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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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Physiatrist Dawn Myers, DO, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Missouri native Dawn M. Myers, DO, MPT, joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group in September as a new physiatrist — a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Physiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating neurological, musculoskeletal and other types of disorders that cause temporary or permanent injury and functional disability.

“We basically assist patients who have any impairment that prevents them from functioning normally,” Dr. Myers explains. The goal of all the treatments in physical medicine and rehabilitation is to increase a person’s mobility, strength and balance.

Dr. Myers earned a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in health science and later received her master of physical therapy (MPT), both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In May 2013, she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).

After graduating from KCUMB, Dr. Myers completed an internship at Capital Region Medical Center in

Jefferson City. Earlier this year, she finished her residency program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Myers may provide patients with assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to help during rehabilitation. In certain cases, medication can be prescribed to help with pain management, alertness and fatigue.

Among the procedures or treatments that Dr. Myers is trained in include joint injections, Botox injections or trigger point injections (TPI). Dr. Myers also can perform EMGs (electromyograms) and nerve conduction studies, where the electrical activity of muscles is measured.

She is working with fellow PCRMC physiatrist Matthew Rieth, MD.

To learn more about physical medicine and rehabilitation, visit pcrmc.com.

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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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General Surgeon Raman Babayeuski, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Raman Babayeuski, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general surgeon.

Dr. Babayeuski earned his medical degree from the Belarusian State Medical University in Belarus. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

He has five years of experience as a surgeon in Belarus. His special interests include minimally invasive abdominal surgery, robotic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, endocrine surgery (including surgery involving adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands) and surgery for breast cancer patients.

While his mother was a psychiatrist, Dr. Babayeuski actually credits his interest in science and health classes in school as to what led him on the path to become a physician.

The number of different health services available at PCRMC is one of the reasons he chose to practice here. “It’s a big hospital and a busy place,” he says of PCRMC.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Babayeuski says he likes to be able to cure diseases through operations and help his patients live better lives. One of the best health tips he would give his patients is encouraging them to eat healthy and exercise regularly. “A healthy body leads to a healthy spirit,” he says.

Dr. Babayeuski joins fellow PCRMC General Surgeons Matthew Bond, DO; Dana Voight, MD; LeRoy Wombold; DO; and Allison Rowden, PA.

To learn more about Dr. Babayeuski, or any of PCRMC’s general surgeons, please visit pcrmc.com.

 

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Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.

Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.

When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.

Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.

As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.

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