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Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation • Summer 2011

Foundation in Focus

Hope. Help. Access.

Cupcakes for Cancer Featuring Brenna Heavin

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PO Box 261 │ Rolla, Missouri │ 65402 │ Telephone: 573-458-7946 │ Email │

Opening Thoughts

August 2, 2011, my sister, Carman Tyler at the age of 42 went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She will be greatly missed in our family; she was our “spice.”

I have learned so much about life during my sister’s battle with cancer. Here are my take-a-ways: 1. Enjoy the small things in life. I know that sounds cliché, but it is true. If you want to get a pedicure, go fishing, or take a nature walk – it’s okay to treat yourself. 2. It’s important to talk about “your” final wishes and desires if you were to die. It would be so much easier to have that discussion with your loved ones when you are healthy. 3. Don’t start anything you will have to quit – like smoking. 4. Always have a positive attitude even in the worst of times. It makes it easier to get through the day. 5. Learn to laugh at yourself and keep a sense of humor. Don’t make every situation serious. 6. Enjoy life daily. Don’t wait until next week, next month or retirement. Find something good about every day. Life is precious. 7. Seek and offer forgiveness in all aspects of your life. 8. Don’t stay angry or bitter – it’s a waste of time. 9. Be true to yourself and who you are. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. 10. It’s okay to ask for help. There are so many great people that helped during my sister’s illness. The nurses on the 4th floor, the emergency department personnel, the paramedics, medical and radiation oncology personnel, family practice, Hospice, the chaplains, pharmacy, dietary, housekeeping, transportation services and social workers, may God bless each one of you for your dedicated service.

A special thanks to John Denbo for being compassionate and understanding during my sisters illness. It was a blessing for me to be able to take care of my sister and feel encouraged to do so. Phelps County Regional Medical Center is a great place to work. Sincerely,

Lorrie Hartley,

Executive Director Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation


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Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation 2011 Board of Directors Ted Day, R.Ph., President Yvonne Dawdy, Vice President Debbie Schuetz, Treasurer Edward Bruns, D.O. Mary Graham, M.D. Pat Leaders John Park, Ph.D Mark Riefer John Denbo, Ex-Officio Kathy Nickason, Ex-Officio

Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Team

Lorrie Hartley, Executive Director Donia Camarena, Annual Giving Coordinator Lori Moss, Planned Giving Coordinator

How to Donate Visit PCRMC online at Donate Mail a donation to the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 261 Rolla, MO 65402 Call the Foundation office 573-458-7946

Mission Statement

To serve as the philanthropic organization that facilitates charitable donations to support and assist the mission of PCRMC in providing for the health care needs of the communities it serves.

Leaving a Legacy

If you’ve ever wanted to express your appreciation to PCRMC for services you or a loved one have received or would like to further its mission, a gift made in your estate plan could be the perfect option for you. This type of charitable gift arrangement or planned gift allows you to make a gift now or after your lifetime with financial and tax benefits for you and your loved ones. A planned gift is one that usually requires more thought and planning to achieve than the average donation. It can be a gift given for any amount, given for any equipment, research, to fund a specific program, or endowment...and should reflect your values and goals. Because financial situations vary from person to person, there is no simple approach that is applicable across the board. Estate plans can be tailored to fit a wide variety of purposes and financial profiles. Most planned gifts can: • Assist in providing current and future financial security • Maximize the assets that pass to heirs and beneficiaries • Protect as much income from federal taxes as allowed by law • Provide lasting and meaningful support for the charity that has made an impact on your life Donors should seek charitable gift planning advice from professionals with integrity, expertise, and experience in law, investments, property, tax, and charitable transfers in order to assure both the technical merits of the transfer and the philanthropic quality of the gift. We hope you will take the time and think about the possibilities of what your planned gift could mean to PCRMC’s future and the benefits that will come to all those who may need the services that your gift provides. What a lasting legacy that would be! If you are interested in learning more about planned giving, please contact Lori Moss at 573-458-7647 or We are happy to work with you to find the option that best suits your personal goals.

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Show your support For more information about the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund and the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation, please visit Giving, or call the Foundation at (573) 458-7946 or (573) 458-7604.


