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PCRMC Auxiliary Donates $220,000 for New Ambulance, Equipment

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff have a new ambulance thanks to the generosity of the PCRMC Auxiliary and Volunteer Services.

The PCRMC Auxiliary raised $220,000 and donated the funds to go toward the purchase of a new Ford F-350 ambulance as well as additional specialty equipment for the new vehicle.

PCRMC leaders and employees as well as Auxiliary members, volunteers and ambulance crews celebrated October 22, 2018, with a ribbon cutting held for the new ambulance. Attendees also received tours of the new ambulance and learned about its features.

“On behalf of the entire Ambulance Department, we truly appreciate this donation,” says Ray Massey, director of ambulance and transportation services at PCRMC.

The new ambulance is equipped with a Stryker cot loading system to help transport patients. The loading system weighs about 175 pounds itself, with no patient on it, and can hold up to 700 pounds.

The ambulance also has a gel ride system to help provide a ride as comfortable as possible for patients.

The idea to raise money for a new ambulance began during a discussion between PCRMC President and CEO Ed Clayton and Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon. Auxiliary President Jayne Stites championed the project for approval by the Auxiliary board.

“We were looking for another project where the Auxiliary could really have an impact,” Clayton says. “We started talking about the Ambulance Department and how it has grown along with the need for EMS in our community.

“While we have a good fleet of ambulances, certainly, a new one is very beneficial for patients,” Clayton says. “We’re so very thankful to the Auxiliary today to have donated $220,000 for the ambulance project.”

In some cases, an ambulance is the first interaction patients have with PCRMC, and that is why “having state-of-the-art capabilities is so important,” says PCRMC Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin. “This is a great way to take care of our community.”

The new ambulance is not only beneficial for patients but also the staff who use the ambulance and its equipment, she says.

The ambulance donation is one of many contributions that the Auxiliary has made to PCRMC. Over the last several years, the PCRMC Auxiliary has donated funds for renovations to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), furnishings for the Comprehensive Breast Center, medical equipment for orthopedics and the large digital sign next to Interstate 44 on the main PCRMC campus in Rolla.

“PCRMC does so much for the community, and the Auxiliary is fortunate to be able to give back to this healthcare organization,” Pridgeon says.

To learn more about the PCRMC Auxiliary, or for information on how to become a volunteer, call (573) 458-7939 or (573) 458-7947.

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Volunteers Recognized at 2018 Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services Department (Auxiliary) were honored during an appreciation luncheon Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Rolla Lions Club Den. This year’s theme was “Volunteers…PCRMC’s Special Ingredient for Success!” The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service and volunteer hours with the Auxiliary.

Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and flowers. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary. They are listed as follows:

  • Audrey Huddleson, with 36 years;
  • Velma Overby and Linda Marsh, each with 25 years;
  • Jean Joiner and Jean Platt, each with 23 years;
  • Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener, all with 21 years; and
  • Linda Dean, with 20 years

The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 20,224 service hours in 2017. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.

In addition to the Auxiliary volunteers, hospice volunteers, who provided 669 service hours last year, were acknowledged. Also in 2017, chaplains provided 58 hours of volunteer service and visited 7,869 patients.

During the event, accomplishments of the Auxiliary volunteers as well as projects they completed in the past year were recognized.

One major contribution announced at the luncheon was the donation of $220,000 to PCRMC for the purchase of a new ambulance. PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton led a toast to celebrate the achievement, thanking the Auxiliary for being generous with their financial resources over the years.

“This ambulance is much-needed for our fleet,” Clayton noted.

He added that hospital administration and staff appreciate all that volunteers do on a daily basis. “Our patients and visitors see your smiling and caring faces when they walk in, and our organization would not be able to do what it does without the Auxiliary,” Clayton said.

Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin also expressed her appreciation for the volunteers. “The significance this donation will make to our facility and our patients is incredible,” she said.

Girls Gone Catering prepared the lunches, desserts and beverages for the event. Lindy Hardwick, one of PCRMC’s chaplains, led the invocation, and the Wild Rose Band provided entertainment. In addition, there were door prizes given away to the volunteers.

Tina Pridgeon, PCRMC Auxiliary director, along with Crystal Lorah, Auxiliary specialist, hosted the luncheon.

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PCRMC Donates Ambulance to Rolla Police Department

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently donated a 2006 Ford E-450 ambulance to the Rolla Police Department (RPD). PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey handed the keys over to the RPD on Monday, December 5th.

“On behalf of PCRMC, I give you the keys for this much needed service,” Massey said.

The RPD will use the ambulance for its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team as a miniature command post for hostage negotiations, according to RPD Chief Sean Fagan. The RPD will equip the ambulance with radios, emergency phones, mobile computers and other necessary items.

“The Rolla Police Department sincerely thanks PCRMC for this generous donation,” said Chief Fagan. “This ambulance will greatly expand the operations of our SWAT team and hostage negotiation unit.”

Pictured from left are Phelps County Ambulance Medical Director Dr. David White, RPD Chief Sean Fagan, PCRMC Director of Ambulance Services Ray Massey and RPD Lt. Jason Smith.