Waynesville Sleep Center

Accredited PCRMC Sleep Center Can Help With Sleep Disorders

Do you often experience fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness? Does your partner notice you snoring a lot? Do you wake up with headaches or dry mouth in the mornings? These could be signs that you may have a sleep disorder.

Fortunately, the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Sleep Center, with two convenient locations — in Rolla and Waynesville — can provide diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for patients with a full range of sleep-related problems. Both locations are accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In addition, PCRMC offers home sleep testing.

Some of the more common sleep disorders seen in patients at PCRMC’s Sleep Center include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, narcolepsy and periodic limb movements. Poor quality sleep can often lead to accidents, injuries and other health issues, such as impaired cognition and many chronic diseases.

If you think you might have one or more of these problems, the first step is to contact your primary care physician. Your doctor will use screening tools, such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale or the STOP-Bang questionnaire, to help assess your condition. These evaluations include questions about your likeliness of dozing off during various activities, not just feeling tired.

In certain cases, assessments of your heart and lung functions may be necessary. Depending on the results of these tests, your physician may refer you to the PCRMC Sleep Center.

PCRMC uses the most advanced technology to assess patients with sleep issues. At PCRMC’s Sleep Center, staff can conduct diagnostic polysomnography studies, electroencephalographs (EEGs) that measure the electrical activity of your brain, and CPAP/BiPAP (continuous positive airway pressure/bi-level positive airway pressure) fitting and titration.

PCRMC’s Sleep Center staff is comprised of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and Registered Respiratory Therapists–Sleep Disorder Specialists, who are all credentialed. The Sleep Center partners with board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Terrence Coulter and Melanie Chisam, PA, who see patients twice a month at the PCRMC Medical Office Building.

“We are fortunate to have this clinical expertise and a board-certified specialist who provide high-quality care,” says Cheryl Hoerr, director of respiratory and sleep services at PCRMC.

The Sleep Center has four beds in Rolla and two in Waynesville, and sleep studies are conducted Mondays through Fridays, according to Amy Yates, lead technologist with the PCRMC Sleep Center. While most sleep studies occur at night, PCRMC offers daytime tests for those who work nights.

During sleep studies, patients can expect their breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels, brain waves and leg movements to be monitored. PCRMC’s Sleep Center offers a variety of nasal or full-face masks, and staff can help patients find the right one to wear.

The Sleep Center rooms are clean, comfortable and private. They include amenities such as televisions, large walk-in showers, queen-sized adjustable beds with memory foam mattresses and free access to high-speed Wi-Fi.

PCRMC’s Sleep Center is located near the East Entrance of the hospital in Rolla as well as lower level of the Waynesville Medical Plaza.

Sleep studies are provided by physician referral only, so talk to your primary care doctor if you feel you experience sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. For more information about the PCRMC Sleep Center, call 573-458-7650.

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PCRMC Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better time is there to remind women age 40 and over to get their annual breast cancer screenings?

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death caused by cancer in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. However, detecting breast cancer early and receiving state-of-the-art treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer.

That is why each October the Comprehensive Breast Center at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) offers free mammograms to women in need.

PCRMC will provide 50 mammograms Monday, Oct. 30, free of charge to women who are at least age 40 or older and financially qualify.

Forty of these screenings will take place at the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building. The remaining 10 will be offered at the PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza. Mammograms normally take about 15-20 minutes.

To see if you qualify or to make an appointment for one of these screenings, call Centralized Scheduling at 573-458-7737.

“Annual screening mammograms allow for breast cancer to be detected in earlier stages, when breast cancer is most treatable,” said Tiffany Henry, PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator. “Mammograms can actually detect breast changes up to two years before a patient or physician could feel them.”

Since June 2016, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammography technology. “A 3-D mammogram provides greater image detail, decreases the risk that a patient will be called back for further testing and has a 30-40 percent higher breast cancer detection rate (than 2-D mammograms),” Henry noted.

These 50 free mammograms are provided thanks to the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides financial assistance to qualified women for screening mammograms and other procedures, as recommended by the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center.

The public can help by donating to this fund during the 4th annual PCRMC pumpkin decorating contest to be held Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2 near the PCRMC cafeteria. For more information, or to submit an entry, contact Tiffany Henry at thenry@pcrmc.com.

One of the other events returning for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the 2nd Annual PCRMC Breast Cancer Awareness March to be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St. in Rolla. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the march will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information on how to register for the march, contact Tiffany Henry at thenry@pcrmc.com.

