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Local High School Baseball Player Receives Top Notch Care from Hannibal Regional Bookmark

 Thinking it would be just like any other baseball game, Evan Johnson never dreamed that during this one he would end up in the Hannibal Regional Emergency Room.  

Evan and his team had a home game at Mark Twain High School in New London MO this past baseball season.  Evan, who usually is the starting 3rd baseman, was brought in to pitch.  This was not unfamiliar, as now each pitcher alternates games due to recent changes in pitching rules.  This particular evening was Evan’s night.

Then the unexpected happened; after throwing a pitch, the catcher threw a line drive ball straight back to Evan. Evan turned his head before he knew the catcher was throwing the ball back to him.    The ball smacked him right in the face above his lip.  Blood went everywhere.  After the coaches and parents assessed the situation, it was determined he would need to immediate medical attention. 

Evan’s parents, Wendy and DK Johnson, quickly drove him to the Hannibal Regional Emergency Room.  From the moment they walked in the door until the time they walked back to their car, their care was top notch.

“Our entire Hannibal Regional Emergency Room experience was wonderful.  They accommodated us in a timely fashion, every single person we came in contact with were super nice and friendly from registration, triage, the nurse that was assigned to Evan, and the ER physician, Dr. Hussain.   Dr. Hussain handled the situation very professionally and had a great bedside manner.  We cannot say enough good things about our experience,” said Wendy Johnson, Evan’s mother. 

Evan’s injury was minor but could have been much worse.  He was lucky and received only five stitches with no scarring.   Evan is looking forward to being a senior baseball player next year as well as a football player for the Mark Twain Tigers!

Hannibal Regional Announces Major 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 www.hannibalregional.org.

 

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Breaks Ground on New Facility in Bowling Green Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility in Bowling Green.  In early 2018 Pike Medical Clinic will be moving to a brand new facility located by the Bowling Green Walmart which will provide care during evenings and weekends as well as offer specialty services.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is committed to fulfilling the health care needs of the community.  “The new facility will help us build on Pike Medical Clinic’s legacy of service to the community by offering more specialized services and longer office hours.”  shares Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Jan Onik, DO; Phillip Pitney, MD; Gene Smith, DO; Jennifer Chandler, FNP-BC and Sean Weaver, FNP-C will continue to serve the community at the new location and at the Pike Medical Clinic in Louisiana.  The new, larger facility will provide space for specialty services and diagnostic testing.  Once the new facility is completed the Pike Medical team will begin offering after-hours medical care.  The team at Pike Medical will be available during the evenings and weekends for basic medical needs.

 

As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois residents. HRMG primary and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City, and Shelbina, as well as an Express Care clinic and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Cutline: Preparing to move ceremonial dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pike Medical Clinic is Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System; Mike Goering, Murray Company; Don Hunter, Bowling Green Mayor; Dr. Jan Onik, Pike Medical Clinic; Dr. Phillip Pitney, Pike Medical Clinic and Doug Ruble, Vice President - Facilities at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Hannibal Regional Infusion Center Team Guides Hannibal Resident to Better Bookmark

 A trip to the emergency room for a gallbladder attack ended with a surprising outcome for Hannibal resident John David Hymers, known to many as David.  In February of 2017 David was returning home from an anniversary trip with his wife, Janna, when a gallbladder attack sent him to the emergency room.  David’s gallbladder attack also came with chest pains but the emergency room team quickly ruled out heart problems.  Once it was determined David didn’t have heart problems, he was then scheduled for further testing to discover the cause of his problem.  

 

David met with gastroenterologist Dr. Almashhrawi who performed an endoscopy.  Through that endoscopy Dr. Almashhrawi made the discovery that David had esophageal cancer and referred him to Hannibal Regional’s Infusion Center for treatment.

 

Esophageal cancer often remains undetected until a late stage because it produces little to no symptoms and David will always be grateful for the care he received to help guide him to better.  The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team made David and Janna feel comfortable and well-taken care of.  When talking about the Infusion Center team David and Janna say, “You all have been nothing but warm, caring, compassionate, attentive to our needs, helpful and loving!  We would recommend your services to others without any hesitation.”

 

The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team is led by Dr. Kristen Strasser and is located in the Hannibal Regional Medical Building.  The Infusion Center offers patients an easy, attractive alternative to a hospital setting for receiving their cancer care and infusion therapy, simplifying and expediting the process while providing the highest-quality care and treatment.

 

David underwent several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is now on the road to recovery.  “The Infusion Center team made our difficult time so much easier - we can’t thank them enough for all their support during our cancer journey!” share David and Janna.

