PCRMC Employee Pharmacy

Take Care of Your Feet

Healthcare and many other professions, such as teaching, food service, retail, construction, cosmetology and factory work often require workers to stand on their feet for numerous hours at a time. What can you do to protect your feet and pamper sore calf muscles after a long day of standing and walking?

PCRMC Podiatrist Christopher Johnson, DPM, recommends the following tips to alleviate minor aches and pains and make sure your feet are getting the attention they deserve:

  • Your feet and muscles become fatigued when you stand all day, and this can cause them to hurt. Make sure you invest in a good, supportive shoe that provides comfort, stability, cushioning, shock absorption and arch support. There are many high-quality athletic shoes on the market, like Asics and New Balance, which are designed to help protect feet and ankles.
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and take a few minutes to stretch your muscles when you can.
  • Powerstep orthotic shoe insoles are the best over-the-counter orthotic available. Powerstep orthotics provide an extra layer of cushioning, arch and heel support to help alleviate pain caused by many common foot conditions. PCRMC employees can invest in a pair of Powerstep orthotics at the PCRMC Employee Pharmacy. You can also purchase them at Key Sport Shop in Rolla or online at https://www.powersteps.com/.
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Establish a Lifetime of Care

You are healthy, happy and all is well. So why do you need a primary care provider (PCP)? Only people who are sick need to establish care with a doctor…right? Not so fast! Everyone should have a PCP, and the best reason to begin care with a PCP is to make sure you stay well and healthy now and in the future.

What is a Primary Care Provider?
A PCP is a healthcare practitioner who is invested in providing patients with a lifetime of care. PCPs work with patients of all ages to provide preventive care; treat common illnesses or conditions; create options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and make referrals to medical specialists, if needed.

A PCP is someone who gets to know you: your wellness goals, your habits and your motivators. Essentially, a PCP is a friend–someone you build a relationship with, someone who is there to make sure you are taken care of, and someone who looks out for your overall health and wellbeing.

Partners in Good Health
A PCP works with you to ensure you are getting the best care possible. As your partner in health, your PCP works as your advocate to help you create and maintain healthy habits and reach your wellness goals. A PCP helps you to be proactive and preventive by making sure you are up-to-date on recommended exams and immunizations. And, if you are sick, a PCP is your first line of defense to getting well again.

Since your PCP knows you and your health history, he or she will know when something is out of the ordinary, or when you just do not seem like yourself. From there, your PCP will work with you to make recommendations for lifestyle changes or to prevent future illnesses.

PCRMC has the Right Provider for You!
Give yourself the gift of good health and establish care with a PCP! With over 80 providers and 20 specialties, Phelps County Regional Medical Center has the right provider for you. Please call the PCRMC Contact Center today and set up an appointment at 573-364-9000.

Happy Handwashing

Wash Your Hands to Stay Healthy

If you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: Wash your hands! Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs–year round. Stay healthy and remember the following tips when lathering up:

  • Wet your hands under clean, running water and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands with the soap and make sure to include the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds. How long is 20 seconds? Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end.
  • Rinse your hands and use a clean towel or air dry.

Want to make sure your kids are spending enough time washing their hands? Make it fun! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a podcast where kids (of all ages) can sing along and learn the importance of washing their hands.

Visit http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=770473 to enjoy the “Happy Handwashing Song.”


A Season for Growth and Renewal

New beginnings bring a sense of renewal. We may be in the midst of winter, but change is springing up all around us, specifically with the build-out of the new PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI). To say we are excited about the progress of the DDCI is an understatement, but the reasons we are excited have nothing to do with the building itself.

What is truly exciting is that PCRMC’s world-class oncology physicians, healthcare teams and services will soon be available under one roof–and conveniently accessible–for our local cancer patients and their families, caregivers and friends.

The building is breathtaking, but even more impressive is the knowledge that we are providing our patients and community with the best cancer resources available, from the moment of diagnosis into survivorship. The building may be vacant now, but it will soon be filled with life, hope, and promise….and that is a beautiful thing.

You can follow our progress on our live DDCI construction camera, which is updated every 30 minutes at http://ddci.mckune.net/ddci/ddcicam.html.


PCRMC Recognizes American Heart Month this February!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Approximately 610,000 Americans die each year from heart disease–that’s a staggering 1 in 4 deaths.

Certain lifestyle choices and medical conditions can put you or someone you love at a greater risk of developing heart disease, which include the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Know your risk factors and have a conversation with your primary care provider (PCP). He or she is equipped and knowledgeable in helping you set small, attainable goals towards better health.

If your goal is better heart health, then your PCP can help you establish the resources and tools to check/monitor your blood pressure at home, establish a healthy eating plan, and give you options for starting an exercise program.

You are your own best health advocate! Schedule an appointment with your PCP today to have an open conversation about your health and wellness goals. If you currently do not have a PCP, now is the time to find the right one for you. Customer care representatives are available at the PCRMC Contact Center to answer your questions about establishing care at 573-364-9000.