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Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Donna Whitley, FNP-BC Bookmark

Donna WhitleyHannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Donna Whitley, FNP-BC to their family medicine team! Mrs. Whitley completed her Nurse Practitioner degree at Graceland University in Independence, MO. HRMG is excited to have Donna Whitley, FNP-BC join their family medicine team as they continue to guide the community to better!

Mrs. Whitley is focused on being a strong advocate for her patients by connecting them with the appropriate resources when necessary and guiding them on their path to better. “Being a nurse has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to broaden my reach for those receiving care” shares Mrs. Whitley. “In doing so, I have opened the door for hometown practices, greater community service, and the mission field. It is one way for me to give back to those who have given so much.”

Donna Whitley, FNP-BC is now seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group. To reach the family medicine office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group 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 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 Resident Chooses BETTER Bookmark

Just after his 70th birthday, David Bailey was faced with a choice that would have a big impact on his well-being.  David had been experiencing some health concerns and after encouragement from his family made an appointment to see a primary care physician.  David chose Dr. Hossein Behniaye at Hannibal Regional Medical Group to guide him on his path to better.

“In my coaching days I used to say, ‘use what you have to get what you want.”  Hannibal Regional had the quality care I needed under one roof,” shares David. “I did have choices - and I could have chosen to go somewhere else for my medical care - but everything I needed was right here, close to home.”

At his appointment, David visited with Dr. Behniaye about some swelling and skin irritation he had been experiencing.  Due to David’s past medical history, Dr. Behniaye called on fellow physician Dr. Schuyler Metlis to help determine what the skin irritation may be.  David had previously been treated for melanoma so it was determined it would be best to do a skin biopsy. Dr. Behniaye also advised David to seek the care of gastroenterologist Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi for a colonoscopy.  

The colonoscopy revealed David had colon cancer and would need treatment.  David then had surgery to remove part of his colon and is now undergoing treatment at the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center with oncologist, Dr. Kristen Strasser.  

“Throughout my entire journey, the physicians and staff at Hannibal Regional have been professional, personal and knowledgeable.” says David. “Their follow up care has been amazing and I’ve always felt like a partner in my health journey.

Hannibal Regional Honored for their Organ Donation Support Bookmark

Every day 20 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Over 100,000 men, women and children are waiting for life-saving organs and while up to 95% of the U.S. adult population supports organ donation, only 54% are actually signed up as donors.

Hannibal Regional and Mid-America Transplants help families alleviate the grief of losing a loved one by making the life-saving decision to help others in need.

Hannibal Regional was recently recognized by Mid-America Transplant for their life-saving work in organ and tissue donations in 2017 and presented with the Gift of Life Medal. 

Last fall, a donor’s family made the decision to donate two kidneys. That generous decision resulted in saving the lives of two different people from Illinois. One of them had been on the list for over five years. 

April was recently proclaimed National Donate Life Month and Hannibal Regional would like raise awareness of the life-saving potential we all have as donors. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. For more information about organ donation, you can visit: missouriorgandonor.com or organdonor.gov

Hannibal Regional Celebrates 25 Years Bookmark

Hannibal Regional 25th Anniversary

Hannibal Regional hosted an Anniversary celebration.
Team members enjoyed looking through displays
of archived photos and newspaper articles from 25 years ago.

Twenty-five years ago a new era in healthcare started when Hannibal Regional built their new hospital in the middle of a cornfield west of Hannibal. This move created the opportunity for growth and the continued commitment to guiding patients throughout the region to better health.

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. A few years later, in the summer of 1915, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was completed and received its first patients. In 1988, the two facilities merged, forming Hannibal Regional 25th Anniversary Hannibal Regional Hospital.

On March 27, 1993 Hannibal Regional Hospital opened the doors of its current location. Formed by the merger of Levering and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals, the new facility increased the number of patient beds available and greatly expanded the services offered in northeast Missouri. In addition to multiple new services and features, one of the key elements of the new location was the grouping of services together so patients did not have to be taken from floor to floor as often. Now with over 1,200 team members serving 12 counties, offices located in 11 communities, 85 providers and 21 specialties, Hannibal Regional continues to be a leader in healthcare throughout the region.

