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Hannibal Regional News

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System News Archive

Well-Woman Visits and Why they Matter Bookmark

Well-woman visits are designed to promote health over the course of a woman’s lifetime and to establish a long-term, trusting relationship with your provider.  They are an opportunity to regularly review your medical history and evaluate your current health through various screenings, including a breast exam, mammogram or pelvic exam. 

Breast Examination
“During your well woman exam, we will do a clinical breast exam.  We will also discuss family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or other hereditary breast and ovarian syndrome associated cancers such as prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer as well as assess your individual risk factors,” says Dr. Jennifer Roberts, OB/GYN at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States and is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women.  Regular screening for the average risk woman with yearly mammography starts at the age of 40 years and is related to a reduced risk of cancer death in that population.  It is continued until at least the age of 75 years however age is not the sole determining factor to continue or discontinue screening.  “We encourage breast self-awareness which is a woman's awareness of the normal appearance and feel of her breasts without repetitive, regular exams with the goal of detecting breast cancer.  It is important to notify your OB/GYN if you feel or see any changes in the breast, nipple, or skin,” says Dr. Roberts. 

Emotional Well-Being
“We will also discuss your emotional well-being during a well-woman visit,” notes Dr. Roberts.  Guidelines have changed over the years and it is now recommended to begin screening for anxiety starting at age 13.  The postpartum period is also a very high risk time for new onset or underlying depression or anxiety to become a significant problem. Most commonly women are seen at 6 weeks postpartum, however if your anxiety/depression are increasing you will need to be seen sooner.  “We encourage you to contact your OB/GYN or primary care physician if you experience worsening anxiety or depression or to go immediately to the emergency room if you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others,” says Dr. Roberts.

Pap Smear
You should consult with your physician on the best recommended schedule for this test. The timing of your Pap smear will depend on your age, health and medical history. It is recommended you get your first Pap smear at age 21 and is an important screening tool for cervical cancer.  “In the United States, cervical cancer has decreased more than 50% in the last 30 years because of widespread screening, which is also drastically decreased the number of deaths due to cervical cancer. Most cases of cervical cancer occur in women who were either never screened or were screened inadequately,” says Dr. Roberts.

Open Conversation
“A well woman visit does not consist solely of a pap smear or breast exam.  These visits are an opportunity for women to have open conversations with their physicians and learn helpful information about their bodies and anatomy,” says Dr. Roberts.  Well-woman visits can lead to the early detection of issues ranging from benign conditions like pelvic support and pain to sexually transmitted infection; ovarian, cervical, vaginal, skin and breast cancers; fibroids and more.

Navigating the complexity of your health can be difficult and stressful and you are not alone.  The Women’s Health specialists at Hannibal Regional Medical Group are readily available to answer your questions and take care of you.  Dr. Jennifer Roberts joined the Women’s Health Group in 2019 and specializes in OMT in pregnancy, post-partum and pelvic pain as well as minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, and is the medical director of the robotics program.  Dr. Roberts is accepting new patients, please call (573) 629-3500 for an appointment.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Kendell Farr, WHNP-BC Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Kendell Farr, WHNP-BC to their women’s health team.  Kendell has a strong background in caring for women and is looking forward to serving the community as a nurse practitioner.

“For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse.  I have worked in women's care most of my nursing career and have a passion for women's health,” shares Kendell.  “I feel an emotional connection with women which empowers me to help them be their best - physically and mentally - through every stage of their life.”

Kendell began her nursing career at Hannibal Regional and is happy to continue working with a great team, “Hannibal Regional has become my family!  The physicians have helped mold me into the nurse I am today and I look forward to serving the community as a nurse practitioner with the best physicians by my side.”

Kendell Farr, WHNP-BC is accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to reach the Women’s Health offices call 573-629-3500.

Click here to learn more about Women's Health Services at HRMG.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes OB/GYN Jennifer Roberts, DO Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Roberts, MS, DO to their team.  Dr. Roberts received her masters in biomedical science and doctorate of medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, where she also completed a fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  She completed her OB/GYN residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Roberts has special interests in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive urogynecology, and osteopathic manipulative medicine during and after pregnancy and is looking forward to serving the community.

Dr. Roberts chose to pursue a career in medicine because of the deep impact she could have on the lives of others.  “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job and an OB/GYN is being able to share with my patients some of their biggest milestones" shares Dr. Roberts. “I consider myself fortunate that my patients allow me to be part of their health journey and thoroughly enjoy getting to know each of the families I assist.”

Dr. Roberts will begin seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group in July, to contact her office call 573-629-3500.

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 and Jane Bleigh.

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.