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You Are A Survivor The Moment You Are Diagnosed Bookmark

Mary Sprague, a northeast Missouri resident, has a lot to celebrate - on June 7th, National Survivors Day, and every day!  

 

Thanks to advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up care, more people than ever before are surviving longer after being diagnosed with cancer. In America alone, more than 16.9 million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

Mary was diagnosed two years ago with Stage 2 breast cancer.  She was having difficulty with rib pain which led her to find a lump on her breast.  She made an appointment with Dr. Julie Viehmann, Gynecologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  Dr. Viehmann saw signs of concern so she sent her to see surgeon, Dr. Stacey Copeland also with Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  She performed a biopsy on a Monday and by Wednesday Mary was informed of her cancer diagnosis. 

 

From there, she met with the team of Dr. Joseph Bean at the James E. Cary Cancer Center; Dr. Kristen Strasser, Hematology/Oncology Specialist, and Dr. Copeland, both with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. She was diagnosed with HER 2 Positive Breast Cancer.  She was all set to begin her chemo treatment when Dr. Strasser encouraged her to get a PET scan to make sure there were no other issues.  The results of the PET scan showed that Mary’s cancer was now Stage 4 because it had spread to her liver.  

 

“I am going to live!  This is not a death sentence. I have too much to do,” Mary recalls thinking. She began chemo treatment with Dr. Strasser and her team.  “They were great, just like family!” 

 

When Mary’s hair began falling out her girlfriends came to her home and they had a hair cutting party.  Then foods began not tasting good, but she made herself eat in order to stay strong so she could continue with and manage her chemo.  She began meditating at night and she had shower talks with God.  

 

“You have to stay positive, positivity manifests healing. I am going to live to be a healthy old lady.”

 

Mary finished her last chemo treatment around Easter of 2019.  She had a lumpectomy performed by Dr. Copeland and 20 rounds of radiation with Dr. Bean.   She was then told by Dr. Strasser that she saw no signs of cancer. 

 

You are a survivor the moment you are diagnosed. Take every day with a new outlook on life.  “Tears are weaknesses leaving your body to make room for strength!  I am alive, I am living, I am a survivor!” Mary is living her life to the fullest taking on new challenges and keeping a positive outlook on life.

 

National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived, and inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and outreach to the community.

 

For more information about cancer diagnosis or treatment options, call the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center at 573- 629-3500.

 

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Suzanne Filbert, FNP-C Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Suzanne Filbert, FNP-C to their Urology team.  Suzanne has been part of the Hannibal Regional team for six years and is looking forward to serving the community in her role as nurse practitioner.  

“I chose to work in Urology because I wanted to help care for the aging population with specialized care,” shares Suzanne.  “During my time at Hannibal Regional I have grown to love the patients and I am so happy to continue to care for the people in this community.”
“The most rewarding thing about my job is getting to know the patients and talking with them about their lives and families,” shares Suzanne.  “My goal is to help my patients understand their diagnosis and how to care for themselves.  When patients are educated about their care, treatment and preventative measures it has a positive impact on their quality of life and increases participation in their healthcare decisions.”

Suzanne Filbert, FNP-C is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group,  to reach the Urology offices call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. David Lemons Bookmark

David Lemons, DOHannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. David Lemons to their cardiology team!  David Lemons, DO completed his medical education at A.T. Still University and his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Lemons has been providing interventional cardiology coverage at Hannibal Regional and is excited to enhance his service to the community by accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

“I started working at Hannibal Regional to help provide interventional cardiology coverage,” shares Dr. Lemons. “I like the small town feel of the Hannibal community and the team members at Hannibal Regional and in the Cath Lab have been very inviting and helpful.”

“The most rewarding thing I do is help people who are having heart attacks. I enjoy being able to stop the severe pain patients are having and have a conversation with them soon after. The patients are often amazed at how quickly they feel better,” notes Dr. Lemons.  Interventional cardiologists have extensive training in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease and structural heart conditions through catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting.

