxiliary celebrated the 10th anniversary of the “Happy Hauler” patient shuttle service that is supported by the Auxiliary.

PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services previously won the Auxiliary of the Year award in 2006.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or a member of the Auxiliary, call Tina Pridgeon, director of PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services, at 573-458-7939.