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PO Box 261 · Rolla, Missouri 65402 · 573.458.7946 ·

Summer 2017

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Opportunities ABBIE DARNELL MOBILITY FUND supports patients experiencing loss of movement or nerve functions through Bioness therapy.

BABY STEPS FUND offers new parent support, breastfeeding essentials to working mothers and fetal demise bereavement services.

BREAST CENTER MAMMOGRAPHY FUND offers lifesaving mammograms and

prescription medications, personal bills, food supplements and other needs as identified.

JAY CRUMP, D.O. MEMORIAL FUND provides for the needs of the Emergency Department at PCRMC.

JOY OF CARING CANCER FUND provides financial assistance for cancer patients who may have difficulty managing their daily activities and challenges that are experienced from their cancer diagnosis.

additional services, if needed, at no cost for women who financially qualify.

ENHANCING NURSING EXCELLENCE FUND provides our nurses with the

DELBERT DAY CANCER INSTITUTE provides comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and cutting-edge cancer care.

tools needed (equipment, education, technology) to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for our patients.



existing funds, supports capital priorities of PCRMC and helps patients in need that are not covered by another fund.

purchases and maintains vans to support the program, which provides transportation to patients to and from PCRMC within a 30-mile radius.

HEART-2-HEART FUND offers free hearthealth screenings, educational materials and cardiac rehabilitation assistance.

HOSPICE FUND provides financial support to qualified Hospice patients and their families through assistance with

PEDIATRIC DENTAL FUND helps support on-going costs and services associated with providing dental care to area youth between the ages of one and eighteen.

Mission To serve as the philanthropic organization that facilitates charitable donations to support and assist the mission of Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

Vision BOARD MEMBERS Ted Day, R.Ph.


Walt Branson

Vice President Sammy Auxier, Jr.


Dr. Christopher Spencer


Cindy Beger Candace Connell Ollie T. Jackson Steven Lynch Amy Medows Patricia Leaders Ernie Kost

Lorrie Hartley, CFRE

Brittany Farmer

Donia Camarena, CFRE

Shelby O'Keefe

Assistant Director

Marsha Wayman, CFRE

Major Gift Officer Cameron Hance

Major Gift Officer

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Edward Clayton (ex-officio) Lorrie Hartley (ex-officio) Jason Shenefield (ex-officio)


STAFF Executive Director

Keri Brookshire-Heavin (ex-officio)

Database Manager Digital & Technical Writer Lauren Jones

Administrative Assistant

Be the best hospital foundation dedicated to sustaining and advancing Phelps County Regional Medical Center in providing world-class healthcare for the continued benefit of our service community.

Shelby O'Keefe

Content Development, Photography & Graphic Design

{Pictured on front cover—Steve Pantaleo, RN Certified Application Counselor/Navigator}

Often times,

the people who deserve recognition for their hard work fly under the radar. They accomplish small, but still life-changing things on a daily basis and yet so often their work goes unrecognized. The Guardian Angel Program strives to offer an avenue for people to recognize those hard-working individuals who go above and beyond to offer the best care. While so often these people are caregivers in a clinical environment, sometimes the caregiver is someone who is not in a clinical setting. Nothing captures this better than the story of Steve Pantaleo and his impact on people like Mary Ann O’Connor and her brother, John. John struggled with diabetes, but when Mary Ann convinced her brother to see Steve, who helped him navigate the confusing road toward getting health insurance, his life changed dramatically. Steve’s compassion and drive to help people made such an impact on John he now not only regularly sees Steve for help, but he also has referred many people to Steve for his services at Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Our Guardian Angel Program is one of the many ways you can support the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation and aid in our philanthropic mission. This month’s Donor Profile is of Keri Brookshire-Heavin, who shares why she feels so strongly driven to philanthropy. There is always something new happening in the Foundation. Our community continues to support us through many philanthropic events. Most recently, the 3rd Annual Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration took place on May 20th, which provides a time for friends, family and employees to come together to celebrate the memories of those who have passed. The 5th Annual Superhero 5K will be on June 10th, and Cupcakes for Cancer takes place in July. Both of these fundraisers’ proceeds benefit the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund. There are many ways to participate in the Foundation’s philanthropic mission, but in the end, it all comes back to patients. Our Guardian Angels are a shining example of what it means to truly care for people, and we are proud to honor them in this issue.

