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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 hannibalregional.org/coronavirus.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Offers Free Hearing Screenings Bookmark

Over 48 million Americans are affected by some degree of hearing loss, making it the third most common chronic health condition in the United States.  Linda Carleton, MS, F-AAA, an audiologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group, is urging the community to be more aware of their hearing health and get a free hearing screening.

“Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises; ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum; illness or certain medications; and deterioration due to normal aging process,” explains Linda.  Not all hearing loss is attributed to aging - over 1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe personal use of portable music devices. “Everyday loud activities, such as operating lawn or farm equipment, concerts, hair dryers or alarm clocks can contribute to hearing loss.”  Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent but is usually preventable. To protect your hearing, wear ear protection when sounds are louder than 85 decibels, turn down the volume, and walk away from loud noises.  

You might have a problem with your hearing if you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy environment such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to you without looking at them, or have a constant ringing or pain in your ears. The first step in treating a hearing problem is to get a hearing screening by an audiologist.  Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation. To schedule your free hearing screening contact Linda Carleton’s office call 573-629-3500.

Type 1 Diabetes in Children Bookmark

Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DOType 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.  Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells and produce energy.  

“The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown,” says Dr. Cassidy Leonard-Scott, pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  “Often the cause is the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Other possible causes are genetics and exposure to viruses or other environmental factors.”

At the onset of type 1 diabetes, the damage to the insulin-producing cells is sudden and severe.  “Once a significant number of insulin producing cells are destroyed, little or no insulin will be produced and must be replaced,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “If insulin is not produced to let glucose into the cells, sugar will build up with the bloodstream which can cause life-threatening complications.”

Because it begins so suddenly any child with signs or symptoms of diabetes should see a doctor for testing.  Consider visiting with your doctor if your child experiences increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unintended weight loss, irritability and other mood changes, fatigue, weakness or blurred vision.  

“Once diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining a normal blood sugar level will help reduce the risk of any complications down the road,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “At this time, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.”

To schedule an appointment at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Heather Curtis, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of otolaryngologist, Heather Curtis, DO to their team.  Dr. Curtis is an otolaryngologist who earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University - Kirksville, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

Otolaryngology is a medical specialty focused on the ears, nose, and throat; those who practice it are often called an ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT.  Dr. Curtis chose to pursue otolaryngology because of the balance of surgery and medicine she is able to see every day. “I enjoy the opportunity to care for patients of all ages and the challenges that come with the complexity of head and neck disease.”  

When asked why she chose to join Hannibal Regional, Dr. Curtis shares, “I chose Hannibal Regional because of their commitment to providing high-quality care and their involvement with the community.”

Dr. Curtis says one of the most rewarding parts of her job is “hearing a child’s vocabulary rapidly expand following placement of tubes.  I also really enjoy seeing improvement in my patients’ quality of life and their ability to communicate.” Dr. Curtis is focused on creating relationships with her patients that make them feel comfortable and ensuring none of their questions are left unanswered.

Dr. Curtis is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Pediatrician Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO, FAAP to their team.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is a board certified pediatrician who earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is honored to be able to return and care for those in her hometown.

Dr. Leonard-Scott chose to pursue pediatrics because she knew she always wanted a career she loved, “Being a pediatrician is such a fun and rewarding job.  I love watching my patients grow and develop their own personalities. I chose to join the Hannibal Regional team because of its focus on bringing quality healthcare to the community I have always called home.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is focused on making families and patients feel comfortable.  “There are no silly questions when it comes to kids. Whether it is a question regarding development, parenting techniques or an illness concern, my goal is for parents to feel comfortable discussing all of their concerns with me.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Megan Kretz, FNP-BC Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome Megan Kretz, FNP-BC to their team!  Megan Kretz, FNP-BC earned her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University and is excited for the opportunity to return to the Hannibal area and give back to the community.

Megan has been familiar with family medicine since she was a young child.  “When choosing a career, I made the decision to become a nurse so I could be at the bedside with patients and make a positive impact on their lives - no matter what they were going through,” shares Megan.  “Deciding to further my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner was easy. I have been fortunate enough to encounter many family medicine providers who are passionate about their discipline and have vast knowledge of medicine across the lifespan.  I knew this career would enable me to serve the community in many settings and bring a feeling of fulfillment.”

“Hannibal Regional Medical Group has strong values, inspiring culture and a focus on teamwork,” says Megan.  “I look forward to building relationships with patients and their families while providing comprehensive healthcare to the community.”

