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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 Medical Group Welcomes General Surgeon, Stacey Copeland, MD Bookmark

Stacey Copeland, MDHannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Stacey Copeland, MD to their team.  Dr. Copeland is a board certified general surgeon and also has a Stereotactic Breast Procedure Certification by the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  Dr. Copeland earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine.

As an experienced general surgeon, Dr. Copeland manages a large variety of surgical conditions affecting all organ systems.  Common procedures include gallbladder removal, appendectomy, hernia repairs, breast surgery, removal of cancers, abscess drainage and screening colonoscopy.  Dr. Copeland chose general surgery because she enjoys being part of a team that is dedicated to efficiently caring for patients in their time of need.  “As my practice has evolved I have found great satisfaction in caring for women with breast cancer,” shares Dr. Copeland.  “So many of those women have taught me lessons about courage, patience and persistence.”

Dr. Copeland is committed to providing the best level of care possible to her patients and making sure they understand their procedures.  Dr. Copeland is looking forward to serving the community of Hannibal with high-quality surgical care as part of Hannibal Regional’s commitment to guiding patients to better. “I have been greatly impressed with the team at Hannibal Regional and sense it is a place that will continue to grow and expand in the upcoming years.  I am happy to be part of the Hannibal Regional team and am looking forward to becoming involved in the community,” notes Dr. Copeland.

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

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony Bookmark

Bowling Green Grand OpeningHannibal Regional Medical Group recently hosted a grand opening ceremony for their new facility in Bowling Green.  The brand new facility is located by the Bowling Green Walmart and will soon begin providing care during evenings and weekends as well as offer specialty services.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green (previously Pike Medical Clinic)  is committed to fulfilling the health care needs of the community.  Jennifer Hayes-Bethel, MD; Jan Onik, DO; Phillip Pitney, MD; Jennifer Chandler, FNP-BC; Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-C; Gale Schlogl, FNP-C and Sean Weaver, FNP-C will continue to serve the community at the new location.  The new, larger facility provides spaces for specialty services and diagnostic testing.  The facility will open for business on January 29th.  Urgent Care services will be available beginning February 19th and will offer care from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday - Sunday. 

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.

Hannibal Regional Pediatric Therapy Offers Long-Lasting Support to Local Family Bookmark

Dawson Brown has been a long time patient of Hannibal Regional’s Pediatric Therapy Services. Dawson was born with bilateral choanal atresia, which means instead of his nasal passages being open they were solid bone. Because of his condition Dawson was a little late on hitting some of his developmental milestones and that is when Dawson’s family was first introduced to the Pediatric Therapy team.

 

Dawson Brown is pictured with Speech Language Pathologist Shelley
Bergman in 2009 during a therapy session at Hannibal Regional.

After a few visits Dawson’s mom, Shanee, says they learned several tips to help Dawson reach his milestones. However, when Dawson turned 10 months old he contracted bacterial meningitis which led to severe physical limitation leaving Dawson wheelchair bound. Shanee started bringing Dawson to the pediatric therapy team who has been part of Dawson’s life ever since. 

“When we discovered the impact the bacterial meningitis had on Dawson’s life, it was overwhelming.” shares Shanee. “We didn’t know where to start and the pediatric therapy team really helped us.” Dawson began receiving physical, occupational and speech therapies. Due to his medical conditions Dawson the pediatric therapy team also visited him in his home to help limit his exposure to illness. For Shanee, the pediatric therapy team quickly became friends and an invaluable support system. “They have been a great source of support for us, and have been advocates for Dawson when we needed them. They are not only experts at what they do, but they are passionate and it shows through their genuine care for their patients” says Shanee.

 
Dawson Brown is pictured with Speech Language Pathologist
Hannah Franke getting ready to receive swallow therapy treatment.

Dawson is now 16 and is currently undergoing speech therapy to help him with unexpected swallowing difficulties. “The pediatric therapy team is always there to help us and their ‘can do’ attitude towards Dawson’s condition has been a great source of hope for us,” shares Shanee.

To learn more about Hannibal Regional’s Pediatric Therapy services call 573-406-5777.