“Our Guardian Angels are a shining example of what it means to truly care for people.”


Ted Day Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation Board President Foundation in Focus 3

Guardian Angels



he Guardian Angel program provides an opportunity for you, as a grateful patient, and your loved ones to recognize and express gratitude to a special caregiver who you believe made a difference during your visit at PCRMC. By making a donation on behalf of your caregiver, you will honor someone who has touched your life in an extraordinary way.

We celebrate the caregiver by: ƒƒ

Presenting the caregiver a certificate without specifying the amount of your donation


Presenting the caregiver with a custom-crafted lapel pin


Recognizing the caregiver amongst his or her peers

Billy Albertson Anesthesia "To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

Special Guardian Angel awards are presented to individuals or groups that achieve 10, 25, 50 or 100 lifetime recognition milestones. Award recipients are designated with a gold wing which displays their current cumulative recognition total.

Individuals Not Pictured Mary Bowen Pediatrics

Bonnie McGuirt Transitional Care Unit

"To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

"I was treated with great concern and empathy by all the staff in the skilled nursing facility." –Arthur and Cecelia Cook

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Shannon Arthur-Baker Radiology "My daughter came into the ER and received fabulous care from this group of individuals. Their patience and kind manner helped put my daughter at ease." –Justin and Jana Cook

Erik Aubuchon, DO Internal Medicine Donald Wolfe

45 James Bass, MD Family Medicine Norma Belflower Albert and Barbara Hobart Ouita Rodman William and Ina Bicknell William Lindgren Dwane and Donna Whitaker

Jimmy Bell, FNP Internal Medicine


Dave and Joanne Brown Billy Farrar Maryann Bates

Keri Brookshire-Heavin Nursing Administration "Leading others to excellence." Anonymous

Chris Black Anesthesia

Cathy Bond, DO Family Medicine

"To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

Donald and Peggy Isgrigg

Kelsey Casto Obstetrics/Nursery "To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

Crystal Fleener, FNP Internal Medicine Frank Elders, DO Emergency Department "My daughter came into the ER and received fabulous care from this group of individuals. Their patience and kind manner helped put my daughter at ease." –Justin and Jana Cook


Russell and Susan Hinkle

Pecos Coble, DO Internal Medicine


Kevin Bowers Medical Oncology Richard Jarvis Bob and Gwen Loyd Anonymous

Lisa Doerr Ambulatory Surgery Unit Jerry Wofford

"A very fine and caring doctor." –Gerald and Emma Black "To Dr. Pecos Coble and nurses - thanks!" –Bernard and Lena McIntyre

Lindsay Gilmore Obstetrics/Nursery

Melissa Gale Ambulatory Surgery Unit Jerry Wofford

"To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

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Shannon Grouns Ambulatory Surgery Unit

Emily Haag Emergency Department

Carolyn Harmon Medical Imaging

Jerry Wofford

"My daughter came into the ER and received fabulous care from this group of individuals. Their patience and kind manner helped put my daughter at ease." –Justin and Jana Cook

"My daughter came into the ER and received fabulous care from this group of individuals. Their patience and kind manner helped put my daughter at ease." –Justin and Jana Cook

Kathy Harrison Outpatient Physical Therapy "She is an outstanding Occupational Therapist and a great instructor." –Cassandra Herrman

John Horrell Dietary "John always shows a positive attitude, even on days he may not feel so great. He cheers up people around him and has a kind word for everyone. That's on top of John being an excellent and hard worker." –Anonymous

Alan Heincker, MD Orthopedics "The compassion he shows toward his patients along with his knowledge and abilities are truly assets to PCRMC and the community." –Tracy Rankin

Debbie Hogan Family Medicine Donald and Peggy Isgrigg

Gary Howard Medical Imaging "My daughter came into the ER and received fabulous care from this group of individuals. Their patience and kind manner helped put my daughter at ease." –Justin and Jana Cook

"Thank you for the loving care and concern before, during and after surgery of my hand. I can now use it again." –William and Yvonne Crow

Mary Jesteadt Registration Albert and Barbara Hobart

Tammy Jones Bond Registration "Always kind, polite and helpful to all the patients and families. They are always smiling." –James Steiner

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David Julius Acute Rehab Anonymous

