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PCRMC’s 4th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration Will Be Held June 3

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) will honor cancer survivors during a National Cancer Survivors Day celebration Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 8-11 a.m. at Greentree Christian Church, 800 Greentree Road, in Rolla, MO.

This is PCRMC’s fourth annual National Cancer Survivors Day event, and the theme this year is “Treasure Survivorship.”

“National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived cancer and an inspiration for those recently diagnosed with the disease,” says Carol Walter, nurse navigator at PCRMC’s Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

The morning of activities will include a free breakfast served until 10:30 a.m., a raffle for gift baskets and other door prizes, a photo booth as well as music and entertainment provided by Bob Kraus. Representatives with the American Cancer Society also will attend.

PCRMC internist Erik AuBuchon, DO, will speak about the importance of patients having a primary care provider. Two cancer survivors – Daryl Reeves and Jennifer Bragg – also will share their stories.

Cancer survivors along with their families, friends and caregivers are invited to attend. This event has drawn crowds of 300 to 500 people in past years, according to Walter.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a cancer survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. With more than 15.5 million people living with cancer in the U.S. today, everyone knows somebody whose life has been touched by cancer.

Life after cancer is about more than just surviving. It’s about living well,” Walter says.

National Cancer Survivors Day has been recognized locally since 2014 after a PCRMC oncology nurse heard about the national event. The first PCRMC Cancer Survivors Day took place at Rolla Lions Club Park, but the event has since been held at Greentree Christian Church.

PCRMC’s National Cancer Survivors Day breakfast is made possible with support from Key Sport Shop, Colton’s Steak House and Grill and many volunteers.

Pre-registration for the June 3 event is encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, email or call 573-458-8770.


PCRMC Patient and Family Advisory Council Seeking Community Members

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is seeking community members to serve on a new Patient and Family Advisory Council.

As a patient and community member, you have valuable insights, suggestions and experiences that will be beneficial to the council. Your advice could potentially influence future hospital initiatives, which will focus on the healthcare experience for patients, families and visitors.

“At PCRMC, we are constantly working to improve the patient experience,” says PCRMC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Shenefield. “By serving on this council, you have the opportunity to really make a difference to our patients and guests.”

PCRMC is seeking up to 8 individuals from the community who have been a patient or a family member of a patient at PCRMC to serve on the council. PCRMC staff members also will be part of the council to help facilitate the discussions.

Members must be willing to serve on the council for at least one year and be available to meet once a month, starting with an orientation on July 27, 2017. Applicants are being sought throughout PCRMC’s service area to get a wide variety of perspectives and input.

The deadline to apply is June 21, 2017.

If you are interested in joining the Patient and Family Advisory Council at PCRMC, or for more information, please contact Carla Clayton at or visit to complete an application online.

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3rd Annual Kids Safety Day Is May 20

The 3rd Annual Kids Safety Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Lions Club Park in Rolla, MO.

Kids Safety Day is a chance for families to learn safety tips, meet first responders, get an up-close look at emergency vehicles and aircraft, and enjoy a fun day together.

“This event is not just for kids to learn ways to be safe and have fun, but it’s for the entire family,” says Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey. “This is an opportunity to see how first responders and other safety organizations help the community.”

During Kids Safety Day, attendees will receive safety information from various booths and displays, and visitors will be able to tour ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, helicopters and other emergency response vehicles.

The City of Rolla Fire and Rescue will once again offer car seat safety checks. The Missouri Department of Transportation also will have a bicycle safety course, and children are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets.

The Smile Mobile will be on site, and information about newborn safety will be provided. Additionally, there will be a prescription drug drop box, where families can safely dispose of old prescription medications.

Representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (including the Marine Operations Division), along with local police and fire departments and EMS crews will attend as will staff from PCRMC, Your Community Health Center and the Phelps/Maries County Health Department.

Other organizations taking part in this year’s event include Rolla Animal Control, Prevention Consultants, Poison Control, Rolla Police Explorers, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and more.

“The event keeps growing each year,” Massey says. “During last year’s event, we served over 800 kids.”