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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by offering activities for rehab patients and honoring therapy staff.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which is September 17-23 this year, is a time designated to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities, or those recovering from injury and illness.

That was exactly the purpose of a luncheon held for past PCRMC acute rehab patients on Wednesday, September 20, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. About 40 people attended.

This annual event provides patients and their loved ones with the opportunity to visit with their therapists, according to Amy Robnett, program director for the acute rehab unit. The lunch also allows PCRMC rehabilitation therapy staff to see the improvements made by their patients and how these patients have regained their independence.

This year’s speaker was Randy Dorsey, a patient who received care at PCRMC after suffering a stroke over 13 months ago. Dorsey went through both the acute rehabilitation program as an inpatient and the outpatient therapy services at PCRMC.

Dorsey described himself as a healthy and accomplished individual before his stroke. However, after his stroke, he lost all feeling on the left side of his body.

“It devastated me,” he said but noted that he had a glimpse of hope. “I could only wiggle my pinky finger.”

Dorsey received care from experienced staff with PCRMC Rehabilitation Services, and he described his journey as a positive one.

“All of the nurses, therapists and my family members… were all so encouraging,” he said. “I’ve been so blessed.”

Guests also received handouts regarding a comparison between traditional Medicare and the Managed Medicare plans as well as how patients could receive rehabilitation services covered by these plans.

Attendees at this year’s luncheon were treated to meals provided by Lee’s Chicken. Before they ate, Phil Cox, PCRMC director of pastoral services, gave a blessing.

The Rolla Pickers, made up of Bill Pilliard (a PCRMC employee), Shirley Robertson, Jena Huizinga and De Price, played music during the event. Door prizes also were given away.

“I want to thank all of the musicians, speakers, patients and their families for coming out and celebrating National Rehab Week with our staff,” said Robnett.

The luncheon is just one of the events PCRMC organized for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week this year.

“We also did activities on the rehab unit and for our referral sources in the community,” Robnett said. “We provided treats and goodies to all of the case managers and social workers who work with our patients, too.”

According to Robnett, patients treated by PCRMC Rehabilitation Services have come from all over the area, and even out of state.

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Superhero 5K Raises Over $11,000 for Local Cancer Patients

Phelps County Regional Medi­cal Center’s (PCRMC) 5th Annual Superhero 5K walk/fun run held June 10, 2017, at Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla, raised more than $11,000 for local cancer patients.

Proceeds from this year’s Superhero 5K totaled $11,598.60, and PCRMC Administration and the Marketing and Public Relations Department recently presented a check for this amount to the Phelps Re­gional Health Care Foundation.

This money will benefit the Foundation’s Joy of Caring Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance for patients undergoing cancer treat­ments. This fund helps with prescrip­tion medications, wigs, food sup­plements, mastectomy bras and recovery supplies, rehabilitation and other needs, as identified.

“We could not do it without all the support we have within the community, and we are so grateful,” says Lorrie Hartley, executive director of the Foundation.

More than 220 runners and walkers of all ages took part in this year’s Superhero 5K, a family-friendly event where participants are encouraged to dress up as superheroes.

Over 30 businesses, organizations and PCRMC providers sponsored this year’s event. PCRMC would like to thank these sponsors for supporting such a great cause.

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Physiatrist Dawn Myers, DO, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Missouri native Dawn M. Myers, DO, MPT, joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group in September as a new physiatrist — a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Physiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating neurological, musculoskeletal and other types of disorders that cause temporary or permanent injury and functional disability.

“We basically assist patients who have any impairment that prevents them from functioning normally,” Dr. Myers explains. The goal of all the treatments in physical medicine and rehabilitation is to increase a person’s mobility, strength and balance.

Dr. Myers earned a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in health science and later received her master of physical therapy (MPT), both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In May 2013, she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).

After graduating from KCUMB, Dr. Myers completed an internship at Capital Region Medical Center in

Jefferson City. Earlier this year, she finished her residency program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Myers may provide patients with assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to help during rehabilitation. In certain cases, medication can be prescribed to help with pain management, alertness and fatigue.

Among the procedures or treatments that Dr. Myers is trained in include joint injections, Botox injections or trigger point injections (TPI). Dr. Myers also can perform EMGs (electromyograms) and nerve conduction studies, where the electrical activity of muscles is measured.

She is working with fellow PCRMC physiatrist Matthew Rieth, MD.

To learn more about physical medicine and rehabilitation, visit pcrmc.com.