Anthony Kaczmarek, MD Urology Veda Venable

Julie Kaczmarek Central Missouri Urology Clinic Veda Venable


Jeffery Kerr, DO Emergency Department

Judyann Krenning, MD ENT, Allergy/Immunology

Monica Link Home Health/Hospice

Chester Baker

Dwane and Donna Whitaker

"In memory of Cora Parsons. Monica was so kind and caring." –Paul Frey

Mignon Makos, MD Neurology Deborah Lonning-Otis Family Practice Jinna Lisenbe, APN Radiation Oncology

Albert and Barbara Hobart Edward and Barbara Hale

Norma Belflower Albert and Barbara Hobart

Thomas Martin, MD Cardiology "Thank you and God bless you and all your helpers." –Dona Siegel William Lindgren

"Thank you! :)" –Floyd and Evelyn Baker

Tracie Medley Ambulatory Surgery Unit

Timothy Martin, MD Cardiology "Thank you and God bless you and all your helpers." –Dona Siegel


Pete Martinez Outpatient Physical Therapy "Knowledgeable, encouraging and a joy to be with." –Albert and Barbara Hobart

Kevin Mayhill Massage Therapy

Jerry Wofford

"Remarkably skilled massage therapist." –Albert and Barbara Hobart

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Donald McMullin, DO Internal Medicine


James and Behshid Marcellus

Jennifer O'Malley, MD Family Medicine

Chelsea Opsal Environmental Services

"I still miss Dr. Bonnie Ranney, but Dr. O'Malley is doing a great job!" –Betty Pendley

"Chelsea always takes superb care of our department. She is always friendly and goes above and beyond." – Robert and Lorrie Hartley

"Thank you to all the staff and providers in the Family Medicine clinic. This has been a hard year, and you keep welcoming each patient with a warm smile and wonderful care." –Anonymous

Steve Pantaleo Consumer AssistanceEnrollU "When my brother's provider retired, he was struggling with his health and did not have the proper insurance to offset his medical expenses. Steve took the time to guide him through the process and establish him with a new PCRMC provider. He is now compliant with all of his health care needs." –Mary Ann O'Connor

Michael Potter, MD Orthopedics "We both feel Dr. Potter is the best! Thanks!" –James and Rosemary Harris

Tracy Quick Ambulatory Surgery Unit Jerry Wofford

Nathan Ratchford, MD Obstetrics/Gynecology


Brandon and Caroline Snider

Carrie Sanchez Medical Oncology


"For her commitment to providing exceptional care to oncology patients." –T. Sutton and Mary Kaye

Bailey Sanders Obstetrics/Nursery

"Fantastic nurse, great attitude, happy and caring heart." –Anonymous

Daniel Schleuter Information Technologies Herman Martinez

Salim Shackour, MD Internal Medicine "Dr. Shackour was my husband's Guardian Angel. He has helped us avoid a life-threatening problem." –Keith and Mary Stanek

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Vaishali Shah, MD Psychiatry "Dr. Shah cares deeply about all of her patients and strives for excellence." –Tabitha Hundt

Jennifer Smith Psychiatry "Jenny is a true professional in the field and has so much compassion and empathy for her clients. PCRMC is very lucky to have her!" –Anonymous

James J. Spadaro, MD Cardiology


"Both my husband and I feel blessed to have had Dr. Spadaro for heart problems. We are always confident with his knowledge and ability to know what we need." –Keith and Mary Stanek Dwayne and Donna Whitaker

Christopher Spencer, MD Radiation Oncology

Jennifer Spurgeon Ambulatory Surgery Unit

"Thank you! :)" –Floyd and Evelyn Baker Chester Baker Anonymous

Jerry Wofford

58 Dana Voight, MD General Surgery Daniel Trentham Psychiatry

William Stoecker, MD Dermatology "I want to honor Dr. William Stoecker for all the excellent care he has given me." –Amos Pretzer

Stephen Toothaker, MD Oncology-Hematology

Tabitha Hundt

Keith and Mary Stanek Bob and Gwen Loyd

Terri Woodley Internal Medicine Paula Williams Bond Registration Susanna White Psychiatry "Susanna has a good heart and an amazing sense of humor." –Tabitha Hundt

"Always kind, polite and helpful to all the patients and families. They are always smiling." –James Steiner

"Thank you Terri for all the kind care you have given me and my family members." –Kirk and Linda Davis

