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Hannibal Regional Pediatric Therapy Offers Long-Lasting Support to Local Family Bookmark

Dawson Brown has been a long time patient of Hannibal Regional’s Pediatric Therapy Services. Dawson was born with bilateral choanal atresia, which means instead of his nasal passages being open they were solid bone. Because of his condition Dawson was a little late on hitting some of his developmental milestones and that is when Dawson’s family was first introduced to the Pediatric Therapy team.

After a few visits Dawson’s mom, Shanee, says they learned several tips to help Dawson reach his milestones. However, when Dawson turned 10 months old he contracted bacterial meningitis which led to severe physical limitation leaving Dawson wheelchair bound. Shanee started bringing Dawson to the pediatric therapy team who has been part of Dawson’s life ever since. 

“When we discovered the impact the bacterial meningitis had on Dawson’s life, it was overwhelming.” shares Shanee. “We didn’t know where to start and the pediatric therapy team really helped us.” Dawson began receiving physical, occupational and speech therapies. Due to his medical conditions Dawson the pediatric therapy team also visited him in his home to help limit his exposure to illness. For Shanee, the pediatric therapy team quickly became friends and an invaluable support system. “They have been a great source of support for us, and have been advocates for Dawson when we needed them. They are not only experts at what they do, but they are passionate and it shows through their genuine care for their patients” says Shanee.

Dawson is now 16 and is currently undergoing speech therapy to help him with unexpected swallowing difficulties. “The pediatric therapy team is always there to help us and their ‘can do’ attitude towards Dawson’s condition has been a great source of hope for us,” shares Shanee.

To learn more about Hannibal Regional’s Pediatric Therapy services call 573-406-5777.

 

 

Hannibal Regional Breaks Ground on New Expansion Bookmark

Hannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional is a vital part of the tri-state region, and for decades people in the community have depended on them for comprehensive healthcare and their highly specialized services.  

 

In order to continue meeting the ever-changing and increasing needs of the community, Hannibal Regional has begun the first phase of a three-year expansion project, investing $61 million in the health of the our region.  This major expansion project will allow Hannibal Regional to accommodate the growing needs of northeast Missouri and ensure an even higher level of care and service.  

 

“Our community has relied on Hannibal Regional for over 110 years for quality local healthcare. We work tirelessly to make sure we can guide all of our patients to better, and with that we are continuously analyzing and expanding services and resources to make sure we are meeting the health needs of our community.” said Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional.

 

Site improvements are already underway for the relocation of major utility systems, additional parking lots, expansion of the receiving dock and support service areas at Hannibal Regional. Major construction will begin in October and start with a 2-story expansion of the Intensive Care and Progressive Care units.  Following that will be a complete surgery department renovation, adding six new surgery suites including advanced medical imaging operating rooms.  Further construction will include a new 4-story, 88,000 square foot addition to Hannibal Regional Medical Group as well as interior renovations to the hospital mall and new entrances to the hospital and medical buildings. This expansion will add over 137,000 square feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of newly renovated space to Hannibal Regional.

 

“While this is an exciting time for Hannibal Regional and our community, we know that construction on our medical campus can be challenging for patients and guests, which is why we will be doing everything possible to minimize disruptions as we continue to grow.” stated Todd Ahrens.

 

The scheduled completion for all phases of new construction and renovations is 2020.

 

Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes,Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Hannibal Regional as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information on Hannibal Regional, visit www.hannibalregional.org.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes New Cardiologist Dr. Nwakile Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. Nwakile to their Cardiology team! Dr. Nwakile comes to Hannibal from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Chief Fellow of Cardiology at the Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Nwakile has been a physician for over ten years and joins the Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s expert cardiology team of Dr. Alvi, Dr. Harruna, Dr. Valuck and Kim Cordes, CVNP-BC.

“The moment I chose to become a physician happened in my teens” shares Dr. Nwakile. “The dexterity and patience of a doctor saved my father’s life. It was at a point when virtually all hope was lost! I wanted to experience the joy associated with giving myself to take care of people with health needs.” Dr. Nwakile strives to give the best of himself to each of his patients while being sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of his patients and their family. 

 When talking about the most rewarding part of being a physician, Dr. Nwakile notes, “Seeing that smile on the face of a patient whose life I have touched in some way - that is probably one of the greatest feelings anyone can have! The happiness I experience when families joyfully take their loved ones home after an episode of ill health makes the long hours all worth it.”

Chinualumogu Nwakile, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s highly skilled cardiology team. To reach the Cardiology offices at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Announces Major Expansion Bookmark

Hannibal, MO -- Hannibal Regional is a vital part of the tri-state region, and for decades people in the community have depended on them for comprehensive healthcare and their highly specialized services.  

