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The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. This report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers. From 2016 through 2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average, a 39.7 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.


“For over 25 years, Midwest Orthopedics and Hannibal Regional have worked together to provide exceptional care, this award recognizes our dedication and commitment to quality care and remarkable outcomes over time,” said Todd Ahrens, Chief Executive Officer of Hannibal Regional.


Hannibal Regional was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2020
Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2020
Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2016-2020)
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 5 Years in a Row (2016-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2014-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2020





Hannibal Regional Implements Visitor Restrictions Bookmark

As part of the community’s proactive planning to slow the spread of COVID-19 Hannibal Regional is implementing visitor restrictions beginning March 19, 2020 until further notice.  

Until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, team members and the community Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is implementing visitor restrictions at Hannibal Regional Hospital and all Hannibal Regional Medical Group locations.

We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based on the exceptions listed below. Please note: in all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath). Additionally, children under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances.

Visitor restrictions are as follows:

  • Women in labor may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them.
  • Nursery patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life or critically ill on life support may have two visitors.
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor, or parents or guardians.
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor (patients under age of 18 may have two visitors) who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.
  • The following patients may have one person with them:
    • Patients who have an appointment at a Hannibal Regional Medical Group location
    • Patients who are undergoing laboratory testing or a radiology procedure
    • Patients  visiting the Emergency Department 

Visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout their visit.  Once the visitor leaves the patient’s room they must leave the facility.  

Visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.  To learn the latest COVID-19 updates at Hannibal Regional visit

Hannibal Regional Hosts “Ladies Night Out” Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Hosts “Ladies Night Out”


Hannibal, MO -- In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hannibal Regional is pleased to offer special screenings in October to assist women in taking steps to enjoy healthy living.

For your convenience, Hannibal Regional’s Radiology Department will host “Ladies Night Out” - a special after-hours program for women to keep current with their annual mammogram.  Light refreshments will be served and a specialty gift bag will be given out. 

Hannibal Regional offers 3D mammography exams developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, these exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging methods such as mammography or ultrasound.  Hannibal Regional now offers this choice in the latest technologies in breast cancer testing.   An MRI with dedicated breast coils uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to produce detailed pictures of inside the breast to help measure the size of cancer, look for additional tumors and check the lymph nodes to see if cancer has spread.  A breast MRI is also used for evaluating lumpectomy sites in the years following breast cancer treatment to determine the difference between scar tissue and a recurrence of cancer. Additionally, a breast MRI is the best test for determining whether silicone implants have ruptured.

The American College of Radiology recommends yearly screening mammograms for women aged 40 or older.  Annual mammograms are covered by most insurance policies and are the cornerstone of early breast cancer detection.  Hannibal Regional’s dedicated staff provide the highest level of care for busy women. 

The special after hours dates for mammograms are October 2nd, October 16th, and October 30th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.. You can schedule your appointment by calling 573-248-5688.

Hats From the Heart Bookmark

Red Hats

Pictured from left to right with some of the Auxiliary’s
Hats from the Heart are Jackie Schnelle, Nancy Cruse and Jane Bleigh.

To help raise awareness and celebrate Heart Month, members of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary have started a new program by knitting and crocheting red hats.  The red hats will be given out to babies born in February at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Volunteers knitted and crocheted red hats to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.  “We are working to raise awareness and show support to Hannibal Regional for a healthy lifestyle.  We also love to make items for the newborn babies so it was a win-win!” shares Nancy Cruse, Chairman of the Knitting Committee. “We hope families will enjoy these during the month of February.”   Other committee members are Jackie Schnelle, Jane Bleigh, Beth Hansmeier, Brenda Higdon, Anne Cary, Roberta Thomas, Marie Wolpers and Priscilla Foreman.


