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Dr. Meidl Receives Continuing Education - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Erik J. Meidl, M.D., Internist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently attended the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society 92nd Annual Fall Clinic Conference.

 

Some of the break-out sessions and discussions Dr. Meidl attended included: Heart Failure Readmissions: Strategies to Reduce; Preoperative Evaluation; Chronic Cough; Update on Food Allergies and New Treatment Options for COPD.

 

According to their website, the Kansas City Southwest Clinic Society encourages scientific investigation and the application of medical research to medical practice by promoting and participating in the development of continuing medical education conferences for physicians engaged in the practice of medicine. The Society fosters the advancement of evidence based medicine and its incorporation into the daily practice of patient care by encouraging physicians to share knowledge and experience through continuing medical education activities both directly and jointly sponsored.

 

Dr. Meidl is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined the Hannibal Clinic in 1996 after completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an internship and second year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Meidl’s office is located at The Hannibal Clinic, 100 Medical Drive in Hannibal. He resides in Hannibal with his wife, Dr. Susan Meidl, and their four children. 

 
Dr. McCoy Now Taking Primary Care Patients - Friday, August 01, 2014

Leslie McCoy, D.O., Family Practice Physician will begin taking primary care patients at the Hannibal Clinic’s main facility in Hannibal.  Patients can call 573-248-3627 to make an appointment. 

Dr. McCoy is Board Certified in Family Practice and has been treating patients at the Hannibal Clinic since 2001. 

 

 
Hannibal Clinic’s Dr. Erik Meidl Returns from Mission Trip - Friday, August 01, 2014

Erik J. Meidl, M.D., Internist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently returned from a medical mission trip to San Cristobal, Mexico.  Dr. Deborah Baumann from Hannibal Regional Medical Group, five local nurses, three of Dr. Meidl’s children, Dr. Baumann’s son Charlie, and four students from Hannibal also accompanied the physicians.

Dr. Meidl and Dr. Baumann saw over 770 primary care patients in five days on their trip with Helping Hands Medical Missions through the Catholic World Missions.  These patients have limited access to health care.

“I had been on a medical mission before and I wanted to go again,” said Dr. Meidl.  “I wanted to serve people and help those less fortunate.”

Some of the patients the physicians saw suffered from gastritis, osteoarthritis, heart problems, tuberculosis and a myriad of other ailments.  A pharmacy was also on hand, stocked with necessary medications.

Holy Family School, the Knights of Columbus and the Council of Catholic Women all contributed financially to the mission trip.

Dr. Meidl is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined the Hannibal Clinic in 1996 after completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an internship and second year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Meidl’s office is located at The Hannibal Clinic, 100 Medical Drive in Hannibal. He resides in Hannibal with his wife, Dr. Susan Meidl, and their four children.

 
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Hannibal Clinic Launches On Line Patient Portal - Friday, May 03, 2013

Your personal health Information is now at your fingertips with Hannibal Clinic’s new Patient Portal.

This free online patient portal is completely secure.  It is a convenient way for patients to access and review their personal health care information. The portal allows patients to interact with their doctor, document important health care information, and make more informed decisions about their health.

To use the Patient Portal, patients can log on to hannibalclinic.com and create an account.   Patients can then review their health information, view test and lab results, view their medications, communicate with a physician, and more.

“Hannibal Clinic is proud to offer the Patient Portal to our patients,” said Kurt Ebers, Administrator of Hannibal Clinic.  “The Portal allows our patients to communicate with their physician and get information in real time, giving them another tool toward good health.”

To connect to the Patient Portal, patients can log on to hannibalclinic.com  or provide their e-mail to a Hannibal Clinic receptionist during a regular visit to their physician. A PIN code will be provided, which allows for complete access to the patient’s health care information.

For more information, call the Hannibal Clinic at 221-5250.

 
Hannibal Clinic Earns ACR Accreditations - Friday, August 01, 2014

Hannibal Clinic has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.  

Hannibal Clinic has also been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.  

Finally, Hannibal Clinic has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.  

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.  

