Dr. Kent Wolber of Hannibal is among 95 optometrists throughout the United States who have received the American Optometric Association (AOA) 2015 Continuing Optometric Recognition Award. The award is presented to doctors of optometry who have completed 50 credit hours of continuing education in their field over a one-year period, and in addition, have previously received the Initial Optometric Recognition Award. More than 1,752 of the nation’s 40,000 practicing optometrists…
During the month of June Hannibal Regional Medical Group is offering free foot screenings to the communities we serve. If you know of someone who is suffering from foot pain when walking/running, has flat feet, ingrown toenails or bunions, has pain the arch of their feet, wounds that won’t heal, or other conditions, let them know about this screening. This FREE screening is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns they may have about their foot health.
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The first grade class from Shelbina Elementary toured the businesses of Shelbina, Missouri and one of their stops was the Hannibal Regional Shelbina Family Practice. Lyreva Clark, FNP-BC gave a tour of the clinic and talked about how the clinic helps sick people get better.
Shelbina Family Practice recently hosted a retirement party for Dr. Lichty to celebrate his many years of service and dedication to the community. Many community members stopped by to offer their thanks to Dr. Lichty and to wish him well in the future.
Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is proud to offer free cataract and glaucoma screenings in March. After the age of 40 the chance for glaucoma rises and more than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts.
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults ages 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not a film that develops over your eyes but rather cataracts are the clouding and thickening of the intraocular lens inside the eye.
In its early stages, a cataract may not cause a problem. The cloudiness may affect only a small part of the lens. However, the cataract may grow larger over time and affect more of the lens, making it harder to see. As less light reaches the retina, it becomes increasingly harder to see and vision may become dull and blurry.
Not having a primary care physician, Clinton chose the convenient option of Express Care for something he thought was a minor illness. Luckily for him, the skilled Nurse Practitioners at Express Care detected a heart murmur and urged Clinton to follow up with a cardiologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.
“The persistence and concern of the Nurse Practitioners at Express Care saved my life,” says Clinton.
At just 33, Clinton was married with a two-year-old daughter. He wasn’t expecting to be diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve that can obstruct blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the iStache Challenge! Your help is greatly appreciated in helping us raise awareness for Men going in for their yearly exam. Congratulations to Clint and his efforts to help raise awareness for Men’s Health with the iStache Challenge. He had 175 “likes” on his moustache picture, more than we ever imagined! But It was a close race and came down to a difference of only about 24 “likes”. Great job everyone.
Have you ever bought a lottery ticket and just thrown it away? Probably not. You always want to keep the ticket until the drawing so you check the numbers before its thrown away, unless of course you are one of the lucky ones. There are a lot of unlucky numbers out there for men. It’s recommended that men get a checkup each year because the earlier something is caught the sooner something can be done about it. Here are just a few of the unlucky numbers you should know:
Did you know that approximately 196,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year? Have you experienced a weak urinary stream, blood in your urine or impotence? These are possible signs of Prostate Cancer.
Governor Jay Nixon recently appointed Dr. Kevin W. Lollar, MD, FACS, board-certified otolaryngologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, to the Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists.
Dr. Lollar’s duties on the board will include, reviewing applicants for licensure and making recommendations to the division on matters of discipline of licenses; reviewing and approving other states with equivalent or stricter requirements for reciprocal licenses; approving the examination required for licensure and may administer the practical portion of the examination; and reviewing and approving courses for continuing education credits required for license renewal.
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from foot pain. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association’s survey of 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found the majority of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent), but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist. Foot pain can have a profound impact on quality of life. Half of all adults say that foot pain has restricted their activities—like walking, exercising, working, or playing with grandchildren—in some way. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps to 83 percent. People say they would exercise more (39 percent) and participate in more activities (41 percent) if it weren’t for their foot pain
Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s Monroe City Family Practice honored family members of Valerie Cladwell, Medical Assistant and Linda Stultz, Secretary, by wearing gray for the month of May to raise awareness of Brain Cancer. Valerie Caldwell’s mother, Julie Leake and Linda Stultz’s husband, Donnie Stultz have both been affected by brain cancer.
Okay, double vision is not good. If you have double vision you should immediately see one of our eye care professionals, but if you want double vision as in two pairs of new glasses – now is the time to schedule an appointment with the Vision Institute. For the month of June 2014, the Vision Institute is offering a special of buy one complete pair of glasses and receive a 2nd pair of equal or lesser value for 50% off! Some exclusions apply (Oakely & Maui Jim). See the Vision Institute for details. If you or someone you know is in need of glasses, please contact the Vision Institute at 573-406-5730.
Free skin cancer screenings will be offered on May 28. Appointments are limited, so call 573-629-3500 today to register for the free skin cancer screening in Hannibal, Monroe City, or Shelbina.
On April 1 the Pike Medical Clinic, with locations in Bowling Green and Louisiana, Missouri became part of the Hannibal Regional Medical Group. Tim Polley, Executive Director of HRMG said “We are honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to add quality providers such as Drs. Phillip Pitney and Jan Onik, Nurse Practitioners Sean Weaver and Jennifer Chandler and their staff to HRMG’s team. Pike Medical Clinic has been a provider of healthcare in Pike County for over 40 years, and we look forward to continuing their tradition of service to these communities.”
Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Just ask the more than 43,000 Americans who were diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.
It is estimated that oral and pharyngeal cancers will claim approximately 8,000 lives this year. However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase.
The Hannibal Regional Medical Group Vision Institute recently held an open house to celebrate the Northport location’s team merging with the facility at 175 Shinn Lane. The event was a great way to show off the new facility and parking lot that was completed earlier this year. During the Open House, the Vision Institute held a drawing for a chance to win Maui Jim Sunglasses. There were over 75 entries and the winner of the sunglasses was Jan Crane from Hannibal. Jan is a current patient of the Vision Institute and she was very excited to be the winner.
On Wednesday, March 26, the Salt River Community Care nursing home received a Bionix Otoclear Ear Irrigation system donated by Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s (HRMG) Shelbina Family Practice. The idea for the donation came to Tatyana Rains, NP when she was seeing patients at the nursing home and saw a need for one. With the recent passing of Dr. Lichty’s wife, Carol, HRMG’s Shelbina Practice wanted to do something special in her name. Since, she was a resident at Salt River Community Care for several years the Shelbina Family Practice was excited to fill a need at the nursing home in her honor.
One out of every eight Americans has hearing loss in both ears, and as many as one in five are hard of hearing on at least one side. Sometimes traditional hearing aids cannot help everyone. There is a new product called Baha (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids) that is giving those with hearing loss a second option. The Baha 4 Attract System uses magnets to connect the sound processor to a titanium implant. Kevin Lollar, MD, FACS is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and is a member of the Hannibal Regional Medical Group. Dr. Lollar was the 16th provider in the United States during Cochlear’s controlled market release phase after they received FDA approval for the device in December 2013. “Patients that are good candidates for this procedure are drawn to it for a number of reasons, including the ease of care, reduced risks of complications and the fact that the surgery can be completed in less than an hour,” according to Dr. Lollar…
Congratulations to Kevin Lollar, MD, FACS, who has received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Dr. Lollar is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities’ cancer programs…