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Why I became a Therapist

Most people know what they want to do early in their life.  But for some of us it takes a little bit longer.  Several years ago, I knew I wanted to go back to school and start a new career, but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.  Sometimes fate has to give you a little nudge and point you in the right direction.  In my case, fate nudged me down a pile of rocks.  That’s right, my journey started by falling.  I was picking up large stones for a home project when I suddenly lost my balance and fell.  The fall fractured my wrist in several places and required surgery, followed by several weeks of occupational therapy to regain the use of my hand and wrist.  

BJC Medical Group Family Nurse Practitioners

The BJC Medical Group has an impressive team of Family Nurse Practitioners providing healthcare at its local medical offices.  Family Nurse Practioners (FNP) are registered nurses who, through advanced education and training, provide high-quality, acute and specialty healthcare services similar to those of a physician. 

Denise Sutton receives Caring Spirit Award

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital names Denise Sutton, the Caring Spirit Award recipient for July 2014. Sutton has been employed with Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital since December 2011 as a patient service representative in the Sullivan medical office building.  She was chosen from many individuals who were nominated for this honor.

Missouri Baptist Specialty Clinic Welcomes Rheumatologist

We are very pleased to announce that Rheumatologist, Saulat Mushtaq, M.D. from the St. Louis Medical Clinic will be joining our Specialty Clinic in Sullivan.  Dr. Mushtaq will begin seeing patients on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Pre-Teens and Teens Still need vaccines

As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off. Plus, older kids can also develop risks for other diseases. Health check-ups and sports or camp physicals can be a good opportunity for your preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccines. Vaccines can help our kids stay healthy, and most states require certain vaccinations before school starts again in the fall. The vaccines for preteens are very safe.

Peoples Bank donates to C.A. M.P. for a Cause

Stacy Counts, representing Peoples Bank, presented Lisa Lochner, MBSH Assistant Administrator, with a check for $250.00 benefitting this year’s CAMP for a Cause Duck Derby.  C.A.M.P.  stands for “Community Assisting Medical Patients” and as the name suggests, helps those in need pay for pharmacy prescriptions, durable medical equipment or hospital services.  “We are very pleased with the support that businesses and individuals provide for the less fortunate in our area,” remarked Lisa Lochner.  “Generous contributions like these make a big difference in the well-being of others in our community.” 

New Physicians Joining Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

We are pleased to announce that we have three new physicians joining the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital provider group.  Each one was very much needed to fill in for recently vacated positions in Family Practice and Hospitalist services.

Winners named in the 2014 C.A.M.P. for a Cause Duck Derby

The Duck Derby benefitting C.A.M.P. for a Cause was a tremendous success once again this year.  The Duck Derby is a culmination of fund-raising activities planned throughout the year to raise money for C.A.M.P. for a Cause.  CAMP stands for Community Assisting Medical Patients with the money raised used to help patients with prescriptions, durable medical equipment or hospital services. 

More Than You Bargained For

Summertime garage sale-ing can be fun and rewarding.  I’ve enjoyed the thrill of finding great bargains at yard sales for over 10 years.   I love getting out in the fresh air, socializing with friends, family, and other sale-goers, learning the history of various items, and, of course, the anticipation and excitement of finding that one great bargain of the day.  It gives me a sense of well-being knowing that I am reusing/repurposing items instead of contributing to a landfill, finding good, gently-used items for charities, or discovering the perfect gift for a friend.   Where I used to have Friday night “Girls’ Night Out”, now I love Saturday morning “BFF Garage Sale-ing!”  It’s a great way to get some exercise and reduce stress. 

Surgical Services at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

The Surgical Services Department at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital offers a variety of surgery options in a modern, state-of-the-art surgical suite.  Our staff consists of caring and compassionate surgeons, anesthesia, registered nurses, and other medical professionals trained to provide excellent surgical care. 

Diabetes: What you need to know

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in prolonged levels of elevated blood sugar in your system.  In 2012, the American Diabetes Association estimated that 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes.  Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at Missouri Baptist Sullivan

Beginning in the spring of 2014, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services expanded coverage for cardiac rehabilitation services for beneficiaries with chronic heart failure (CHF).   CHF is now be added to other existing diagnosis which include: Post MI, Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG), Current stable angina, Heart valve repair or replacement, Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary stenting and heart or heart lung transplant.  CHF is one of the top reasons for hospitalizations and readmissions in the Medicare population.  Cardiac Rehabilitation along with other services below are offered in the Cardiology department at Missouri Baptist Sullivan.

New Faces in the Care Coordination Department at MBSH

There are three new faces in the Care Coordination Department at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.  This is in response to the recent retirement of Karen Rohrer and Barbara Marcus, who collectively had 41 years of experience in care coordination at MBSH.  Erin Smith, RN is one of two new case managers hired.  Erin has worked at MBSH for the past seven years, most recently as a nurse in the intensive care department.  Laura Tuschhoff, RN has also taken on the role of case manager.  Laura has worked at MBSH and BJC Corporate for the past 14 years, most recently as the clinical information systems coordinator.  Samantha Alu, RN has worked as Clinical Quality Specialist at MBSH for over 4 years, and is additionally taking on the role of Clinical Documentation Specialist.

IMPORTANCE OF CORE STABILITY IN PREVENTING INJURY

The term “core” is used to describe a group of muscles that provide stability and mobility.  There is a common misconception that the core is just a person’s abdominals.  The trunk, abdominal, lumbar, pelvic, and hip musculature all encompass the core.

New Managers at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Stephanie Shelton is now the Service Coordinator of the New Vision – Medical Stabilization program at Missouri Baptist Sullivan.  She is responsible for the day to day operations of the program designed to assist adults meeting criteria to come off opiates, alcohol or possibly other substances.  It may involve a 3 to 5 day inpatient stay, and include discharge planning and recommendations for further necessary treatments.

Letter from Tony Schwarm, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital President

As the president of Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, I wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” to our local community, as well as the patients and families who continually support us. You’ve invested in our hospital as much as we’ve invested in you.


MBSH Medical Staff Scholarships presented

The 2014 Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Medical Staff Scholarships were recently presented to two local graduates who are planning to pursue professional medical careers.  This is the third year that MBSH medical staff has offered their support to local high school graduates from the hospital service area.  For each of the first two years, one $1,000.00 scholarship was given.  This year, two $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded. The students chosen this year were both 2014 Sullivan High School graduates.  Hannah Dautenhahn and Callee Tyree were selected from the candidates. 

 

BJC Promotes Staying Tobacco Free

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day – May 31, BJC invited all its employees to increase their awareness of the risk of tobacco use by:

                ·         Taking an online quiz about the effects of using tobacco products

·         Pledging to encourage a co-worker or family member who uses tobacco products to abstain from their use on May 31

Inpatient Therapy/Swing Bed Services provided at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s Swing Bed program may be just what you are looking for. If you have an illness or have had a procedure that causes you to need extended rehab close to home, our Swing Bed program may be just for you.

Walking Track at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital has provided our community a convenient place to walk for over 15 years. With help from the City of Sullivan, the hospital track, located on the west side of the hospital campus, was created to provide an easily accessible walking area off the roadways for our patients, families and community members. Over the years, upgrades have taken place to improve the safety and function of this popular community icon.

 

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