After more than a century of serving the residents of northeast Missouri, Hannibal Regional continues their 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.

Celebrating 25 Years Bookmark

Hannibal Regional 25th Anniversary Twenty-five years ago a new era in healthcare started when Hannibal Regional built their new hospital in the middle of a cornfield west of Hannibal. This move created the opportunity for growth and the continued commitment to guiding patients throughout the region to better health.

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. A few years later, in the summer of 1915, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was completed and received its first patients. In 1988, the two facilities merged, forming Hannibal Regional Hospital.

On March 27, 1993, Hannibal Regional Hospital opened the doors of its current location. Formed by the merger of Levering and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals, the new facility increased the number of patient beds available and greatly expanded the services offered in northeast Missouri. In addition to multiple new services and features, one of the key elements of the new location was the grouping of services together so patients did not have to be taken from floor to floor as often. Now with over 1,200 team members serving 12 counties, offices located in 11 communities, 85 providers and 21 specialties, Hannibal Regional continues to be a leader in healthcare throughout the region.

After more than a century of serving the residents of northeast Missouri, Hannibal Regional continues their 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.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings Provided by Dr. Metlis Through Hannibal Regional Medical Group Bookmark

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Over the past few decades, more people have been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. In 2018 it is estimated that over 178,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed.

Some risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin color, reddish hair, 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. Schuyler Metlis with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “Catching cancer early often allows for more treatment options, and if you have skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success.”

Beginning in April and going through June, Dr. Metlis will be hosting free skin cancer screenings throughout the region. The screenings are free, however space is limited and an appointment is required. Dr. Metlis will be available for screenings on the following dates and times:

  • Shelbina: April 6th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Call (573) 588-4131 to schedule.
  • Monroe City: April 6th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Call (573) 735-2506 to schedule.
  • Hannibal: April 23rd - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or May 9th – 8:30 am - 11:00 am. Call (573) 629-3500 to schedule.
  • Louisiana: May 25th - 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Call (573) 754-5555 to schedule.
  • Bowling Green: May 25th - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Call (573) 324-2241 to schedule.
  • Canton: June 21st - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Call (573) 288-5360 to schedule.

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 in Hannibal.

Hannibal Regional Longtime Volunteer and Patient Surrounds Herself With Caring People and Expert Care Bookmark

Pictured with Mary Frances Quinlin is Lacey Woodhurst, RN, Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and Dr. Richard Baumann, Orthopedic Surgeon.

Pictured with Mary Frances Quinlin is Lacey Woodhurst, RN,
Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
and Dr. Richard Baumann, Orthopedic Surgeon.

Mary Frances Quinlin has repeatedly turned to Hannibal Regional to provide excellent medical care.  Why does she continually put her trust in their clinical expertise? For Mary Frances it’s because she’s been part of their team as a member of the Auxiliary since before St. Elizabeth’s and Levering Hospital merged to become what is now known as Hannibal Regional.

“I was a member of Levering Auxiliary and I got be part of the development of Hannibal Regional” shares Mary Frances.  “The team at Hannibal Regional is an extension of my family. At Hannibal Regional you’re surrounded by loving and caring people who are great at what they do.  There is no reason to leave the area for expert care.”

Not only does Mary Frances choose to receive medical care at Hannibal Regional, she has been a long time member of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary which allows her to support her community.  “Volunteering has blessed my life beyond all measure and has been such a wonderful experience – and still is,” commented Mary Frances. “It truly is a good feeling to know you are part of something successful and can take pride in knowing so many goals have been achieved.”  

Mary Frances has been a patient in the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and was impressed with the high-quality, compassionate care she received.  “When it was time for me to go home, they gave me a certificate that my caregivers signed with well wishes” says Mary Frances. “It was a sweet gesture and that kind of care is hard to find, but it is the kind of care you find throughout Hannibal Regional.”