Brenna Heavin, 9 years old, took some time out from her summer vacation to help brighten the lives of local cancer patients. She started out with a mission to do something to help people in need, and ended up baking 336 cupcakes in one day! Brenna loves to bake with her grandma, so she decided to bake and sell cupcakes to raise money for Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Joy of Caring Cancer Fund. Brenna doesn’t have any immediate family members who have been affected by cancer, but the family is related to Joy Heavin, the woman who originally founded the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund. “We like to call Brenna our ‘save the world’ child,” parents Geoff and Tonya Heavin said. “She wanted to help out people who are not able to do some things for themselves.” Brenna started her fundraiser by creating a flyer and taking orders from family, friends and neighbors. Each cupcake was $1 donation, and buyers could chose from chocolate cupcakes with white icing or vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing. After the orders were in, Brenna had 336 cupcakes to bake. She started at 8:30 a.m. and baked and decorated all through the day until she had enough cupcakes for her orders. Brenna and Tonya then delivered all of the cupcakes the next day and gave an update on the fundraiser’s success. Brenna raised a grand total of $501 through cupcake sales and donations. She is planning on doing a second annual cupcake fundraiser next year.

The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund is named in memory of Renee Joy Heavin. Joy, an

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Edgar Springs resident, was a wife and mother of two daughters. She was living a fulfilled and busy life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 1992. Her husband lost his job of 21 years that same month when a plant closed. In addition to losing his job, the family also lost their health benefits. Joy and her family were consumed with worry and stress about how to pay the medical, household and family expenses. Joy realized that other cancer patients must experience those same worries and stresses. She was inspired to find a way to help relieve that burden from other cancer patients like her. Joy’s vision of having resources available for cancer patients became a reality when the PCRMC Bond Clinic hired her as their first Cancer Care Coordinator in 1995. Through the Bond Clinic’s support, Joy started the “Joy of Caring Foundation” in 1995 to support local cancer patients. Sadly, Joy lost her battle with cancer in 1996, but her mission of caring lives on for all the cancer patients who still benefit from her hard work, dedication and compassion. Joy once said, “Along with my family, the Joy of Caring Fund is an accomplishment I’m most proud of.” Today the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund is managed by the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation and strives to continue to provide relief to cancer patients in our community. The fund can provide financial assistance to patients who are currently undergoing cancer treatment and are having difficulty maintaining their activities of daily living. The fund can assist patients with prescription medications, food supplements, wigs, mastectomy bras, heating/cooling repairs to their home, travel expenses and other needs as identified.

Breast Cancer Awareness & Detection Basics

Lying Down This is the most effective way to feel your breast tissue. 1. To examine your right breast, lie on your back, and put your right arm behind your head. 2. With the pads of your fingers – not your fingertips – of the three middle fingers on your left hand, apply three levels of pressure (light, medium and firm) in overlapping, dime-sized circular motions to feel your entire breast, tissue and underarms. Check for lumps or thickenings. 3. Repeat the exam on your left breast using the finger pads of your right hand.

Standing or Sitting

Examine each underarm with your arm only slightly raised.

In Front of a Mirror

1. Stand with your hands firmly pressing down on your hips and look for changes in the shape, size or skin texture of your breasts. 2. Check your nipples for changes including unusual discharge.

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis for women in the United States, and the second-leading cause of cancerrelated death after lung cancer? The American Cancer Society reported an estimated 207,090 new cases of breast cancer in 2010. An estimated 39,840 women died from breast cancer in the same year. One in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives. Awareness and early detection play an important part in breast cancer treatment. The following are some warning signs of breast cancer: • a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persist through the menstrual cycle. • a mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea • a change in the size, shape or

contour of the breast • a blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple • a change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed) • redness of the skin on the breast or nipple • an area that is distinctly different from any other on either breast • a marble-like hardened area under the skin

The above changes can be found during a breast self-exam. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin doing monthly breast self-exams in their 20s. The techniques highlighted for completing the breast self-exam are recommended by the American Cancer Society.

In the Shower

1. Examine your breasts using the same pattern and technique as in the lying down exam. 2. Use your right hand for your left breast and your left hand for your right breast.

