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Volunteer Opportunities for College Students Available at PCRMC This Fall

Local college students looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to help the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services Department, Nursing Administration Office and Acute Rehabilitation Unit through two programs this fall. Student volunteers can help PCRMC staff provide non-nursing assistance to patients at PCRMC.

Safe Send-Off

The first way students in area colleges and universities can help is through the Safe Send-Off College Student Volunteer Program, in which volunteers will assist PCRMC staff with safely escorting discharged patients from their room to their ride home. Volunteers will be trained on proper wheelchair procedures.

For students interested in this program, three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 1:30-4:30 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm seven days a week.

Acute Rehab

The second way college students can volunteer at PCRMC this fall is through the Acute Rehab College Student Volunteer Program, in which students will help staff with activities for patients.

Activities may include music, games, crafts and movies. Student volunteers also may spend time talking with and reading to patients or assisting staff with non-nursing errands and duties.

For the Acute Rehab program, three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 4:30-7:30 pm Mondays through Fridays. There are no weekend opportunities for this volunteer program at this time.

How to Apply

College students who want to volunteer for either program must first apply. Applications are due Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Volunteers also must attend one of two orientations. These orientations have been scheduled for Monday, August 27, 2018, from 1-3 pm or Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 3-5 pm in Private Dining Room 1 at PCRMC, 1000 West 10th Street, Rolla.

In addition, online learning modules are required prior to volunteering.

Both of these college volunteer programs will start Monday, September 10, 2018.

For a volunteer application or for more information, contact Franz Kindel at 573-458-7553 or franz@maheclibrary.org or visit http://www.pcrmc.com/Career-Opportunities/Volunteer-Opportunities.

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PCRMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Benefits Patients in Many Ways

Jodie Donati, a lifelong resident of the St. James/Rosati area, has lived the vast majority of her life without any heart or lung problems. With the exception of an incident when she experienced shortness of breath early last year, Donati, now 88 years old, has led a healthy life.

However, that changed in June of 2017, when she started having symptoms of what she thought was simply indigestion. When her left arm began hurting, Donati’s daughter rushed her to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Emergency Department.

It turns out Donati was diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when plaque builds up in the heart’s arteries. When this happens, the plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart muscle.

“I had three arteries that were blocked, but I didn’t feel anything until the fourth was blocked,” Donati recalled.

PCRMC Cardiologist Timothy Martin, MD, FACC, CCDS, cared for Donati during her hospital stay. She received her preliminary care at PCRMC, but surgery to remove the plaque in her arteries took place in Springfield. To help clear the blockage, Donati had a small expandable tube known as a stent placed into the blocked arteries.

After her surgery, in the fall of 2017, Donati began rehabilitation with PCRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary (Cardiopulmonary) Rehabilitation program. Through this service, patients who have had heart or lung problems receive a combination of supervised exercise and education.

An individualized plan is created for each patient to help recondition his or her heart and lungs, regain strength, prevent the condition from worsening, reduce the risk of future heart or lung issues and improve the patient’s quality of life.

Located on the first floor of the PCRMC Medical Office Building, the PCRMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation gymnasium offers exercise equipment for patients to improve their heart and lung capacity.

Donati tries to exercise at PCRMC about twice a week, usually about 15 minutes on one of the gym’s treadmills. She also performs arm exercises and sometimes uses the stationary bicycle to help build up her strength.

“This is exercise I wouldn’t do at home,” Donati said. “This is the best thing I’ve done for myself.”

After her surgery, there was a time when Donati was walking with a cane, but she no longer has to use one.

PCRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation care team consists of highly trained and skilled professionals who work with patients to monitor their exercise. “They caution you not to do too much for too long and watch to make sure you don’t overdo it,” Donati said.

Donati said she enjoys working with PCRMC respiratory therapist Helen Thomure as well as Becky White and Melanie Stulce, both RNs with the PCRMC Cardiac Rehabilitation unit.

Another aspect that Donati enjoys is the social atmosphere of the gym. “You get to meet people and talk to them while you’re exercising,” she said.

In addition to exercise, Donati has learned how to keep her heart and lungs healthy. “We had a dietitian come in and we got to ask questions, which was nice,” she said.

In addition to nutritional counseling, PCRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program also offers tips for stress management, smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes designed to prevent or reverse the development of cardiac and pulmonary diseases.

“I would definitely recommend this to other people who have had heart or lung problems,” Donati said.

Patients with certain heart and lung issues, such as those who have suffered heart attacks or have congestive heart failure, persistent asthma or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can qualify for the services provided by PCRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. Most private insurance companies provide coverage for these rehabilitation services, too.

For more information about PCRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation services, please call 573-458-3110.

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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by offering activities for rehab patients and honoring therapy staff.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which is September 17-23 this year, is a time designated to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities, or those recovering from injury and illness.

That was exactly the purpose of a luncheon held for past PCRMC acute rehab patients on Wednesday, September 20, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. About 40 people attended.

This annual event provides patients and their loved ones with the opportunity to visit with their therapists, according to Amy Robnett, program director for the acute rehab unit. The lunch also allows PCRMC rehabilitation therapy staff to see the improvements made by their patients and how these patients have regained their independence.

This year’s speaker was Randy Dorsey, a patient who received care at PCRMC after suffering a stroke over 13 months ago. Dorsey went through both the acute rehabilitation program as an inpatient and the outpatient therapy services at PCRMC.

Dorsey described himself as a healthy and accomplished individual before his stroke. However, after his stroke, he lost all feeling on the left side of his body.

“It devastated me,” he said but noted that he had a glimpse of hope. “I could only wiggle my pinky finger.”

Dorsey received care from experienced staff with PCRMC Rehabilitation Services, and he described his journey as a positive one.

“All of the nurses, therapists and my family members… were all so encouraging,” he said. “I’ve been so blessed.”

Guests also received handouts regarding a comparison between traditional Medicare and the Managed Medicare plans as well as how patients could receive rehabilitation services covered by these plans.

Attendees at this year’s luncheon were treated to meals provided by Lee’s Chicken. Before they ate, Phil Cox, PCRMC director of pastoral services, gave a blessing.

The Rolla Pickers, made up of Bill Pilliard (a PCRMC employee), Shirley Robertson, Jena Huizinga and De Price, played music during the event. Door prizes also were given away.

“I want to thank all of the musicians, speakers, patients and their families for coming out and celebrating National Rehab Week with our staff,” said Robnett.

The luncheon is just one of the events PCRMC organized for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week this year.

“We also did activities on the rehab unit and for our referral sources in the community,” Robnett said. “We provided treats and goodies to all of the case managers and social workers who work with our patients, too.”

According to Robnett, patients treated by PCRMC Rehabilitation Services have come from all over the area, and even out of state.