“I feel it is important to spend time listening to my patients which allows me to develop a relationship with them,” says Dr. Lemons.  “Each patient has a story to tell and it is important to hear their story.”  Dr. Lemons is now accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group and is working alongside the expert cardiology team of Dr. Alvi, Dr. Valuck and Dr. Nwakile.  To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

Type 1 Diabetes in Children Bookmark

Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DOType 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.  Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells and produce energy.  

“The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown,” says Dr. Cassidy Leonard-Scott, pediatrician with Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  “Often the cause is the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Other possible causes are genetics and exposure to viruses or other environmental factors.”

At the onset of type 1 diabetes, the damage to the insulin-producing cells is sudden and severe.  “Once a significant number of insulin producing cells are destroyed, little or no insulin will be produced and must be replaced,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “If insulin is not produced to let glucose into the cells, sugar will build up with the bloodstream which can cause life-threatening complications.”

Because it begins so suddenly any child with signs or symptoms of diabetes should see a doctor for testing.  Consider visiting with your doctor if your child experiences increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unintended weight loss, irritability and other mood changes, fatigue, weakness or blurred vision.  

“Once diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining a normal blood sugar level will help reduce the risk of any complications down the road,” says Dr. Leonard-Scott.  “At this time, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.”

To schedule an appointment at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Heather Curtis, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of otolaryngologist, Heather Curtis, DO to their team.  Dr. Curtis is an otolaryngologist who earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University - Kirksville, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

Otolaryngology is a medical specialty focused on the ears, nose, and throat; those who practice it are often called an ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT.  Dr. Curtis chose to pursue otolaryngology because of the balance of surgery and medicine she is able to see every day. “I enjoy the opportunity to care for patients of all ages and the challenges that come with the complexity of head and neck disease.”  

When asked why she chose to join Hannibal Regional, Dr. Curtis shares, “I chose Hannibal Regional because of their commitment to providing high-quality care and their involvement with the community.”

Dr. Curtis says one of the most rewarding parts of her job is “hearing a child’s vocabulary rapidly expand following placement of tubes.  I also really enjoy seeing improvement in my patients’ quality of life and their ability to communicate.” Dr. Curtis is focused on creating relationships with her patients that make them feel comfortable and ensuring none of their questions are left unanswered.

Dr. Curtis is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call (573) 629-3500.

Join Hannibal Regional Auxiliary for the Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction Bookmark

The Sixth Annual Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction is officially sponsored by the Century 21 Broughton Team. Pictured from left to right are Lydia Ahrens, Hannibal Regional Auxiliary member; Gary and Barbara Broughton from the Century 21 Broughton Team; and Alicia Rollins, Director, Volunteer and Guest Services.

Join the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary for the Sixth Annual Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction on October 3, 2019 at the Hannibal Arts Council.  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 yours today!  Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling 573-248-5272. Your ticket includes appetizers, wine as well as a chance to win Rodan and Fields items, a jewelry box hand made by Drew Sutor, a men’s bracelet from the Vintage Market, sunglasses from HQ Eyes or a Powder Room Pedicure.  Extra chances to win prizes 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 Building BETTER Tomorrows campaign.  The Building BETTER Tomorrows campaign is raising funds to help Hannibal Regional increase surgical capacity, expand and improve critical care areas and invest in the future through delivery rooms.

Other sponsors for the event include Advance Physical Therapy,  Mark Twain Casino, General Mills, Northwestern Mutual, The Olive Branch, Griffen’s Flowers, 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.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Pediatrician Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Cassidy Leonard-Scott, DO, FAAP to their team.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is a board certified pediatrician who earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  Dr. Leonard-Scott is honored to be able to return and care for those in her hometown.

Dr. Leonard-Scott chose to pursue pediatrics because she knew she always wanted a career she loved, “Being a pediatrician is such a fun and rewarding job.  I love watching my patients grow and develop their own personalities. I chose to join the Hannibal Regional team because of its focus on bringing quality healthcare to the community I have always called home.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is focused on making families and patients feel comfortable.  “There are no silly questions when it comes to kids. Whether it is a question regarding development, parenting techniques or an illness concern, my goal is for parents to feel comfortable discussing all of their concerns with me.”