"I thank you, for you saved my life. You are a wonderful doctor with a good spirit." –Kim Denison Jerry and Donna Clements Bob and Gwen Loyd Thomas Strait Anonymous

Della Woolf Transportation "Thank you for your dedication and efforts to provide access to medical care to those for whom transportation is a barrier." –Your Community Health Center

"These people go above and beyond the job, from Annette to the drivers." –Jim Sturgell

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Your Donations Make a Difference Did you know for every $1,000 you contribute to the Foundation, PCRMC would have to bill $144,000 to receive the same amount? When donors like you recognize Guardian Angels, your donation can be directed to the fund of your choice and then become immediately available and put to work.

Obstetrics/Nursery Department "To the entire OB/Nursery Unit that was working on July 22 (evening shift)." –Mark and Michelle Richmond

Phelps Regional Homecare

Phelps County Regional Medical Center


"All staff that visited George recently were excellent! They really cared about him. Thank you so much!!" –George and Judith Grady

"Thank you each and everyone." –James and Helga Byrd

Ambulatory Surgery Unit Family Medicine Staff Anonymous

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Jerry Wofford

Neurology Department Albert and Barbara Hobart

Surgery Department Mary Bame

Outpatient Physical Therapy Department Ouita Rodman

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department "Cardiac Care - All are very good." –Richard and Hildegard Cockriel Mark and Anne Premont

St. James Ambulance District Radiation Oncology


Paul E. Goddard

Judith Learmann Anonymous

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Inpatient Laboratory Department "What happy, good-spirited and competent people." –Albert and Barbara Hobart

20 Emergency Services Department "To the medical personnel on duty June 11, 2016 when I was brought to the ER close to death - thank you for saving my life!" –Marian Dawson

Outside Patient Transportation Department "Thank you for your dedication and efforts to provide access to medical care to those for whom transportation is a barrier." –Your Community Health Center "This is an awesome service and a great group of people. These people go above and beyond the job, from Annette to the drivers. I could not manage without this staff." –Jim and Maxine Sturgell

Surgical Orthopedics Department "Thanks for such good care!" –Howard Miller Anonymous

Heart & Vascular Center Delbert Day Cancer Institute Medical Oncology Department Bob and Gwen Loyd

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"Cardiac Care - All are very good." –Richard and Hildegard Cockriel


ITHOUT YOU, THE BABY STEPS FUND COULD not have provided a funeral service for a grieving mother and her stillborn baby. Last fall, she gave birth to twins, and one baby was stillborn. She desperately wanted a funeral service for her baby, but could not afford the cost. The Baby Steps Fund provided for a funeral and a casket.

“The Baby Steps Fund is great because it’s those times that you want to be able to help people and assist them. It is a difficult time, but being able to alleviate some of that and knowing how grateful the mothers are is worth it,” said Angela Christesen-Parker, fund administrator of the Baby Steps Fund and Director of Maternal Child Services Obstetrics/Nursery/Pediatrics. In other circumstances, such as when a patient at PCRMC has a fetal loss, the Baby Steps Fund steps in to help families with comfort and tangible reminders of their baby. A memory box is created for the family, which consists of pictures of the baby for a photo album, foot and handprints of the baby and a two-part necklace where one part stays with the mother and the other stays with the baby.

mothers and babies. Many mothers have to return to work or school, and a breast pump is crucial to successful nursing. Last year, a single mother had to return to work and was unable to afford a nursing bra and breast pump. The Baby Steps Fund purchased these items for her, which allowed her to pump when she returned to work. In addition, the Baby Steps Fund assists in covering transportation costs for parents whose infants are transferred to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Baby Steps Fund is responsible for helping many families during a time of tragedy, such as fetal demise or infants transferred to outside hospitals. It also assists many new mothers who need support and help with nursing supplies and education. Without your support of the Baby Steps Fund, we would not be able to assist those mothers in need in our community. For more information about donating to the Baby Steps Fund, please contact the Foundation at or 573-458-7699.

We do not want any mom to leave the hospital with empty arms. –Angela Christesen The Baby Steps Fund also assists nursing mothers with lactation support and education, breast pumps, nursing bras and supplies to make breastfeeding a success for The Baby Steps Fund was able to support Isabella’s family and provide cherished photographs to capture their love for their daughter.