Free food and refreshments, including hot dogs, chips and water, will be available. Many organizations will have giveaways and drawings, too. The event will be held rain or shine.

Kids Safety Day is sponsored by the Phelps County Child Fatality Review Panel. The event is occurring around the start of EMS Week, which runs May 21-27, this year. EMS Week is celebrated nationwide and encourages EMS providers to help educate the community about safety.

Organizations wishing to participate in Kids Safety Day can contact Ray Massey at 573-578-5022.


Volunteers Recognized at Annual Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services were honored during an appreciation luncheon on April 19, 2017, at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla.

This year’s theme was “PCRMC Volunteers Celebrating Moments in Time.” An estimated 150 people attended.

The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service with the Auxiliary. Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and plants. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary.

Audrey Huddleson is the longest serving PCRMC Auxiliary volunteer, with 35 years of service given to the hospital. “I enjoy every minute of it,” Huddleson says.

Blanche Lortz has been an Auxiliary volunteer for 25 years, and Velma Overby and Linda Marsh each have 24 years of service. Jean Joiner and Jean Platt each have served as Auxiliary volunteers for 22 years. Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener all have been Auxiliary members for 20 years.

The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 23,123 service hours in 2016. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.

“Volunteers make many things and events special,” said PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon.

Three guest speakers shared how contributions from the volunteers have benefitted several projects.

Mark Long, development director with The Community Partnership, spoke about how the Auxiliary helped raise funds to offer the Camp Capable program. The camp, normally held each summer, allows children with disabilities or developmental delays to participate in sports and fitness activities.

“We can’t thank you enough,” Long told volunteers. “We appreciate all that the Auxiliary and hospital do for our area.”

PCRMC Administrative Director of Patient Care Services Cindy Butler said she appreciates the support the Auxiliary gives to the Happy Hauler complimentary patient shuttle service, which began in March 2006.

Since then, the courtesy shuttles have driven about 112,000 miles in PCRMC parking lots and transported more than 70,000 passengers. The Happy Hauler has been in operation for a total of 3,000 days, and drivers have logged more than 22,000 hours of driving time.

The Auxiliary has raised funds for gas for the vans as well as to replace one of the shuttles in 2014.

“You’re what set us above all of the rest,” said Butler.

One of the largest fundraisers by the Auxiliary helped fund the digital billboard next to Interstate 44 used to promote events, new physicians, services offered and volunteer recognition. The Auxiliary board gave $150,000 to help fund the LED sign project.

“I’m so proud of the Auxiliary, and you are one of the most enthusiastic and exciting group of people I’ve ever met,” said PCRMC Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Don James, DO.

Kerry Miller and Friends, a ventriloquist from Ozark, Mo., provided the entertainment. His show included songs and comedy mixed with inspirational messages.

Girls Gone Catering provided the meals, desserts and beverages. In addition, there were door prizes given away. PCRMC Director of Pastoral Care Phil Cox led the invocation.

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3rd Annual Hospice Butterfly Release Set for May 20

Phelps Regional Homecare and Hospice will host the 3rd Annual Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 PM at Huffman’s Flowers of the Field, located at 18148 County Road 1000 in St. James, MO.

This event offers the opportunity to remember our cherished family and friends. Releasing butterflies is a unique way to honor our loved ones because the butterfly symbolizes hope, new life and transformation.

“The Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration honors the memory of those we love and serves as a celebration of life,” says Tara Peters, marketing coordinator for Phelps Regional Homecare.

For $30, participants can release a live butterfly and receive an event T-shirt. The deadline to reserve your butterfly is Friday, May 5, 2017. The afternoon also will include beverages and light snacks.

Proceeds from the butterfly release help relieve the financial burden for those in need when facing end-of-life decisions.

The butterfly release benefits the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Hospice Fund, which assists hospice patients and their families with prescription medications, personal bills, food supplements, support services and more.

Phelps Regional Homecare, a division of Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), serves Phelps, Crawford, Maries, Pulaski and portions of Dent, Gasconade and Texas counties.

Phelps Regional Homecare also is seeking sponsors for the butterfly release. Businesses can choose from various sponsor levels.

For more information, call 573-458-3802, email or visit