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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

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

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 Medical Group Welcomes Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC Bookmark

Lisa ParshallHannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC to their team in Shelbina! Mrs. Parshall earned her Nurse Practitioner degree at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. HRMG is excited to have Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC join their team in Shelbina as they continue to guide the community to better!

Mrs. Parshall chose to pursue a career in family medicine because it gives her the opportunity to treat patients from all age groups with diverse medical conditions. She also enjoys the opportunity to work with the entire family which allows her to gain a better understanding of how family dynamics may affect the health of her patients.

“I chose to work at Hannibal Regional because they have always been my family’s medical home. The only place I considered working when beginning my nursing career is Hannibal Regional,” shares Lisa. “I like the hometown feel of Hannibal Regional Medical Group and the relationships that develop between patients and providers. I also appreciate Hannibal Regional investing in smaller communities to provide quality healthcare.”

Lisa Parshall, FNP-BC is now seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Shelbina. To schedule an appointment at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Shelbina call (573) 588-4131.

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 in Hannibal.

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

Hannibal Resident Chooses BETTER Bookmark

Just after his 70th birthday, David Bailey was faced with a choice that would have a big impact on his well-being.  David had been experiencing some health concerns and after encouragement from his family made an appointment to see a primary care physician.  David chose Dr. Hossein Behniaye at Hannibal Regional Medical Group to guide him on his path to better.

“In my coaching days I used to say, ‘use what you have to get what you want.”  Hannibal Regional had the quality care I needed under one roof,” shares David. “I did have choices - and I could have chosen to go somewhere else for my medical care - but everything I needed was right here, close to home.”

At his appointment, David visited with Dr. Behniaye about some swelling and skin irritation he had been experiencing.  Due to David’s past medical history, Dr. Behniaye called on fellow physician Dr. Schuyler Metlis to help determine what the skin irritation may be.  David had previously been treated for melanoma so it was determined it would be best to do a skin biopsy. Dr. Behniaye also advised David to seek the care of gastroenterologist Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi for a colonoscopy.  

The colonoscopy revealed David had colon cancer and would need treatment.  David then had surgery to remove part of his colon and is now undergoing treatment at the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center with oncologist, Dr. Kristen Strasser.  

“Throughout my entire journey, the physicians and staff at Hannibal Regional have been professional, personal and knowledgeable.” says David. “Their follow up care has been amazing and I’ve always felt like a partner in my health journey.

Hannibal Regional Honored for their Organ Donation Support Bookmark

Every day 20 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Over 100,000 men, women and children are waiting for life-saving organs and while up to 95% of the U.S. adult population supports organ donation, only 54% are actually signed up as donors.

Hannibal Regional and Mid-America Transplants help families alleviate the grief of losing a loved one by making the life-saving decision to help others in need.

Hannibal Regional was recently recognized by Mid-America Transplant for their life-saving work in organ and tissue donations in 2017 and presented with the Gift of Life Medal. 

Last fall, a donor’s family made the decision to donate two kidneys. That generous decision resulted in saving the lives of two different people from Illinois. One of them had been on the list for over five years. 

April was recently proclaimed National Donate Life Month and Hannibal Regional would like raise awareness of the life-saving potential we all have as donors. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. For more information about organ donation, you can visit: or

Hannibal Regional Celebrates 25 Years Bookmark

Hannibal Regional 25th Anniversary

Hannibal Regional hosted an Anniversary celebration.
Team members enjoyed looking through displays
of archived photos and newspaper articles from 25 years ago.

Twenty-five years ago a new era in healthcare started when Hannibal Regional built their new hospital in the middle of a cornfield west of Hannibal. This move created the opportunity for growth and the continued commitment to guiding patients throughout the region to better health.

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. A few years later, in the summer of 1915, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was completed and received its first patients. In 1988, the two facilities merged, forming Hannibal Regional 25th Anniversary Hannibal Regional Hospital.

On March 27, 1993 Hannibal Regional Hospital opened the doors of its current location. Formed by the merger of Levering and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals, the new facility increased the number of patient beds available and greatly expanded the services offered in northeast Missouri. In addition to multiple new services and features, one of the key elements of the new location was the grouping of services together so patients did not have to be taken from floor to floor as often. Now with over 1,200 team members serving 12 counties, offices located in 11 communities, 85 providers and 21 specialties, Hannibal Regional continues to be a leader in healthcare throughout the region.

After more than a century of serving the residents of northeast Missouri, Hannibal Regional continues their 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.