In 2016, Brenna Heavin sold more than 4,000 cupcakes and raised $4,515. To date, Brenna has sold more than 10,000 cupcakes and raised more than $10,000! Thank you, Brenna! Since 2011, Brenna and her family have selected a week in July and set up shop in a local church where she bakes cupcakes and sells the cupcakes for $1 a piece. All proceeds are donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund at the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation. Cupcakes are $1.00 each and will be delivered the week of July 17-21, 2017. Orders can be placed via email to or by phone 573-762-2220. Orders will be accepted until Sunday, July 16. Foundation in Focus 13


A Village

By: Shelby O'Keefe

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Steve Pantaleo, Certified Application Counselor/ Navigator with Consumer Assistance-EnrollU, helps patients like John find the best healthcare insurance plan every day.


ometimes a Guardian Angel is someone other than “When she left, I didn’t have anywhere to go. She had a doctor or a nurse, and instead is a person willing been my [provider] forever, and I didn’t really have any to go the extra mile for a patient. In the case interest to go to any other [provider],” said John. of John Copeland and his sister, Mary Ann O’Connor, Months later when Mary Ann saw John at Christmas, she Steve Pantaleo was that person. Mary Ann recognized started quizzing him on his blood sugar levels, and he Steve as a Guardian Angel through the Phelps Regional had no idea what they were. Health Care Foundation after he made the often difficult process of healthcare insurance simple enough for “I ran out of test strips. I hadn’t been them to understand. For the first time, Steve made the process of navigating healthcare insurance manageable checking it [blood sugars], and it is probably where it was before I went to for John. He was able to guide him through this confusing process after John had given up trying to find Columbia. I am sure it is out of control,” a solution.

he said.

In 2007, John spent a month in Columbia with Mary Ann was insistent for him to see a doctor. John necrotizing fasciitis (a bacterial skin infection) related had no test strips, no medications and no way to get to a fall. This complication, along with diabetes, led to them filled. a long stay at the hospital. Mary Ann was concerned for the health of her brother, who had no insurance. “He wasn’t doing any more than he had to at the time,” After the incident, he found a provider at Phelps said Mary Ann. “All of his prescriptions had run out, and County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), and was it had been over a year without them. I asked him if he able to start on medications again to stabilize his had looked into the Affordable Care Act, and he just sugars and regain control of his health. told me it cost too much money, but I wanted more information on it.” When his provider retired in early 2015, John struggled to find a new provider and still had no insurance plan. Mary Ann started looking into the Affordable Care Act She had helped minimize his payments since he was herself and could not make any sense of the program on private pay. When he contacted some of the PCRMC either. After hearing a radio ad from the PCRMC clinics, he was told he would have to establish with a Consumer Assistance-EnrollU Department, who help new physician. people find the right healthcare insurance program, she immediately emailed them and was referred to Steve Pantaleo, Certified Application Counselor/Navigator.

Steve Pantaleo in his office with Mary Ann O'Conner and her brother, John Copeland.

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“I called Steve and explained to him the situation and “I work with over 70 people and there were about 20-25 how my brother gets frustrated with the medical arena people who I referred to Steve,” said John. “I told them, and asked if we could make an appointment,” said Mary that he would help them, and all you have to do is go Ann. “I wanted to see if we could just talk to him. I told talk to him. He is not only good at what he does, but he him how my brother felt it will be too expensive and that is a good person to talk to. Rather than jump right in, he he would not be able to get any insurance. Steve told gave me the time to get to know him. We had some stuff me to bring him over, and we would sit down and just in common, and that made it easier, so I didn’t even start from square one.” think twice. He is just a great guy and has helped a lot of people.” When Mary Ann and John met with Steve, he explained the process thoroughly from the very beginning, so Mary Ann decided to recognize Steve as a Guardian both of them could understand the principles behind Angel since she knew the recognition was visible and the Affordable Care Act. After a while, Mary Ann had a would have a lasting effect. She made a contribution meeting to go to and left John with Steve to continue to the Greatest Needs Fund, knowing it could help the process. someone in a similar situation as her brother. John initially did not want to go through the process of figuring out the Affordable Care Act or other insurance plans, after the difficulties of trying previously.

“The Guardian Angel Program gave me an avenue for rewarding someone and do something good for another cause, too,” she said.

