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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.

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!

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.

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.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary Organizing Special Trip Bookmark

Palermo DuomoHannibal Regional Auxiliary is organizing a special trip, Southern Italy & Sicily, featuring Taormina, Matera, Alberobello and the Amalfi Coast 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 May 8th 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 Southern Italy & Sicily tour dates are February 19, 2019 - March 2, 2019. This journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin your travels in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento’s ancient ValleyRoman Ruins of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Continue on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery for an agriturismo experience complete with wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

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 Auxiliary Recognizes Excellence in their Volunteers Bookmark

Hall of Fame Celebs

Over 25 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Celebs
joined Hannibal Regional supporters for the
9th Annual Shoeless Joe’s Celebrity Golf Classic.

The Hannibal Regional Foundation's ninth annual Shoeless Joe's Celebrity Golf Classic held on June 13th raised over $80,000 to benefit the Today.Tomorrow.Together. campaign, which is raising funds to assist in the renovation and expansion of Hannibal Regional’s Surgical Services.

The Celebrity Golf Classic, which enjoyed a record-high fundraising year, was officially sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services and provided participants the opportunity to play with a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and/or other sports celebrities at Norwoods Golf Club in Hannibal. To date, the Golf Classic has raised over $600,000 to support local healthcare through the Hannibal Regional Foundation.

Golf Classic official sponsor members

Members of the Golf Classic Official Sponsor
Raymond James Financial Services team pose
for a picture before they tee off for the day.

Among the celebrities to attend were former MU and St. Louis Cardinals football players Johnny Roland and Mel Gray; former Chiefs players Art Still and Ted McKnight; and former MU fo otball player Chase Coffman. Former St. Louis Cardinal Football player Eric Williams was also in attendance at this year’s event.

The annual Shoeless Joe’s events continue to offer great community engagement while including donors, volunteers, celebrities and Hannibal Regional team members. For more information or to view photos from this year’s Shoeless Joe’s Celebrity Golf Classic or to make a contribution to the Today.Tomorrow.Together. campaign, contact the Hannibal Regional Foundation at 573-629-3577 or visit hrhf.org.