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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.

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 Medical Group Welcomes Dr. James Tucker Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. James Tucker to their family medicine team! James Tucker, DO completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine training at A.T. Still University in Kirksville after serving with honors in the United States Army.  He completed his Family and Community Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri Columbia and has come back to his home area to establish his practice. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is happy to have Dr. Tucker join the rest of the family medicine team as we work to guide our community to better.

During his childhood, Dr. Tucker often accompanied his father, Dr. Mark Tucker, to his medical office which developed his lifelong passion of caring for others.  Dr. Tucker says, “I remember going into the office with my father and checking on patients and helping out when I could. People often told me they wanted me to come back and provide medical care in the area and that strong sense of community has always stuck with me.”  

Dr. Tucker is focused on engaging his patients with their preventative health.  “I strive to involve my patients in their medical decision making process. I want to make sure they understand their healthcare decisions so they know why it’s important to maintaining or improving their life” shares Dr. Tucker.

Dr. Tucker is now seeing patients alongside the rest of Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s family medicine team in Hannibal.  To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

 

Hannibal to Host Health Professions Students During Rural Immersion Program Bookmark

According to a 2017 report by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 99 of 114 Missouri counties don’t have enough physicians, with 86 percent of the state classified as health profession shortage areas. However, a program from the University of Missouri School of Medicine is addressing that shortage by introducing students to life in rural areas before they graduate.

From July 9 through 12, 19 students pursuing health careers will gather in Hannibal, Missouri, as part of the second annual MU Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Rural Immersion Program. The four-day experience is designed for health professions students who are interested in living and working in a rural area. As a non-clinical experience, the program highlights the social and communal aspects of rural life. Through group activities and meetings with community leaders, participants get a preview of life as a rural health care professional.

“Serving in a rural setting provides several unique benefits, but unless students have been exposed to these communities, they often aren’t aware of them,” said Kathleen Quinn, PhD, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. “Through the Rural Immersion Program, students will explore the non-clinical aspects of life as a health care professional in a rural area. It’s our hope that, ultimately, these students will decide to meet the health care needs of rural Missourians.”

Students from the following schools will get firsthand exposure to the benefits of rural life:

  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • MU School of Health Professions
  • MU School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

During the immersion experience, students stay in dormitories at Hannibal LaGrange University. They will break into groups that include members of each of the health care disciplines to foster a diversity of thought and experience. Each group will spend time interviewing community leaders from four areas: business and government, education, health care and natural resources. On the final day of the program, the students present their findings to the other student groups and members of the community.

“We are very excited to have this program in Hannibal and are thankful for the numerous community and business members who have worked to put together an excellent agenda for the students. The students should leave at the end of the program with a good idea of what it would be like to live and work in America’s Hometown. Some of these students may end up being a part of the future medical community here in Hannibal, and if not, they will go back and tell their peers what a wonderful week they had while they were here,” noted Susan Wathen, Vice-President, Human Resources of Hannibal Regional.

Learn more about the MU AHEC Rural Track Pipeline Program.

Summer Foot Care Tips with Dr. Edward Cline Bookmark

Dr. Cline Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes the urge to shed your shoes. However, choosing to go without proper footwear can lead to problems for your feet and may put a damper on your summer fun. Podiatrist Dr. Edward Cline often sees more sprained ankles and broken bones during the summer months due to sports related injuries or people being active outside doing yard work or playing with their family. Another issue Dr. Cline sees is from people who have been outside barefoot or wearing unsupportive shoes and they have ended up with splinters, stepped on broken glass or had another injury.

Don’t overlook the importance of proper footwear.