“When we went to talk to Steve, I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to go at all. I just went because of Mary Ann. I went and listened and after she left, we started talking and he started showing me this and that about all of my options. The more we talked, the more he would start talking, about something he did in the military or just get completely off topic with what we were doing. We just started being friendly, and he was very engaging. If he had been anything but what he was, I would have left. He was insistent on showing stuff to me and pointing out what was right and wrong,” said John. “He was all about showing me everything and explained it to me.”

“In my eyes, Steve has been just as important, if not more important, to me living than any of the doctors here. It takes a whole village to make it work. It’s not just the doctors the surgeons or the nurse in charge. It takes everybody to make it work. If he wasn’t here, then I probably wouldn’t be here. I probably wouldn’t have gone to anyone else,” said John.

After Steve signed John up for an insurance plan that fit his needs, John established care at PCRMC with Dr. Jennifer O’Malley, and he was able to start on his diabetic medications again. This allowed him to get his blood sugar levels under control and lose over 100 pounds of the weight he had gained when his diabetes was out of control. Several months later, Mary Ann received a text from him asking for Steve’s contact information, since he knew several people who needed help and he wanted to refer them to Steve.

“That was the point when I said, WOW,” said Mary Ann. “That is above and beyond, and that’s when I decided to recognize him for a Guardian Angel, because if my brother thought so much of Steve to refer him to someone else, then that speaks volumes.” Foundation in Focus 16

Due to his friendly personality and wealth of knowledge, Steve Pantaleo made the process of understanding John’s insurance options easy and less intimidating and was able to find the best healthcare plan for him. He now has insurance and can get routine visits so his health does not get out of control again. All of his medications are updated and his blood sugar levels are stabilized. Overall, Steve’s personable and friendly nature made Mary Ann and John both feel comfortable and confident in John’s healthcare decisions.

If patients or caregivers have questions or are in need of help regarding Medicare, Medicare Advantage, obtaining health insurance or help understanding their current health insurance plan, please contact our Navigators at EnrollU by calling 573-458-3676 or email us at

3rd Annual

HOSPICE BUTTERFLY RELEASE CELEBRATION MAY 20TH WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY for family, friends and co-workers to come together and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away in hospice care. The event raised $4,552.56 for the Hospice Fund at the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation. The Hospice Fund assists hospice patients with prescription medication, personal bills, food supplements and helps relieve the financial burden for hospice patients and their families. Attendees enjoyed light snacks and refreshments and participated in the butterfly release to honor the memory of their loved ones. A special thank you to the Phelps Regional Homecare for organizing a beautiful event, and thank you to our donors for supporting the Hospice Fund.

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Keri Brookshire-Heavin Tell me how you first got involved with the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation? I first got involved as a donor as an employee, and then later I got involved on the board after I became the Chief Nursing Officer. I have been with the hospital since 2005 and became a donor a year or two after I started at the hospital. What made you first start donating to the Foundation? I did it because the option was there, and you could give any amount. I gave a little of my paycheck every month, but since I have really learned about the Foundation and what the funds do, I have become very passionate about donating. What was your first impression of the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation? Once I really started to get to know what the Foundation does, I was very impressed about the opportunities they have had to help people and what the funds do, like the Abbie Darnell Fund, the Greatest Needs Fund and the Enhancing Nursing Excellence Fund, for which I am the fund administrator. It is really all about helping people in the long run, and not everyone realizes it. Once they do, they get behind the Foundation and giving. What do you find most challenging about the mission? I think the most challenging is being the best steward of the money given to the funds at the Foundation. I am always very aware of how those funds are used because I am using people’s gifts and their hard-earned money. I want to make sure I use it in a way that is the most effective. Whatever the intention of that fund is, I want to make sure it is the most effective for that intention. It’s a challenge because I take it really seriously, and it is a big responsibility.