 

For more information about the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center call 573-629-3478.

 

Photo cutline:  Janna Hymers and David Hymers stand with Ellen Taylor, MSN, RN, OCN in the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center on David’s last day of treatment.

 

Hannibal Regional Is First In The Area To Use Abbott’s BurstDR Stimulation To Help Patients Suffering Chronic Pain Bookmark

Hannibal, MO -- Luvell Glanton, Jr. M.D., at Hannibal Regional is the first physician in the Tri-State Area  to use BurstDR™ stimulation from Abbott to support the treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain. According to Dr. Glanton, BurstDR stimulation is a new, superior spinal cord stimulation option for patients and has been shown to provide less pain, less suffering and less therapy maintenance.

 Amy Loscher was one of the first patients to receive the therapy.  She had suffered from chronic pain for many years following a failed neck surgery at another facility. After years of treating debilitating chronic pain with opioid pain medication, Amy was referred to Dr. Glanton at Hannibal Regional Medical Group. For years, Amy had attempted a variety of other pain therapy options with minimal pain relief but now is doing well.

 BurstDR stimulation, which is exclusive to Abbott, is designed to help patients find relief from their pain and suffering while also providing a better experience with chronic pain therapy. With BurstDR stimulation, Abbott is also helping physicians address their patients’ physical and emotional responses to pain. BurstDR stimulation is also able to help physicians reduce paresthesia for their patients, which is a light tingling sensation sometimes experienced with traditional spinal cord stimulation.

 According to Dr. Glanton, who is a Pain Management Specialist at Hannibal Regional, the ability of BurstDR stimulation to provide patients a more complete therapy experience is one of the key reasons he began offering the therapy to his patients.

 “One of the many advantages of BurstDR include the intermittent ‘burst’ pulses that can reduce a patient’s pain level for longer than many other options available.” said Dr. Glanton.

 Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy can transform quality of life for many people who are otherwise unable to find relief from chronic pain. However, BurstDR stimulation has been clinically proven to improve upon traditional SCS by generating superior pain relief. Abbott’s proprietary BurstDR stimulation works differently from other stimulation designs, utilizing intermittent “burst” pulses designed to mimic the body’s natural nerve impulse patterns. The goal of the therapy is to empower physicians to provide patients a new therapy option to improve patient outcomes and help more patients secure relief from their chronic pain.

 “Hannibal Regional Medical Group is privileged to have Dr. Glanton as part of our team. We believe his use of advanced technology/treatments, superior pain management skills and his passion to help are why so many patients choose Dr. Glanton. This new technology will improve patient care and allow many patients to get back to doing the things they want to do.” Said Kurt Ebers, Executive Director at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

 Chronic pain is a complex and challenging condition for physicians to manage, and a heavy burden for patients who find their lives profoundly limited by their pain. Many patients often move from treatment option to treatment option seeking pain relief, only to find a partial or incomplete response to therapy.

 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.

Summer Health Tips: Kidney Stone Prevention Bookmark

Hannibal, MO -- Summer is a time for fun and relaxation for most, but can be a painful time for others. Doctors have seen sharp increases, sometimes a rise of as much as 30%, in patients who develop kidney stones, during the warm summer months.

The most common reason kidney stones develop is dehydration.  “As the temperature rises, we sweat more and without proper hydration, the body’s fluids become more concentrated with dietary minerals, such as calcium.” explains Dr. Cockrell, Urologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  “This increases the risk that the minerals will concentrate into stones.”

 

It’s also important to know that even forming a stone just once increases your risk by 50% of forming additional kidney stones.  “The easiest way, particularly in the summer, to prevent kidney stones is to drink plenty of fluids,” shares Dr. Cockrell.  “An easy way to determine if you are drinking enough fluid is to pay attention to how often you are using the restroom.  If you aren’t using the restroom every couple of hours, you aren’t drinking enough.”

If you experience any symptoms of kidney stones - extreme, sharp pain in the back or side that will not go away, blood in the urine, nausea and vomiting, cloudy or odorous urine, frequent urination, a burning feeling when you urinate, fever and chills - you NEED to see a doctor. To diagnose kidney stones,  a doctor will do a physical exam and may perform additional tests - intravenous pyelogram (IVP), CT scan, urinalysis, blood test, and/or a renal ultrasound. Forms of treatment for kidney stones include shock waves, ureteroscopy, or watchful waiting for spontaneous kidney stone passage.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cockrell call 573-629-3500.

