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Hoops for Hope Bookmark

Hoops for Hope Game Tuesday, February 13, 2018 the Hannibal-LaGrange University Trojan basketball teams hosted their 6th Annual Hoops for Hope Game.  The basketball teams sold pink Hoops for Hope shirts to raise funds for the Life.Light.Hope cancer patient assistance fund at the James E. Cary Cancer Center and Hannibal Regional Infusion Center.  Pictured are the Hannibal-LaGrange University men’s and women’s basketball teams, head coaches Jason Durst and Kelly Quigle, assistant coaches Josh Pickett and Kelly Stutler and Angie Wilcoxson from Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-C Bookmark

Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-CHannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-C to their Bowling Green team!  Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-C earned her Nurse Practitioner degree at Maryville University in St. Louis and has over 11 years of experience in the medical field. 

Ms. O’Loughlin has a strong background in emergency medicine and is looking forward to serving the community through the clinic’s Urgent Care services.  “The most rewarding thing about what I do is to be a part of someone’s life during a time in which they need the most support,” shares O’Loughlin.  “Providing urgent care services allows me to see a variety of patients when they need immediate care and I am able to connect them with the appropriate follow-up care if necessary.”

Christene O’Loughlin, FNP-C chose Hannibal Regional Medical Group because it feels like family.  “From the first time I walked in the doors at Hannibal Regional I felt like I was home. Being able to work for a healthcare system that treats their patients just like family assures me that my values will be held true for the community I serve.” says O’Loughlin.

Urgent Care services at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green will begin February 19th.  Urgent Care will be available Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green is now located next to Walmart at Bowling Green Town Center Drive #8.  For more information 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 General Surgeon, Robert Troiani, Jr., MD Bookmark

Robert Troiani Jr., MD Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Troiani Jr., MD to their team.  Dr. Troiani is a board certified general surgeon who earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has over 25 years of experience.  Dr. Troiani comes to Hannibal from Kansas City, MO where he was a trauma surgeon.

As an experienced general surgeon, Dr. Troiani 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. Troiani’s passion for medicine began when he was eight years old and received an anatomy book as a gift from his godmother.    “I like the challenge of dealing with complex medical issues and being able to help my patients gain a clear understanding of their surgical issue,” shares Dr. Troiani.  

Dr. Troiani is now seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact his office call (573) 629-3500.

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 and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Hats From the Heart Bookmark

Red Hats

Pictured from left to right with some of the Auxiliary’s
Hats from the Heart are Jackie Schnelle, Nancy Cruse

To help raise awareness and celebrate Heart Month, members of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary have started a new program by knitting and crocheting red hats.  The red hats will be given out to babies born in February at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Volunteers knitted and crocheted red hats to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.  “We are working to raise awareness and show support to Hannibal Regional for a healthy lifestyle.  We also love to make items for the newborn babies so it was a win-win!” shares Nancy Cruse, Chairman of the Knitting Committee. “We hope families will enjoy these during the month of February.”   Other committee members are Jackie Schnelle, Jane Bleigh, Beth Hansmeier, Brenda Higdon, Anne Cary, Roberta Thomas, Marie Wolpers and Priscilla Foreman.

 

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 Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Kathy Asbury Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Asbury to their family medicine team! Dr. Asbury is a board certified family medicine physician and is excited to work in her hometown of Hannibal and partner with the expert team at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Asbury chose to become a family medicine physician because of the variety and challenges it presents and the opportunity it provides to share in moments with patients at all stages of their lives.  When talking about the most rewarding part of being a physician, Dr. Asbury notes, “Above all, the connections I have with my patients are the most rewarding part of my job.   I value those relationships, and the trust they have in me to care for them.”

Kathy Asbury, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s expert family medicine team.  Starting January 30, 2018, Dr. Asbury will be seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group on Tuesdays and Fridays and offers appointments beginning at 7:00 am.  To reach the family medicine offices at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

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.