Hannibal Clinic Offers Mammography on Saturdays

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

You take your kids to the doctor. You schedule your husband’s dental appointments.  But sometimes, caring for yourself just seems to take a back seat.

Your health care is so important.  When was your last mammogram?  If time is the issue, Hannibal Clinic  now offers screening mammograms that meet your schedule.  You can make an appointment to have your screening mammogram on one of two Saturdays per month.

Don’t put off this vital, life saving test.  It takes just a few minutes and you can do it between your trip to the dry cleaner and the grocery store!

Call 573-231-3290 or 573-231-3252 to make your appointment now.

 


Hannibal Clinic Physicians Lead Breakthrough Research

Thursday, June 25, 2015 -

Hannibal Clinic has participated in breakthrough research in Interstitial lung disease, a chronic progressive lung fibrosis that results in acute respiratory failure and death. The diagnosis is difficult because similar lung pathology shares similar radiological and histopathological features requiring open lung biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Principal Investigator Dr. Humam Farah and Chief of Surgery Dr. Michael Bukstein teamed with leading investigators from top institutions around the United States to develop genomic signature that predicts unusual intersitial pneumonia which promises the development of molecular testing that could be applied to bronchoscopy samples, thus avoiding surgery in the diagnosis of this complicated disease. The findings were published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine in June, 2015.

 

Dr. Farah is a Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine physician.  He sees patients in his office in the Specialties department at the Hannibal Clinic.  Dr. Farah is a Diplomate of the ABIM, holds Certification in Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Pulmonary Disease.  He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine-University of Jordan. He completed his internship at Dr. Jamil Al-Tutanji Hospital Jordan in 1995.  Dr. Farah completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Louis University Hospital in 1999.  Following his residency Dr. Farah completed a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical and Sleep Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago.

 

Michael Bukstein, MD, a general surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and then graduated from University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia.  He did his residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, and later was named Chief Resident in Surgery and Surgical Oncology at University of Missouri Medical Center and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.  He is a Diplomat of American Board of Surgery, and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons.

 

Dr. Bukstein continues to play an instrumental role in the growth of the Hannibal Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice that serves patients from all over Northeast Missouri and the surrounding area.

 

He currently is Hannibal Clinic’s President and CEO, and serves as President of the Board of the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center in Hannibal. Dr. Bukstein is President of the Northeast Missouri Anesthesia Services, and Medical Director of The Cancer Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

 

Dr. Bukstein is a Past President of the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and of the Missouri Surgical Society.  He is former President of the Levering Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Staffs, and was Medical Staff President and Chief of Surgery at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Dr. Bukstein is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri School of Medicine Medical Alumni Organization


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Hannibal Clinic’s Dr. Erik Meidl Returns from Mission Trip

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 -

Erik J. Meidl, M.D., Internist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently returned from a medical mission trip to San Cristobal and other small communities in Mexico.  Twenty-four missionaries from all across the country, including Dr. Meidl and another Hannibal resident, spent eight days treating patients.

 

Dr. Meidl and the other medical missionaries saw 919 primary care patients 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.

 

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. 


Designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -

Hannibal, Missouri— The Hannibal Clinic has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Hannibal Clinic is the only medical facility within a 50 mile radius to have this award. 

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound. 
 

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
 

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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 Offers Lower-Dose 3D Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

Hannibal Clinic has announced the availability of lower-dose 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis), the latest innovation in breast cancer screening which offers superior performance to 2D alone.  Hannibal Clinic will begin providing 3D mammography to the community in May and will be the first healthcare provider in the region to offer the new advanced 3D mammography technology.

The new 3D mammography creates a 2D image from the 3D dataset, removing the need for a separate 2D exposure. The elimination of the 2D exposure  results in patients spending less time under compression and a reduction in radiation, while providing the improved  clinical benefits of 3D mammography – increased diagnostic accuracy  and reduced recall rates.

“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.


In a 3D mammogram, multiple images acquired at different angles around the breast are reconstructed into a 3D image that reveals the inner architecture of the breast. Radiologists can view the breast in high resolution, 1mm slices, virtually eliminating detection challenges associated with overlapping tissues that can limit the effectiveness of conventional 2D mammography. Clinical studies published in the U.S. and Europe have shown that 3D mammography technology significantly improves the detection rate of invasive breast cancer,  while at the same time reducing unnecessary callbacks by as much as 40 percent.

Hannibal Clinic is scheduling patients on the new technology starting in May.


Hannibal Clinic Launches On Line Patient Portal

Friday, May 3, 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 1, 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.
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