A Testimonial of Exceptional Care

Sunday, October 14, 2018 -
A Testimonial of Exceptional Care

Gabe, a Hannibal Clinic patient, was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer six years ago. She didn’t let it dull her colorful spirit. To help spread awareness about breast cancer, she is sharing her story. 

Gabe’s Story

I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer six years ago, so I have spent a lot of time at the Hannibal Clinic and James E. Cary Cancer Center over the years. I consider the doctors, nurses and techs my friends. The thing that stands out to me the most about the care I received is the passion and professionalism of every doctor, nurse, technician, and receptionist I encountered.  In addition to being conveniently located near my home in Palmyra, the people at Hannibal Clinic are friendly and compassionate. The technicians who complete the mammograms are so caring and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable.

I’m still here to tell anyone that you don’t need to go to a big city to get excellent care!

If you would like to learn more about our Breast Cancer Surgeons, please call 573-231-3232.

Hannibal Clinic Patient Shares Her Breast Cancer Story

Saturday, October 13, 2018 -
Hannibal Clinic Patient Shares Her Breast Cancer Story
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moe, a Hannibal Clinic patient, is sharing her story. 

When Moe was diagnosed with breast cancer 10+ years ago, she didn’t let it slow her down. 

Moe’s Story 

I had my mammogram on a Friday morning, ultrasound that afternoon and the next Tuesday I was informed that I had breast cancer. The following week I was scheduled for a left breast mastectomy. I was able to have treatment right away, and I felt very confident and comfortable with the radiology staff and my surgeon, Dr. Hirner. They worked together to make my experience as comfortable as possible and gave me the knowledge I needed for my diagnosis and treatments. I am a former employee of the radiology department at Hannibal Clinic and I know how the department operates. The staff is professional and always prioritizes the best interest of the patient. They know how to make people feel comfortable during a mammogram, and especially during a breast cancer diagnosis. Hannibal Clinic also has the newest technology. This made my decision to receive care at Hannibal Clinic easy! I never once considered my breast cancer to be a death sentence. I took the diagnosis by the horns, did my treatment and continued life with my family. 

If you would like to learn more about our Breast Cancer Surgeons, please call 573-231-3232. 

Breast Care at Hannibal Clinic

Friday, October 12, 2018 -
Breast Care at Hannibal Clinic

Hannibal Clinic brings new technology and advanced training to area women


Women in need of a breast care have access to the latest technology and specially trained surgeons at Hannibal Clinic.

For breast biopsies, women have access to the Brevera® breast biopsy system with CorLumina® imaging technology and a prone stereotactic breast biopsy table. This system allows for a shorter procedure with less time under compression, and real time core imaging.

“By using this advanced technology, patients can be sedated for their biopsy, which allows them to experience less anxiety and be more comfortable,” said Aphrodite Henderson, MD, general surgeon, Hannibal Clinic. “Because of the 3D technology, we are able to visualize and access very small, subtle lesions. The images are very crisp and clear which makes it very easy to find areas of concern,” she continued.

The prone table increases the physical comfort of women, in relation to their positioning, during the procedure.

 “The prone table is the only one in the region, and only the second in the entire state of Missouri.” 

Dr. Henderson concluded.

In addition, Dr. Henderson, and fellow Hannibal Clinic surgeons, Patricia Hirner, MD, and Dr. Melissa Matrisch, MD, are trained in Hidden Scar™ breast cancer surgery. This progressive approach to breast cancer surgery hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. This cutting edge advancement expands options for women in the Hannibal region with a procedure that effectively treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.

Hannibal Clinic remains is only imaging facility within a 90-mile radius to hold the American College of Radiology (ARC) distinction of ‘Breast Imaging Center of Excellence’. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

Meidl Named Diplomat

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 -
Meidl Named Diplomat
Dr. Erik J. Meidl, internal medicine and obesity medicine specialist at the Hannibal Clinic has been named to the American Board of Obesity Medicine Test Item Writing Committee.
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Hannibal Clinic Installs the Latest Technology

Sunday, April 8, 2018 -
Hannibal Clinic Installs the Latest Technology

Hannibal Clinic continues to advance women’s health services by securing the latest technology in breast biopsy. 

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Hannibal Clinic Earns ACR Accreditation

Thursday, March 1, 2018 -
 Hannibal Clinic Earns ACR Accreditation

Hannibal Clinic has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology(ACR).

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Hannibal Clinic and Blessing Health System Merge

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 -

After months of a successful affiliation, Hannibal Clinic and Blessing Health System have officially merged. 

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State of the Art Surgery: Hannibal Clinic Holds da Vinci Open House

Friday, August 4, 2017 -

Hannibal Clinic is holding an open house Friday,  August 4th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Hannibal Clinic. This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available, as well as door prize drawings including a $50 Hannibal Chamber of Commerce gift card.  Dr. Melissa Matrisch, Hannibal Clinic general surgeon specially trained to use the da Vinci system, will be present to talk about the surgical system, and answer questions. Attendees will have the chance to operate the robot, simulating surgery using a mannequin!


The da Vinci surgical system, or robotic surgery has been in place for almost 20 years, and has created increasingly advanced technology since its inception.  Compared to traditional techniques, the very small incisions created by robotic surgery drastically reduce patients' time in the hospital and their risk of infections. The use of high-definition 3D cameras allows surgeons close-up views of areas they aren't able to see during open surgery. Fully articulating robotic arms mimic the movement of hands, allowing surgeons to have greater dexterity and control than is possible with conventional laparoscopic instruments. Robotic surgeries provide patients with smaller incisions, faster recovery, and overall better surgical outcomes.


Hannibal Clinic features a full service lab, radiology department and offers extended hours through the Ambulatory Care Center. Presently, Hannibal Clinic has locations in Hannibal, Palmyra, Monroe City, Center, and Bowling Green with 50 providers on staff in more than 20 different medical specialties. In providing medical care to the region, Hannibal Clinic also employs over 300 people.


Please join us this Friday, August 4th from 3:00pm to 7:00p

Hannibal Clinic Earns ACR Accreditation for MRI

Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
Hannibal Clinic Radiology once again receives the American College of Radiology Accreditation for MRI! This prestigious accreditation is only given to those with the best technology and highest trained staff.

Best Imaging Center

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -
Our Imaging Center was named the best in the area in the annual Hannibal Courier Post Reader's Choice Awards! Did you know you can schedule imaging services at any location of your choice?Congrats to all the Imaging Center staff- great job providing excellent care!

Best Dermatologist

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -
Dr. Susan Meidl was named best Dermatologist in the Hannibal Courier Post Readers' Choice Awards! Congratulations, Dr. Meidl! If you want to see the best in town, make an appointment with Dr. Meidl by calling 573-231-3169

Hannibal Clinic Physician Honored

Thursday, January 28, 2016 -
Hannibal Clinic Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Bassem Mikhail was honored with the Healthgrades 2016 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™.  As an Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Mikhail treats patients with coronary heart disease.  During surgery, Dr. Mikhail places one or more stents in the narrowed or weakened arteries. This procedure helps open arteries and treat heart attacks.

Hannibal Clinic Welcomes New General Surgeon

Thursday, October 29, 2015 -

Dr. Melissa Matrisch will be joining Hannibal Clinic in our General Surgery Department.  She will begin seeing patients on
November 3 and will be in the office every day except Wednesday.

Dr. Matrisch completed medical school at Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and her residency at East Tennessee State  University. She is married and has a baby daughter.

Dr. Matrisch’s office can be reached at 573-231-3269.

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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Monday, January 13, 2014 -
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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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