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CRNA Week

PCRMC Recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologists

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is celebrating National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Week, which runs January 22-28, this year, and National Anesthesiologists Week, which takes place from January 29 through February 4, 2017.

Both CRNAs and anesthesiologists are trained to give patients anesthesia during certain procedures to allow them to be free of pain. All anesthesia care is provided with the highest degree of professionalism.

The most substantial difference between CRNAs and anesthesiologists is that before being trained in anesthesia, anesthesiologists receive medical education while CRNAs get nursing education. However, they are both taught to use the same anesthesia process.

This year’s CRNA Week marks the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ 18th annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s 50,000-plus CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide approximately 43 million anesthetics each year.

CRNA Week was initially known as National Nurse Anesthetists Week, but this new name helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. The CRNA credential came into existence in 1956.

These two weeks allow CRNAs and anesthesiologists across the country the chance to educate the public about advancements in anesthesia patient safety and the role and value of CRNAs and anesthesiologists in delivering anesthesia care.

CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural healthcare settings in America.

There are three basic types of anesthesia. General anesthesia produces a loss of sensation throughout the entire body. Regional anesthesia creates a loss of sensation to a specific region of the body. Local anesthesia causes a loss of sensation to a small, specific area of the body.

The anesthesia chosen for patients is based on factors such as their physical condition, the nature of the surgery and their reactions to medications.

CRNAs stay with their patients for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important function of their body and individually modifying their anesthetic to ensure their maximum safety and comfort. 

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Valet Service Now Offered at Delbert Day Cancer Institute, Medical Office Building

Even before patients step inside the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI), Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) tries to make their experience better as they drive up to the building.

With the opening of the DDCI came a free valet service available to patients along with their families, guests and visitors. PCRMC has partnered with Towne Park for the service.

Rob Koppenhoefer, account manager with Towne Park, said he and four guest service associates provide the valet service, which is available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DDCI and the Medical Office Building.

A patient or guest who wants to use the valet service can drive up to the buildings, and a guest service associate will give the driver a valet slip before parking his or her vehicle.

The driver then holds onto the slip and once his or her appointment or visit is finished, the driver gives the valet slip to the guest service associate, who will bring the parked vehicle back to the driver.

Koppenhoefer and the guest service associates also assist patients and guests with wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment. They help open doors and direct them to the registration desk or appropriate location.

“On average, we probably open close to 1,000 doors a week and greet about 1,000 people a day,” Koppenhoefer says.

“We just want to brighten people’s days. We are the first and last face they see during their guest experience, so we are always smiling,” Koppenhoefer says.

People may tip the guest service associates, if they wish, but it is not required.

Koppenhoefer says he and the guest service associates have had positive reactions from patients and guests so far. “We’re there to help them,” he says.

The valet service began at the DDCI on January 9, 2017, and at the PCRMC Medical Office Building on December 1, 2016.

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PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute to See First Patients January 9

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Del­bert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) is scheduled to open and start seeing its first patients this Monday, January 9, 2017.

The $43 million, four-story, 100,000-square-foot cancer center represents a major investment in Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding communities. The opening of the DDCI is an historic event that will forever change the face of cancer care in south-central Missouri.

Six years ago, PCRMC first announced the creation of the cancer institute named after Dr. Delbert Day, curators’ professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.

Dr. Day’s son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Kim Day, provided the “seed gift” for the cancer institute.

Additionally, the community raised $7 million during a successful capital campaign to help construct the DDCI. A total of 1,170 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the cancer treatment facility.

“Ted and Kim Day lit the fuse,” Dr. Day said but added that the community “provided the fuel to get us where we are today.”

“When a community gets behind a project such as this, great things are bound to happen,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton. “The Delbert Day Cancer Institute is something that we hope you, our community, are very proud of.”

PCRMC has been offering cancer care services for over three decades, but what makes the DDCI so special is that “we can integrate the care that we currently offer in several places under one roof,” said PCRMC Director of Radiation Oncology Christopher Spencer, MD. “These services will all be streamlined in a central, convenient location.”

An additional 520 patients can be treated each year at the DDCI.

This cancer institute features modern, state-of-the-art equipment and uses the latest in cancer treatment technology to help people living with cancer.

PCRMC purchased a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, which can deliver radiation with speed and accuracy to treat cancer.

The DDCI also has a new Siemens PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) scanner, which uses small amounts of radioactive material and X-rays to scan the body to obtain information about cells and tissues that may be cancerous.

