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Over 1,200 New Winter Accessories Collected for Students

Thanks to the kind and generous giving spirit of Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) employees and the community, area students can keep a little bit warmer this winter.

A total of 1,264 gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, socks and other winter accessories were collected during the “Share the Warmth” drive, sponsored by the PCRMC Mission Possible team.

During the drive held from late November 2017 through the new year, both PCRMC staff and the public were invited to donate  new winter clothing items for local children who would otherwise go without these warm necessities.

“It was wonderful to see the outpouring of support for this cause. I was very pleased to see that more than 1,200 items were donated,” said Tracy Limmer, PCRMC Mission Possible team member.

On Friday, January 5, 2018, members of the PCRMC Mission Possible group sorted and delivered the winter clothing accessories to area public schools in Rolla, St. James, Newburg, Edgar Springs, Waynesville, Dixon, Salem and Vienna.

“The schools were very appreciative of our donation,” Limmer said.

 

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PCRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2018

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

Mathis Zephryn Hooper was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2018, arriving at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 1. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Mathis was welcomed by his mother, Andromeda Hooper, of St. James. This is Andromeda’s first child.

Andromeda’s due date was December 29, 2017, but Mathis decided to wait until the new year to be born. “A lot of my family told me they thought he would be a New Year’s Day baby, but I didn’t believe them,” Andromeda said.

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 local businesses donated these items.

This year, Mathis and his family received a welcome basket filled with baby items, including diapers and wipes from Big Lots; a book and a toy from Rolla Books & Toys; a baby ring from Kent Jewelry; a baby ring and water bottle from Taylor’s Jewelry; a piggy bank and shaker cup from First State Community Bank; a cooler bag, cup and other items from Phelps County Bank; a $20 gift card from Cupcakes & Cravings; a Pack ’n Play from Walmart; and $100 worth of baby items from the PCRMC Marketing Department.

On average, more than 800 babies are born at PCRMC each year.

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Waynesville Students Learn About Oncology at DDCI

Physicians, nurses and staff from the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) hosted 14 students interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field on Tuesday, December 19th.

The students are enrolled in the Career Embedded Medical Studies class at Waynesville High School. Along with their teacher, Megan Callis, the students got a firsthand look at the types of careers required in an oncology setting.

The students received a tour of the DDCI and listened to presentations from DDCI physicians, nurses and staff. All presenters explained their job functions, the educational requirements, specific oncology training and the professional outlook, or future demand, for their jobs.

“The goal of the visit was to help local students understand there are many career paths available in healthcare and each of these fields are important in the care of our patients,” said DDCI Director Jeremy Stinson.

DDCI Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist Christopher Spencer, MD, echoed Stinson’s sentiments. “All the people who work here are important, from the physicians, to the nurses to the staff,” he said. “We approach everything as a team effort, because we know that each member of our staff makes a huge impact on our patients’ lives.”

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Auxiliary Awards Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

The Auxiliary & Volunteer Services organization at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has been supporting healthcare professionals for many years by awarding scholarships to area nursing and Allied Health students.

This year, the Auxiliary awarded a total of nine $2,000 scholarships, including one special RN scholarship named after Molly Mills, Auxiliary Board secretary. The Auxiliary received $1,000 in Mills’ memory, and the donation was matched with Auxiliary funds to offer an additional $2,000 scholarship.

The scholarships were given to students in three categories: Registered Nurse (RN) students, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students and Allied Health career students.

The RN/Allied Health scholarship winners were Megan Studdard (RN winner), Leanne Widener (Allied Health winner), Rebecca King (Allied Health winner), Theresa Benney (RN winner), Janet Shepard (RN winner) and Nikolas San (RN winner). Auxiliary Board and staff included in the above photos are Julie Schmidt (2nd Auxiliary VP), Jayne Stites (Auxiliary President) and Tina Pridgeon (Auxiliary Director).

These six scholarships were presented during the Auxiliary’s quarterly luncheon in December 2017. Approximately 55 people attended the lunch.

Three students earned LPN scholarships during the Lamp Lighting Ceremony at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building — Alan Yelton, Lauren Wood and Stevie German. Also pictured are Tina Pridgeon (Auxiliary Director) and Jayne Stites (Auxiliary President).

The Lamp Lighting Ceremony pays homage to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. Nightingale was known as “the Lady with the Lamp” because she spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded.

The ceremony signifies the successful completion of the first 16 weeks of the Rolla Technical Center practical nursing program and prepares students to begin their practice of nursing in the clinical setting.

“Congratulations to the 2017 Auxiliary scholarship winners,” PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon said. “The Auxiliary feels fortunate to help support these healthcare students as they pursue their studies.”

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Rolla Mayor Proclaims December 4 as Chaplaincy Day

Rolla Mayor Louis J. Magdits IV proclaimed December 4th, 2017, as Chaplaincy Day in Rolla. We urge the community to thank chaplains for a job well done, celebrate their contributions to providing spiritual support and express sincere gratitude for all of their service.

Shown are Dr. Phil Cox, PCRMC pastoral care director; Louis J. Magdits IV, Rolla mayor; and Tina Pridgeon, director of Auxiliary & Volunteer Services at PCRMC.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) chaplaincy program, which has existed since May 11, 1987, was established as the result of a vision from local ministers, hospital staff and volunteer services; and

WHEREAS: The chaplaincy service has grown over the years and is now under the PCRMC Pastoral Care Department, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017; and

WHEREAS: A total of 12 PCRMC chaplains, including 10 engaged and dedicated volunteer chaplains, provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to patients needing spiritual and emotional support or guidance; and

WHEREAS: PCRMC chaplains listen carefully to all voices and promote the growth of the human spirit, which helps patients, along with their families and friends, navigate through or recover from life’s most challenging moments; and

WHEREAS: Thousands of patients and their loved ones have been blessed because of the chaplains’ willing hearts and servant attitudes. The chaplains, through their voluntary efforts, play a vital role in helping PCRMC with its mission of providing care and comfort to all patients as well as the community.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Louis J. Magdits, IV, Mayor of the City of Rolla, Missouri, do hereby proclaim December 4, 2017, as CHAPLAINCY DAY in Rolla, Missouri, and urge the community to thank chaplains for a job well done, celebrate their contributions to providing spiritual support and express sincere gratitude for all of their service.