General guidelines indicate that women age 40 and older should receive an annual screening mammogram in addition to completing monthly self-exams. Women with a family history or other factors may need to begin yearly screening mammograms earlier. Always consult with your primary care physician.

The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation has a Breast Center Mammography Fund to assist women who financially qualify to receive a free screening mammogram. If you are over 35 and have not had a yearly screening mammogram, please call, PCRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center at (573) 458-3100 to answer

any questions or call Centralized Scheduling at (573) 458-7737 to schedule your appointment today. If you would like to make a donation to the Breast Center Mammography Fund please call (573) 458-7604 or visit us online at

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All photos featuring Marissa were taken by Nathan Johnson,

Marissa’s Journey to Independence support when she moved around school. By the end of the last school year, her physical therapist was considering other ways to help Marissa get around. Instead, Marissa is looking forward to building up her strength and walking through the halls with more independence – she received a Bioness leg therapy system from the Phelps Regional Featured is the Fair Princess and her court where Healthcare Foundation Marissa finished second runner up. through the Abbie Darnell Marissa McCall is outgoing, fund. As she starts the school year, smart and talented. She’s been a she’s also starting the journey with cheerleader since fifth grade, she her Bioness. participates in local pageants, she “Now that I’m going into seventh loves to read and she likes going to grade, there’s a lot more walking the skating rink with her friends. involved,” Marissa says. “So I got the Marissa was also diagnosed with Bioness pretty much right on time. cerebral palsy when she was five, but This year I plan to get As and Bs all she doesn’t let it stop her from living year, in every class. I also plan to life to the fullest. work really hard on getting to classes “She has a smile on her face all on time. The only thing that I am the time, and she has a very positive worried about is getting my locker attitude,” Brandy Baker, Marissa’s open.” mom, says. “There’s nothing she Baker is already seeing won’t try at least once. She played improvements in Marissa’s walking, t-ball when she was younger. She and is looking forward to seeing her hasn’t been able to run a day in her progress even more as she continues life, but she still made it to the bases. to use the Bioness. She’s probably one of the neatest “It’s going to be a journey,” Baker people you will ever meet.” says. “We are still having trouble Marissa is starting seventh with the foot drop, but we are hoping grade this fall. In the past she had that with time her muscles will get to rely on walls and other people for stronger and that will improve. Her

gait is already quicker and improved. She is depending less on walls and others to get along.”

Marissa’s journey

Marissa wasn’t immediately diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When she was a toddler, her physicians suspected orthopedic issues. “Marissa seemed to be developing fine until she was about two years old,” Baker said. “We noticed she wasn’t walking well, and that she was falling a lot. Her doctor suggested orthotic shoe inserts, but it didn’t get better. She seemed to be off balance, she wasn’t walking well and her speech was delayed,” Baker says. The family moved to Missouri shortly after the doctor’s visit, and Baker took Marissa to see an orthopedist. The exam showed that Marissa’s leg structure was just fine. Six months later they tried a neurologist. “The neurologist said she had tissue death of the brain,” Baker says. “He didn’t think it was cerebral palsy. He ran lots of tests on her.” When Marissa was five, Baker took her to see a different neurologist who diagnosed her with cerebral palsy. “Her gait was pretty bad then, but it was less pronounced because she was so little,” Baker says. “It seems like she regresses rather than Foundation In Focus │ Fall 2011


progresses as she gets older.” As Marissa grew, she needed leg braces and underwent surgeries to straighten bones in her hip and leg area. Through all of it, Baker says that Marissa’s gait didn’t improve, although the braces helped her walk. Baker is hopeful that the Bioness will help Marissa walk stronger and relieve the need for future surgeries. “We were both so excited to get the Bioness, and so grateful to the Foundation,” Baker says. “Just to see the improvement in her gait when she has it on has been great. She was falling often, but she has only fallen once with the Bioness so far. That’s a

big improvement.” Marissa adds, “from the videos on the website, I think the Bioness will help me run or jog. I also think it will help me walk up and down stairs. I know it helps me turn out my hip and foot. It also helps me walk fast and backwards – I feel it will help a lot.” Marissa had been falling 20 to 25 times a day before she got the Bioness. She’s growing stronger now, falling less and setting her sights on a childhood desire. “When she was little, Marissa really wanted to be able to jump up and down,” Baker says. “Hopefully she will be able to do that now.”