 

As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri residents. HRMG family and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City, and Shelbina, as well as an Express Care clinic and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Tori Greving, FNP-C, Joins Hannibal Regional Medical Group's Infusion Center Bookmark

 Hannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional Medical Group welcomes Tori Greving, FNP-C, to their new Infusion Center. Tori has been practicing in the Hannibal area for over 18 years. She started her career at Blessing Hospital in 1999 before moving on to medical oncology at Quincy Medical Group in 2002. In 2007, Tori came to work for Hannibal Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse, first in the Intensive Care Unit, and then in Radiation Oncology. In 2015, Tori started working as a Nurse Practitioner at the James E. Cary Cancer Center in medical hematology/oncology.  She will be working with Kristen Strasser, MD. who practices hematology/oncology at the Infusion Center.

 “After working as an inpatient nurse in oncology, I decided I wanted to get into the hematology/oncology field,” says Tori Greving, FNP-C. “I took care of hematology/oncology patients while they were in the hospital, but always wondered about them after discharge. Once graduation for my Nurse Practitioner degree drew near, I knew I needed to find a way to continue with my desire to work in oncology and be able to help these patients and families. I have done many different types of nursing over the years, but working with these patients is special; they know you are helping them fight, they are appreciative of the care you give, and after a while it’s like we become a family.”  

 Tori has a passion for working in the hematology/oncology field. “I love to be [the patient's] cheerleader, educator, counselor, shoulder to cry on, and not to mention their ‘waver of the checkered flag’ at the end of treatment, congratulating them on success,” stated Tori. “But we all know there is the other side, those who do not respond to treatment, or get very ill during treatment, I am privileged to be there for those patients, too. There are ups and downs, but I would not be the person or Nurse Practitioner I am today if I had not crossed paths with all the patients and families I have helped in one way or another over the years. I find it very gratifying to be a part of their journey.”

 As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri residents. HRMG family and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City, and Shelbina, as well 

Hannibal Regional To Add Five New Locations With The Acquisition of Complete Family Medicine Bookmark

Complete Family Medicine Joins Hannibal RegionalHannibal, MO – Hannibal Regional is pleased to announce that Complete Family Medicine will soon become part of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

 In eight short years, Complete Family Medicine has expanded to five locations spanning over 80 miles along US 63 and has nearly 100 employees. “The landscape of health care has changed dramatically over the past eight years and with those changes have come many obstacles. As we looked at organizations, we knew we wanted to find one that would allow us to better serve our patients, enhance our resources, allow freedom to think outside the box and bring Complete Family Medicine value and longevity. Once we met with and saw their mission and vision in action, we knew that Hannibal Regional was the right choice,” said Dr. Justin Puckett, Medical Director of Complete Family Medicine.

 As a service of Hannibal Regional, Complete Family Medicine will continue to deliver the excellent standard of care the community relies on, provided by the same great team of physicians and staff. “Hannibal Regional is honored to have the opportunity to help serve the patients of Complete Family Medicine,” noted Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional. “The physicians and staff at Complete Family Medicine exemplify our R.I.S.E. values of respect, integrity, service and excellence. It’s our vision is to be the trusted guide to better health – every patient, every time. Together, we will be guiding even more patients to better.”

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System 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 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 www.hannibalregional.org.

 Complete Family Medicine is a physician-led medical clinic with six on-staff providers who deliver family medicine, internal medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and urgent care services. With locations in Kirksville, Lancaster, La Plata, Moberly and Macon, Missouri, Complete Family Medicine is focused on the long-term health needs of the region and making health care convenient in our communities. For more information on Complete Family Medicine, visit www.cfmcares.com.

 Cutline:  Hannibal, MO.  Hannibal Regional has announced the acquisition of the Complete Family Medicine clinics located in Kirksville, La Plata, Lancaster, Macon and Moberly, MO. Pictured are Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and Justin Puckett, D.O., Founder and Medical Director of Complete Family Medicine.

 

Hannibal Regional Welcomes Kristen Strasser, MD Bookmark

Kristen Strasser, MDHannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional is excited to welcome Kristen Strasser, MD. Dr. Strasser is practicing Hematology/Oncology at Hannibal Regional Medical Group. Dr. Strasser earned both her undergraduate degree and her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also completed the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program that is offered through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Strasser’s medical research studies have been published by Hospital Practice, 2014 and BMJ Case Report, 2015.

