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Bells of Hope Unveiled at PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute

The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation unveiled two new Bells of Hope at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017.

These brass bells will be rung by cancer patients to signify and celebrate the completion of their treatment.

The Mo-Sci Corporation sponsored both bells. One of the bells is located in Radiation Oncology and is dedicated to Karen Davis. The other bell is located in Medical Oncology and is dedicated to Lana Van Doren.

Both Davis and Van Doren were the first to ring their respective bells after they were unveiled. Ted Day, CEO of Mo-Sci, unveiled the bell honoring Van Doren. Ted Day’s wife, Kim, unveiled the bell honoring, Davis, who is her mother.

PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton says these bells enhance the patient experience. Christopher Spencer, MD, medical director of the DDCI says hearing the bells also inspires hope for other patients and motivates caregivers.

PCRMC Pastoral Care Director Phil Cox recited a prayer before the unveilings.

The bells are attached to plaques that each say “Ring this bell / Three times well / Its toll to clearly say / My treatment’s done / This course is run / And I am on my way!”

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General Surgeon Raman Babayeuski, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Raman Babayeuski, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general surgeon.

Dr. Babayeuski earned his medical degree from the Belarusian State Medical University in Belarus. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

He has five years of experience as a surgeon in Belarus. His special interests include minimally invasive abdominal surgery, robotic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, endocrine surgery (including surgery involving adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands) and surgery for breast cancer patients.

While his mother was a psychiatrist, Dr. Babayeuski actually credits his interest in science and health classes in school as to what led him on the path to become a physician.

The number of different health services available at PCRMC is one of the reasons he chose to practice here. “It’s a big hospital and a busy place,” he says of PCRMC.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Babayeuski says he likes to be able to cure diseases through operations and help his patients live better lives. One of the best health tips he would give his patients is encouraging them to eat healthy and exercise regularly. “A healthy body leads to a healthy spirit,” he says.

Dr. Babayeuski joins fellow PCRMC General Surgeons Matthew Bond, DO; Dana Voight, MD; LeRoy Wombold; DO; and Allison Rowden, PA.

To learn more about Dr. Babayeuski, or any of PCRMC’s general surgeons, please visit pcrmc.com.

 

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College Volunteer Opportunities Available at PCRMC This Fall

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

The first way students at local colleges and universities can help is through the Safe Send-Off College Student Volunteer Program, where 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.

For students interested in this program, 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.

The second way college students can volunteer at PCRMC this fall is through the Nursery Cuddler College Student Volunteer Program. In this program, student volunteers will work with the Obstetrics Department to help hold infants who need more support. These college students will gain experience through rocking and consoling neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) babies.

These volunteers will be taught how to keep babies swaddled. They also will be trained on how to perform a two-minute hand scrub and how to decrease environmental stimulation of infants. In addition, they will be educated on the importance of pacifiers.

Volunteers in this program will be required to complete two hours of job shadowing with a mother/baby nurse. Four-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

College students who want to volunteer for either program must first apply and attend one of two orientations. These orientations have been scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. or Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. in Private Dining Room 1 at PCRMC, 1000 West 10th Street, Rolla.

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

Both of these college volunteer programs will start Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

For a volunteer application or for more information, contact Franz Kindel at 573-458-7553 or franz@maheclibrary.org or visit http://www.pcrmc.com/Career-Opportunities/Volunteer-Opportunities.

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Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.

Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.

When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.

Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.

As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.

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

 

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PCRMC Hosts First Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) hosted the first annual Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

About 40 representatives from PCRMC, area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance districts, Texas County Memorial Hospital, Salem Memorial District Hospital and other healthcare organizations attended the daylong, free event held at the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

The attendees, which included paramedics, nursing and EMS staff, ambulance personnel and emergency department providers and employees, heard from physicians at PCRMC, MU Health Care in Columbia and SSM Health in St. Louis about topics related to emergency medicine.

“This seminar offered a chance to learn about the most up-to-date information in emergency care,” says Jeffery Kerr, DO, medical director of the PCRMC Emergency Department. “Even though we work for different organizations, we’re all on the same team when it comes to emergency care.”

During the seminar, Dr. Kerr led a session called “My Chest Hurts,” which explained the signs and symptoms of an impending critical event. He also filled in on a presentation about pediatric airway emergencies.

Carl “Chip” Lange, PA-C, with the PCRMC Emergency Department, discussed hot topics in emergency medicine.

Among the other speakers at the symposium was Dr. Albert Chan, an interventional cardiologist at MU Health Care, who provided an update on the management of ST elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI), a type of heart attack.

In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, a trauma surgeon with MU Health Care, spoke about initial management of serious injuries in the rural setting, and Dr. Ashish Nanda, an interventional neurologist at SSM, discussed acute stroke management and interventional therapy.

This seminar was offered free to emergency services personnel thanks to the Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Fund, which provides for the needs of the PCRMC Emergency Department.

“The fund was set up by Dr. Crump’s family through the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation. The fund is used for educational opportunities for emergency medical personnel,” Dr. Kerr says. “Dr. Crump had a passion for teaching and promoting teamwork among healthcare professionals.”

Dr. Crump moved to Rolla in 1981 and joined the PCRMC staff, where he worked in the Emergency Room. He eventually became the medical director of emergency services from 1984-2009. In 1997, he took a position as vice president/chief medical officer at PCRMC and held this position until the time of his death in 2010.