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November Is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging the public to learn more about this disease that affects over 29 million people in the U.S.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.

According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 1 in 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. About 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. It’s not just adults who can get diabetes. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.

Diabetes also remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010. Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 69,071 Americans each year.

PCRMC provides many resources and educational opportunities for people diagnosed with diabetes along with their families and caregivers.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC, which is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association, has the tools you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic is located at the PCRMC North Entrance, 1000 West 10th St., Rolla. There also are outpatient clinics Tuesday evenings only at Forest City Medical Practice, 1000 North Jefferson St., in St. James and Thursdays only at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane St., in Waynesville.

In addition, PCRMC offers a free diabetes support group on the first Saturday of each month (except for January and July) from 10 a.m. to noon in Private Dining Room 2 near the cafeteria at PCRMC in Rolla. For more information about this support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.

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PCRMC Auxiliary Named Auxiliary of the Year

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services was named an Auxiliary of the Year by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA).

The MAHA Auxiliary of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions of Missouri hospital auxiliaries and acknowledges the value of volunteerism to individuals, organizations and communities.

The PCRMC Auxiliary was the Category 3 winner of the award, meaning it won out of all auxiliaries at hospitals with 101 to 300 licensed beds.

According to the Missouri Hospital Association, there are 18 hospitals in Category 3 and a total of 73 hospitals that are MAHA members.

A group of nearly 40 PCRMC Auxiliary members and staff took a USA Tours bus from Rolla to Osage Beach, Missouri, on Thursday, November 3, 2016, to receive their award presented at a luncheon during the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention and Trade Show.

The recent Auxiliary of the Year award recognized hospital auxiliaries for outstanding service between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016.

“We are very honored that Missouri Hospital Association has chosen us,” said Linda Mitchell, president of the PCRMC Auxiliary. “Without each and every one of our volunteers, this award would not be possible.”

“Great things are possible when we work together,” said Tina Pridgeon, director of the PCRMC Auxiliary.

“They do a fantastic job. This award is well deserved by the Auxiliary,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton.

The PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services organization has 217 members, and between June 2015, and May 2016, they volunteered more than 23,960 hours within the hospital and in the community.

Also during that time period, the PCRMC Auxiliary contributed a total of $107,783.76 to the hospital and community. That includes $53,511.76 in funds to the hospital, $30,277 toward hospital equipment purchases and $16,000 in scholarships to students pursuing health careers.

The PCRMC Auxiliary embraced the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries state project of “deep vein thrombosis” awareness, holding educational events and providing materials for staff and the public.

In March 2016, the Auxiliary celebrated the 10th anniversary of the “Happy Hauler” patient shuttle service that is supported by the Auxiliary.

PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services previously won the Auxiliary of the Year award in 2006.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or a member of the Auxiliary, call Tina Pridgeon, director of PCRMC Auxiliary & Volunteer Services, at 573-458-7939.

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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.

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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 Receives Safety Score of “A” from Leapfrog Group

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) received a hospital safety score of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization founded by leading employers and private healthcare purchasers in the United States. Leapfrogfocuses on measuring and transparently reporting hospital safety performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is an evidence-based national tool that examines hospital safety, quality and resource utilization.

Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey is a trusted source that hospitals throughout the United States participate in free of charge. The goals of the survey are to publicly report hospital quality and safety information so consumers can make informed decisions about their healthcare choices. The Leapfrog Group uses the survey to inform consumers about a hospital’s record of patient safety, which allows consumers to make proactive choices to protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group calculates a hospital safety score for over 2,500 hospitals throughout the nation based on data gathered and compiled in 30 categories from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), the Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Phelps County Regional Medical Center received the highest possible score with a letter grade of an “A.” Only 31% of the U.S. hospitals received an “A” rating, which accounts for only 798 hospitals in the nation. Of the 60 hospitals surveyed in Missouri, only 14 received a letter grade of “A,” which means PCRMC scored higher than many of Missouri’s larger, bigger city healthcare systems.  PCRMC was successful in the following areas:

  • Communication with nurses
  • Discharge information
  • Zero foreign body retained after surgery/procedure
  • Zero air embolism
  • Falls and trauma
  • Low number of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia
  • Low number of Clostridium difficile (C.Diff) infections (better than the National Benchmark)
  • Low number of Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers (hospital acquired)
  • Zero colon surgical site infections

“Our mission at PCRMC is to provide world-class healthcare. The Leapfrog score shows that our nursing staff, physicians and employees are dedicated to giving our patients and community the highest quality and safest care possible,” says Keri Brookshire-Heavin, SVP/Chief Nursing Officer. “The Leapfrog survey is a great recognition of the hard work PCRMC has done; part of our hospital’s goal is to continually strive for improvement and become our best.”

Patient quality and safety is a constant area of focus at PCRMC. “The Leapfrog grade is an indicator of the work PCRMC does to persistently focus on patient safety and quality,” says CEO Ed Clayton. “We are pleased with the score, but we also recognize that providing high quality care for our patients requires ongoing process improvement. We will continue to do the work necessary to ensure PCRMC remains one of the safest and best hospitals in the nation.”