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5th Annual Superhero 5K Benefits Local Cancer Patients

Phelps County Regional Medi­cal Center (PCRMC) held the 5th Annual Superhero 5K walk/ fun run at Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla in June. This event raises money to help local cancer patients through the Phelps Re­gional Health Care Foundation’s Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

This year, more than $11,000 was raised for the fund, which provides financial assistance for patients undergoing cancer treat­ments who may have difficulty managing their daily activities due to their cancer diagnosis. This fund assists with prescrip­tion medications, wigs, food sup­plements, mastectomy bras and recovery supplies, rehabilitation and other needs, as identified.

Over 220 runners and walkers of all ages took part in this year’s fun run and walk. Several super­heroes lined the race course to cheer on the participants. Many everyday heroes attended, too, in­cluding deputies with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, firefight­ers with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, and EMS crews with PCRMC. The Phelps Air emer­gency medical helicopter also flew in for the event, and attend­ees could meet the flight crew in person.

The Superhero 5K premier spon­sor this year was PCRMC ENT physician Brian Kriete, MD, while PCRMC orthopedic surgeon Alan Heincker, DO, was the award sponsor.

Several other PCRMC providers sponsored the event, including medical oncologist and hema­tologist Tezo Karedan, MD; ENT physician Judyann Kren­ning, MD; OB/GYN physician Beena Green, MD; certified nurse midwives Heather Wildebrandt, WHNP, and Karen Ulrich; psy­chiatrist Vaishali Shah, MD; urologist Geoff Lloyd-Smith, MD; and hospitalist Gerardo Ismael G. Gueco, MD.

Additionally, PCRMC appreci­ates all of the local businesses and community members who sponsored the Superhero 5K. Without them, this event would not be possible.

Once again, there was a bounce house and inflatable slide avail­able for the children to play, and Summertime Sno-Shaved Ice offered snow-cones for sale. MOCA Head Start offered face painting, while Drama Force Pro­ductions presented a short skit for the participants after the race.

Medals were awarded to the top three male and female finishers in various age groups. Participants were encouraged to dress up for the event, and prizes were award­ed for the best superhero cos­tumes. Sunny 104.5 broadcasted live from the event, too.

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PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute to See First Patients January 9

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Del­bert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) is scheduled to open and start seeing its first patients this Monday, January 9, 2017.

The $43 million, four-story, 100,000-square-foot cancer center represents a major investment in Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding communities. The opening of the DDCI is an historic event that will forever change the face of cancer care in south-central Missouri.

Six years ago, PCRMC first announced the creation of the cancer institute named after Dr. Delbert Day, curators’ professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.

Dr. Day’s son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Kim Day, provided the “seed gift” for the cancer institute.

Additionally, the community raised $7 million during a successful capital campaign to help construct the DDCI. A total of 1,170 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the cancer treatment facility.

“Ted and Kim Day lit the fuse,” Dr. Day said but added that the community “provided the fuel to get us where we are today.”

“When a community gets behind a project such as this, great things are bound to happen,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton. “The Delbert Day Cancer Institute is something that we hope you, our community, are very proud of.”

PCRMC has been offering cancer care services for over three decades, but what makes the DDCI so special is that “we can integrate the care that we currently offer in several places under one roof,” said PCRMC Director of Radiation Oncology Christopher Spencer, MD. “These services will all be streamlined in a central, convenient location.”

An additional 520 patients can be treated each year at the DDCI.

This cancer institute features modern, state-of-the-art equipment and uses the latest in cancer treatment technology to help people living with cancer.

PCRMC purchased a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, which can deliver radiation with speed and accuracy to treat cancer.

The DDCI also has a new Siemens PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) scanner, which uses small amounts of radioactive material and X-rays to scan the body to obtain information about cells and tissues that may be cancerous.

In addition, the DDCI offers chemotherapy services, radiation oncology, medical oncology and hematology care, imaging services, an infusion center, a new pharmacy, cancer rehabilitation, genetic counseling, nurse navigator services, social services, a cancer resource center, dietary support, spiritual support, a wig and bra fitting boutique and more.

While the cancer center is an architectural masterpiece as seen from the outside, it is the care providers, staff, employees and volunteers who will bring the true, exceptional care to cancer patients inside the building.

At the DDCI, patients will receive world-class cancer care, close to home, so they do not have to travel far for their treatments and therapies.

Cancer patients will be served by a team of radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, general surgeons, pathologists, urologists, pulmonologists, palliative and supportive care physicians, gynecologists, otolaryngologists as well as nursing staff, social workers, dietitians and many others.

The DDCI is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

To learn more about the DDCI, visit the cancer center located at 1060 West 10th Street, Rolla, Missouri, call 573-458-3324 (DDCI) or go online to pcrmc.com.

Tezo Karedan

Tezo Karedan, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Oncologist and hematologist Tezo Karedan, MD, has recently joined the cancer care team at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI).

Dr. Karedan earned her medical degree from Odessa State Medical University in Odessa, Ukraine, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Trivandrum Medical College at the University of Kerala, India.

She also completed residency training in internal medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center at Michigan State University in Flint, Michigan, and a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Karedan said she knew she wanted to be a physician since childhood.

Her favorite aspect about being a care provider is giving hope to patients. “Physicians have a special bond with their patients,” she said, noting that doctors are mentors and guides to their patients.

As for why she chose PCRMC, Dr. Karedan said she likes that Rolla is just the right-sized community. “I like this place. It’s comfortable,” she said.

Dr. Karedan encourages patients to practice preventative care. “Be aware of yourself,” she said, so that when something is different with your body, you can let your provider know.

Do exercise, but don’t smoke, she recommends. In addition, she urges patients to get screening studies done.

Dr. Karedan has been practicing for three years. After completing her residency, she worked at one of the biggest cancer centers in India, where she was involved in the care of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. She also worked in rural, underserved areas of India and was a primary care physician in the suburbs of Trivandrum, India.

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