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Choosing Active Learning Toys Bookmark

While choosing toys for your children over the holidays, do not overlook the importance of selecting toys which will promote active learning.  Dr. Julia Roberts, pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group offers a few tips to help you choose toys that will encourage your children to learn while engaging in play.  “Active learning occurs when children learn or strengthen skills through play,” shares Dr. Roberts. “Toys can help children with their problem solving skills as well as encourage them to be active and explore new things.”

Select toys that encourage exploration and problem solving.
Children are able to practice new skills over and over through play.  “When children play with toys that give them an opportunity to figure something out on their own, or with little help, they are building logical thinking skills and becoming problem-solvers,” shares Dr. Roberts.  Items such as puzzles, blocks, nesting blocks or cups, and art materials are good choices to help children learn and use their problems solving skills.

Find toys that encourage your child to be active.
Toys that encourage children to be active are helping them practice current physical skills and develop new ones.  “Choosing toys that encourage physical activity will help your children develop motor skills and make them more confident to try more activities,” says Dr. Roberts.  Some toys that encourage active play are balls of different shapes and sizes, tricycles or three-wheeled scooters (with appropriate safety gear), gardening tools and plastic bowling sets.  

Choose toys that encourage cross-generational play.
Adults and children can play almost anything together, but some toys are designed for adults to play as well.  Children as young as three can play board games and they are fun for all ages to play. “Playing board games together will help your children learn to count, matching and strengthen memory skills,” says Dr. Roberts.  “Children will also learn listening skills and self-control as they learn to follow the rules.”

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday Season Bookmark

During the Christmas season children will receive a variety of toys - but some of them come with potential safety risks if it is not age appropriate or if the warning labels are ignored.  Dr. Julia Roberts, Pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group, has a few tips to help make this Christmas a safe one.

Buy age appropriate toys.
When choosing toys as gifts, age matters.  Small items are not the safest choice for young children.  For children under age three, choose toys that are at least 1 inch in diameter and 2 inches long, so they will not lodge in a child’s mouth or throat.  “It is also important to watch for pull toys with longer strings as they could be a potential strangulation hazard for babies,” notes Dr. Roberts. “If you are purchasing gifts for an older child be sure to keep in mind younger siblings as well.  If you purchase a toy for an older child that has several small parts try to keep it separate from the younger siblings toys.”

Be cautious about toys containing button batteries or magnets.
Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death – after swallowing button batteries or magnets. “Button batteries or small magnets can be in a variety of items - not just toys,” notes Dr. Roberts.  “If children swallow batteries or magnets it could lead to serious medical problems and you should call your healthcare provider immediately.” In addition to toys, button batteries may be in musical greeting cards, remote controls, hearing aids, and other small electronics. Small, powerful magnets may be part of building toy sets.

Avoid choking hazards.
“Test your child’s toy to see if there are any small parts that can break off and check to see if the toy you choose has small parts - if they can fit inside a paper towel roll they are potential choking hazards,” notes Dr. Roberts.  Don’t forget to discard any plastic wrapping or other toy packaging once the gifts are opened. When storing toys, remember to store toys for older kids separate from toys for younger kids.

To contact the pediatrics office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call (573) 629-3500.

 

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Cole Scherder Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. Cole Scherder to their Bowling Green team! Cole Scherder, MD completed his medical education and his Family and Community Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  Dr. Scherder is excited to be able to provide healthcare services in his hometown and contribute to the overall wellness of the community.

“Joining the Hannibal Regional Medical Group team allows me to not only utilize my expertise to help keep my community healthier, but also provides a wide variety of other healthcare resources at my fingertips to share with my patients,” shares Dr. Scherder.  “Hannibal Regional is continuing to grow and I am able to easily connect my patients with several different specialty physicians if needed.”

Dr. Scherder believes one of the best ways he can help his patients is to take the time to really listen to their needs and help them understand their diagnosis and treatment options.  “Taking the time to listen to my patients ensures I am meeting all of their healthcare needs. I also like to make sure they fully understand what their issue is and how I can best help them get better.”  

“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is knowing I am helping my patients live longer, happier and healthier lives.” says Dr. Scherder.  Dr. Scherder is now accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green. To schedule an appointment call (573) 324-2241.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Marlee Keele, FNP-C Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Marlee Keele, FNP-C to their Bowling Green team!  Marlee Keele, FNP-C earned her Nurse Practitioner degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing and is looking forward to caring for others in the community she grew up in.

Marlee has a strong background in emergency medicine and is looking forward to serving the community through the clinic’s Urgent Care services.  “The ability to provide comfort to patients in need is very satisfying. Working in the Urgent Care setting I am able to provide patients with the necessary tools to improve their health and resolve acute medical problems,” shares Keele.

“When the opportunity to join the Hannibal Regional team became available, I knew it was a team I wanted to be part of,” shares Marlee Keele, FNP-C.  “Hannibal Regional offers many resources to help people improve their quality of life. It is one of my goals to make sure each of my patients has the education and connections to the resources they need to help them now and in the future.”

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, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green is located next to Walmart at Bowling Green Town Center Drive #8. For more information call (573) 324-2241.

Sports and Concussions: What You Need to Know Bookmark

Dr. James TuckerA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.  This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull causing chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

“Concussions are difficult to accurately diagnose due to the varying signs and symptoms of the injury,” shares Dr. James Tucker, Family Medicine physician at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  If your athlete becomes injured during practice or a game and begins acting dazed or stunned, moves clumsily, answers questions slowly, loses consciousness (even briefly) or can’t recall events prior or after the hit or fall it is time to seek the care of a healthcare professional.  “If it is a possibility your child has sustained a concussion during a game, they should be removed from play and be evaluated by a medical professional,” notes Dr. Tucker. “The athlete should remain out of play on the day of the injury and should only return with permission from a healthcare professional.”