Summer isn’t the time to dismiss wearing the proper footwear. “You really should not be going outside barefoot, at all” notes Dr. Cline. “You don’t want to get sunburned on your feet which could lead to melanoma or you don’t want your foot getting cut by a piece of wood or glass that could be hidden. Those are two very common problems I see this time of year.” Don’t forget to consider comfort and protection when it comes to your footwear. Some flip flops are very inexpensive, but they are flimsy and will likely lead to a foot injury. Choose sandals that will support your feet - and if you know your feet will be in and out of water make sure they don’t have foam in them. The foam will hold water and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Dr. Cline also recommends discarding any old, worn out, beat down shoes. While it may seem like a good idea to keep them to do your “dirty” work in, they could have holes in them or the traction may be worn down which could lead to falls or cuts on your feet.

Footwear choices for women.

Not just during the summer, but all year around, women need to remember to choose footwear which provides support and protection. “Ballet flats are an example of what could be a bad shoe to wear - and most women don’t realize that because they’re comfortable” says Dr. Cline. “Most flats have little to no support and little protection. When you are looking for flats, find something that gives you arch support and protects your feet.” Heels and wedges could also lead to problems because it’s similar to walking on your toes all day. Pointed toes are also bad for your foot health and could lead to permanent damage. “I recommend tracing your foot on a piece of paper, then tracing the outline of your shoe. If it looks like a tight and uncomfortable fit, it will not be good for your feet” shares Dr. Cline.

Summer foot health for children.

“Summer is a good time of year to have your children’s feet checked. Before they start a new season of sports, they should have previous injuries checked. Their shoes may need to be adjusted or a brace may be needed to help support an area that has been previously injured.” says Dr. Cline. Another important thing to remember is not to put your children in hand-me-down shoes. Financially it can make sense, but allowing your children to wear previously used shoes may put them at risk for an injury. “With all the wear and tear the shoes have been through, they may no longer be supportive or protect well and could lead to bigger problems than the cost of buying a new pair of shoes for the season,” notes Dr. Cline.

If you are experiencing problems with your feet, help is only a step away. Dr. Cline sees patients in Hannibal and at outlying HRMG locations and is ready to help guide you on your journey to better health. To contact Dr. Cline’s office call 573-629-3500.

Don’t Let Your Healthy Tan Kill You Bookmark

Dr. MetlisSkin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. More people will get skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and to encourage everyone to protect their skin as they head outdoors to kick off the summer season.

“One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime,” shares Dr. Schuyler Metlis with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “‘Don’t Fry Day’ is a great way to remind us to take preventative measures to protect our skin.” In order to protect yourself from the sun remember to seek shade, wear protective clothing, generously apply sunscreen, do not burn or tan (including tanning beds) and use extra caution near water, snow and sand.

Another way to help catch skin cancer early is to carefully examine your skin monthly. Suspicious lesions or progressive changes in a lesion’s appearance or size should be evaluated promptly by a physician. “There has been a decrease of incidence of many common cancers, but the rates of melanoma continue to rise significantly. If you have a new skin lesion that is growing, changing shape, bleeding or itching, you should have it checked immediately by a trained professional,” says Dr. Metlis.

Some risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin color; family history of skin cancer; history of indoor tanning; history of sunburns (especially early in life); and skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily. “If you have any of these risk factors, you should see a doctor for a skin cancer screening at least once a year,” says Dr. Metlis. “Catching cancer early often allows for more treatment options. If you have skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success and with less noticeable scarring.”

Dr. Metlis is hosting skin cancer screenings throughout the region. The screenings are free, however space is limited and appointments are required. To see a full list of screening dates visit medicalgroup.hannibalregional.org.

Aaron Zook Named Vice-President of Operations at Hannibal Regional Bookmark

Hannibal Regional is pleased to announce that Aaron Zook has accepted the position of Vice-President of Operations. In his role as Vice-President of Operations, Mr. Zook will oversee operations of multiple areas within Hannibal Regional, including Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Hannibal Regional Infusion Center and Hospital operations.

