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New 3D Mammography at Hannibal Clinic offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier - Thursday, April 09, 2015

Hannibal Clinic is excited to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 


“We believe 3-D mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Dr. Patricia Hirner, General Surgeon at the Hannibal Clinic.


Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.   Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% reduction in recall rates.


3-D mammography is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.


By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, Hannibal Clinic expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.


Hannibal Clinic will begin offering 3-D mammography in May, 2015.

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Dr. Susan Meidl Recertified - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Susan Meidl, M.D., Dermatologist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently earned her recertification from the American Board of Dermatology.


Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a program of educational and professional development designed to assess the competence of physicians on an ongoing basis. The MOC program is based on the 6 general competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the ABMS: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. For MOC these 6 competencies are placed into 4 components


Physicians complete the certification process to provide assurance to the public that they have successfully completed an approved education program.  Certification also means going through an extensive evaluation process which includes an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills and experience required to provide quality patient care in his or her specialty.


Dr. Meidl is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She joined the Hannibal Clinic in 1996 and resides in Hannibal with her husband, Dr. Erik Meidl, and their four children. 

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 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.