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Rita’s Coats for Kids Drive Runs Through November 24th

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), in partnership with the Rolla Church of the Nazarene and other local churches, is hosting the Rita’s Coats for Kids initiative for children in need this year.

The community is encouraged to donate a new or gently used coat to help a child this winter through this coat drive.

This collection is being held in memory of the late Rita Persicke, who was a registered nurse in the medical oncology department at PCRMC for many years. Persicke also was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

The goal is to collect 500 coats by Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 24th, 2016.

Coats of all sizes are needed for children and can be dropped off at various locations at PCRMC, 1000 W. 10th Street, Rolla.

There are collection boxes located in the medical oncology department, surgical orthopedics unit, Phelps Regional Homecare, the nursing office and the Bond Infusion Clinic.

Coats also may be dropped off at the Rolla Church of the Nazarene, 1901 E. 10th Street, Rolla, or other area churches.

For questions or more information, call Sue LaPlante at PCRMC at 573-458-7365.

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PCRMC Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) held its third annual pumpkin decorating contest on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

Pumpkins submitted had to have a Breast Cancer Awareness theme (with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and could be decorated or carved. Winners were determined by votes that were cast with money.

The contest raised a total of $856.86 this year. All proceeds benefited the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides uninsured women in need with free mammograms and ultrasounds.

There were both individual and group categories. Medical Oncology won the group category with its entry of “Rooting Out Breast Cancer Pink Pig.” Infection Prevention came in a close second.

In the individual category, Lora Gilbert won with a Kitty Cat pumpkin entry, with Mechelle Grumney coming in a close second.

Prizes were awarded to the group and individual whose pumpkins had the most money.

There were 16 participants in this year’s pumpkin contest.

PCRMC, the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation, Auxiliary & Volunteer Services and the Comprehensive Breast Center all thank everyone who entered a pumpkin into the contest and to those who voted with their dollars!


Colton’s Fundraiser Nets $480 for Joy of Caring Cancer Fund

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and Colton’s Steak House and Grill in Rolla joined together for a fundraiser for the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Joy of Caring Cancer Fund in early October.

Ten percent (10%) of all sales made at the restaurant on Monday, October 3, from 4:30-9 p.m., were donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund. The event raised a total of $480.

The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund offers financial assistance for patients undergoing cancer treatments who may have difficulty managing their daily activities due to their cancer diagnosis.

This fund assists with prescription medications, wigs, food supplements, mastectomy bras and recovery supplies, rehabilitation and other needs, as identified.



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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging women age 40 and older to get their annual breast cancer screenings.

Every Friday in October, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center is offering free 3-D mammograms to women who are at least age 40 and financially qualify. The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund is covering the cost of 50 3-D mammograms.

The Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammograms since June 2016.

The 3-D mammogram takes about 26 projections of the breast, and PCRMC radiologists can view 1-millimeter slices to get a clearer view of dense breast tissue and detect any abnormalities.

Tiffany Henry, Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator, said there is a 30-40 percent higher detection rate with 3-D mammograms than 2-D mammograms. Mammograms take about 15-20 minutes.

Missouri ranks 42nd in the nation for women getting screening mammograms, Henry noted.

Breast cancer occurs when there is a fast growth of cells in the breasts that turn abnormal and usually cause a lump. Not all cases of breast cancer are alike, and there are different ways to treat breast cancer.

Some of the symptoms of breast cancer may include breast lumps, redness or swelling of the breasts, nipple retraction or nipple discharge, dimpling, changes in the skin of the breast and sometimes pain.

Non-invasive breast cancer occurs if the cell growth stays within the breast lobule or duct, said Carol Walter, nurse navigator with the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI). Once the growth goes outside that area, it becomes invasive.

 The stages of breast cancer depend on the tumor’s size, how many lymph nodes are affected and whether it has spread to other areas, such as the lungs, liver or bones.

“Don’t be afraid,” Walter advised women who may have concerns about getting mammograms. “So many women put it off because they are afraid of what they might find or that it will hurt.”

Henry recommends that women be self-aware about their breasts and what they normally look and feel like so that if an abnormality occurs, they are more likely to notice it and can let their provider know.

Walter said the older women get, the more likely they may get breast cancer.

To learn more about mammograms, breast self-exams and general breast health, call PCRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center at 573-458-3100.

flu health blog

PCRMC Urges You to Get Flu Vaccine

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family this flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get the vaccine before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination for antibodies to develop that provide protection against the influenza virus.

Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because of concerns about its effectiveness. The flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses this year. If you have an egg allergy, let your provider know before getting the vaccination.

In addition to the flu vaccine, you can take many precautions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to avoid getting sick. The flu virus is mainly spread through coughs and sneezes so if you have the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading germs.

The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza. The viruses in the vaccine are dead and cannot cause infection.

Check with your Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) provider about getting your flu vaccine today.