September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, we would like to help raise awareness on the importance of knowing the risk factors and visiting with your primary care provider if you have questions.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates that in 2014 about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and approximately 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in the United States alone.
Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men, but an estimated 1 in every 7 males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. About 6 cases out of 10 are diagnosed in men ages 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40.
Join the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary at the Hannibal Arts Council for the Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction, on October 2, 2014. The Glitz Gala, sponsored by Kristy Trevathan of Prestige Realty, benefits the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
Tickets are required for the evening and space is limited, so be sure to get your ticket today! Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by contacting Alicia Rollins at 573-248-5272. Your ticket includes appetizers, wine, a chance to win a weekend get away and the opportunity to bid on beautiful jewelry pieces.Doors open at 5:00 pm and the live auction begins at 6:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to view each jewelry item up for auction before the bidding begins.
Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation recently hosted its first Buddy Walk. The walk, which took place on the Healthy Way Fitness Trail, was held on September 6th with over 150 individuals and 50 dogs supporting the event. Leading the way was cancer survivor Mary Dunaway of Shelbina and her dog, Buddy. Participants enjoyed a walk around the Healthy Way Fitness Trail, the opportunity to have a professional photograph taken with their buddies, and a water station staffed by the James E. Cary Cancer Center team. All funds raised from the event supported the James E. Cary Cancer Center.
Hannibal Regional Medical Group and the Hannibal Clinic participated in the MU School of Medicine Summer Intern Program. Four medical students from the area completed their internships in the the Hannibal medical community. The students were Misty Todd from LaGrange, who worked with Arvin Abueg, MD at HRMG Canton Family Practice; Nick Arnold from New London who worked with Patricia Hirner, MD at the Hannibal Clinic; Alan Keller from Palmyra who worked with Gina Pontius, MD at the Hannibal Clinic – Palmyra; and Venkata Gupta, who worked with Dr. Pitney and Dr. Onik from the HRMG Pike Medical Clinic.
Jordan Hawker, daughter of HRHS team member Melissa Hawker, is a Physical Therapy student at Southwest Baptist University. Jordan recently participated in two physical therapy mission trips, visiting Lima, Peru and Carrefour, Haiti where she helped treat many patients and pass along donations from community members.
While in Peru, Jordan saw a number of pediatric patients and handed out bubbles that were donated by Shelley Bergman with HRH Pediatric Therapy. Jane Cline, wife of HRMG physician Dr.Edward Cline, also made the trip to Peru where she donated gait trainers, standers and a wheelchair that she had been able to obtain. Jordan and Jane fitted several patients for wheelchairs and orthotics during the trip and watched how the kids enjoyed the bubbles!
The annual Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation Cornerstone Society Banquet was held on September 4th to recognize and thank Cornerstone Society members for their invaluable support, as well as demonstrate the difference their donations make in the lives of community members. Dr. Wendy Harrington, CEO and President of Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation, Mr. Todd Ahrens, CEO and President of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, and Mr. Don Warren, Chair of Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, offered their appreciation to all donors and thanked them for continuing their investment in saving lives and having a positive impact in our community.
Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is proud to announce the launch of the brand new FollowMyHealth Patient Portal. The FollowMyHealth Patient Portal offers enhanced features over the previous portal and gives providers and patients 24/7 access to their health records and better continuity of care. Having information archived electronically also allows both patients and providers to review archived information that may still be clinically relevant. The use of patient portals has…
Did you know FREE exercise classes are offered for HRHS Team Members? Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Trista Long leads different exercise classes to help team members in their journey to better health. All classes are held in the Shinn Lane Large Training Room. All classes can be modified to fit any level of fitness and are held in a fun and supportive atmosphere where every participant is set up for success. The journey to better health is easier if not taken alone and in these classes the focus is on being healthy and strong, not skinny.
Hannibal Regional Healthcare System team members now have the opportunity to be recognized on the spot for living out our RISE Values and offering excellent customer service! The Golden Star recognition program is in addition to the quarterly RISEing Star winners. Golden stars are given to various spotters each week. The spotters could be other team members, patients, visitors, vendors, or physicians, and they are on the lookout for team…
Lung Cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths. At least 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to be a result of smoking. The longer you smoke and the more packs a day you smoke, the greater risk.
67% of lung cancers diagnosed at Hannibal Regional Hospital were either stage III or IV which is directly affects patient outcomes and survival. Overall Stage I and II lung cancers are found at a slightly lower rate than nationally.
Each year the Auxiliary celebrates the amazing volunteers that contribute over 27,000 hours of service by hosting a fun evening for them. This year as part of that event the Auxiliary collected food items for the local Buddy Pack program from the volunteers and team members at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Loretta Bringer, Chairperson for the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary Recruitment and Retention committee said “ Children are a community’s biggest asset and anything we can do to support them is a worthy cause.”
Pictured is Tom Dugger, Executive Director of F.A.C.T, Nancy Cruse, HRH Auxiliary President, Delores Bergman, HRH Auxiliary Member, Loretta Bringer, HRH Auxiliary Recruitment and Retention Committee Chairperson, Alicia Rollins, Director – Volunteer Services, and Dr. Wendy Harrington, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation.
Local businesses are teaming up to offer a Charity Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting the James E. Cary Cancer Center. U.S. Bank and Continental Cement are hosting the Shoot. Tom Boland Ford is the Official Sponsor. The event will be held at Ka-Tonka Gaming Preserve, 27290 Cumberland Trail, New London, Missouri on October 4, 2014. Teams of four will participate in a 100 shot, 10 station event with fun, side shooting games as well. All event proceeds will support the purchase of new equipment, improving the care of local cancer patients of the James E. Cary Cancer Center and the new equipment to improve the care of local cancer patients being purchased which will greatly benefit our local cancer patients. For more information about team registration and how you can participate, contact Mary Matychowiak at U.S. Bank, 573-248-8106 or contact the Foundation office at 573-629-3577.
All possible precautions must be taken to prevent a HIPAA breach of confidentiality in healthcare organizations, including faxed documents. Most healthcare organizations have an urgent and important need for using Fax machines for business purposes. HIPAA breaches involving Faxes are a top area of concern in healthcare. Recommendations for secure faxing: ALWAYS double check the fax number of the location you are faxing documents to. Use HRHS approved…
Congratulations to Dr. Vern Loeffler for recent completion of his PhD in Organization and Management. Dr. Loeffler’s dissertation titled “User Perceptions of Computerized Physician Order Entry and Decision Support Systems on Adverse Drug Events” was accepted by his doctoral committee at Cappella University. He attended the graduation ceremony in Minneapolis, MN on August 16, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. In earning this degree, Dr. Loeffler adds to his impressive educational repertoire that includes Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. When asked what his plans are now that he holds a second doctorate, Dr. Loeffler humorously says he would equally enjoy teaching or becoming a barista!