PCRMC Sponsors Field of Heroes in Waynesville

For the third year in a row, the Armed Services YMCA in Waynesville is hosting the Field of Heroes, in conjunction with the City of Waynesville and the Veterans Day Parade. Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is a proud guardian sponsor of the event.

A total of 300 U.S. flags that are 3 feet by 5 feet in size plus 85 smaller flags placed in soldiers’ boots are arranged in precise rows in the field along Old Route 66 in downtown Waynesville.

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the Field of Heroes event Thursday evening, November 10, were Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman, Missouri Rep. Steve Lynch and Thomas L. Howard, a 92-year-old World War II Army veteran.

The flags will be on display all day Friday, November 11, as well as all day Saturday, November 12, and through noon Sunday, November 13. The flags will be lit up at night.

Each flag recognizes a specific hero. The public is invited to stop by and walk through the Field of Heroes to reverently view the heroes’ flags.


PCRMC Auxiliary Named Auxiliary of the Year

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services was named an Auxiliary of the Year by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA).

The MAHA Auxiliary of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions of Missouri hospital auxiliaries and acknowledges the value of volunteerism to individuals, organizations and communities.

The PCRMC Auxiliary was the Category 3 winner of the award, meaning it won out of all auxiliaries at hospitals with 101 to 300 licensed beds.

According to the Missouri Hospital Association, there are 18 hospitals in Category 3 and a total of 73 hospitals that are MAHA members.

A group of nearly 40 PCRMC Auxiliary members and staff took a USA Tours bus from Rolla to Osage Beach, Missouri, on Thursday, November 3, 2016, to receive their award presented at a luncheon during the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention and Trade Show.

The recent Auxiliary of the Year award recognized hospital auxiliaries for outstanding service between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016.

“We are very honored that Missouri Hospital Association has chosen us,” said Linda Mitchell, president of the PCRMC Auxiliary. “Without each and every one of our volunteers, this award would not be possible.”

“Great things are possible when we work together,” said Tina Pridgeon, director of the PCRMC Auxiliary.

“They do a fantastic job. This award is well deserved by the Auxiliary,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton.

The PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services organization has 217 members, and between June 2015, and May 2016, they volunteered more than 23,960 hours within the hospital and in the community.

Also during that time period, the PCRMC Auxiliary contributed a total of $107,783.76 to the hospital and community. That includes $53,511.76 in funds to the hospital, $30,277 toward hospital equipment purchases and $16,000 in scholarships to students pursuing health careers.

The PCRMC Auxiliary embraced the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries state project of “deep vein thrombosis” awareness, holding educational events and providing materials for staff and the public.

In March 2016, the Auxiliary celebrated the 10th anniversary of the “Happy Hauler” patient shuttle service that is supported by the Auxiliary.

PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services previously won the Auxiliary of the Year award in 2006.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or a member of the Auxiliary, call Tina Pridgeon, director of PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services, at 573-458-7939.

Tezo Karedan

Tezo Karedan, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Oncologist and hematologist Tezo Karedan, MD, has recently joined the cancer care team at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI).

Dr. Karedan earned her medical degree from Odessa State Medical University in Odessa, Ukraine, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Trivandrum Medical College at the University of Kerala, India.

She also completed residency training in internal medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center at Michigan State University in Flint, Michigan, and a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Karedan said she knew she wanted to be a physician since childhood.

Her favorite aspect about being a care provider is giving hope to patients. “Physicians have a special bond with their patients,” she said, noting that doctors are mentors and guides to their patients.

As for why she chose PCRMC, Dr. Karedan said she likes that Rolla is just the right-sized community. “I like this place. It’s comfortable,” she said.

Dr. Karedan encourages patients to practice preventative care. “Be aware of yourself,” she said, so that when something is different with your body, you can let your provider know.

Do exercise, but don’t smoke, she recommends. In addition, she urges patients to get screening studies done.

Dr. Karedan has been practicing for three years. After completing her residency, she worked at one of the biggest cancer centers in India, where she was involved in the care of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. She also worked in rural, underserved areas of India and was a primary care physician in the suburbs of Trivandrum, India.

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

coat drive

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.

pig pumpkin

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!