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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.


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.

Missouri Baptist Hospital Foundation selling Raffle Tickets

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital recently purchased two hogs and a steer at the local community fairs from 4-H Youth.  The processed meat from these animals is being offered in Raffles to raise money for the Hospital Foundation.

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.


Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Outpatient Registration is relocating

If you have been to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital since the first of this year, you are aware that we had combined our outpatient and emergency room registration into one central location in the front of the Emergency Department entrance.  This change in the registration process was to help with a smooth transition of our new computer registration system that arrived on Feb 14, 2014.  During this change our patients and visitors brought their concerns and suggestions forward.

Bike Safety Classes presented at Sullivan Elementary School

Do you ever worry about your child’s safety while he or she is riding a bike?  If your child was lucky enough to participate in one of the 4th and 5th grade bicycle safety classes held May 13th at Sullivan Elementary School, then you can be sure that your child is at least informed about the basic safety techniques taught by JT Hardy, Sullivan City Administrator, Patti Carey, PTA and Melissa West, OTR/L from Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.  Hopefully the old adage, “It’s like riding a bike,” will prove true for these  students, and the proper techniques for fitting helmets, using hand signals, and watching for roadway hazards will become second nature.  One child from each class was randomly selected to win a helmet provided by the Healthy Sullivan Coalition.

Is your family aware of your healthcare wishes?

Every year, unexpected serious illnesses and accidents happen. It is important for your family and loved ones to know what your healthcare decisions are.  This can be done by filling out and signing a set of Advanced Directives.  These legal documents speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Breathe Easier - Preventing Your Child’s Allergy Attacks

Allergies are the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old.  Allergies have a genetic component so if one parent has allergies of any type, chances are one in three that each child will have an allergy.  While you cannot prevent allergies in children, these tips can often make children happier and healthier. 

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital presents 2nd Health Lecture on Wound Care

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s second Health Lecture presentation covered the topic of Wound Care.  Dr. Thomas Jackson, Internal Medicine Physician and Jerry West, Wound Care Program Director were the main presenters at the lunch time seminar.


Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Nurse Honored as Outstanding ECC Alumna

 Amy Wildhaber, MBSH Emergency Department  Nurse Manager was honored at East Central College’s 44th annual Spring Commencement.  Wildhaber was named the recipient of the East Central College Outstanding Alumni Award on May 17.  This award was established in 2002 and is presented annually to recognize an ECC graduate who has used his or her education and been of service to the community.


Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s 2nd Annual Iron Chef Competition

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital recently held the 2nd Annual Iron Chef Competition.  The hospital cafeteria was busy on Thursday, May 1 when two employees competed for the gold Iron Chef trophy.  Competing this year was Tony Schwarm, Hospital President vs. Travis Little, Radiology Manager.


National Nurses Week at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

National Nurses Week was recognized at MBSH during the week of May 6-12, 2014.  Whether providing inpatient or outpatient care, or caring for patients outside of the hospital, nurses bring a unique set of skills to the job.  They are caregivers, educators, mentors, students and colleagues.  During National Nurses Week, nurses across BJC HealthCare shared why they chose their profession, the changes they’ve witnessed and the rewards they’ve found.  The common theme is that nursing is more than a profession – it’s a passion.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Mammography Department Receives Show Me Healthy Women Grant

The MBSH Mammography department recently received grant funding from the “Show Me Healthy Women” (SMHW) program.  This grant allows women without insurance or those with insurance that doesn’t cover breast screening services, to get breast screening services if they meet the criteria for the program.


Healthcare Week recognized at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

In celebration of National Healthcare Week, the employees of MBSH were treated to a variety of fun activities and treats throughout the week of May 5, including special meals, recognitions and gifts.