Previous Projects & Initiatives

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Donated to Local Schools

In July 2012, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation and the Heart-2-Heart Committee partnered to donate 17 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to area school districts. AEDs were donated to Rolla Public Schools, St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Maries R-I, Crawford County R-II, Gasconade R-II, and Steelville R-III.

AED RTC_400x600Along with the AED units, each participating school received CPR training for six people, as well as education and training on the use of the units for all other interested staff and faculty. Marelly AEDs & First Aid out of St. Louis, MO provided each school an AED, training, and their AED Management Program, to ensure that every school has a compete and compliant AED program. Marelly also donated one entire program as well.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the largest cause of natural death in the United States causing about 325,000 deaths each year. SCA can occur in anyone, at any time, and with no symptoms. It is characterized by sudden collapse, no pulse, lack of breathing, and loss of consciousness. When SCA occurs, irreversible brain injury can occur within four minutes, which is why response time is critical.

Studies have shown that if defibrillation is provided within the first minute, there is a 90 percent chance the victim’s life can be saved. SCA has occurred in many students over the past several years, particularly at sporting events. The AEDs will help to make all of the schools and their sponsored events safer for faculty, students and their families.


David’s Story

In the Summer 2011 issue of the Foundation in Focus magazine, we featured a story about a young man named David Odun-Ayo. David was born with Proximal focal femoral deficiency (PFFD), a rare congenital anomaly characterized by failure of normal development of the proximal femur and hip joint. He had worn a prosthetic leg his entire life and needed it to be able to walk.  With it, David was an active young man and thoroughly enjoyed playing sports.

IMG_4240_400x600After several years of wear and tear from David’s many activities, his prosthesis, which had been provided by the Shriners Hospitals for Children, was in dire need of replacement.  It no longer fit David properly and was not very comfortable for him. The discomfort was evident in the way David walked, making him have an obvious limp. But it didn’t stop him from being an active participant on the field.

That’s where David came to the attention of Rolla surgeon Dana Voight, MD, who had two sons involved in the Rolla Youth Football program, in which David also participated. Dr. Voight did not know anything about David’s condition, but started asking around and quickly found that there was a groundswell of community members eager to help. After some initial consultation and evaluation, David was evaluated by the staff at Verhoff & Associates in Rolla, which specializes in artificial limbs. It was determined that a new prosthesis would enable David to be more physically active.

After hearing David’s story, Verhoff & Associates generously lowered the cost of the prosthesis from $18,000 to just below cost.  The price for David’s new prosthetic leg was just under $6,000, but even at that rate, the cost of the prosthesis would have created a hardship for David’s family. Dr. Voight worked cooperatively with the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation to gather resources to cover the expense. The Foundation was able to pay for the cost of the prosthesis through the Greatest Needs Fund.  David’s family was immensely grateful for the assistance. As David’s mother, Theresa, said, “I have such gratitude for a complete stranger. Out of nowhere someone reaches out and God sends an angel. That is a miracle.