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PCRMC Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) held its third annual pumpkin decorating contest on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

Pumpkins submitted had to have a Breast Cancer Awareness theme (with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and could be decorated or carved. Winners were determined by votes that were cast with money.

The contest raised a total of $856.86 this year. All proceeds benefited the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides uninsured women in need with free mammograms and ultrasounds.

There were both individual and group categories. Medical Oncology won the group category with its entry of “Rooting Out Breast Cancer Pink Pig.” Infection Prevention came in a close second.

In the individual category, Lora Gilbert won with a Kitty Cat pumpkin entry, with Mechelle Grumney coming in a close second.

Prizes were awarded to the group and individual whose pumpkins had the most money.

There were 16 participants in this year’s pumpkin contest.

PCRMC, the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation, Auxiliary & Volunteer Services and the Comprehensive Breast Center all thank everyone who entered a pumpkin into the contest and to those who voted with their dollars!


Colton’s Fundraiser Nets $480 for Joy of Caring Cancer Fund

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and Colton’s Steak House and Grill in Rolla joined together for a fundraiser for the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Joy of Caring Cancer Fund in early October.

Ten percent (10%) of all sales made at the restaurant on Monday, October 3, from 4:30-9 p.m., were donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund. The event raised a total of $480.

The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund offers 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.



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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging women age 40 and older to get their annual breast cancer screenings.

Every Friday in October, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center is offering free 3-D mammograms to women who are at least age 40 and financially qualify. The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund is covering the cost of 50 3-D mammograms.

The Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammograms since June 2016.

The 3-D mammogram takes about 26 projections of the breast, and PCRMC radiologists can view 1-millimeter slices to get a clearer view of dense breast tissue and detect any abnormalities.

Tiffany Henry, Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator, said there is a 30-40 percent higher detection rate with 3-D mammograms than 2-D mammograms. Mammograms take about 15-20 minutes.

Missouri ranks 42nd in the nation for women getting screening mammograms, Henry noted.

Breast cancer occurs when there is a fast growth of cells in the breasts that turn abnormal and usually cause a lump. Not all cases of breast cancer are alike, and there are different ways to treat breast cancer.

Some of the symptoms of breast cancer may include breast lumps, redness or swelling of the breasts, nipple retraction or nipple discharge, dimpling, changes in the skin of the breast and sometimes pain.

Non-invasive breast cancer occurs if the cell growth stays within the breast lobule or duct, said Carol Walter, nurse navigator with the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI). Once the growth goes outside that area, it becomes invasive.

 The stages of breast cancer depend on the tumor’s size, how many lymph nodes are affected and whether it has spread to other areas, such as the lungs, liver or bones.

“Don’t be afraid,” Walter advised women who may have concerns about getting mammograms. “So many women put it off because they are afraid of what they might find or that it will hurt.”

Henry recommends that women be self-aware about their breasts and what they normally look and feel like so that if an abnormality occurs, they are more likely to notice it and can let their provider know.

Walter said the older women get, the more likely they may get breast cancer.

To learn more about mammograms, breast self-exams and general breast health, call PCRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center at 573-458-3100.

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PCRMC Urges You to Get Flu Vaccine

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family this flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get the vaccine before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination for antibodies to develop that provide protection against the influenza virus.

Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because of concerns about its effectiveness. The flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses this year. If you have an egg allergy, let your provider know before getting the vaccination.

In addition to the flu vaccine, you can take many precautions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to avoid getting sick. The flu virus is mainly spread through coughs and sneezes so if you have the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading germs.

The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza. The viruses in the vaccine are dead and cannot cause infection.

Check with your Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) provider about getting your flu vaccine today.

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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Week

To celebrate National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 18-24, a luncheon was held at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla on Sept. 22 for patients who had an acute rehab stay at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

About 40 patients who received rehabilitation services during 2015 and 2016 attended this year’s event.  

Kindred therapy staff for the rehab unit at PCRMC served chicken, sides, desserts and drinks to the patients, while they were entertained by a local trio of musicians.

According to Amy Robnett, acute rehab program director, “The event offers a chance for patients to come back and visit with other patients as well as see their therapists who helped them to regain their independence and return to the community.”

Robnett said she enjoys seeing the improvements that patients have made.

Phil Cox, PCRMC chaplain, led a prayer before the meal, and attendees heard from several speakers.

Cameron Hance, annual giving coordinator with the Phelps County Regional Health Care Foundation, spoke about the Foundation and its programs.

Attendees also heard from Rolla Fire Chief Ron Smith, with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, who discussed fire safety, and Cpl. Steve Gray, with the Rolla Police Department, who talked about fraud and scams.

There also were door prizes and other giveaways. Jerry Rosa, Don Davis and Bill Pilliard played music during the luncheon.

Kindred offers acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation in Rolla and Waynesville as well as in the transitional care unit and acute rehab unit and is served by 50 staff members.

For more information about Kindred therapy services, or the inpatient rehabilitation unit at PCRMC, call 573-458-7885.