Look for updates on Marissa’s progress in future issues.

Marissa’s journey is just starting, thanks to the Abbie Darnell Fund at Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation. Abbie Darnell is another amazing young woman who is walking stronger with Bioness therapy. Abbie agreed to share her story in Foundation in Focus last fall to help spread awareness about cerebral palsy and this helpful therapy. To learn more about Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Abbie Darnell Fund, visit publications and click on the Winter 2010 edition.

The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation cordially invites you to our Donor Recognition Party entitled

Comedy Uncorked Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011  Time: 6pm - 8pm  Location: Leach Theatre Wine and Cheese Social hors d’oeuvres will be served Featuring • St. James Winery • Three Squirrels Winery • Peaceful Bend Vineyard • Wenwood Farm Winery • Heinrichshaus Vineyard and Winery • The Public House Brewing Company • Grand Dad’s Kitchen


featuring Donna East, Comedian Please RSVP to Donia Camarena at 573-458-7604 or A note about the entertainment for the evening.... Known as New York City’s “Queen of Clean” Donna East has performed in nine countries for our troops. Her comedy special, Bananas, appeared on national TV, including FOX and other major networks. Donna has also appeared on Lifetime Networks and NBC. She opened for John Tesh from Entertainment Tonight for his PBS special.


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Golfing Cause for a

Over 160 business leaders and vendors gathered on two separate Mondays at the Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla for the G2N, Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner. The event was a great success, generating over $86,000, making this a record year! The money raised was earmarked to assist with the rejuvenation of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s OB department. This was the first attempt at having two tee-times (morning and afternoon). For the past 5 years the golf tournament has sold out forcing us to turn teams away. Adding the additional tee time was an effort to accommodate everyone who wanted to show their support for Phelps County Regional Medical Center. We also secured a rain date to ensure that our generous supporters would have prior preparation in case the weather didn’t cooperate with our golfing plans. On May 23, the original golf date, the morning golfers started bright and early. Unfortunately, a little more than halfway through, the clouds and lightening rolled in with energy. The club made the tough decision to call the tournament right before the afternoon golfers were about to tee off. The good news is we were able to send the food ordered for dinner

to Joplin and aid in their relief efforts. Implementing the rain date, on June 27, the afternoon players gathered for their round. It tried to rain on our parade but after a brief shower, the sun came out and it turned into a perfect golf day. We want to thank all of our sponsors, many of whom have supported the golf tournament for many years. We simply could not put this event on and have the success we do without your support.

Platinum Sponsorship ($15,000): G2N Gold Level Sponsorships ($5,000): BTS Group • Mo-Sci • Murphy Company • Rehab Care Group Silver Level Sponsorships ($3,000): Commerce Bank • Esterly, Schneider & Associates, Inc., AIA • Malone, Finkle, Eckhardt & Collins • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Bronze Level Sponsorships ($1,500): Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Beacon Partners • BSA Life Structures •Edward Jones • Fidelity Communications • Mainline Fire Protection • Schneider Electric Company • SSM Health Care Clinical Engineering Service • Wells Fargo Advisors Team Sponsorships ($800): BKD, LLP. • Boston Scientific • Level Paths Investment Advisers • Ozarks Coca-Cola • Esterly Schneider & Foundation In Focus │ Fall 2011


Associates, Inc., AIA • Malone, Finkle, Eckhardt & Collins • Harold G. Butzer, Inc. • IKON Office Solutions, Inc • Livewire • Mary Bahr Team • Meyer Electric Co., Inc. • Mid America Bank and Trust • MLS, Inc. • Owens & Minor • PART (Professional Abatement & Remediation Technologies, LLC • Pepsi • Phelps County Bank • Philips & Company • Pratt Design Studio • Results Radio • STL Communications • Walsh Insulation • St. John’s Hole-in-One Sponsorships ($500): TKH, Inc. • Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc. • SSM Health Care CES • DrFirst Co-Sponsored Hole ($250): Advanced Marketing • Cintas • IKON Office Solutions, Inc • ISG Technology, Inc. • Madison Investment Advisors • Mainline Information Systems• MMC Management Consultants • PART (Professional Abatement & Remediation Technologies, LLC) • Peterson Group • Phelps County Bank • Forest City Family Practice, L.L.C. • Garratt Callahan • Boys and

