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Hugh Schuetz, DO, family medicine physician, (right) received the first Preceptor of the Year Award from Phelps County Regional Medical Center on June 1, 2017. Chadwell Vail, DO, internist, (left) is shown presenting the award, which recognizes Dr. Schuetz for his outstanding contributions to medical education.

Dr. Hugh Schuetz named PCRMC Preceptor of the Year

Hugh Schuetz, DO, a family medicine physician with Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has been named the Preceptor of the Year for 2016-17.

Dr. Schuetz was presented this first-time award on June 1, 2017, during a PCRMC Medical Group meeting. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to medical education.

“I am very humbled to receive this award,” said Dr. Schuetz, former director of student medical education at PCRMC for more than 20 years. “Being associated with PCRMC’s medical education program has been the highlight of my career, and this honor is just the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Students in the Mid-Missouri AHEC (Area Health Education Center) program at PCRMC chose Dr. Schuetz to receive the honor. Their decision was unanimous, according to Chadwell Vail, DO, an internal medicine physician and current director of student medical education at PCRMC.

“They chose Dr. Schuetz because he is an amazing mentor,” Dr. Vail said. “One student even noted that had it not been for Dr. Schuetz, he would not have done as well as he did during his third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships.”

Most of these students from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience are in their third and fourth years of medical school and complete many of their clinical clerkships at PCRMC, including some with Dr. Schuetz.

While studying at PCRMC, the medical students participate in a didactic program, where they attend lectures and workshops led by various physicians and specialists, such as Dr. Schuetz. “The medical, nursing and Allied Health family are all to be commended for their participation in providing an exceptional, inclusive educational experience,” Dr. Schuetz says.

Dr. Schuetz continues to work with medical students at PCRMC, educating them about physical exams and coaching them as they receive practical experience in a hospital setting.

“It is a pleasant reward to see the vast majority of medical students who receive training and education at PCRMC grow up to become more independent, self-sufficient and knowledgeable,” Dr. Schuetz said.

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Forrest Rackham, PsyD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is pleased to announce the addition of psychologist Forrest Rackham, Psy.D, to the PCRMC Medical Group.

Dr. Rackham is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been practicing since 2012.

He earned his Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology and his Master of Science from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

His special interests include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), hypnosis, rural psychology, primary care psychology and the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality.

As a psychologist, Dr. Rackham said he enjoys connecting with individuals.

“I get to see people become more self-reliant,” he said. “Also, patients allow me to be part of their journey toward behavioral changes and becoming more fulfilled with their lives.”

Before coming to PCRMC, Dr. Rackham worked at community health centers in Virginia and Iowa.

As for the best advice Dr. Rackham gives his patients, it’s quite simple: just breathe. “Stressors can make our bodies tense, and breathing helps us slow down and focus,” he said.

To learn more about Dr. Rackham, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.

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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 cclayton@pcrmc.com or visit https://www.pcrmc.com/Patients-Visitors/PFAC-Membership-Application to complete an application online.

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Clinical Trials Day Honors Clinical Research Professionals

Did you know that cancer patients at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) can participate in clinical research trials?

Patients at PCRMC’s Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) have access to national clinical trials through the health organization’s affiliation with Cancer Research for the Ozarks.

As an affiliate member of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), the DDCI is able to access a wide variety of trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

By having patients take part in these research trials, PCRMC has the ability to provide the highest standard of care and help shape the future of cancer treatment globally.

Clinical Trials Day is being celebrated May 19 this year, and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) uses this day to raise awareness about clinical trials and honor clinical research professionals by recognizing their contributions to public health and medical progress.

At the DDCI, Christopher Spencer, MD, director of radiation oncology, as well as Stephen Toothaker, MD, and Tezo Karedan, MD, both medical oncologists and hematologists, are research investigators and work with patients in clinical trials. Linda Schumacher and Janette Richards are both oncology research nurses at the DDCI. Schumacher is certified through ACRP as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, and Richards is a candidate for certification in the spring of 2018.

“The DDCI offers Phase 3 national clinical trials,” says Dr. Spencer. In Phase 3 trials, a drug or treatment is given to large groups of people to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.

These clinical trials benefit patients by providing them access to promising new treatment options that are often not available otherwise. In some cases, participants in the clinical trials may be the first to benefit from the new treatments or therapies being studied.

Most of the cancer treatments available today are the result of a clinical research trial. Participation in cancer research is voluntary.

Clinical Trials Day is held on or around May 20 each year to recognize the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship.

Lind hypothesized that scurvy could be cured through the introduction of acids to the body, and so on May 20, 1747, he recruited 12 men for a “fair test.” He noticed that citrus fruits helped those who suffered from scurvy. His design of a trial is believed to have inspired future clinical trial designs.

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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 tpeters@pcrmc.com or visit giving.pcrmc.com.