Dr. Leonard-Scott is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Megan Kretz, FNP-BC Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome Megan Kretz, FNP-BC to their team!  Megan Kretz, FNP-BC earned her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University and is excited for the opportunity to return to the Hannibal area and give back to the community.

Megan has been familiar with family medicine since she was a young child.  “When choosing a career, I made the decision to become a nurse so I could be at the bedside with patients and make a positive impact on their lives - no matter what they were going through,” shares Megan.  “Deciding to further my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner was easy. I have been fortunate enough to encounter many family medicine providers who are passionate about their discipline and have vast knowledge of medicine across the lifespan.  I knew this career would enable me to serve the community in many settings and bring a feeling of fulfillment.”

“Hannibal Regional Medical Group has strong values, inspiring culture and a focus on teamwork,” says Megan.  “I look forward to building relationships with patients and their families while providing comprehensive healthcare to the community.”

Megan will be providing care through Hannibal Regional’s Express Care locations.  Express Care offers quick, convenient access to basic healthcare services with no appointment necessary!  Express Care is available at two locations in Hannibal. Express Care at Hannibal Regional is located on the first floor of Hannibal Regional Medical Group and is open Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Express Care at Walmart is located inside the Hannibal Walmart and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Sheniece Smith Named Vice-President - General Counsel at Hannibal Regional Bookmark

Hannibal Regional is pleased to announce that Sheniece Smith has accepted the position of Vice-President - General Counsel.  The Vice-President - General Counsel is an integral member of the Hannibal Regional Leadership team and is responsible for providing legal counsel to Hannibal Regional.  As Vice-President - General Counsel, Mrs. Smith will advise, advocate and represent the Hannibal Regional Board of Directors and members of the Hannibal Regional leadership team in compliance with legal trends and the needs of Hannibal Regional.  Mrs. Smith will also provide leadership for contract management, risk management, clinical information systems, and technical services and securities. 

Mrs. Smith is joining the Hannibal Regional team with a number of years of experience in the healthcare industry and a passion for helping the community.  Sheniece was most recently the Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel to the CEO for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and is passionate about making legal services available to those who need it most.  During her time in California, Mrs. Smith founded H.O.P.E. Through Affordable Legal Services as a community benefit project to bridge the gap between pro bono services and full attorney fees by increasing access to quality legal services for low-income individuals. Sheniece also launched Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children’s, a medical-legal partnership, to provide free guardianship and conservatorship services to CHOC families who otherwise would not be able to afford the services.  Mrs. Smith has received numerous recognitions, both in the healthcare industry and for community and leadership roles in California.

When asked why she chose to join Hannibal Regional, Sheniece shares, “I am impressed by Hannibal Regional’s dedication to the community and excited about our plans to enhance service offerings.  I joined HRHS because I wanted to join a community of caring individuals who are making a difference. I hope to support Hannibal Regional as we continue to guide patients to better health.”

Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from 15 locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine and Hannibal Regional Foundation.  For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit www.hannibalregional.org.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Tiffany Ritter, DNP Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Tiffany Ritter, DNP to their Bowling Green team!  Tiffany Ritter, DNP earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from the University of Missouri and is looking forward to continuing her career with Hannibal Regional.

Tiffany chose to pursue a career as a family medicine provider because “I will get the privilege of caring for patients across their entire life span.  Providing care in the urgent care setting will allow me to be a “go to” provider when the unexpected happens, whether it be a minor injury, illness or other reason.” 

Tiffany has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, and most recently was a part of the Hannibal Regional Emergency Department team.  “The RISE values and mission are the heart of what makes Hannibal Regional so great. Hannibal Regional not only cares about guiding patients to better, but also guiding their team members to better,” shares Tiffany.

“One of my priorities with my patients is to take the time to listen so I am able to address each concern and guide them to better,” says Tiffany. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting to care for patients, which results in a positive impact on the community.”

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, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Bowling Green is located next to Walmart at 8 Town Center Drive. For more information call (573) 324-2241.