Hannibal Regional 115 Years Strong Bookmark

Levering Hospital, Hannibal

Original Levering Hospital Building

One hundred and fifteen years ago the legacy of Hannibal Regional began. At the turn of the twentieth century, there was no hospital to serve citizens of northeast Missouri. With the opening of Levering Hospital on February 2, 1903, the need for hospital care was met and the first part of what would become Hannibal Regional was created. More than a century later, Hannibal Regional continues this commitment to being the leader in healthcare, furthering their mission of guiding the community to better health and shaping the future of healthcare for its residents.

Prior to the opening of Levering Hospital, the sick were cared for in the home, and any surgery needed was performed there or in a doctor’s office. In 1901, Aaron R. Levering, President of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Hannibal, and his wife, Eleanor M. Levering, recognized the need for a hospital to serve the community. The Leverings dedicated land and donated funds for the construction of a hospital in Hannibal and it would be called “Levering Hospital”.

Levering Hospital

Original Levering Hospital Patient Room

When Levering Hospital opened its doors it was the first erected hospital in northeast Missouri and contained twenty-six patient beds. Throughout its history, Levering Hospital received the support of many other contributors in the form of time, talent and funds. Over the years citizens, religious and civil organizations, and the Levering Hospital Auxiliary generously and unselfishly gave their energy and money to the hospital, truly making it a “Community Partnership.”

Levering Hospital

Original St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Building

A few years later, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was organized and founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, MO.  The Reverend Mother, M. Augustine, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis, was also the founder of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.  The land for the hospital was purchased in the fall of 1913, and the hospital was completed and received its first patients in the summer of 1915. 

Levering Hospital Nurses

Levering Hospital Nurses

Eight young, energetic nursing sisters were sent to Hannibal to operate the hospital.  These sisters, with the help of some local citizens, readied the newly constructed hospital to serve the community.  This hospital was located on Virginia Street and had thirty-five patient beds.

Hannibal Regional 2020

Hannibal Regional 2020

In July 1987, after many months of discussion and planning, the Board of Directors for both Levering Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital entered into an affiliation agreement to explore the consolidation of both hospitals.  In 1988, the two facilities merged, forming Hannibal Regional Hospital.

In addition to celebrating the legacy as an independent provider of health care for the past 115 years, in March Hannibal Regional celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary at their current location.  Expanding beyond hospital services, Hannibal Regional now has over 1,200 team members serving 12 counties, offices located in 11 communities, 85 providers and 21 specialties, Hannibal Regional continues to lead the way in providing access to exceptional healthcare and guiding the residents of Northeast Missouri to BETTER.

Hannibal Regional Breaks Ground on New Expansion Bookmark

Hannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional is a vital part of the tri-state region, and for decades people in the community have depended on them for comprehensive healthcare and their highly specialized services.  


In order to continue meeting the ever-changing and increasing needs of the community, Hannibal Regional has begun the first phase of a three-year expansion project, investing $61 million in the health of the our region.  This major expansion project will allow Hannibal Regional to accommodate the growing needs of northeast Missouri and ensure an even higher level of care and service.  


“Our community has relied on Hannibal Regional for over 110 years for quality local healthcare. We work tirelessly to make sure we can guide all of our patients to better, and with that we are continuously analyzing and expanding services and resources to make sure we are meeting the health needs of our community.” said Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional.


Site improvements are already underway for the relocation of major utility systems, additional parking lots, expansion of the receiving dock and support service areas at Hannibal Regional. Major construction will begin in October and start with a 2-story expansion of the Intensive Care and Progressive Care units.  Following that will be a complete surgery department renovation, adding six new surgery suites including advanced medical imaging operating rooms.  Further construction will include a new 4-story, 88,000 square foot addition to Hannibal Regional Medical Group as well as interior renovations to the hospital mall and new entrances to the hospital and medical buildings. This expansion will add over 137,000 square feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of newly renovated space to Hannibal Regional.


“While this is an exciting time for Hannibal Regional and our community, we know that construction on our medical campus can be challenging for patients and guests, which is why we will be doing everything possible to minimize disruptions as we continue to grow.” stated Todd Ahrens.


The scheduled completion for all phases of new construction and renovations is 2020.


Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes,Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Hannibal Regional as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information on Hannibal Regional, visit

Hannibal Regional Hospital's Pediatric Speech Therapy Goes Above and Beyond For Local Family Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Hospital's Pediatric Speech Therapy Goes Above and Beyond  For Local Family

Candy Golian’s son, Trey Golian, started taking speech therapy about a year ago after he was screened at his daycare facility, Grow and Learn. “After his screening, we learned that he was farther behind then what we thought,” said Candy. “We knew he was behind but we chalked it up to other factors, but we didn't realize that he was as far behind as he was until I called out and talked to Patty Schenk on the phone.” Patty Schenk is a Speech Therapist with Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Pediatric Speech Therapy team. “She went over everything and explained everything that he was tested for and where he should be at his age and how far behind he was,” explained Candy.

After the assessment and talking to Patty, Candy and her husband discussed the cost of therapy that Trey would have to work through, weekly. “At the time we had health insurance but we had a very high deductible and didn’t know if we would be able to afford the therapy sessions,” stated Candy. “I talked to our daycare center owner and she actually told me about the Scottish Rite program. She said that she really thought Trey needed speech therapy and would greatly benefit from it so I decided that we would check into it.”

Tammy Lieurance, secretary for Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Pediatric Speech Therapy, helped Candy with all the paperwork and anything else that would be needed for the Scottish Rite scholarship application. Within a day Tammy was able to let the Golian family know that they qualified for the scholarship and that the scholarship would cover most of the cost for each session. “If we had not qualified for the scholarship I don't know if Trey would have been able to get the help that he needed,” said Candy.

“The ladies at Hannibal Regional have made this experience one of the easiest things to do, they work with you and your schedule to make it to so easy on us,” explained Candy. “My husband and I both work during the day and it makes it so much easier for us that Ms. Patty comes to Trey at daycare for his session and we don't have to worry about how we are going to get him to each session. Every Tuesday when we pull up to daycare he is looking for her vehicle and gets so excited knowing she is there. Without her help, I know that Trey wouldn't be where he is today and ready to start Kindergarten next year. Without the Scottish Rite program, he would not have received the help he needed. I can never thank the ladies at Hannibal Regional enough for helping Trey and our entire family with this.”

To learn more about Hannibal Regional Hospital's Pediatric Therapy Services call 573-406-5777.


Hannibal Regional Chaplain Selected As The President of the MO Chaplains Association Bookmark

Allen ClarkHannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional Chaplain Allen Clark, Pastoral Care Manager,  was selected as the President of the Missouri Chaplain’s Association for the 2016 - 2017 term. He has been a member since 1990 and served on the MCA board since 2011. Chaplain Clark has served as a staff chaplain and Pastoral Care Manager at Hannibal Regional for over 20 years (October 1995).

The Missouri Chaplain’s Association is a program membership group  of the Missouri Hospital Association. MCA’s primary purpose is to provide training and support  for chaplains throughout Missouri and offer consultation to other agencies, governmental or church-related, that provide and/or support chaplains in the ministry.  Chaplains conferences are held twice a year,  a spring conference and fall conference. The fall conference is in conjunction with the Missouri Hospital Association’s Convention at Tan-Tar-A in November. Chaplain Clark sees serving as the MCA  president as an opportunity to work with fellow chaplains to provide an avenue of training and support for pastoral care members throughout the state.


Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Hannibal Regional Hospital is a 99-bed, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services.  Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit


Stroke Awareness Bookmark

By: Marie Frankenbach, BSN, RN, Stroke Educator
Hannibal Regional

Did you know that in the United States, approximately 800,000 individuals have strokes each year? Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, killing nearly 130,000 people a year. That’s 1 in every 20 deaths. However, early treatment and preventative measures can reduce the brain damage that occurs as the result of a stroke.

Stroke usually refers to the loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood flow to the brain. When this occurs, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Damage from a stroke may be temporary or permanent. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain, how much the brain is damaged, how quickly treatment begins, and other factors.