Mr. Zook began working at Hannibal Regional in 2001 as a Physical Therapist Assistant and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, home health, and outpatient private practice. In 2007 Mr. Zook became the Manager of HRH’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department and served in that role until 2012 when he began work as Director of Outreach Services for Hannibal Regional Medical Group. In 2015 Mr. Zook began work in the Business Development department for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Along with his clinical degree, Mr. Zook holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management from Hannibal LaGrange College, and an MBA with emphasis in Healthcare Administration from William Woods University. Mr. Zook is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which he earned 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 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.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary Organizing Special Trip Bookmark

Palermo DuomoHannibal Regional Auxiliary is organizing a special trip, Southern Italy & Sicily, featuring Taormina, Matera, Alberobello and the Amalfi Coast from leading tour operator Collette Vacations.

Interested travelers can learn more about the tour by attending a free informational presentation from Lora Carlson with Collette Vacations on May 8th at 3:00 pm in Hannibal Regional Hospital Conference Room A/B, which is located just inside the main entrance of Hannibal Regional Hospital.

The Southern Italy & Sicily tour dates are February 19, 2019 - March 2, 2019. This journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin your travels in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento’s ancient ValleyRoman Ruins of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Continue on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery for an agriturismo experience complete with wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

A portion of the trip proceeds will benefit Hannibal Regional Auxiliary. When booking any trip with Collette Vacations, Hannibal Regional Auxiliary can benefit. Simply ask your Collette representative for more information and be sure to mention Hannibal Regional Auxiliary. For more information about the trips or to RSVP for the free informational meeting, please call (573)248-5272.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC Bookmark

Lisa ParshallHannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC to their team in Shelbina! Mrs. Parshall earned her Nurse Practitioner degree at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. HRMG is excited to have Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC join their team in Shelbina as they continue to guide the community to better!

Mrs. Parshall chose to pursue a career in family medicine because it gives her the opportunity to treat patients from all age groups with diverse medical conditions. She also enjoys the opportunity to work with the entire family which allows her to gain a better understanding of how family dynamics may affect the health of her patients.

“I chose to work at Hannibal Regional because they have always been my family’s medical home. The only place I considered working when beginning my nursing career is Hannibal Regional,” shares Lisa. “I like the hometown feel of Hannibal Regional Medical Group and the relationships that develop between patients and providers. I also appreciate Hannibal Regional investing in smaller communities to provide quality healthcare.”

Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC is now seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Shelbina. To schedule an appointment at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Shelbina call (573) 588-4131.

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 and west central Illinois 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 in Hannibal.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary Recognizes Excellence in their Volunteers Bookmark

Hall of Fame Celebs

Over 25 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Celebs
joined Hannibal Regional supporters for the
9th Annual Shoeless Joe’s Celebrity Golf Classic.

The Hannibal Regional Foundation's ninth annual Shoeless Joe's Celebrity Golf Classic held on June 13th raised over $80,000 to benefit the Today.Tomorrow.Together. campaign, which is raising funds to assist in the renovation and expansion of Hannibal Regional’s Surgical Services.

The Celebrity Golf Classic, which enjoyed a record-high fundraising year, was officially sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services and provided participants the opportunity to play with a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and/or other sports celebrities at Norwoods Golf Club in Hannibal. To date, the Golf Classic has raised over $600,000 to support local healthcare through the Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Golf Classic official sponsor members

Members of the Golf Classic Official Sponsor
Raymond James Financial Services team pose
for a picture before they tee off for the day.

Among the celebrities to attend were former MU and St. Louis Cardinals football players Johnny Roland and Mel Gray; former Chiefs players Art Still and Ted McKnight; and former MU fo otball player Chase Coffman. Former St. Louis Cardinal Football player Eric Williams was also in attendance at this year’s event.

The annual Shoeless Joe’s events continue to offer great community engagement while including donors, volunteers, celebrities and Hannibal Regional team members. For more information or to view photos from this year’s Shoeless Joe’s Celebrity Golf Classic or to make a contribution to the Today.Tomorrow.Together. campaign, contact the Hannibal Regional Foundation at 573-629-3577 or visit hrhf.org.