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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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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.”

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Longtime PCRMC Volunteer Named Mental Health Hero

Audrey Huddleson, a longtime volunteer with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services, was named a Mental Health Hero by the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates.

Huddleson was the July 2017 winner of the award presented by Tabitha Hundt, (left) PLPC, Project Heroes coordinator with the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates.

The honor recognized Huddleson for having high standards as a volunteer, for supporting others in their fight against cancer and for being an exceptional role model for the community.

Hundt called Huddleson “an inspirational person,” noting that she has volunteered with PCRMC for 35 years.

Huddleson said she was surprised and honored to receive this recognition.

The public can nominate Mental Health Hero award recipients, and the Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates clinical directors and board of directors choose a winner each month.

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Volunteers Recognized at Annual Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services were honored during an appreciation luncheon on April 19, 2017, at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla.

This year’s theme was “PCRMC Volunteers Celebrating Moments in Time.” An estimated 150 people attended.

The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service with the Auxiliary. Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and plants. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary.

Audrey Huddleson is the longest serving PCRMC Auxiliary volunteer, with 35 years of service given to the hospital. “I enjoy every minute of it,” Huddleson says.

Blanche Lortz has been an Auxiliary volunteer for 25 years, and Velma Overby and Linda Marsh each have 24 years of service. Jean Joiner and Jean Platt each have served as Auxiliary volunteers for 22 years. Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener all have been Auxiliary members for 20 years.

The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 23,123 service hours in 2016. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.

“Volunteers make many things and events special,” said PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon.

Three guest speakers shared how contributions from the volunteers have benefitted several projects.

Mark Long, development director with The Community Partnership, spoke about how the Auxiliary helped raise funds to offer the Camp Capable program. The camp, normally held each summer, allows children with disabilities or developmental delays to participate in sports and fitness activities.

“We can’t thank you enough,” Long told volunteers. “We appreciate all that the Auxiliary and hospital do for our area.”

PCRMC Administrative Director of Patient Care Services Cindy Butler said she appreciates the support the Auxiliary gives to the Happy Hauler complimentary patient shuttle service, which began in March 2006.

Since then, the courtesy shuttles have driven about 112,000 miles in PCRMC parking lots and transported more than 70,000 passengers. The Happy Hauler has been in operation for a total of 3,000 days, and drivers have logged more than 22,000 hours of driving time.

The Auxiliary has raised funds for gas for the vans as well as to replace one of the shuttles in 2014.

“You’re what set us above all of the rest,” said Butler.

One of the largest fundraisers by the Auxiliary helped fund the digital billboard next to Interstate 44 used to promote events, new physicians, services offered and volunteer recognition. The Auxiliary board gave $150,000 to help fund the LED sign project.

“I’m so proud of the Auxiliary, and you are one of the most enthusiastic and exciting group of people I’ve ever met,” said PCRMC Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Don James, DO.

Kerry Miller and Friends, a ventriloquist from Ozark, Mo., provided the entertainment. His show included songs and comedy mixed with inspirational messages.

Girls Gone Catering provided the meals, desserts and beverages. In addition, there were door prizes given away. PCRMC Director of Pastoral Care Phil Cox led the invocation.

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