 

In order to continue meeting the ever-changing and increasing needs of the community, Hannibal Regional has begun the first phase of a three-year expansion project, investing $61 million in the health of the our region.  This major expansion project will allow Hannibal Regional to accommodate the growing needs of northeast Missouri and ensure an even higher level of care and service.  

 

“Our community has relied on Hannibal Regional for over 110 years for quality local healthcare. We work tirelessly to make sure we can guide all of our patients to better, and with that we are continuously analyzing and expanding services and resources to make sure we are meeting the health needs of our community.” said Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional.

 

Site improvements are already underway for the relocation of major utility systems, additional parking lots, expansion of the receiving dock and support service areas at Hannibal Regional. Major construction will begin in October and start with a 2-story expansion of the Intensive Care and Progressive Care units.  Following that will be a complete surgery department renovation, adding six new surgery suites including advanced medical imaging operating rooms.  Further construction will include a new 4-story, 88,000 square foot addition to Hannibal Regional Medical Group as well as interior renovations to the hospital mall and new entrances to the hospital and medical buildings. This expansion will add over 137,000 square feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of newly renovated space to Hannibal Regional.

 

“While this is an exciting time for Hannibal Regional and our community, we know that construction on our medical campus can be challenging for patients and guests, which is why we will be doing everything possible to minimize disruptions as we continue to grow.” stated Todd Ahrens.

 

The scheduled completion for all phases of new construction and renovations is 2020.

 

Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes, Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Hannibal Regional as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information on Hannibal Regional, visit www.hannibalregional.org.

 

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Roberts Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Roberts to their Pediatrics team! Julia Roberts, DO earned her medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. HRMG's pediatrics team is excited to have Dr. Roberts join them as they continue to guide the community to better.

When asked why she chose to specialize in pediatrics, Dr. Roberts shares, “I absolutely love watching families grow and being part of their child's development. From telling a family they have a healthy newborn to delivering life-changing news to a family about their child's health - I consider my role as a pediatrician an honor in the lives of my patients and their families.” Dr. Roberts has always had the desire to help others and was exposed to the healthcare field at an early age, so deciding to become a physician was a natural progression. Dr. Robert's goal is to make sure families are able to focus on loving and nurturing their child while allowing her to take care of the medical side of things. Dr. Roberts says, “As a mother of two, I know how challenging raising kids can be and I want my families to know they have my support along the way.”

Dr. Roberts is accepting new patients and works with the compassionate, skilled pediatric team of Deborah Baumann, MD; Barbara White, DO and Jennifer Bowler, DNP. To reach the pediatric office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

Pike Medical Clinic Welcomes Dr. Hayes-Bethel Bookmark

The Pike Medical Clinic team is excited to welcome Dr. Hayes-Bethel! Jennifer Hayes-Bethel, MD completed her medical education at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2007. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is happy to have Dr. Hayes-Bethel join the rest of the Pike Medical Clinic team in Bowling Green as they continue to guide our community to better. 

Dr. Hayes-Bethel chose to field of medicine because of her life-long love of science and a desire to help others. “I chose to join the Pike Medical team because of their reputation for high quality, compassionate care,” shares Dr. Hayes-Bethel. “I look forward to helping patients of all ages make positive improvements in their lifestyle which will lead to better health.” 

Jennifer Hayes-Bethel, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside the compassionate, expert team of Jan Onik, DO; Phillip Pitney, MD; Gene Smith, DO; Jennifer Chandler, FNP-BC and Sean Weaver, FNP-C. To reach the Pike Medical Clinic office in Bowling Green call 573-324-2241.

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 and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Jennifer Bowler, DNP Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Bowler, DNP, CPNP-PC to their pediatrics team! Jennifer Bowler, DNP completed her Nurse Practitioner degree at MU Sinclair School of Nursing in Columbia, MO. Ms. Bowler is certified as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC), which means she has in-depth knowledge and experience in well child care, prevention and management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. HRMG is excited to have Jennifer Bowler, DNP join their pediatrics team as they continue to guide the community to better. 

At the age of nine Bowler told her family that she would like to work in a profession that cares for children and has never once doubted her decision. Growing up she enjoyed reading her mother’s EMT books and would often accompany her to classes. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know the kids and their families, watch them grow and teach them to live a safe and healthy life along the way,” shares Jennifer Bowler, DNP. “It’s my goal to have all of my families walk out of my office feeling confident and satisfied with their care.”