Girls Town • St. John’s Individual Player Sponsorships ($200): Bill Beach (HP Products) • Eddie Scheer (Feeler Scheer Architects) • Janet Shirrell (Feeler Scheer Architects) • Blake Ahrens (HP Products) • Greg Scott (Ecolab) • Phil Peterson (Peterson Group) • Jerry Whitefall (Ecolab) • Gary LeGrande (Schindler Elevator Corp.) • Joe Ammons (Schindler Elevator Corp.) • Daniel Lenauer (John Henry Foster) • Chris Pilgram (Community Blood Bank of the Ozarks) Miscellaneous Donations: Managed Care Partners • Form Fast • Mead O’Brien Incorporated Thank you also to Oak Meadow Country Club and Celebrations Catering. Thanks to our golf committee for their ideas and assistance in making this another successful tournament. They are Kreig Moore, Shawn Hodges, Ron Smith, Bill Leaders, David Dawdy, Ed Clayton, Kent Davis, and Ted Day.

Thanks for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event possible: Kim Day, Caren Whites, Frank Lazzaro, Jason Sharp, Amanda Ellerman, Sharon Clayton, Sharon Dolisi, Robert Hartley, Cheryl Hoerr, Jana Cook, Mary Lewis, Anna Martin, Karen Davis, Kristen Meub, Debbie Schuetz, Yvonne Dawdy, Joe Phelps, Kellie Bales, Patricia Leaders, Amanda Pogue, and Tina Thomas. We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s tournament scheduled for June 4th (with a rain date of June 18th).

Left to Right: Lorrie Hartley, Glen Kraft, G2N, Tournament Sponsor and Ted Day


Join us for the 4th Annual Heart-2-Heart Luncheon on December 2nd at Matt’s Steak

House. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to become an event sponsor, please contact Annette Wells, Heart-2-Heart Committee Chair at 573-308-1301. There are many sponsorship levels available: _____ Presenting Sponsor _____ Platinum Sponsor _____ Gold Sponsor _____ Silver Sponsor

$7,500 $3,000 $1,500 $750

_____ Patron Table $500 _____ Corporate Table $300 _____ Individual Tickets $25

All proceeds stay local!


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nd to support professional esponse agencies. Graduates were presented a certificate long with PCRMC CERT hirts and caps. Graduates are: amie Archer, Ronald Chinn, Steven Halinar, Jeremy Jamion, David Loental, Katherine Mattision, Ina Ruth McKune, effrey McKune, Steven Miller, Stephen Rosen, and Gary Taggart. Salle Smith one of the two eam leaders is hoping that the eam is able to have a lot of practice so they can say “We

CAN do this.” Katherine Mattison stated she enjoyed being with “Like minded people” while another team member Stephen Rosen found the Search and Rescue portion of the training to be invigorating. What are team members most looking forward to as being a part of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center CERT? The answer is simple, helping their community in the event of a disaster. Team leader Ron Smith is looking forward to a deploy-

ment and putting the team to the test. “PCRMC CERT was initially called to help with the Joplin disaster however was just as quickly turned off because at the time geographically closer response teams were utilized.” says Wendy Squires PCRMC Emergency Management Specialist. Team members along with a few hospital employees were packed and ready to deploy to Joplin in a couple of hours. Team leader Ron Smith said, “Although

we were disappointed the team was not able to assist the disaster response efforts during the initial emergency in Joplin we are hoping and planning to lend a hand to our neighbors and help with their ongoing clean up efforts.” A new class will be starting in September 2011 if you are interested in joining the PCRMC CERT please contact Ron Smith at rosmith@pcrmc. com or (573) 458-7561.

