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Mary Bruns, DO, Receives Rolla Chamber’s Spirit of Rolla Award

Mary K. Bruns, DO, a family medicine physician at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Bond Clinic in Rolla, won the 2018 Spirit of Rolla Award at the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce’s 98th Annual Banquet held Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.

The Spirit of Rolla Award is sponsored annually by Kent Jewelry and presented to a woman in the community for recognition of significant achievement and/or lifetime contribution to the spirit of giving that is so indicative of Rolla and the surrounding community.

Dr. Bruns began seeing patients at the Bond Clinic in 1990, but she has been practicing medicine for more than 50 years. Dr. Bruns enjoys promoting health and wellness as well as preventive medicine in the adult and pediatric patient populations. Dr. Bruns received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in science from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (A.T. Still University) in 1966.

Prior to coming to Rolla, Dr. Bruns was previously employed by the Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri; Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri; and Metropolitan Medical Center (formerly Normandy Osteopathic Hospital) in St. Louis, Missouri.

She is certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners. She is a member of the following professional organizations: the American Osteopathic Association, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Central Ozark District of Osteopathic Physicians, and the American College of Utilization Review Physicians.

She has been the Professional Director of Utilization Management at PCRMC since 1999. Additionally, Dr. Bruns has been the PCRMC Peer Review Medical Director since 2010 and currently serves on the PCRMC Credential Committee and PCRMC Medical Executive Committee.

Outside of work, Dr. Bruns volunteers her time by serving on the Rolla Salvation Army and ABLE (Achieving Better Lifestyles for the Elderly) Commission boards. Dr. Bruns is an avid animal lover and often rescues stray animals, especially dogs, and has found loving homes for a number of those animals.

Dr. Bruns is also very committed to her family: her husband, Dr. Ed Bruns, retired; three daughters, Cindy, Cathy and Crissy, who are all practicing physicians in Oklahoma; and multiple grandchildren.


Over 1,200 New Winter Accessories Collected for Students

Thanks to the kind and generous giving spirit of Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) employees and the community, area students can keep a little bit warmer this winter.

A total of 1,264 gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, socks and other winter accessories were collected during the “Share the Warmth” drive, sponsored by the PCRMC Mission Possible team.

During the drive held from late November 2017 through the new year, both PCRMC staff and the public were invited to donate  new winter clothing items for local children who would otherwise go without these warm necessities.

“It was wonderful to see the outpouring of support for this cause. I was very pleased to see that more than 1,200 items were donated,” said Tracy Limmer, PCRMC Mission Possible team member.

On Friday, January 5, 2018, members of the PCRMC Mission Possible group sorted and delivered the winter clothing accessories to area public schools in Rolla, St. James, Newburg, Edgar Springs, Waynesville, Dixon, Salem and Vienna.

“The schools were very appreciative of our donation,” Limmer said.


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PCRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2018

A New Year’s Day arrival received a special welcome from the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Obstetrics Department nurses and staff.

Mathis Zephryn Hooper was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2018, arriving at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 1. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Mathis was welcomed by his mother, Andromeda Hooper, of St. James. This is Andromeda’s first child.

Andromeda’s due date was December 29, 2017, but Mathis decided to wait until the new year to be born. “A lot of my family told me they thought he would be a New Year’s Day baby, but I didn’t believe them,” Andromeda said.

As part of a long-standing tradition at PCRMC, the first baby of the new year receives gifts and baby items to commemorate the event. Several local businesses donated these items.

This year, Mathis and his family received a welcome basket filled with baby items, including diapers and wipes from Big Lots; a book and a toy from Rolla Books & Toys; a baby ring from Kent Jewelry; a baby ring and water bottle from Taylor’s Jewelry; a piggy bank and shaker cup from First State Community Bank; a cooler bag, cup and other items from Phelps County Bank; a $20 gift card from Cupcakes & Cravings; a Pack ’n Play from Walmart; and $100 worth of baby items from the PCRMC Marketing Department.

On average, more than 800 babies are born at PCRMC each year.


Waynesville Students Learn About Oncology at DDCI

Physicians, nurses and staff from the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) hosted 14 students interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field on Tuesday, December 19th.

The students are enrolled in the Career Embedded Medical Studies class at Waynesville High School. Along with their teacher, Megan Callis, the students got a firsthand look at the types of careers required in an oncology setting.

The students received a tour of the DDCI and listened to presentations from DDCI physicians, nurses and staff. All presenters explained their job functions, the educational requirements, specific oncology training and the professional outlook, or future demand, for their jobs.

“The goal of the visit was to help local students understand there are many career paths available in healthcare and each of these fields are important in the care of our patients,” said DDCI Director Jeremy Stinson.

DDCI Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist Christopher Spencer, MD, echoed Stinson’s sentiments. “All the people who work here are important, from the physicians, to the nurses to the staff,” he said. “We approach everything as a team effort, because we know that each member of our staff makes a huge impact on our patients’ lives.”

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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.”