current Projects & initiatives

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Initiative

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Healthcare technology in the 21st century is changing at a dramatic pace, and at Phelps County Regional Medical Center we’re committed to providing the residents of south central Missouri with uninterrupted access to world-class medical service.  Right now, we have a critical need to replace our current cardiac catheterization equipment as it comes to the end of its usefulness in delivering the highest standard of care. To ensure that PCRMC continues to maintain its commitment to you and your neighbors, your support is needed to fund the acquisition of equipment with the latest diagnostic and treatment technology.

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The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year, making cardiac disease the leading cause of death for both men and women.  Cardiac Catheterization provides diagnostic and treatment capabilities that saves lives every day—improving patient outcomes with each new generation of technological advancements.  The new equipment will provide immediate benefits for our patients, including:

  • Improved image quality to aid in stent placement
  • Decreased radiation exposure for patients and medical personnel
  • Increased uptime and speed in serving patients
  • Decreased maintenance cost
  • Enhanced recruitment of top-tier cardiologists

To achieve these advancements, and to safeguard your ability to receive state-of-the-art heart care close to home, we ask for your support in our effort to raise $500,000 toward the 1.5 million dollar purchase of replacement equipment and customization of our Cardiac Catheterization Lab. 

Remember, when it comes to saving lives with cardiac diagnostics and interventions, every minute counts! Your gift will allow PCRMC to realize its mission to continue the local delivery of transformational healthcare for you, your loved ones and your community with the use of premier technology for these essential services:

  • Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations
  • Cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device implants
  • Peripheral vascular diagnostic & interventional procedures
  • Cardioversions
  • Pericardialcentesis

 

Linear Accelerator Initiative

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To meet the present and growing need for regional cancer services, Phelps County Regional Medical Center is preparing to open the Delbert Day Cancer Institute in early 2017. The result of a $43 million project, the Institute will offer cutting-edge technologies, comprehensive patient advocacy and education and counseling – all under one roof – to more than 150 additional patients per year. This center of excellence will vastly expand the region’s capacity to deliver compassionate, coordinated, patient-centered care. The Institute will build capacity in anticipation of future need and will all but eliminate the stressors of travel and treatment coordination, as fewer patients will have to leave the area for grueling weekly or daily cancer treatment regimes.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s vision for the Delbert Day Cancer Institute can be summarized in two words: patient centered. Throughout the process – from screening to diagnosis to treatment to survivorship – the goal of the “cancer care team” is to be with the patient every step of the way with the latest possible treatments. The Institute will provide a seamless transition between services, whether it is radiation therapy, surgery or chemotherapy. The installation of a linear accelerator (LINAC) is essential to this plan.

A LINAC is the key piece of equipment used to deliver radiotherapy treatments to cancer patients. During this form of treatment, beams of radiation are used to destroy cancer cells while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy cells. When the beam strikes the cancerous cells, their ability to reproduce is minimized and they eventually die. This ongoing process causes the tumor to shrink and increases the patient’s chance of a full recovery. 

The average life for a LINAC is ten years. The LINAC currently in use at PCRMC was installed 14 years ago. Replacement of this essential equipment will ensure that local cancer patients have access to current technology and life-saving treatment options. Recent LINAC models allow for improved image guidance technology that provides a decreased imaging dose and advanced imaging procedures, integrated patient motion monitoring and tracking, and greater accuracy and targeting capability in stereotactic radiotherapy procedures. Through more precise targeting, radiotherapy can be more effective at treating disease while simultaneously reducing side effects of the treatment. Treatments with new LINAC technologies are also faster. Treatments that once took ten to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes. The purchase of a new LINAC will also allow for Smart Segmentation, greatly speeding up the contouring process, which is one of the most time consuming parts of treating patients. This will allow for increased throughput without the need to increase staff. Additionally, the purchase of a new LINAC would allow PCRMC to expand its treatment options through offering stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as well as stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spinal surgeries. Radiotherapy can be used to treat different types of cancer, which means that more patients can be spared the invasive techniques of surgery or chemotherapy.

In addition to state-of-the-art technologies, and in order to further provide patient centered care, a Nurse Navigator will be assigned to each patient. This advocate will serve as the patients’ personal concierge to ensure a nurturing environment, seamless and coordinated care, and education as they progress through their treatment program at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute. Specially prepared educational materials and support facilities will be offered for the patient and their loved ones. These expanded resources will allow patients and their support teams to become empowered with the information needed to navigate the maladies of cancer. Customized one-on-one and group counseling services will also be offered to help patients, family members, and caregivers cope with the range of feelings experienced during and after cancer treatment.

The Delbert Day Cancer Institute will provide access to clinical trials through continued participation in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Community Clinical Oncology Program. This national program connects local patients and physicians with National Cancer Institute sponsored new treatments and clinical trials for drugs. The Delbert Day Cancer Institute will also be outfitted to offer introductory treatments and clinical experimental trials, with an emphasis in medical oncology, for consideration when traditional methods have been exhausted. Physicians will also have the opportunity to learn and contribute to path-breaking clinical research.

In addition to delivering essential patient care and treatment, the new Institute will generate financial benefits to PCRMC and the communities it serves. It is anticipated that the Institute will generate net revenues through its operations that will provide PCRMC greater financial stability as we move into an increasingly uncertain healthcare environment. Positive financial performance will in turn allow the Medical Center to expand its ability to provide care to the community, grow and improve its infrastructure, and help improve the local economy through jobs and revenue generation.

The total cost of the LINAC’s replacement is $4 million. The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation hopes to raise $800,000 of that cost through grant proposals and gifts. In addition to pursuing financial support from foundations and corporations, PCRMC recognizes that upgrading the LINAC is essential to the effective treatment of cancer patients in rural Missouri, and has therefore committed to purchasing the machine by early 2016.