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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Week

To celebrate National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 18-24, a luncheon was held at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla on Sept. 22 for patients who had an acute rehab stay at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

About 40 patients who received rehabilitation services during 2015 and 2016 attended this year’s event.  

Kindred therapy staff for the rehab unit at PCRMC served chicken, sides, desserts and drinks to the patients, while they were entertained by a local trio of musicians.

According to Amy Robnett, acute rehab program director, “The event offers a chance for patients to come back and visit with other patients as well as see their therapists who helped them to regain their independence and return to the community.”

Robnett said she enjoys seeing the improvements that patients have made.

Phil Cox, PCRMC chaplain, led a prayer before the meal, and attendees heard from several speakers.

Cameron Hance, annual giving coordinator with the Phelps County Regional Health Care Foundation, spoke about the Foundation and its programs.

Attendees also heard from Rolla Fire Chief Ron Smith, with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, who discussed fire safety, and Cpl. Steve Gray, with the Rolla Police Department, who talked about fraud and scams.

There also were door prizes and other giveaways. Jerry Rosa, Don Davis and Bill Pilliard played music during the luncheon.

Kindred offers acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation in Rolla and Waynesville as well as in the transitional care unit and acute rehab unit and is served by 50 staff members.

For more information about Kindred therapy services, or the inpatient rehabilitation unit at PCRMC, call 573-458-7885.

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Colton’s Fundraiser to Benefit Joy of Caring Cancer Fund

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

The fundraising event will be held Monday, October 3, from 4:30-9 p.m. at Colton’s, located at 1675 N. Bishop Avenue in Rolla.

Ten percent (10%) of all sales made at the restaurant during that time will be donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

The fund provides financial assistance for challenges faced by local cancer patients after a diagnosis, including resources for managing daily activities.

The community is encouraged to come out and dine at Colton’s that evening to benefit cancer patients.

Ed Clayton, PCRMC chief executive officer, met with officials from Saving Sight Monday, Sept. 12, to dedicate a rose in honor of the hospital’s eye donors that will be carried on the 14th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in January 2017.

Eye Donors from PCRMC to Be Honored at Rose Parade

Last year, 19 heroes from Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) gave the gift of sight to those at risk of going blind by donating their eye tissue for sight-saving corneal transplants.

Saving Sight, a regional nonprofit organization, coordinated the eye donation process for those donors and is working with PCRMC to honor their gifts on a national stage during the 128th Rose Parade to be broadcast around the world from Pasadena, California, on Jan. 2, 2017.

Ed Clayton, PCRMC chief executive officer, met with officials from Saving Sight on Sept. 12 to dedicate a rose in honor of the hospital’s eye donors that will be carried on the 14th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in January. Clayton signed a vial with a personal message from the hospital in memory of the hospital’s eye donors.

In January, the vial will carry a white Akito rose on the Rose Parade float to honor the donors and help spread the simple, life-giving message that eye, organ and tissue donation heals and saves lives.

“It’s an incredible gift these donors make through eye donation,” said Saving Sight Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. “We’re excited to work with Phelps County Regional Medical Center to honor that gift by dedicating a rose that will be seen around the world as part of this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and serve as a testament to the healing power of the gift of sight.”

Across its service region, Saving Sight recovered, processed and placed 3,016 corneas for transplant in 2015. Saving Sight changed the lives of an average of eight people every day through the gift of sight.

For more information on Saving Sight, please visit saving-sight.org.

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PCRMC Marketing Department Wins Four Prestigious 2016 Aster Awards for Healthcare Marketing

The Aster Awards is an elite healthcare marketing competition that allows organizations to compete against similarly-sized competitors from across the nation and the world. The awards recognize the nation’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising. Over 3000 entries were submitted and judged by industry experts.

“I want to thank the marketing team for their hard work and dedication,” said Marketing Director John Marc Denbo. “We have a talented and dedicated group of healthcare professionals who consistently deliver outstanding results. It is nice to compete in an international competition and be judged as being worthy of these awards. I could not be more proud.”

Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s (PCRMC) Marketing Department, comprised of Lindsey Dunstedter, Hillary MacCash and Somer Overshon, took home four prestigious awards in the areas of special events, radio, content development and design.

“Any hospital would be thrilled with just one of these awards, but for the Marketing Department to be selected to receive 4 national awards represents a dedicated marketing staff that is both talented and creative,” said Donald James, DO, SVP/CMO. CEO Ed Clayton agreed, adding that he is “proud of the recognition the Marketing Department received through the Aster Awards; the team works diligently to ensure the community has information about all of PCRMCs healthcare clinics, providers, services, events and educational opportunities.”

The PCRMC Marketing Department won the following 2016 Aster Awards:

  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center — Rolla, MO
    Award: Gold (Scored in top 5%)
    Entry Name: 3rd Annual Superhero 5K
    Category: Special Events
  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center — Rolla, MO
    Award: Silver (Scored in top 12%)
    Entry Name: KTTR “Ask the Professionals” with Dr. Phil Cox, Grief Recovery
    Category: Radio
  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center — Rolla, MO
    Award: Silver (Scored in top 12%)
    Entry Name: Heart & Vascular Center Flyer
    Category: Flyer
  • Phelps County Regional Medical Center — Rolla, MO
    Award: Silver (Scored in top 12%)
    Entry Name: PCRMC Physicians Group Billboard
    Category: Billboard Design

For more information about the Aster Awards program, please visit www.asterawards.com/winners.

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

You don’t need super powers to be a stroke hero; you just need to know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. When it comes to stroke, every second counts! Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated. This is why rapid access to medical treatment often makes the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. Learn how to identify the warning signs of stroke using the acronym F.A.S.T:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 9-1-1

Knowing and sharing F.A.S.T. not only makes you a stroke hero, but it provides stroke survivors with an opportunity to retain quality of life. Follow other stroke heroes across the nation by learning F.A.S.T. and telling your friends and loved ones. Your quick actions can help save a life!

To learn more about how you can be a stroke hero, please visit www.StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero.