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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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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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National Nurses Week Celebrated May 6-12

Nurses at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and around the country are being honored this week, as the American Nurses Association (ANA) celebrates National Nurses Week.

The theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit,” which recognizes nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness.

During National Nurses Week, PCRMC would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses, who provide the highest level of quality care in multiple specialty areas to patients of all ages. Nurses are a valuable asset to the communities they serve.

“PCRMC nurses have a wide variety of skills and education, and because of this, our patients would not have the same outcomes without nurses,” says PCRMC Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin.

Nurses are hard-working and dedicated, Brookshire-Heavin says, and they advocate for our patients’ health and well-being every day. “Nursing is an art and a science,” she says.

Being a nurse can be very demanding at times, but the interactions nurses have with their patients and peers make their jobs extremely rewarding.

PCRMC nurses deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while also having an unfailing commitment to saving lives. They also are dedicated to improving the health of countless patients.At PCRMC nurses sacrifice numerous hours of their time to consistently deliver outstanding, personalized and patient-centered care.

The ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse,” and each time a nurse interacts with a patient, that nurse has the chance to be a role model for good health, according to ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano

“And a healthy nurse is more likely to talk to a patient about how to get healthy and is more credible when promoting those behaviors. That’s how nurses can help change the health of America,” Cipriano says.

National Nurses Week is observed each year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was known as the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, she tended to soldiers and was called “The Lady with the Lamp” since she made her rounds at night.

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PCRMC Now Offering Orthopedics Joint Camp

Do you have an upcoming joint replacement? Are you considering knee or hip surgery? Learn more at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Orthopedics Joint Camp, which can help you get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

The classes, which began in March 2017, are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Shirley Day Conference Center at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute, 1060 West 10th St., Rolla. PCRMC care staff lead the classes.

With Joint Camp, you will get a comprehensive education detailing what to expect each step of the way for your joint replacement surgery, recovery and rehabilitation. At the PCRMC Joint Camp, you will learn about the following:

• Preparing for your surgery

• Getting the most out of your surgery

• Rehab therapy

During the class, you and your family will be provided with the resources you need to ensure your joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation are positive experiences. In addition, you will receive a booklet to take with you that will give you the knowledge, ability and confidence to properly care for your new joint.

The PCRMC Orthopedics Group comprises talented and skilled physicians, nurses and staff. All of our physicians have advanced training and experience in performing hip, shoulder and knee replacements and utilize the most up-to-date treatments and technology available.

For more information, visit pcrmc.com or call PCRMC Orthopedics at 573-364-5633(KNEE). 

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6 Ways to Lower Your Risks for Colon Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately 1 in 20 Americans will develop colon cancer at some time during their life. However, there are 6 things you can do to help lower your risk of getting the disease.

Get screened for colon cancer. Colon screenings can often find growths called polyps that can be removed before they become cancer. The ACS recommends you get tested once you turn 50. Talk to your doctor about when you should start getting screenings and which tests are right for you.

Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Diets that include lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains have been linked to a decreased risk of colon cancer. Eat less red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, and processed meats, like hot dogs and certain lunch meats, which have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer.

Get regular exercise. If you are not physically active, you have a greater chance of developing colon cancer. Increasing your activity may help reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of getting and dying from colon cancer. Eating healthier and increasing your physical activity can help you control your weight.

Don’t smoke. Long-term smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop and die from colon cancer.

Limit alcohol. Colon cancer has been linked to heavy drinking. The ACS recommends no more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day for men and 1 alcoholic drink a day for women.