Jennifer Bowler, DNP is accepting new patients and works alongside the compassionate, skilled pediatric team of Deborah Baumann, MD; Julia Roberts, DO and Barbara White, DO. To reach the pediatric office at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2017 Bookmark

Pictured from left to right: Susan Wathen, Vice President Human Resources; Kim Runquist, RN, Director of ICU; Dollye Bradshaw, Nutrition Services; Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System; Steve Swan, Plant Operations; Debbie Taylor, Environmental Services and Dr. Richard Valuck, Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

 

Hannibal Regional has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.


“Employers in today’s highly-regulated healthcare industry face great challenges in recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent which is key to quality care and positive patient experiences,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “I commend those organizations that have risen to the occasion and have made the list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

“Hannibal Regional is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. This award speaks volumes about the dedicated team members we have at Hannibal Regional and their commitment to working together to guide our community to better. I want to personally congratulate our entire team on this recognition,” stated Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Now in its tenth year, the award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“I am beyond proud of Hannibal Regional for being recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017. As a team member, I see the ongoing efforts to make us the best place to work, including our Team Member Pharmacy and actively engaged Senior Leadership. One of the greatest benefits of Hannibal Regional is our team, or more accurately our work family. We are so blessed to have a team of genuinely good, kind-hearted people who support each other and care for our patients like family,” Kim Runquist RN, Director of ICU.


Hannibal Regional will be honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner in September in Las Vegas, NV.

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. Recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hannibal Regional is in the top 15% in the nation for this category. In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM, placing them in the top 5% in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and a 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM from Healthgrades, which places them among the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in northeast Missouri.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Breaks Ground on New Facility in Bowling Green Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility in Bowling Green.  In early 2018 Pike Medical Clinic will be moving to a brand new facility located by the Bowling Green Walmart which will provide care during evenings and weekends as well as offer specialty services.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is committed to fulfilling the health care needs of the community.  “The new facility will help us build on Pike Medical Clinic’s legacy of service to the community by offering more specialized services and longer office hours.”  shares Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Jan Onik, DO; Phillip Pitney, MD; Gene Smith, DO; Jennifer Chandler, FNP-BC and Sean Weaver, FNP-C will continue to serve the community at the new location and at the Pike Medical Clinic in Louisiana.  The new, larger facility will provide space for specialty services and diagnostic testing.  Once the new facility is completed the Pike Medical team will begin offering after-hours medical care.  The team at Pike Medical will be available during the evenings and weekends for basic medical needs.

 

As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, 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 primary 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 and a Vision Institute in Hannibal.

Cutline: Preparing to move ceremonial dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pike Medical Clinic is Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System; Mike Goering, Murray Company; Don Hunter, Bowling Green Mayor; Dr. Jan Onik, Pike Medical Clinic; Dr. Phillip Pitney, Pike Medical Clinic and Doug Ruble, Vice President - Facilities at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.

Hannibal Regional Infusion Center Team Guides Hannibal Resident to Better Bookmark

 A trip to the emergency room for a gallbladder attack ended with a surprising outcome for Hannibal resident John David Hymers, known to many as David.  In February of 2017 David was returning home from an anniversary trip with his wife, Janna, when a gallbladder attack sent him to the emergency room.  David’s gallbladder attack also came with chest pains but the emergency room team quickly ruled out heart problems.  Once it was determined David didn’t have heart problems, he was then scheduled for further testing to discover the cause of his problem.  

 

David met with gastroenterologist Dr. Almashhrawi who performed an endoscopy.  Through that endoscopy Dr. Almashhrawi made the discovery that David had esophageal cancer and referred him to Hannibal Regional’s Infusion Center for treatment.

 

Esophageal cancer often remains undetected until a late stage because it produces little to no symptoms and David will always be grateful for the care he received to help guide him to better.  The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team made David and Janna feel comfortable and well-taken care of.  When talking about the Infusion Center team David and Janna say, “You all have been nothing but warm, caring, compassionate, attentive to our needs, helpful and loving!  We would recommend your services to others without any hesitation.”

 

The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team is led by Dr. Kristen Strasser and is located in the Hannibal Regional Medical Building.  The Infusion Center offers patients an easy, attractive alternative to a hospital setting for receiving their cancer care and infusion therapy, simplifying and expediting the process while providing the highest-quality care and treatment.

 

David underwent several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is now on the road to recovery.  “The Infusion Center team made our difficult time so much easier - we can’t thank them enough for all their support during our cancer journey!” share David and Janna.

 

For more information about the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center call 573-629-3478.

 

Photo cutline:  Janna Hymers and David Hymers stand with Ellen Taylor, MSN, RN, OCN in the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center on David’s last day of treatment.