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PCRMC Now Offering Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Patients who suffer from various joint injuries now have a new treatment option available to them at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC). The low-risk medical procedure, which only takes about a half hour, may postpone the need for surgery, according to the PCRMC Orthopedics Group.

A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a treatment used for a variety of common orthopedic conditions. PRP injections offer an alternative to surgical interventions.

“It may help avoid surgery down the road,” says PCRMC Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Potter, MD. “It may put off a knee replacement surgery.”

The injections can be used for patients with conditions including tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sprained knees, chronic tendon injuries and acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries.

Additionally, PRP has been used in outpatient settings to treat common overuse conditions including Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis and patellar tendonitis.

This service is being offered to patients at PCRMC on a cash-only basis for $375. This procedure is not covered by most insurance companies or Medicare.

The entire process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and can be done in the PCRMC Orthopedics office located in the PCRMC Medical Office Building, 1050 West 10th Street, Rolla, MO.

In November 2015, PCRMC Orthopedics care providers performed the first PRP injection on a patient at PCRMC.

PRP is obtained from the patient who is being treated. During the procedure, about 15 mL of the patient’s blood is drawn from a vein in his or her arm.

The patient’s blood is then placed in a specialized centrifuge, a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The care provider then extracts the platelet-rich portion of the blood and injects this into the area of the patient’s injury.

The main benefits of PRP are thought to be caused by growth factors released from the patient’s blood platelets. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a response to remedy the injury.

“There’s minimal risk,” Dr. Potter says about PRP injections. Dr. Potter notes that whenever a needle is inserted through a patient’s skin, infection can occur.

PRP injections are not recommended in individuals with bleeding disorders, those taking anti-coagulation (blood-thinner) medications or people who have cancer, active infections or are pregnant.

For more information about PRP or to schedule an appointment, call the PCRMC Orthopedics Group at 573-364-5633 (KNEE).

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New Year’s Day Baby Receives Special Welcome from PCRMC

A New Year’s Day arrival received a special welcome from Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) nurses and staff.

Pransi Neupane was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2017, arriving at 1:37 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Pransi was welcomed by her parents Pauf Neupane and Kamala Devkota Neupane, of Rolla.

As part of a long-standing tradition at PCRMC, the first baby of the new year receives gifts and baby items to commemorate the event. Several businesses donated items worth over $500.

This year, Pransi and her family received a welcome basket filled with baby items, including a $30 gift card from Walmart; two baby items worth $20 from Big Lots; six cupcakes worth $20 from Cupcakes and Cravings; a $25 gift card from Colton’s Steak House and Grill; a teddy bear from the PCRMC Lily Pad Gift Shop; a $50 gift card from Matt’s Steakhouse; a $10 gift card from Spoon Me; $150 in baby supplies from the PCRMC Marketing Department; breastmilk supplies from the PCRMC Lactation Clinic; a book and toy from Rolla Books & Toys; baby blankets, coffee cups, hand sanitizer and more from Legends Bank; a $25 gift card from Price Chopper; a handprint kit, toy and bib from The Family Center; a toy horse from Front Porch Boutique; a $10 gift card from Family Video; a $50 JCPenney gift card from Matt Smith Real Estate Group, LLC; baby bodysuits, candy and coffee cup from Summer Birth Services; a stuffed animal and $25 gift card from Blossom Basket Florist; a $20 gift card from Applebee’s; and a $25 OshKosh B’Gosh/Carter’s gift card from Sugar Buckets Children’s Resale Shop.


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PCRMC’s Living History Program Helps Tell Patients’ Stories

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is looking for patients to write stories about for the Living History Program©.

If you are a patient who receives treatment while at PCRMC and participate in the program, a life story will be written about you. It will be a history of who you are and what you have done.

All parts of your life play a role in your well-being. By knowing your story, PCRMC can better treat and encourage you as a patient.

Through the program, a storywriter will come and talk with you about your life, including where you were born, where you have lived, what you do (or did) for a living, what hobbies and interests you have and things about your family. You should feel free to share whatever information you want and none that you feel uncomfortable telling.

The PCRMC storywriter will write your story and let you read it to make sure it is accurate. When the story is written, it becomes a gift to the patient and his or her family, but the story also becomes a useful tool for the healthcare team.

The Living History Program© provides a document that brings to life the history of PCRMC’s patients and allows healthcare workers to provide care to the heart and soul of the patient, not just the diagnosis or condition.

The benefits of giving care with a personalized life story available are tremendous. Nurses and physicians use the information in the story to increase their connectivity with the patient. PCRMC staff learns to understand and appreciate patients better through the use of their personal stories.

In addition, the story is used by social workers and case managers in the discharge planning process. A Living History increases satisfaction of the patient, family and members of the healthcare team.

If you come back to PCRMC as a patient, your story can be updated, if necessary.

You have the option of keeping your story confidential, but many of the patients like to share their story. So if you are comfortable with your history, you can sign a release form and PCRMC may include your story in hardbound books that will include the histories of many others. These books will be available at PCRMC.

For more information about the Living History Program©, contact PCRMC Guest Relations at 573-458-7878.

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PCRMC Offers Volunteer Opportunity for College Students

Local college students looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to help the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services Department.

Under the Safe Send-Off College Student Volunteer Program, the student volunteers will provide non-nursing assistance to patients at PCRMC. The volunteers will assist PCRMC staff with escorting discharged patients safely from their room to their ride home. Volunteers will be trained on proper wheelchair procedures.

Starting Monday, January 30, 2017, three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Volunteers must attend one of two orientations that have been scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. or Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. in Private Dining Room 1 at PCRMC, 1000 West 10th Street, Rolla.

In addition, online learning modules are required prior to volunteering.

For a volunteer application or for more information, contact Franz Kindel at 573-458-7553 or


PCRMC Donates Ambulance to Rolla Police Department

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently donated a 2006 Ford E-450 ambulance to the Rolla Police Department (RPD). PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey handed the keys over to the RPD on Monday, December 5th.

“On behalf of PCRMC, I give you the keys for this much needed service,” Massey said.

The RPD will use the ambulance for its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team as a miniature command post for hostage negotiations, according to RPD Chief Sean Fagan. The RPD will equip the ambulance with radios, emergency phones, mobile computers and other necessary items.

“The Rolla Police Department sincerely thanks PCRMC for this generous donation,” said Chief Fagan. “This ambulance will greatly expand the operations of our SWAT team and hostage negotiation unit.”

Pictured from left are Phelps County Ambulance Medical Director Dr. David White, RPD Chief Sean Fagan, PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey and RPD Lt. Jason Smith.