 As a physician, Dr. Strasser provides consultation and treatment for benign and malignant blood disorders as well as all cancers. “I chose this profession because I have a passion for cancer patients and I have a special interest in guiding patients and their families through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” stated Dr. Strasser. “Patients may be interested in seeing me for a patient-centered approach and easy-going nature.” As an oncologist, she is specially trained in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. “It is a privilege to join Hannibal Regional Medical Group and I look forward to being able to help our community,” says Dr. Strasser. “I remain committed to furthering cancer research and working with local surgeons, physicians and cancer experts in our region.”

 As part of Hannibal Regional, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri residents. HRMG family and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City, and Shelbina, as well as an Express Care clinic and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

 

Nitrous Oxide Used For Pain During Labor And Delivery Bookmark

Nurse, Mom, BabyHannibal, MO --Nitrous oxide is now being offered to women in labor at Hannibal Regional Chris Coons Women’s Care Center.

“ The use of nitrous oxide has been shown to be safe and effective in taking the edge off contractions, thus relieving some pain of childbirth and we are excited that Hannibal Regional is pioneering its use in the northeast Missouri area,” says, Linda Dinges, Chris Coons Women’s Care Director.  

Dr. John Bennett, medical director of the Hannibal Regional Hospital maternity ward, said nitrous oxide is preferred by some women over other pain-management remedies.

“This is a great option in pain management for women who want as little intervention as possible during labor, or if they are not an ideal candidate for spinal anesthesia or another form of pain management,” Bennett said.

For some women, the colorless, slightly sweet-smelling gas takes enough of the edge off contractions that they are better able to cope with their labor.

“Others say it reduces anxiety and may elicit feelings of well-being during contractions,” Dinges said. “Yet, as in natural childbirth, the woman remains fully aware of her labor contractions and fully attentive during the delivery.”

“Choosing nitrous oxide can be beneficial.  It is less invasive than spinal anesthesia, has fewer risks and is easy to administer,” Dinges said. “A woman in labor simply puts a small face mask over her mouth and nose and then inhales the gas, which she feels immediately. She then naturally releases the mask as she begins to feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide does not have a numbing effect like spinal anesthesia, it’s mild and nontoxic and leaves the patient’s system within minutes once the patient stops using it.

Obstetricians who assist mothers with the birth of their baby at Hannibal Regional educate them during their prenatal appointments about the opportunity to use nitrous oxide in labor and delivery. The Women’s Care nursing team teaches women to use the gas mixture in labor. The woman breathes normally into a mask and with those breathes she inhales the 50/50 nitrous/ oxygen mixture. The process is initiated approximately 30 seconds before each contraction for the full effect, and it wears off within a few seconds between contractions. Mothers develop their own rhythm using the gas and have a trained RN at their bedside at all times while using the nitrous mixture.

By the conclusion of delivery, the nitrous has left the patient’s body completely. It does not interfere with feeding or caring for baby after birth.

Women in labor can stop using nitrous oxide at any time during labor and switch to another form of pain management, if they choose.

Kim Runquist recently gave birth at Hannibal Regional to a 9 lb. 10 oz. baby girl.  Kim used the nitrous oxide technique instead of other interventions frequently used in labor and delivery.  “ It was easy to use and very effective.  It definitely helped me to focus, relax and stay calm.  I inhaled slowly several times during a contraction.  When the contraction was over, the effects were gone.  After usage, I felt more in control and relaxed,” adds Kim.  “ I would definitely use this technique again.”

Nitrous oxide was used for labor pains in the United States until the 1970s, when its popularity diminished with the advent of spinal anesthesia. It is still routinely used in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re pleased to take this leadership step and make nitrous oxide available to our maternity patients,” said Dinges. It’s one of the many advances we’ve made to provide women and babies with state-of-the-art, individualized care before, during and after childbirth.  This alternative comfort measure continues with the availability of inflatable therapy balls, wireless fetal monitoring and the use of hydrotherapy in labor with a shower or tub.” “As a Baby Friendly designated hospital since July 2009, Hannibal Regional is committed to creating the best evidence-guided birth experience for every mother, every time.”

Today, there are approximately 300 hospitals using nitrous oxide for childbirth experiences, according to manufacturers of nitrous oxide systems. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has issued a bulletin in support of nitrous oxide. Nitrous is cheaper than an epidural by hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.

Hannibal Regional says more than 600 babies will be born in the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center in 2017.

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 is recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Coronary Intervention care and was also honored with the Healthgrades 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ placing Hannibal Regional among the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional is the only hospital in Missouri to receive both achievements 2 years in a row, 2016-2017. In addition, Hannibal Regional is recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, putting them in the top 15% in the nation for this category.  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 www.hannibalregional.org.