Poker run raises money for Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Hospice Fund

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pport professional agencies. Graduates ented a certificate h PCRMC CERT caps. Graduates are: her, Ronald Chinn, alinar, Jeremy Jamid Loental, Katherine , Ina Ruth McKune, cKune, Steven Miller, Rosen, and Gary

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More than 50 participants came out for a special poker run on June 11, 2011. The run raised $1,871 for ment and putting the team to we were disappointed the the test. team was not able to assist the “PCRMC CERT was inidisaster response efforts during the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Hospice Fund, which supports hospice patients at Phelps tially called to help with the the initial emergency in Joplin Joplin disaster however was we are hoping and planning to Regional Homecare. enjoyed a ride, some poker and prizes. just as quickly turned off belendParticipants a hand to our neighbors

CAN do this.” Katherine Mattison stated she enjoyed being with “Like minded people” while another team member Stephen Rosen found the Search and Rescue portion of the training to be invigorating. What are team members most looking forward to as being a part of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center CERT? The answer is simple, helping their community in the event of a disaster. Team leader Ron Smith is looking forward to a deploy-

cause at the time geographically closer response teams were utilized.” says Wendy Squires PCRMC Emergency Management Specialist. Team members along with a few hospital employees were packed and ready to deploy to Joplin in a couple of hours. Team leader Ron Smith said, “Although

and help with their ongoing clean up efforts.” A new class will be starting in September 2011 if you are interested in joining the PCRMC CERT please contact Ron Smith at rosmith@pcrmc. com or (573) 458-7561.

A big thank you goes out to the sponsors of the poker run:

Presidential Sponsor: Hog’s Breath Cycles Captain Sponsors: Rolla Manor Care, Fidelity Communications, Therapy Support Associate

aises money for Phelps Regional Sponsors- Rick and Donna Lisenbe, Kathie Cox, Dale Sutton, and Cowtown USA. Foundation’s Hospice Fund Business Donors: Baymont Inn & Suites - Rolla, Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort, Lake of

A big thank you goes out to he sponsors of the poker run: Presidential Sponsor- Hog’s Breath Cycles Captain Sponsors- Rolla Manor Care, Fidelity Communications, Therapy Support Associate Sponsors- Rick and Donna Lisenbe, Kathie Cox, Dale Sutton, and Cowtown USA. Business Donors:

Baymont Inn & Suites - Rolla Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort Lake of the Ozark HarleyDavidson South Central Creamery Yeager Cycles Salem Bowling Center Olig’s BBQ Pizza Inn Brick House Grill Murphy’s Hair Studio

Sam’s Tire Service Coca-Cola Bottling Company Sinks-Medley Pharmacy Stahlman’s Morland’s Catfish Mobil on the Run Tastefully Simple - Beth Mitchell Scentsy - Veeah Southard Key Sport Country Mart - Salem Mace Supermarket

Butternut Bread Company Kroger Merle’s Music O’Reily Auto Parts Sonic Kingsford

the Ozark Harley-Davidson, South Central Creamery, Yeager Cycles, Salem Bowling Center, Olig’s BBQ, Pizza Inn, Brick House Grill, Murphy’s Hair Studio, Sam’s Tire Service, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Sinks-Medley Pharmacy, Stahlman’s, Moreland’s Catfish, Mobil on the Run, Tastefully Simple - Beth Mitchell, Scentsy - Veeah Southard, Key Sport, Country Mart Salem, Mace Supermarket, Butternut Bread Company, Kroger, Merle’s Music, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Sonic, Kingsford

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Sore No More PCRMC research is finding a faster way to cure chronic wounds—and the miracle product is made in Rolla

We’ve all been there – we’ve fallen down, we’ve scraped up our arms and legs, we’ve accidentally cut ourselves, the list goes on. The remedy is usually easy, we clean up our cuts and wounds, we put on bandages, and we wait for our body to heal itself. But for some people, they wait and wait, and their wounds persist. “A chronic wound is a wound that doesn’t follow the usual path of healing,” Peggie Taylor, wound care nurse at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, says. “When most people get a paper cut, it has healed by the next day. The body starts to heal immediately after the injury

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occurs. When someone has a chronic wound, the healing process doesn’t progress as usual.” Taylor says the healing process starts with the blood clotting, followed by inflammation. The inflammation serves to make sure the wound is clean and has enough moisture to properly heal. The wound will show progress each day until it has healed. Chronic wounds, however, do not show signs of progress; they may even appear worse with time.