Strokes can be classified into two major categories: ischemic (lack of blood) and hemorrhagic (bleeding). Approximately 87% of all strokes are ischemic and the rest are hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the brain. If the artery remains blocked for more than a few minutes, the brain can become damaged. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when blood vessels in the brain leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain or around the brain.

A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is often called a “mini stroke” or “warning stroke”. The difference between a TIA and a stroke is that the blockage is transient, or temporary. Symptoms are exactly the same as stroke, but usually last less than five minutes. Even if symptoms go away, emergency help should be called immediately. A TIA is a warning sign that a person is at high risk for a stroke.

Stroke can occur at any age. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and take immediate action. Classic stroke symptoms can be remembered by the acronym FAST. This stands for:

(1) Face – sudden weakness or droopiness of the face, problems with vision
(2) Arm – sudden weakness or numbness of one or both arms
(3) Speech – difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or garbled speech
(4) Time – time is very important in stroke treatment. Time is Brain, call 911!

The quicker treatment can begin, the more successful the outcome.

It is very important to note the time the first stroke symptoms began because this could influence potential treatment. Stroke victims who receive treatment within specific time frames from the time symptoms begin are more likely to survive and recover more quickly and are less likely to have permanent disabilities.
The treatment of a stroke depends upon the type of stroke, the time that has passed since the first symptoms occurred, and the patient’s other medical problems. For individuals who have an ischemic stroke, the goal of treatment is to restore blood flow to the affected area of the brain as quickly as possible. TPA, sometimes called a “clot buster”, can be given preferably within three hours upon the onset of symptoms. Stroke patients who receive tPA within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost three times more likely to recover with little or no disability.

The American Stroke Association/American Heart Association updated guidelines for acute ischemic stroke to recommend the use of stent retrievers for eligible patients. While tPA is a drug to dissolve a clot, a stent retriever is a medical device used to pull it out. Continued treatment for the stroke patient includes secondary prevention with medications such as aspirin, warfarin, and certain cholesterol-lowering medications. In some cases, physical, occupational, or speech therapies may help patients recovering from stroke.
In order to lower your risk for stroke, you should take your medications appropriately, follow up with your physicians as directed, and make lifestyle changes which may decrease risk factors for recurrent stroke. Some risk factors include high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco/alcohol/illegal drug use, physical inactivity, and obesity. It is important to work with your healthcare providers to decrease your chances for stroke/TIA as much as possible.

If you are experiencing a stroke, call 911.

Hannibal Regional and The Milk Bank Partner to Open New Milk Depot Bookmark

Hannibal Regional and The Milk Bank Partner to Open New Milk Depot
Hannibal Regional is partnering with The Milk Bank to open a new milk depot site in Missouri. This milk collection site is only the fourth in Missouri and provides a convenient drop off for women to donate their extra breast milk for processing at The Milk Bank. After processing, the milk is then delivered to fragile infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units.

“The Milk Bank hopes to continue forging partnerships with organizations throughout the Midwest in order to make the process of human milk donation easier for donor moms and families, while also helping to support breastfeeding in local communities,” stated Janice O’Rourke, Executive Director of The Milk Bank.

Hannibal Regional joins Amber Sky in Maplewood, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, and Little Flower Family Medicine in O’Fallon serving as a milk depot site.

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, human milk is the standard food for all infants including premature and sick infants. Human milk provides optimal nutrition and unique health benefits that last beyond infancy.

Approved donors for The Milk Bank will be able to drop off their human milk donations at Hannibal Regional and from there to The Milk Bank, where it will be processed then provided to neonates throughout the Midwest. If you are interested in learning more, visit or contact: Diane Bibb, MSN, RN, IBCLC, and Lactation Consultant for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System at 573-406-2122.

The Milk Bank is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2005. The Milk Bank believes that human milk is best for all babies, and through the generosity of mothers, careful screening and processing, provides human milk to fragile premature babies in neonatal/newborn intensive care units. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. For more information regarding The Milk Bank’s mission, core programs and donation opportunities, visit or call (317) 536-1670.