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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.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. James Tucker Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. James Tucker to their family medicine team! James Tucker, DO completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine training at A.T. Still University in Kirksville after serving with honors in the United States Army.  He completed his Family and Community Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri Columbia and has come back to his home area to establish his practice. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is happy to have Dr. Tucker join the rest of the family medicine team as we work to guide our community to better.

During his childhood, Dr. Tucker often accompanied his father, Dr. Mark Tucker, to his medical office which developed his lifelong passion of caring for others.  Dr. Tucker says, “I remember going into the office with my father and checking on patients and helping out when I could. People often told me they wanted me to come back and provide medical care in the area and that strong sense of community has always stuck with me.”  

Dr. Tucker is focused on engaging his patients with their preventative health.  “I strive to involve my patients in their medical decision making process. I want to make sure they understand their healthcare decisions so they know why it’s important to maintaining or improving their life” shares Dr. Tucker.

Dr. Tucker is now seeing patients alongside the rest of Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s family medicine team in Hannibal.  To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

 

Hannibal to Host Health Professions Students During Rural Immersion Program Bookmark

According to a 2017 report by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 99 of 114 Missouri counties don’t have enough physicians, with 86 percent of the state classified as health profession shortage areas. However, a program from the University of Missouri School of Medicine is addressing that shortage by introducing students to life in rural areas before they graduate.

From July 9 through 12, 19 students pursuing health careers will gather in Hannibal, Missouri, as part of the second annual MU Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Rural Immersion Program. The four-day experience is designed for health professions students who are interested in living and working in a rural area. As a non-clinical experience, the program highlights the social and communal aspects of rural life. Through group activities and meetings with community leaders, participants get a preview of life as a rural health care professional.

“Serving in a rural setting provides several unique benefits, but unless students have been exposed to these communities, they often aren’t aware of them,” said Kathleen Quinn, PhD, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. “Through the Rural Immersion Program, students will explore the non-clinical aspects of life as a health care professional in a rural area. It’s our hope that, ultimately, these students will decide to meet the health care needs of rural Missourians.”

Students from the following schools will get firsthand exposure to the benefits of rural life:

  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • MU School of Health Professions
  • MU School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

During the immersion experience, students stay in dormitories at Hannibal LaGrange University. They will break into groups that include members of each of the health care disciplines to foster a diversity of thought and experience. Each group will spend time interviewing community leaders from four areas: business and government, education, health care and natural resources. On the final day of the program, the students present their findings to the other student groups and members of the community.

“We are very excited to have this program in Hannibal and are thankful for the numerous community and business members who have worked to put together an excellent agenda for the students. The students should leave at the end of the program with a good idea of what it would be like to live and work in America’s Hometown. Some of these students may end up being a part of the future medical community here in Hannibal, and if not, they will go back and tell their peers what a wonderful week they had while they were here,” noted Susan Wathen, Vice-President, Human Resources of Hannibal Regional.

Learn more about the MU AHEC Rural Track Pipeline Program.

Road Closures During Hannibal Cannibal Bookmark

This year the 23rd Annual Hannibal Cannibal will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 7:00 am. Like the past several years, Highway 79 from Church Street in Hannibal to Continental Cement on South 79 will be closed for the duration of the race.  The closures will begin at 6:30 am to prepare for the race and the course will begin to open back up at Continental Cement starting at 8:30 am.

Main Street will also be closed from North Street to Church Street and Church Street will be closed from Main Street to Highway 79. Along with that, starting at 3:00 am, July 7th, until the end of the race there will be no parking along the Main and Church Street sections of the race course.

Hannibal Regional Foundation is looking forward to another successful year of the race and appreciates the support of the community for the event. There is still time to register for the race downtown in front of the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Statue on Friday, July 6th from 2-7 pm or the morning of the race on Saturday, July 7th at 5:30 am, during packet pickup. Please contact the Foundation with any questions at (573) 629-3577.

Hannibal Regional Welcomes New Gastroenterologist, Dr. Ahmed Bookmark

Dr. Ahmed Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome gastroenterologist, Dr. Ahmed, to their team. Khulood Ahmed, MD is board certified in gastroenterology and has been practicing medicine for over twenty years.

Dr. Ahmed was most recently practicing gastroenterology at the University of Missouri in Columbia and is excited to be part of the Hannibal community. “The Hannibal community is a great place to continue raising our family” shares Dr. Ahmed. “This is a beautiful area and is filled with a welcoming, supportive community and team at Hannibal Regional.”

Dr. Ahmed provides diagnosis and treatment of complex gastroenterology and liver-related diseases and performs diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. She specializes in general gastrointestinal and liver cases: the diagnosis and treatment of IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases), viral hepatitis and other liver diseases, colon and intestinal diseases, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and gastrointestinal ulcers. Dr. Ahmed also treats acute gastrointestinal bleeding and acute pancreatitis. If you are experiencing reflux/acidity, abdominal pain, diarrhea, abnormal changes in bowel habits, nausea, or vomiting you are encouraged to call to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Ahmed enjoys taking care of her patients, getting to know them and their health concerns and helping them feel better. “When you don’t feel well, it’s hard to enjoy even the smallest activities - one of the best things about my job is that I can help people feel better and get them back to enjoying life” shares Dr. Ahmed.