James O’Donnell Funeral Home Partners with Hannibal Regional Auxiliary to Continue Offering Memory Boxes Bookmark

Lydia Ahrens, President - Hannibal Regional Auxiliary; Jimmy O’Donnell; Alicia Rollins, Director of Volunteer Services and Wendy Harrington, CEO of Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Lydia Ahrens, President - Hannibal Regional Auxiliary;
Jimmy O’Donnell; Alicia Rollins,
Director of Volunteer Services and Wendy Harrington,
CEO of Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary provides memory boxes to any family who experiences the loss of an infant while at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  The bereavement box is filled with items that become treasured keepsakes to the family.  This year the James O’Donnell Funeral Home partnered with Hannibal Regional Auxiliary to continue providing these precious keepsakes to families.

“Experiencing the loss of a loved one is heartbreaking and life changing regardless of the length of time you have been given to spend together,” stated Lydia Ahrens, President-Hannibal Regional Auxiliary.  “Thanks to Jimmy and the team at O’Donnell Funeral Home, we will be able to give families a few special memories to hold on to and remember their sweet babies.”

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary helps patients, families and visitors every day in a variety of ways.  The purpose of the Auxiliary is to advance the welfare of and render service to Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  With more than 240 members, the Auxiliary donates approximately 25,000 hours of service each year and has raised over $2,000,000 to support healthcare system projects and services.

For more information about Hannibal Regional Auxiliary call 573-248-5272 or visit hrhonline.org.

What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer Bookmark

Dr. Ashraf AlmashhrawiMarch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi, gastroenterologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group, would like to share some information to help you stay well.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States and 90% of those cases occur in people who are 50 years of age or older.  

Colorectal cancer starts in either your colon or rectum, which make up the lower part of your digestive tract.  Changes that occur in the cells which line the inside of the colon or rectum can lead to growths called polyps. Over time, some types of polyps can become cancerous so removing polyps early may stop cancer from ever forming.

“Often signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer only appear when the cancer has progressed to late stage cancer or has spread.” notes Dr. Almashhrawi.  Some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer are blood on or in your bowel movement; pains, aches or cramps in your stomach that don’t go away; constant tiredness; vomiting and unexplained weight loss.  Many of these symptoms may be caused by other, more common health problems, but it is important to see your healthcare provider if you do have these symptoms so they can determine the root problem. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have colorectal cancer.

“If you’re 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening could save your life,” shares Dr. Almashhrawi. “Regular screening is very important for colorectal cancer because it can often detect cancer early, when it will likely be easier to treat. In fact, screening can even prevent many colorectal cancers, because screening helps us find and remove growths inside the colon or rectum before they have a chance to turn into cancer.”  If you are age 50 or over you should be getting screened for colorectal cancer.  Some people are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, based on family history or other factors. They might need to start screening at a younger age, and then be screened more often than normal.  How often you need these tests depends on which test you have. In general, you can go longer between tests if you have a colonoscopy, which lets the doctor find and remove polyps, or similar tests. Screening tests that look for blood or other things in the stool must be done more often.

“Talk with your healthcare provider about which screening option is right for you,” says Dr. Almashhrawi.  “No matter which test you choose, the most important thing is that you get checked.” It's important to keep in mind that if cancer is found at an early stage during screening, treatment is more likely to be effective. There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States.  To contact Dr. Almashhrawi’s office, call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Ranks #1 in the Region for Inpatient Rehab Bookmark

 Hannibal Regional recently received national recognition from Kindred Healthcare for superb quality in taking care of patients. 

According to Kindred Healthcare, Hannibal Regional ranks #1 in the region for inpatient rehabilitative care.  Additionally, the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab team received a 2017 award for “Top 10 in Kindred” for quality. Hannibal Regional was also ranked #1 nation-wide in length-of-stay efficiency. 

“The dedication of our Inpatient Rehab team is reflected in their efforts to help patients get back to living their lives,” noted Brett Hosley, DO, Neurologist and Director of the Inpatient Rehab Unit at Hannibal Regional. “ We treat the whole patient physically, emotionally and socially so that if they can, they are able to go back to doing the things they love.”

For 115 years, the people of our community have turned to us for quality and compassionate health care. The recognition from Kindred only reinforces our commitment to providing the highest quality care. I am proud of our team members for the dedication to our patients and honored we are able to share these recognitions.”  Todd Ahrens, President, and CEO of Hannibal Regional.

 

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.