 

 

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 www.hannibalregional.org.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes New Cardiologist Dr. Nwakile Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. Nwakile to their Cardiology team! Dr. Nwakile comes to Hannibal from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Chief Fellow of Cardiology at the Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Nwakile has been a physician for over ten years and joins the Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s expert cardiology team of Dr. Alvi, Dr. Harruna, Dr. Valuck and Kim Cordes, CVNP-BC.

“The moment I chose to become a physician happened in my teens” shares Dr. Nwakile. “The dexterity and patience of a doctor saved my father’s life. It was at a point when virtually all hope was lost! I wanted to experience the joy associated with giving myself to take care of people with health needs.” Dr. Nwakile strives to give the best of himself to each of his patients while being sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of his patients and their family. 

 When talking about the most rewarding part of being a physician, Dr. Nwakile notes, “Seeing that smile on the face of a patient whose life I have touched in some way - that is probably one of the greatest feelings anyone can have! The happiness I experience when families joyfully take their loved ones home after an episode of ill health makes the long hours all worth it.”

Chinualumogu Nwakile, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s highly skilled cardiology team. To reach the Cardiology offices at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

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 Welcomes Dr. Roberts Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Roberts to their Pediatrics team! Julia Roberts, DO earned her medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. HRMG's pediatrics team is excited to have Dr. Roberts join them as they continue to guide the community to better.

When asked why she chose to specialize in pediatrics, Dr. Roberts shares, “I absolutely love watching families grow and being part of their child's development. From telling a family they have a healthy newborn to delivering life-changing news to a family about their child's health - I consider my role as a pediatrician an honor in the lives of my patients and their families.” Dr. Roberts has always had the desire to help others and was exposed to the healthcare field at an early age, so deciding to become a physician was a natural progression. Dr. Robert's goal is to make sure families are able to focus on loving and nurturing their child while allowing her to take care of the medical side of things. Dr. Roberts says, “As a mother of two, I know how challenging raising kids can be and I want my families to know they have my support along the way.”

Dr. Roberts is accepting new patients and works with the compassionate, skilled pediatric team of Deborah Baumann, MD; Barbara White, DO and Jennifer Bowler, DNP. To reach the pediatric office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

Pike Medical Clinic Welcomes Dr. Hayes-Bethel Bookmark

The Pike Medical Clinic team is excited to welcome Dr. Hayes-Bethel! Jennifer Hayes-Bethel, MD completed her medical education at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2007. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is happy to have Dr. Hayes-Bethel join the rest of the Pike Medical Clinic team in Bowling Green as they continue to guide our community to better. 

Dr. Hayes-Bethel chose to field of medicine because of her life-long love of science and a desire to help others. “I chose to join the Pike Medical team because of their reputation for high quality, compassionate care,” shares Dr. Hayes-Bethel. “I look forward to helping patients of all ages make positive improvements in their lifestyle which will lead to better health.” 

Jennifer Hayes-Bethel, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside the compassionate, expert team of Jan Onik, DO; Phillip Pitney, MD; Gene Smith, DO; Jennifer Chandler, FNP-BC and Sean Weaver, FNP-C. To reach the Pike Medical Clinic office in Bowling Green call 573-324-2241.

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 and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Jennifer Bowler, DNP Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Bowler, DNP, CPNP-PC to their pediatrics team! Jennifer Bowler, DNP completed her Nurse Practitioner degree at MU Sinclair School of Nursing in Columbia, MO. Ms. Bowler is certified as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC), which means she has in-depth knowledge and experience in well child care, prevention and management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. HRMG is excited to have Jennifer Bowler, DNP join their pediatrics team as they continue to guide the community to better. 

At the age of nine Bowler told her family that she would like to work in a profession that cares for children and has never once doubted her decision. Growing up she enjoyed reading her mother’s EMT books and would often accompany her to classes. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know the kids and their families, watch them grow and teach them to live a safe and healthy life along the way,” shares Jennifer Bowler, DNP. “It’s my goal to have all of my families walk out of my office feeling confident and satisfied with their care.”

Jennifer Bowler, DNP is accepting new patients and works alongside the compassionate, skilled pediatric team of Deborah Baumann, MD; Julia Roberts, DO and Barbara White, DO. To reach the pediatric office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.