Dr. Ahmed’s office is located on the third floor of the Hannibal Medical Group building. To schedule an appointment 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.

Summer Foot Care Tips with Dr. Edward Cline Bookmark

Dr. Cline Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes the urge to shed your shoes. However, choosing to go without proper footwear can lead to problems for your feet and may put a damper on your summer fun. Podiatrist Dr. Edward Cline often sees more sprained ankles and broken bones during the summer months due to sports related injuries or people being active outside doing yard work or playing with their family. Another issue Dr. Cline sees is from people who have been outside barefoot or wearing unsupportive shoes and they have ended up with splinters, stepped on broken glass or had another injury.

Don’t overlook the importance of proper footwear.

Summer isn’t the time to dismiss wearing the proper footwear. “You really should not be going outside barefoot, at all” notes Dr. Cline. “You don’t want to get sunburned on your feet which could lead to melanoma or you don’t want your foot getting cut by a piece of wood or glass that could be hidden. Those are two very common problems I see this time of year.” Don’t forget to consider comfort and protection when it comes to your footwear. Some flip flops are very inexpensive, but they are flimsy and will likely lead to a foot injury. Choose sandals that will support your feet - and if you know your feet will be in and out of water make sure they don’t have foam in them. The foam will hold water and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Dr. Cline also recommends discarding any old, worn out, beat down shoes. While it may seem like a good idea to keep them to do your “dirty” work in, they could have holes in them or the traction may be worn down which could lead to falls or cuts on your feet.

Footwear choices for women.

Not just during the summer, but all year around, women need to remember to choose footwear which provides support and protection. “Ballet flats are an example of what could be a bad shoe to wear - and most women don’t realize that because they’re comfortable” says Dr. Cline. “Most flats have little to no support and little protection. When you are looking for flats, find something that gives you arch support and protects your feet.” Heels and wedges could also lead to problems because it’s similar to walking on your toes all day. Pointed toes are also bad for your foot health and could lead to permanent damage. “I recommend tracing your foot on a piece of paper, then tracing the outline of your shoe. If it looks like a tight and uncomfortable fit, it will not be good for your feet” shares Dr. Cline.

Summer foot health for children.

“Summer is a good time of year to have your children’s feet checked. Before they start a new season of sports, they should have previous injuries checked. Their shoes may need to be adjusted or a brace may be needed to help support an area that has been previously injured.” says Dr. Cline. Another important thing to remember is not to put your children in hand-me-down shoes. Financially it can make sense, but allowing your children to wear previously used shoes may put them at risk for an injury. “With all the wear and tear the shoes have been through, they may no longer be supportive or protect well and could lead to bigger problems than the cost of buying a new pair of shoes for the season,” notes Dr. Cline.

If you are experiencing problems with your feet, help is only a step away. Dr. Cline sees patients in Hannibal and at outlying HRMG locations and is ready to help guide you on your journey to better health. To contact Dr. Cline’s office call 573-629-3500.

Don’t Let Your Healthy Tan Kill You Bookmark

Dr. MetlisSkin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. More people will get skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and to encourage everyone to protect their skin as they head outdoors to kick off the summer season.

“One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime,” shares Dr. Schuyler Metlis with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “‘Don’t Fry Day’ is a great way to remind us to take preventative measures to protect our skin.” In order to protect yourself from the sun remember to seek shade, wear protective clothing, generously apply sunscreen, do not burn or tan (including tanning beds) and use extra caution near water, snow and sand.

Another way to help catch skin cancer early is to carefully examine your skin monthly. Suspicious lesions or progressive changes in a lesion’s appearance or size should be evaluated promptly by a physician. “There has been a decrease of incidence of many common cancers, but the rates of melanoma continue to rise significantly. If you have a new skin lesion that is growing, changing shape, bleeding or itching, you should have it checked immediately by a trained professional,” says Dr. Metlis.

Some risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin color; 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. Metlis. “Catching cancer early often allows for more treatment options. If you have skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success and with less noticeable scarring.”

Dr. Metlis is hosting skin cancer screenings throughout the region. The screenings are free, however space is limited and appointments are required. To see a full list of screening dates visit medicalgroup.hannibalregional.org.

Aaron Zook Named Vice-President of Operations at Hannibal Regional Bookmark

Hannibal Regional is pleased to announce that Aaron Zook has accepted the position of Vice-President of Operations. In his role as Vice-President of Operations, Mr. Zook will oversee operations of multiple areas within Hannibal Regional, including Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Hannibal Regional Infusion Center and Hospital operations.

Mr. Zook began working at Hannibal Regional in 2001 as a Physical Therapist Assistant and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, home health, and outpatient private practice. In 2007 Mr. Zook became the Manager of HRH’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department and served in that role until 2012 when he began work as Director of Outreach Services for Hannibal Regional Medical Group. In 2015 Mr. Zook began work in the Business Development department for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Along with his clinical degree, Mr. Zook holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management from Hannibal LaGrange College, and an MBA with emphasis in Healthcare Administration from William Woods University. Mr. Zook is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which he earned in 2017.

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 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.