Mary K. Bruns, DO, a family medicine physician at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Bond Clinic in Rolla, won the 2018 Spirit of Rolla Award at the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce’s 98th Annual Banquet held Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.
The Spirit of Rolla Award is sponsored annually by Kent Jewelry and presented to a woman in the community for recognition of significant achievement and/or lifetime contribution to the spirit of giving that is so indicative of Rolla and the surrounding community.
Dr. Bruns began seeing patients at the Bond Clinic in 1990, but she has been practicing medicine for more than 50 years. Dr. Bruns enjoys promoting health and wellness as well as preventive medicine in the adult and pediatric patient populations. Dr. Bruns received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in science from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (A.T. Still University) in 1966.
Prior to coming to Rolla, Dr. Bruns was previously employed by the Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri; Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri; and Metropolitan Medical Center (formerly Normandy Osteopathic Hospital) in St. Louis, Missouri.
She is certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners. She is a member of the following professional organizations: the American Osteopathic Association, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Central Ozark District of Osteopathic Physicians, and the American College of Utilization Review Physicians.
She has been the Professional Director of Utilization Management at PCRMC since 1999. Additionally, Dr. Bruns has been the PCRMC Peer Review Medical Director since 2010 and currently serves on the PCRMC Credential Committee and PCRMC Medical Executive Committee.
Outside of work, Dr. Bruns volunteers her time by serving on the Rolla Salvation Army and ABLE (Achieving Better Lifestyles for the Elderly) Commission boards. Dr. Bruns is an avid animal lover and often rescues stray animals, especially dogs, and has found loving homes for a number of those animals.
Dr. Bruns is also very committed to her family: her husband, Dr. Ed Bruns, retired; three daughters, Cindy, Cathy and Crissy, who are all practicing physicians in Oklahoma; and multiple grandchildren.