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

 
Hannibal Clinic Physician Attends the Department of Transportation Medical Examiner Certification - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dr. Lent Johnson, Family Practice Physician at Hannibal Clinic recently attended the Department of Transportation Medical Examiner Certification training provided by Nevada Academy of Family Physicians. The course conforms to FMCSA (Federal Motor carrier safety administration) training on regulations and guidelines for conducting CMV driver medical examinations. 

FMCSA's mission is: carrying out its safety mandate to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.  Healthcare professionals are required to be trained and certified and listed on a national registry to perform physical exams of truck and bus drivers.           

Dr. Johnson also sat for and passed the required testing to be successfully certified by the US Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

This represents the most recent and comprehensive changes to the DOT examination process.

 
Dr. Farah Shares Expertise - Friday, August 01, 2014

Courtesy – Alpha-1 Foundation

After seven years of honing his skills as an Alpha-1 pulmonary specialist in the Midwest, Humam Farah, MD, is bringing all he’s learned to the Middle East.

Farah, director of the Hannibal Clinic’s Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center (CRC) grew up in Jordan and began his medical studies there. Soon he’ll be in neighboring nation Israel, where he’s partnering with biopharmaceutical company Kamada to create an Alpha-1 testing program for the country.

After finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Jordan medical school in Amman, Farah came to the U.S., because it is “the best place in the world that provides medical education.”

Farah was a resident in internal medicine at St. Louis University Hospital until 1999 and did his fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In Chicago, he met longtime Alpha-1 specialist and University of Chicago CRC Director Kyle Hogarth, MD, whose devotion to the study and treatment of Alpha-1 had a profound impact on Farah.

Farah’s commitment to Alpha-1 deepened after seeing one of his patients receive a lung transplant.

Since 2013, Farah has focused on treating patients with Alpha-1-related lung disease at the Hannibal Clinic. The only adult lung CRC in Missouri, Farah says he joined the Clinic because “they were interested in supporting my Alpha-1 projects.”

Farah credits the Alpha-1 Foundation with making it possible for him to help his patients and develop the testing program in Israel — to “maximize education” not only in Missouri, but all over the world. He’s not sure how long the Israel project will last, but he plans to return to his Hannibal Clinic CRC and the Alphas he works with there.

“Being part of this wonderful organization, it is important that everyone reach out to them,” says Farah. “The Foundation is the place where today’s science will transfer to tomorrow’s cure.”

Learn more about Clinical Resource Centers at alpha-1foundation.org/need-help. The Alpha-1 Foundation also offers a travel stipend for those who need financial help getting to a doctor.

 
Hannibal Clinic a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite - Friday, August 01, 2014
Hannibal Clinic joined a growing number of Missouri businesses by becoming a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite.  Breastfeeding friendly employers proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants.  They provide time, space and other benefits to maintain breastfeeding after a mom returns to work.  Employers who provide these supports see a positive impact on their business’s bottom line.

Employers that provide lactation support services report higher employee retention, lower absenteeism, higher morale, greater productivity, reduced health care costs.  Many studies have also shown improved short- and long-term health of the breastfeeding mother and her child.

“Lactation support programs are a growing trend in businesses today as a means of improving family services to employees,” said Kurt Ebers, Administrator at Hannibal Clinic.

Over 70 percent of Missouri mothers choose breastfeeding as the optimal form of infant feeding.  Yet, many of these women do not meet their breastfeeding goals.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified returning to work as a major reason why many women stop breastfeeding. 

The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition.  The program aims to bring an increased awareness about the importance of worksite lactation support.  The program recognizes employers with policies supportive of their breastfeeding employees.  Such policies provide a flexible work schedule for milk expression breaks; offer a private space, other than a bathroom, where the employee can pump or breastfeed; and ensure easy access to a safe water source and place to store milk.

“We want our employees who are new mothers to know that we support their decision to continue breastfeeding,” said Ebers.  “We are extremely pleased to be designated as a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite.”

Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites represent a wide range of employment sectors, settings and worksite sizes.  To be designated as a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite, an employer must submit an application to the DHSS.   Application materials can be found at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/support.php.  A listing of recognized businesses is available on the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition’s website, http://www.mobreastfeeding.org/

For more information on the Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites Program, visit the program’s website, http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/support.php, or contact the State Breastfeeding Coordinator at 573-526-4792.