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Auxiliary Awards Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

The Auxiliary & Volunteer Services organization at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has been supporting healthcare professionals for many years by awarding scholarships to area nursing and Allied Health students.

This year, the Auxiliary awarded a total of nine $2,000 scholarships, including one special RN scholarship named after Molly Mills, Auxiliary Board secretary. The Auxiliary received $1,000 in Mills’ memory, and the donation was matched with Auxiliary funds to offer an additional $2,000 scholarship.

The scholarships were given to students in three categories: Registered Nurse (RN) students, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students and Allied Health career students.

The RN/Allied Health scholarship winners were Megan Studdard (RN winner), Leanne Widener (Allied Health winner), Rebecca King (Allied Health winner), Theresa Benney (RN winner), Janet Shepard (RN winner) and Nikolas San (RN winner). Auxiliary Board and staff included in the above photos are Julie Schmidt (2nd Auxiliary VP), Jayne Stites (Auxiliary President) and Tina Pridgeon (Auxiliary Director).

These six scholarships were presented during the Auxiliary’s quarterly luncheon in December 2017. Approximately 55 people attended the lunch.

Three students earned LPN scholarships during the Lamp Lighting Ceremony at the Rolla Public Schools Administration Building — Alan Yelton, Lauren Wood and Stevie German. Also pictured are Tina Pridgeon (Auxiliary Director) and Jayne Stites (Auxiliary President).

The Lamp Lighting Ceremony pays homage to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. Nightingale was known as “the Lady with the Lamp” because she spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded.

The ceremony signifies the successful completion of the first 16 weeks of the Rolla Technical Center practical nursing program and prepares students to begin their practice of nursing in the clinical setting.

“Congratulations to the 2017 Auxiliary scholarship winners,” PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon said. “The Auxiliary feels fortunate to help support these healthcare students as they pursue their studies.”


Longtime PCRMC Volunteer Named Mental Health Hero

Audrey Huddleson, a longtime volunteer with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services, was named a Mental Health Hero by the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates.

Huddleson was the July 2017 winner of the award presented by Tabitha Hundt, (left) PLPC, Project Heroes coordinator with the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates.

The honor recognized Huddleson for having high standards as a volunteer, for supporting others in their fight against cancer and for being an exceptional role model for the community.

Hundt called Huddleson “an inspirational person,” noting that she has volunteered with PCRMC for 35 years.

Huddleson said she was surprised and honored to receive this recognition.

The public can nominate Mental Health Hero award recipients, and the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates clinical directors and board of directors choose a winner each month.

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PCRMC VolunTEEN Program Offers Students Valuable Experience

Every summer, area teenagers have the chance to gain valuable knowledge and experience while helping out in a hospital setting by becoming VolunTEENs at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

“The VolunTEEN program is for youth ages 14-19 who might be interested in healthcare careers,” says Crystal Lorah, specialist with PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services.

The Auxiliary sponsors this service opportunity for local teens, and the Auxiliary board provides funds for the VolunTEEN program. Two VolunTEEN sessions are offered every year, one in June and one in July.

This program normally draws about 30-40 students from Phelps County and surrounding areas, according to Lorah. PCRMC’s VolunTEENs are from Rolla, Waynesville, Steelville, Cuba, Salem, Edgar Springs, Newburg and Jerome. The students who volunteer must be enrolled in junior high or high school.

VolunTEENs offer assistance throughout the PCRMC organization from delivering paperwork to nursing units to greeting and escorting patients and visitors at the Medical Office Building (MOB) as well as the North and Main entrances of the hospital.

“They make reminder phone calls for Respiratory Services, take hospitality carts around to waiting areas and assist with clerical projects in Guest Relations and other areas,” Lorah says.

Additionally, the VolunTEENs make and deliver pain clinic packets as well as complete mailing projects for various departments, as needed. “They also work on folders or binders for other departments and perform other office projects and errands, as requested,” Lorah explains.

VolunTEENs help with the Take A Stand Against Child Abuse lemonade stands for the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) and may assist in The Lily Pad gift shop.

Under the VolunTEEN program, teenagers must complete at least six three-hour shifts if they only participate in one session or complete 10 three-hour shifts if they volunteer in both of the summer sessions.

In addition to helping at PCRMC, the students learn about different aspects of the healthcare and medical fields. Many departments at PCRMC provide tours or presentations for the VolunTEENs to further familiarize them with the hospital’s daily operations and services.

PCRMC’s VolunTEEN program benefits students by giving them volunteer opportunities and hours needed for National Honor Society and scholarship requirements, plus college applications.

“I have even had teens use their volunteer experience on job applications,” Lorah says.

Applications for the VolunTEEN program are usually available in April and must be completed and returned by the end of May, with orientations beginning in June.

To learn more about the PCRMC VolunTEEN program, please contact Crystal Lorah at 573-458-7947 or, or Tina Pridgeon, Auxiliary director, at 573-458-7939 or


Volunteers Recognized at Annual Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services were honored during an appreciation luncheon on April 19, 2017, at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla.

This year’s theme was “PCRMC Volunteers Celebrating Moments in Time.” An estimated 150 people attended.

The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service with the Auxiliary. Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and plants. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary.

Audrey Huddleson is the longest serving PCRMC Auxiliary volunteer, with 35 years of service given to the hospital. “I enjoy every minute of it,” Huddleson says.

Blanche Lortz has been an Auxiliary volunteer for 25 years, and Velma Overby and Linda Marsh each have 24 years of service. Jean Joiner and Jean Platt each have served as Auxiliary volunteers for 22 years. Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener all have been Auxiliary members for 20 years.

The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 23,123 service hours in 2016. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.

“Volunteers make many things and events special,” said PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon.

Three guest speakers shared how contributions from the volunteers have benefitted several projects.

Mark Long, development director with The Community Partnership, spoke about how the Auxiliary helped raise funds to offer the Camp Capable program. The camp, normally held each summer, allows children with disabilities or developmental delays to participate in sports and fitness activities.

“We can’t thank you enough,” Long told volunteers. “We appreciate all that the Auxiliary and hospital do for our area.”

PCRMC Administrative Director of Patient Care Services Cindy Butler said she appreciates the support the Auxiliary gives to the Happy Hauler complimentary patient shuttle service, which began in March 2006.

Since then, the courtesy shuttles have driven about 112,000 miles in PCRMC parking lots and transported more than 70,000 passengers. The Happy Hauler has been in operation for a total of 3,000 days, and drivers have logged more than 22,000 hours of driving time.

The Auxiliary has raised funds for gas for the vans as well as to replace one of the shuttles in 2014.

“You’re what set us above all of the rest,” said Butler.

One of the largest fundraisers by the Auxiliary helped fund the digital billboard next to Interstate 44 used to promote events, new physicians, services offered and volunteer recognition. The Auxiliary board gave $150,000 to help fund the LED sign project.

“I’m so proud of the Auxiliary, and you are one of the most enthusiastic and exciting group of people I’ve ever met,” said PCRMC Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Don James, DO.

Kerry Miller and Friends, a ventriloquist from Ozark, Mo., provided the entertainment. His show included songs and comedy mixed with inspirational messages.

Girls Gone Catering provided the meals, desserts and beverages. In addition, there were door prizes given away. PCRMC Director of Pastoral Care Phil Cox led the invocation.

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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

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