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Weight Management Solutions Helps Area Resident Lose Over 150 Pounds

Mike Rohn of Pittsfield, IL is no stranger to pain. For years he suffered from severe back and knee pain, leading to back surgery in 2019 and then later that year Mike had a total knee replacement. Being a long haul truck driver for more than 27 years meant Mike usually had most of his meals on the go, which were not typically very healthy. This led to a gradual increase in weight gain over the years, and at the time of his knee surgery in 2019 Mike weighed over 360 pounds, had severe sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

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Hannibal Regional Uses Innovative Approach to Treat Blood Clots

Blood clots are extremely dangerous and if not addressed can lead to serious health issues. Unfortunately, they are becoming more and more prevalent. A blood clot can form in any blood vessel in the body. It can end up in the lungs, heart, brain, or other areas if it breaks away and travels through the blood. These migrations can lead to serious complications because the clot disrupts the flow of blood to important organs which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. During the pandemic there has been an increase in the number of blood clots which is worrisome for Dr. Blake Kramer, Interventional Radiologist at Hannibal Regional.

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Home Health Key to Local Resident’s COVID Recovery

Laddonia resident Bob Mette is back on his feet and enjoying time with his family after recovering from COVID-19, a recovery process he says would not have been possible without Hannibal Regional Home Health. Bob recalls when he first began feeling sick: “it started with mild aches one evening and rapidly got worse. Within a day or two I developed a fever, chills, and fatigue.” On November 9, 2020 he had a telehealth appointment with his medical provider who quickly ordered a COVID-19 test. A few days later, Bob received a call that he was positive for COVID-19.

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The Importance of Strong Pelvic Muscles

Your pelvic floor is not something you usually think about, until you run into issues with the muscles and organs that reside there. Roughly one in three women will experience pelvic floor difficulties in her lifetime. Some things that contribute to weak pelvic floor muscles include pregnancy, childbirth, pelvic surgery or injury, menopause and natural aging. Being overweight or having a chronic cough can also add to the problem.

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Missouri Pediatricians Speak out to Curb in Child COVID-19 Cases

Today, Missouri pediatricians teamed up with Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) to launch a campaign that aims to protect kids from COVID-19 by increasing adult vaccinations throughout the state. The physicians are sounding the alarm as pediatric COVID cases continue to surge throughout Missouri and much of the country. According to the CDC, unvaccinated adults and teens put children who are ineligible to receive the vaccine (those 12 and under) at a greater risk of contracting the virus.

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Hannibal Woman Finds Trusted OB/GYN Care at Hannibal Regional

In 2016 Amy Lakenburger began looking for OB/GYN care because she and her husband wanted to expand their family. It was important to Amy to find someone she could trust with her healthcare, particularly when the time came to add to her family. “I knew all of the providers at Hannibal Regional Medical Group would provide excellent care, so I began talking with friends who recently had children and asked about their experience,” shares Amy. Having already had two children - one experience was great and the other was not so much - it was important to find someone Amy was comfortable with and that she could trust. “I was looking for a provider that I would be comfortable with to ask questions and also trusted to take the best care of me at one of the most vulnerable times a woman can experience. After conversations with friends, I decided to establish care with Dr. Viehmann, and I’ve been seeing her ever since.”

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Hannibal Regional Celebrates Breastfeeding Month

The month of August is recognized in Missouri as Breastfeeding Month and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility,” highlighting how breastfeeding significantly improves the health and wellbeing of infants, children and their mothers. Hannibal Regional is planning to celebrate local breastfeeding moms and babies at their support group meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays during the month of August.

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Pediatrician Emma Wright, DO

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Emma Wright, DO to their pediatrics team. Dr. Wright earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville and completed her residency at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO. Dr. Wright is looking forward to returning to her hometown to care for patients.

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Hannibal Regional Helps Local Resident Lose 49 Pounds

Thanks to Registered Dietitian Kristy Taylor and the Weight Management Program at Hannibal Regional, Russell McCoy has lost a lot of weight without having to go on a diet. Russell has struggled with his weight for as long as he can remember. Every few years he would make up his mind to lose weight and commit to trying a new diet plan. Whatever diet plan he chose to follow, he was always successful at losing weight. “In addition to the weight loss, dieting made me feel better mentally and physically. However, as soon as I would stop following the recommended diet plan, I would put all the weight right back on.”

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The Heart of Hannibal for 30 Years

Thursday, July 29 marks the day that Richard Valuck, MD, will have been practicing invasive cardiology in Hannibal, Missouri for 30 years. There were two things that led him and his wife Jenny back to the community in July of 1991. Dr. Valuck grew up in Kirksville and Jenny is a native of Hannibal, so they knew they wanted to be close to family and friends. Dr. Valuck was also excited about the opportunity to partner with Hannibal Regional Hospital and launch the first cardiology service line in the area. This new service line included a cardiac catheterization lab which would provide Hannibal and surrounding areas with the most advanced technology in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In the fall of 1991 Dr. Valuck became the first Invasive Cardiologist to perform a cardiac catheterization in Northeast Missouri.

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Pediatrician Levi Strube, DO

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Levi Strube, DO, FAAP to their team. Dr. Strube is a board certified pediatrician who earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Strube was most recently serving as a staff pediatrician at Evans Army Community Hospital in Colorado and is looking forward to caring for patients in his hometown.

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Interventional Cardiologist Santhosh Mannem, MD

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Santhosh Mannem, MD to their team. As an interventional cardiologist Dr. Mannem is trained to perform catheter-based treatments for heart disease, such as placing stents in clogged arteries. Dr. Mannem earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College and completed his interventional cardiology fellowship training at Baystate Medical Center.

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