In addition, the DDCI offers chemotherapy services, radiation oncology, medical oncology and hematology care, imaging services, an infusion center, a new pharmacy, cancer rehabilitation, genetic counseling, nurse navigator services, social services, a cancer resource center, dietary support, spiritual support, a wig and bra fitting boutique and more.

While the cancer center is an architectural masterpiece as seen from the outside, it is the care providers, staff, employees and volunteers who will bring the true, exceptional care to cancer patients inside the building.

At the DDCI, patients will receive world-class cancer care, close to home, so they do not have to travel far for their treatments and therapies.

Cancer patients will be served by a team of radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, general surgeons, pathologists, urologists, pulmonologists, palliative and supportive care physicians, gynecologists, otolaryngologists as well as nursing staff, social workers, dietitians and many others.

The DDCI is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

To learn more about the DDCI, visit the cancer center located at 1060 West 10th Street, Rolla, Missouri, call 573-458-3324 (DDCI) or go online to pcrmc.com.

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PCRMC Now Offering Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Patients who suffer from various joint injuries now have a new treatment option available to them at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC). The low-risk medical procedure, which only takes about a half hour, may postpone the need for surgery, according to the PCRMC Orthopedics Group.

A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a treatment used for a variety of common orthopedic conditions. PRP injections offer an alternative to surgical interventions.

“It may help avoid surgery down the road,” says PCRMC Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Potter, MD. “It may put off a knee replacement surgery.”

The injections can be used for patients with conditions including tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sprained knees, chronic tendon injuries and acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries.

Additionally, PRP has been used in outpatient settings to treat common overuse conditions including Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis and patellar tendonitis.

This service is being offered to patients at PCRMC on a cash-only basis for $375. This procedure is not covered by most insurance companies or Medicare.

The entire process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and can be done in the PCRMC Orthopedics office located in the PCRMC Medical Office Building, 1050 West 10th Street, Rolla, MO.

In November 2015, PCRMC Orthopedics care providers performed the first PRP injection on a patient at PCRMC.

PRP is obtained from the patient who is being treated. During the procedure, about 15 mL of the patient’s blood is drawn from a vein in his or her arm.

The patient’s blood is then placed in a specialized centrifuge, a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The care provider then extracts the platelet-rich portion of the blood and injects this into the area of the patient’s injury.

The main benefits of PRP are thought to be caused by growth factors released from the patient’s blood platelets. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a response to remedy the injury.

“There’s minimal risk,” Dr. Potter says about PRP injections. Dr. Potter notes that whenever a needle is inserted through a patient’s skin, infection can occur.

PRP injections are not recommended in individuals with bleeding disorders, those taking anti-coagulation (blood-thinner) medications or people who have cancer, active infections or are pregnant.

For more information about PRP or to schedule an appointment, call the PCRMC Orthopedics Group at 573-364-5633 (KNEE).

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New Year’s Day Baby Receives Special Welcome from PCRMC

A New Year’s Day arrival received a special welcome from Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) nurses and staff.

Pransi Neupane was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2017, arriving at 1:37 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Pransi was welcomed by her parents Pauf Neupane and Kamala Devkota Neupane, of Rolla.

As part of a long-standing tradition at PCRMC, the first baby of the new year receives gifts and baby items to commemorate the event. Several businesses donated items worth over $500.

This year, Pransi and her family received a welcome basket filled with baby items, including a $30 gift card from Walmart; two baby items worth $20 from Big Lots; six cupcakes worth $20 from Cupcakes and Cravings; a $25 gift card from Colton’s Steak House and Grill; a teddy bear from the PCRMC Lily Pad Gift Shop; a $50 gift card from Matt’s Steakhouse; a $10 gift card from Spoon Me; $150 in baby supplies from the PCRMC Marketing Department; breastmilk supplies from the PCRMC Lactation Clinic; a book and toy from Rolla Books & Toys; baby blankets, coffee cups, hand sanitizer and more from Legends Bank; a $25 gift card from Price Chopper; a handprint kit, toy and bib from The Family Center; a toy horse from Front Porch Boutique; a $10 gift card from Family Video; a $50 JCPenney gift card from Matt Smith Real Estate Group, LLC; baby bodysuits, candy and coffee cup from Summer Birth Services; a stuffed animal and $25 gift card from Blossom Basket Florist; a $20 gift card from Applebee’s; and a $25 OshKosh B’Gosh/Carter’s gift card from Sugar Buckets Children’s Resale Shop.