What do you wish other people knew about the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation? I would want them to know all of the good work the Foundation does. They see all the big projects, like the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) for example, but they don’t really see the Baby Steps Fund. They don’t see the mother who we helped pay for funeral expenses for a baby she lost when she couldn’t afford it. Those stories which really make a huge impact, people really don’t see. They do not realize all the extent of what the Foundation does, or we would have even more donors. The interest in the Foundation seems to be growing. Why do you think that is? When you have big accomplishments like the DDCI, I think that really gets the Foundation out in the public. It would really be great for our employees to be the spokespeople in the community. For someone who can’t give a lot and feels their money will not make a difference—it does. When you think about the fact that it could help a patient with medications or nutritional supplements people start to get a little more personal and realize it’s about people. It’s not about big structures. It’s not about the building of the DDCI. It is about the people helped there. I think getting that message out is what is going to grow the Foundation. What would you tell someone who is thinking about (donating, volunteering, etc.)? The reward you get for donating time and money, and not just to the Foundation but in any way, is not something that is measurable. Sometimes you do not even know the impact, but I always feel a great level of comfort that the donation that I send to the Foundation, even if I do not know how it is used, is helping somebody. That is a good feeling.

Memorial Giving Bartle, Lola M. Flag Springs Church Richard Light Electric Anonymous Bartle, David O. & Patricia A. Bartle, Jerry G. & Christine I. Copeland, Cecil A. & Mary E. Cox, William T. & Patricia L. Daniels, Bruce & Malesa G. Keith, Harold D. & Linda L . Marshall, William C. & Lynda S. Ubben, Craig & Rhonda

Chrisco, Glenna S. Concordia Plan Services

Gilmer, Charles E. Gilmer, Peggy W.

Davis, Russell H. Merck Foundation

Brown, Ida P. Schowengerdt, George & Mary E.

Gill, David A. PCRMC Bond Clinic

Hodges, Ronald L. First Investors, LLC Blankenship, Donald H. & Lana Dolisi, Sharon A. Donnelly, James Ford, Ina Hodges, Betty Hughes, William & Carla Kimrey, Scott & Mary E. Longo, Michael A. & Faye E. Simily, David L. & Pauline

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Day, Shirley Day, Delbert Engelmeier, Grace B. Engelmeier, Gary

The reward you get for donating time and money, and not just to the Foundation but in any way, is not something that is measurable.

Keri Brookshire-Heavin in her home at her family farm in Rolla, MO.

Memorial Giving continued Huber, Bessie Hauck, David K. & Lisa Y. Metcalf, Dale G. & Candice L. Jones, Robert Bolling, Darren O. Keling, Ronald PCRMC Bond Clinic Kerr, Jerry J. Kerr, Jeffery A. & Sandra K. Light, Almeta A. Burns, Linda Finch, Lucy D. Kramme, Jean

Metcalf, Richard P. Metcalf, Dale G. & Candice L.

Wirz, Sr., Richard L. Wirz, Barbara S.

Metcalf, Daleva Metcalf, Dale G. & Candice L.

Yelton, Donna M. Central Federal Savings & Loan Citizens Bank of Newburg- Newburg Gascosage Electric Cooperative Life Balance Massage Therapy Rolla Lioness Club Coffman, Williard M. & Naoma R. Droste, John G. & Sally J. Falke, Wilbert & Linda Lammlein, Steve E. & Marcia J. Marshall, Linda Rinck, William L. & Vera L. Rush, Donald & Donna S. Stiritz, Virginia A. Vankirk, Judy M. Vankirk, Ralph A.

Neff, Louis E. Rueff, Ardel W. & Christine Page, Louis Page, Ashley N. Parsons-Frey, Cora A. Frey, Paul O. Widener, Betty J. Tinsley, Robin

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Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation A Subsidiary of Phelps County Regional Medical Center PO Box 261 Rolla, Missouri 65402

Cupcakes for Cancer

July 17-21

Orders can be placed by phone 573-762-2220 or via email at Annual Donor Appreciation Event

September 21

Location: Delbert Day Cancer Institute Courtyard Garden Employee Giving Campaign

October 2-31 Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Health & Wellness Expo

October 7

Location: The Centre – 1200 Holloway, Rolla, MO

If you would prefer not to receive future communication to raise funds for Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation, please call us at 573-458-7249 or e-mail us at or write to us at PO Box 261, Rolla, MO 65402. Provide your name and mailing address to ensure we have the correct information. Please allow up to 4 weeks for us to honor your request. Foundation in Focus 16

Special Edition: Foundation In Focus Summer 2017  

Special Edition of the Foundation in Focus magazine for our Guardian Angels.

Special Edition: Foundation In Focus Summer 2017  

Special Edition of the Foundation in Focus magazine for our Guardian Angels.