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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.

Hannibal Regional Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2017 Bookmark

Pictured from left to right: Susan Wathen, Vice President Human Resources; Kim Runquist, RN, Director of ICU; Dollye Bradshaw, Nutrition Services; Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System; Steve Swan, Plant Operations; Debbie Taylor, Environmental Services and Dr. Richard Valuck, Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

 

Hannibal Regional has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.


“Employers in today’s highly-regulated healthcare industry face great challenges in recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent which is key to quality care and positive patient experiences,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “I commend those organizations that have risen to the occasion and have made the list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

“Hannibal Regional is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. This award speaks volumes about the dedicated team members we have at Hannibal Regional and their commitment to working together to guide our community to better. I want to personally congratulate our entire team on this recognition,” stated Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Now in its tenth year, the award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“I am beyond proud of Hannibal Regional for being recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017. As a team member, I see the ongoing efforts to make us the best place to work, including our Team Member Pharmacy and actively engaged Senior Leadership. One of the greatest benefits of Hannibal Regional is our team, or more accurately our work family. We are so blessed to have a team of genuinely good, kind-hearted people who support each other and care for our patients like family,” Kim Runquist RN, Director of ICU.


Hannibal Regional will be honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner in September in Las Vegas, NV.

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. Recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hannibal Regional is in the top 15% in the nation for this category. In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM, placing them in the top 5% in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and a 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM from Healthgrades, which places them among the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in northeast Missouri.

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. 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.

 

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.

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.

 

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. Recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hannibal Regional is in the top 15% in the nation for this category.  In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM, placing them in the top 5% in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and a 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM from Healthgrades, which places them among the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement procedures.  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.