Repetitive head trauma is increasingly dangerous and early identification may have long term benefits.  To help prevent concussions on the field make sure your child follows the rules their coach sets for safety and the rules of the game.  Make sure athletes are wearing protective equipment that is well maintained and fits properly. “Wearing a helmet does help reduce the risk of serious brain injury or a skull fracture,” says Dr. Tucker. “However, there is not a helmet that can totally prevent concussions.  Even with a helmet, it is important for athletes to try their best to avoid hits to their head. Proper technique should be instructed before full contact drills or practice.” Healing from a concussion takes time, along with mental and physical rest. Each person recovers at a different pace and should follow a gradual return to play and return to school process.

“If available, baseline testing before the season is a great way for healthcare professionals to determine the severity of a suspected concussion,” says Dr. Tucker.  Baseline testing is used to assess the athlete’s balance and brain function and is compared to post-injury results to help identify the effects of the injury. To maintain the best results for comparison, baseline testing should be completed annually.

To contact Dr. Tucker’s office call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary Organizing Special Trip Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary is organizing a special trip, Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, featuring a Northern Lights Cruise, Skaftafell National Park and Thingvellir National Park 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 November 5th 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 Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights tour dates are October 18, 2019 - October 24, 2019. The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. Travel in Iceland will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.

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 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.

Join Hannibal Regional Auxiliary for the Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction Bookmark

The Fifth Annual Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction is officially sponsored by the Century 21 Broughton Team, pictured from left to right is Alicia Rollins, Director of Volunteer Services, Gary and Barbara Broughton from the Century 21 Broughton Team and Lydia Ahrens, President of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary.

Join the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary at the Hannibal Arts Council for the Fifth Annual Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction, on October 4, 2018.  The Glitz Gala, officially sponsored by the Century 21 Broughton Team, benefits the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary.

Tickets are required for the evening and space is limited, so be sure to get your ticket today!  Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling 573-248-5272. Your ticket includes appetizers, wine and a chance to win a Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen, handmade jewelry box by Drew Sutor, jewelry items, a pottery piece or a Powder Room Pedicure.  Extra chances to win may be purchased for $10 each or three for $25.  Doors open at 5:00 pm and the live auction begins at 6:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to view each jewelry item up for auction before the bidding begins.  

The proceeds from the Glitz Gala will help Hannibal Regional Auxiliary fulfill their pledge to the James E. Cary Cancer Center’s linear accelerator.  The linear accelerator at the James E. Cary Cancer Center has not only brought new technologies to the community, but also offers new treatments and procedures.

Other sponsors for the event include Advance Physical Therapy,  Mark Twain Casino, General Mills, Northwestern Mutual, The Olive Branch, Griffen’s Flowers, County Market, Fiddlestiks and Jim Quinlin Auctioneer Services.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary was formed in 1993 to help patients, families and visitors in a variety of ways and contribute to the community.  Today, with more than 260 members, the Auxiliary donates approximately 25,000 hours of service each year. The Auxiliary provides service in several areas including Judy’s Boutique Gift Shop, Cancer Center, Children’s Center, reception desk, waiting rooms and more.  For more information contact Alicia Rollins at 573-248-5272 or visit hrhonline.org.

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!

Back to School: Tips for a Better Year Bookmark

Dr. Deborah BaumannThe time for kids to head back to school is quickly approaching and as your family adjusts to the new school year, it’s a good idea to take some precautionary measures to set your kids up for a safe, healthy year.  Dr. Deborah Baumann, pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group, has a few tips to help make sure your children will have a great year.

Alert the school of health concerns.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child remains healthy is to make certain the school is aware of your child’s health care needs and knows how to address them. “If your child takes any medication, or experiences common health problems such as severe allergies, asthma or physical restrictions, it’s a good idea to prepare your school nurse or administrator for potential health issues prior to the first day of school.  Remember to also provider proper medicine and dosage information, as well as emergency contact and physician information” shares Dr. Baumann.

Schedule a well-child visit.
An annual well-child visit with your child’s pediatrician will help ensure your child is healthy before returning to class.  “A well-child visit is one of the best things you can do to keep your children healthy. Annual visits are recommended until kids head off to college.  It’s a good time for parents to visit with us and share any concerns” says Dr. Baumann. Well-child visits are also a good time to complete any needed sports physicals, update any prescriptions or have any other necessary forms signed.  

Establish good hygiene habits and know when to stay home.
We have likely all heard about the importance of proper hand hygiene and it is no different for kids.  It is a good idea to help kids establish a habit of washing their hands before eating and after bathroom use and remind your kids that there are times when it’s ok not to share. “Help your children understand that there are certain things that shouldn’t be shared.  These items include eating utensils, drinking cups, water bottles, grooming articles, etc. It is especially important to keep this in mind during cold and flu season” says Dr. Baumann.

If your child is sick, please don’t send them to school.  If your child is running a fever, is vomiting or having diarrhea, please stay home and rest.  If more symptoms appear or continue to worsen, consult with your healthcare provider.

Manage stress and re-establish routines.
Back-to-school time can be overwhelming and a bit stressful for kids and parents, but too much stress can lead to a variety of health issues.  “You can help your children manage stress by talking to them about anything that’s bothering them” notes Dr. Baumann. “Schoolwork and after-school activities are important, but don’t forget that it’s also important to take time to relax and spend time together as a family.”  

At least one week before school begins, shift your children from flexible summer sleep hours to bedtime schedules that fit the school year.  “To help re-establish a good sleep routine, turn off all screens to include computer, television and phone 30 minutes prior to sleep” says Dr. Baumann.  “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teenagers sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.”

To contact Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.