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PCRMC Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better time is there to remind women age 40 and over to get their annual breast cancer screenings?

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death caused by cancer in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. However, detecting breast cancer early and receiving state-of-the-art treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer.

That is why each October the Comprehensive Breast Center at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) offers free mammograms to women in need.

PCRMC will provide 50 mammograms Monday, Oct. 30, free of charge to women who are at least age 40 or older and financially qualify.

Forty of these screenings will take place at the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building. The remaining 10 will be offered at the PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza. Mammograms normally take about 15-20 minutes.

To see if you qualify or to make an appointment for one of these screenings, call Centralized Scheduling at 573-458-7737.

“Annual screening mammograms allow for breast cancer to be detected in earlier stages, when breast cancer is most treatable,” said Tiffany Henry, PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator. “Mammograms can actually detect breast changes up to two years before a patient or physician could feel them.”

Since June 2016, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammography technology. “A 3-D mammogram provides greater image detail, decreases the risk that a patient will be called back for further testing and has a 30-40 percent higher breast cancer detection rate (than 2-D mammograms),” Henry noted.

These 50 free mammograms are provided thanks to the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides financial assistance to qualified women for screening mammograms and other procedures, as recommended by the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center.

The public can help by donating to this fund during the 4th annual PCRMC pumpkin decorating contest to be held Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2 near the PCRMC cafeteria. For more information, or to submit an entry, contact Tiffany Henry at

One of the other events returning for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the 2nd Annual PCRMC Breast Cancer Awareness March to be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St. in Rolla. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the march will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information on how to register for the march, contact Tiffany Henry at


PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by offering activities for rehab patients and honoring therapy staff.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which is September 17-23 this year, is a time designated to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities, or those recovering from injury and illness.

That was exactly the purpose of a luncheon held for past PCRMC acute rehab patients on Wednesday, September 20, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. About 40 people attended.

This annual event provides patients and their loved ones with the opportunity to visit with their therapists, according to Amy Robnett, program director for the acute rehab unit. The lunch also allows PCRMC rehabilitation therapy staff to see the improvements made by their patients and how these patients have regained their independence.

This year’s speaker was Randy Dorsey, a patient who received care at PCRMC after suffering a stroke over 13 months ago. Dorsey went through both the acute rehabilitation program as an inpatient and the outpatient therapy services at PCRMC.

Dorsey described himself as a healthy and accomplished individual before his stroke. However, after his stroke, he lost all feeling on the left side of his body.

“It devastated me,” he said but noted that he had a glimpse of hope. “I could only wiggle my pinky finger.”

Dorsey received care from experienced staff with PCRMC Rehabilitation Services, and he described his journey as a positive one.

“All of the nurses, therapists and my family members… were all so encouraging,” he said. “I’ve been so blessed.”

Guests also received handouts regarding a comparison between traditional Medicare and the Managed Medicare plans as well as how patients could receive rehabilitation services covered by these plans.

Attendees at this year’s luncheon were treated to meals provided by Lee’s Chicken. Before they ate, Phil Cox, PCRMC director of pastoral services, gave a blessing.

The Rolla Pickers, made up of Bill Pilliard (a PCRMC employee), Shirley Robertson, Jena Huizinga and De Price, played music during the event. Door prizes also were given away.

“I want to thank all of the musicians, speakers, patients and their families for coming out and celebrating National Rehab Week with our staff,” said Robnett.

The luncheon is just one of the events PCRMC organized for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week this year.

“We also did activities on the rehab unit and for our referral sources in the community,” Robnett said. “We provided treats and goodies to all of the case managers and social workers who work with our patients, too.”

According to Robnett, patients treated by PCRMC Rehabilitation Services have come from all over the area, and even out of state.

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Superhero 5K Raises Over $11,000 for Local Cancer Patients

Phelps County Regional Medi­cal Center’s (PCRMC) 5th Annual Superhero 5K walk/fun run held June 10, 2017, at Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla, raised more than $11,000 for local cancer patients.

Proceeds from this year’s Superhero 5K totaled $11,598.60, and PCRMC Administration and the Marketing and Public Relations Department recently presented a check for this amount to the Phelps Re­gional Health Care Foundation.

This money will benefit the Foundation’s Joy of Caring Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance for patients undergoing cancer treat­ments. This fund helps with prescrip­tion medications, wigs, food sup­plements, mastectomy bras and recovery supplies, rehabilitation and other needs, as identified.

“We could not do it without all the support we have within the community, and we are so grateful,” says Lorrie Hartley, executive director of the Foundation.

More than 220 runners and walkers of all ages took part in this year’s Superhero 5K, a family-friendly event where participants are encouraged to dress up as superheroes.

Over 30 businesses, organizations and PCRMC providers sponsored this year’s event. PCRMC would like to thank these sponsors for supporting such a great cause.

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Bells of Hope Unveiled at PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute

The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation unveiled two new Bells of Hope at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017.

These brass bells will be rung by cancer patients to signify and celebrate the completion of their treatment.

The Mo-Sci Corporation sponsored both bells. One of the bells is located in Radiation Oncology and is dedicated to Karen Davis. The other bell is located in Medical Oncology and is dedicated to Lana Van Doren.

Both Davis and Van Doren were the first to ring their respective bells after they were unveiled. Ted Day, CEO of Mo-Sci, unveiled the bell honoring Van Doren. Ted Day’s wife, Kim, unveiled the bell honoring, Davis, who is her mother.

PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton says these bells enhance the patient experience. Christopher Spencer, MD, medical director of the DDCI says hearing the bells also inspires hope for other patients and motivates caregivers.

PCRMC Pastoral Care Director Phil Cox recited a prayer before the unveilings.

The bells are attached to plaques that each say “Ring this bell / Three times well / Its toll to clearly say / My treatment’s done / This course is run / And I am on my way!”

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College Volunteer Opportunities Available at PCRMC This Fall

Local college students looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to help the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services Department with two programs this fall.

The first way students at local colleges and universities can help is through the Safe Send-Off College Student Volunteer Program, where student volunteers will provide non-nursing assistance to patients at PCRMC.

The volunteers will assist PCRMC staff with escorting discharged patients safely from their room to their ride home. Volunteers will be trained on proper wheelchair procedures.

For students interested in this program, three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

The second way college students can volunteer at PCRMC this fall is through the Nursery Cuddler College Student Volunteer Program. In this program, student volunteers will work with the Obstetrics Department to help hold infants who need more support. These college students will gain experience through rocking and consoling neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) babies.

These volunteers will be taught how to keep babies swaddled. They also will be trained on how to perform a two-minute hand scrub and how to decrease environmental stimulation of infants. In addition, they will be educated on the importance of pacifiers.

Volunteers in this program will be required to complete two hours of job shadowing with a mother/baby nurse. Four-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

College students who want to volunteer for either program must first apply and attend one of two orientations. These orientations have been scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. or Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. in Private Dining Room 1 at PCRMC, 1000 West 10th Street, Rolla.

In addition, online learning modules are required prior to volunteering.

Both of these college volunteer programs will start Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

For a volunteer application or for more information, contact Franz Kindel at 573-458-7553 or or visit