Megan will be providing care through Hannibal Regional’s Express Care locations.  Express Care offers quick, convenient access to basic healthcare services with no appointment necessary!  Express Care is available at two locations in Hannibal. Express Care at Hannibal Regional is located on the first floor of Hannibal Regional Medical Group and is open Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Express Care at Walmart is located inside the Hannibal Walmart and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Tiffany Ritter, DNP Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Tiffany Ritter, DNP to their Bowling Green team!  Tiffany Ritter, DNP earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from the University of Missouri and is looking forward to continuing her career with Hannibal Regional.

Tiffany chose to pursue a career as a family medicine provider because “I will get the privilege of caring for patients across their entire life span.  Providing care in the urgent care setting will allow me to be a “go to” provider when the unexpected happens, whether it be a minor injury, illness or other reason.” 

Tiffany has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, and most recently was a part of the Hannibal Regional Emergency Department team.  “The RISE values and mission are the heart of what makes Hannibal Regional so great. Hannibal Regional not only cares about guiding patients to better, but also guiding their team members to better,” shares Tiffany.

“One of my priorities with my patients is to take the time to listen so I am able to address each concern and guide them to better,” says Tiffany. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting to care for patients, which results in a positive impact on the community.”

Urgent Care services at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green are available Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green is located next to Walmart at 8 Town Center Drive. For more information call (573) 324-2241.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes OB/GYN Jennifer Roberts, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Roberts, MS, DO to their team.  Dr. Roberts received her masters in biomedical science and doctorate of medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, where she also completed a fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  She completed her OB/GYN residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Roberts has special interests in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive urogynecology, and osteopathic manipulative medicine during and after pregnancy and is looking forward to serving the community.

Dr. Roberts chose to pursue a career in medicine because of the deep impact she could have on the lives of others.  “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job and an OB/GYN is being able to share with my patients some of their biggest milestones" shares Dr. Roberts. “I consider myself fortunate that my patients allow me to be part of their health journey and thoroughly enjoy getting to know each of the families I assist.”

Dr. Roberts will begin seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in July, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.

Celebrating National Women’s Health Week Bookmark

May 12 - 18, 2019 is National Women’s Health Week.  Every year during National Women’s Health Week millions of women take steps to improve their health.  The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive healthy habits for life.  

Each year women should check off several tests and screenings to ensure their good health - including a visit with their primary care physician.  “Having an annual health visit is a great opportunity to take charge of your health. Annual wellness visits can help detect problems early or prevent issues before they occur,” shares Dr. Laura Maple, OB/GYN at Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “If issues are found early they will be easier to treat and will be more likely to lead to successful outcomes.”

Other things women can do to live healthier lifestyles are to get active and eat healthy.  Good nutrition is especially important for older adults, so it is important to pay attention to serving sizes and how to eat better for heart health.  Being active doesn’t necessarily require going to a gym, there are many other options to help you stay fit and strong. “Eating better and increasing physical activity can be overwhelming if you try to do it all at once.  Setting small goals and building on them once you’ve achieved them will help you maintain them long term,” says Dr. Maple. “As women, we often put the comfort and well-being of others before ourselves. It is important to remember to take time to set new goals and work towards a healthier lifestyle.”

To contact Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s Women’s Health physicians call (573) 629-3500.

 

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes General & Breast Surgeon, Vaishali Patel, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Vaishali Patel, DO to their team.  Dr. Patel is board certified in general surgery by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and completed a Breast Oncology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.  Dr. Patel has a special interest in breast disease and is looking forward to serving the community at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Patel shares, “I was initially drawn to breast oncology because it allowed me to be involved in a patient’s care as a whole rather than just the surgical side. The multidisciplinary approach needed to care for oncology patients best aligns with how disease affects the body as a whole, not just in a one-dimensional way. I also chose this field because it gave me a chance to develop relationships with my patients.”  Surgical oncology uses surgery to assist in treating cancer and can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Not all cancers can be treated with surgery, but surgery can help a medical team diagnose a cancer, stage of cancer or plan other needed treatment. “My priority is helping patients understand their conditions so that they can make well informed decisions regarding their care, surgical or otherwise. I aim to treat every patient the way I would want my own family members treated,” says Dr. Patel.

When asked why she chose to join Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Dr. Patel says, “Hannibal Regional has a reputation for compassionate care as well as that of philanthropy. It was important to me to work for an institution that is generous to not only its patients but also to its surrounding community.”

Dr. Patel is now seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.