I treated a lady who had a wound on her ankle from bumping into a milk crate in the garage, Taylor said. The wound hadn’t healed for three years. There’s no reason a wound like that shouldn’t heal – you just have to figure out what the wound needs. I like to tease my patients that I’m the ‘wound whisperer.’

There are many factors that can halt a wound from healing. If a wound is too wet, Taylor looks for ways to relieve the excess moisture. If the wound is too dry, the skin cells will die, so it’s important to find ways to retain moisture. Chronic disease like diabetes or circulatory problems

can also effect how a wound heals. If a patient has diabetes and a chronic wound, Taylor will check with the patient’s doctor to ensure their blood sugar levels are within a healthy range. In addition to traditional methods of wound care, Taylor has been participating in a study between MO-SCI of Rolla and PCRMC since August of 2010. Glass nanofibers had been used in some dental surgeries and were known to regenerate bone tissue, so Mo-Sci researchers wondered if their DermaFuse borate glass nanofibers could also regenerate skin tissue. After preliminary studies showed promising results, Mo-Sci worked with the Internal Review Board at PCRMC to start a clinical study. “We had 13 patients originally, and now we have worked with a total of 40,” Taylor says. “We targeted patients with stubborn wounds that were probably facing surgery and amputation because their wounds were not showing any signs of healing.” Using the microfiber to treat chronic wounds is not any more complex than traditional wound care. Taylor cleans the wound like she normally would. She then covers the wound with the DermaFuse – and if there is a deficit (a hole), she builds the fiber up to skin level. A bandage is applied over the wound, and then a secondary dressing is added to

collect drainage. The first thirteen patients that were selected for the study all had venous stasis – a slow blood flow condition that typically effects the legs – that was hindering their wound from healing. Venous stasis is the most common underlying cause for a chronic wound – accounting for about 75% of all chronic wounds. “My first patient had a significant, dramatic wound that hadn’t tried to progress,” Taylor says. “The patient had fallen and hit her shin on a concrete step. Once we treated her with the nanofiber, her wound healed very quickly to a certain point, and then slowed down as the skin started to grow.” Not all chronic wounds arise from accidental injuries. Pressure ulcers – commonly known as “bed sores,” are another type of chronic wound that can arise when a patient sits or lies in the same position for a long period of time. After the original 13 patients, the study branched out to include patients with

Treating wounds with Dermafuse is just as easy as traditional care. Also featured on page 13.

Even way before the wound has completely “healed, patients can see an amazing response – even after their first visit, Taylor says. ” Foundation In Focus │ Fall 2011


other issues than venous stasis. “We treated a paraplegic patient with a large pressure ulcer,” Taylor says. “It can normally take years to heal those – very often the wound will deteriorate before it can improve. We have treated the patient for about four months now, using the Dermafuse. His wound was about 17 centimeters by 11 centimeters. It has now shrunk to 2 centimeters by 2 centimeters and continues to improve. In the world of pressure ulcers, that’s almost like magic.” Pressure ulcers can be particularly tricky to heal, because when any wound heals, the skin and tissue regenerates at about 80 percent of its original strength. So every time you rewound over a wound, the skin is 20% weaker than before. This is part of the cycle that makes pressure ulcers so persistent. Taylor says she feels blessed to be able to help people heal. Her patients are suddenly seeing dramatic results after facing weeks, months or even years of no progress. “Even way before the wound has completely healed, patients can see


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an amazing response – even after their first visit,” Taylor says. “They are almost gleeful when they see the change – their whole mood lightens and the dark cloud disappears because they can finally see the wound making progress. Sometimes I’m even happier than they are to see them progress.” Taylor’s original thirteen patients have all seen progress with their wounds, and have been able to avoid amputation. When they started the study, they were all at risk for amputation because of the persistence of their wounds.

Featuring Dermafuse up close

Taylor sees patients who are referred to her by their primary care physicians. She has seen patients from Rolla and out to Lebanon, Sullivan and the Houston area. She encourages people who have a stubborn wound that refuses to heal to go in and see their physician for care. For more information about Dermafuse and MO-SCI, visit http://

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