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Expanded Mammography hours at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

The Mammography department at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is expanding their service hours to better meet the needs of their customers.  Many of the women in the community have busy work or personal schedules during the week and have trouble getting in for their yearly mammogram.  In order to meet some of these needs, MBSH mammography department will schedule screening mammograms until 6:00 PM every Friday and will also trial a few Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  In the past there have been many requests for Saturday appointment times.  Hopefully women in the community will be able to take advantage of the added scheduling opportunities.  The first Saturday that mammography appointments can be arranged is May 17th, with plans to offer one Saturday per month. 

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Recognizes Volunteer - Sandy Pfeiffer

Sandy Pfeiffer humbly downplays the many hours she donates to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital. Instead, she focuses on what she gets back. “I find this one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” she says.

Pfeiffer, a lifelong Sullivan resident, has volunteered in the oncology department at MBSH for the past 10 years.

“Working with people who are battling cancer puts my own life in perspective,” Pfeiffer says. “When I see what other people are going through, I realize that I have nothing to complain about. It’s a reality check.”

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapy abbreviated OT, is an applied science and healthcare profession that provides treatment to help individuals achieve and maintain independence in all facets of their lives.  An occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant, is part of a vitally important profession that helps people across their lifespan to participate in the things that they want and need to through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  They help you achieve success in everyday live.


Depression Can Break Your Heart

Research over the past two decades has shown that depression and heart disease are common companions and what is worse, each can lead to the other. It appears now that depression is an important risk factor for heart disease along with high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. In a study conducted in Baltimore, it was found that of 1,551 people who were free of heart disease those who were depressed were four times more likely to have a heart attack in the next 14 years than those who were not. Researchers in Montreal found that heart patients who were depressed were four times as likely to die in the next six months as those who were not depressed.


Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Ambulance Service

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Ambulance is a non-profit tax free ambulance service that has been serving the City of Sullivan and its surrounding communities since 1974.  We run over 3,200 Emergency and Transfer Calls per year operating two ambulances that are staffed 24 hours a day and 365 days per year with two additional ambulances that are staffed during peak days.


Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Radiology Department Earns Recycling Award

The radiology department at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital has received an award for recycling and sustainability in 2013.  226 pounds of imaging film and 235 pounds of paper was recycled through purging old records.  Imaging film contains chemicals and materials including small amounts of silver that can be recovered during the recycling process.  The award was presented by AMS Store and Shred Company from Lake in the Hills, IL.  AMS works with several BJC radiology departments to safely and securely shred and recycle radiology records, which no longer need to be stored per health record guidelines. “I am proud that we are able to provide excellent service to our patients for their health care needs, and at the same time, are committed to taking steps to insure that our footprint on the environment is as small as possible,” stated Travis Little, radiology manager.

On a busy night, co-worker’s save is just part of the job

At Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, when you take care of very sick patients, you get used to doing what needs to be done - like saving a co-worker’s life. And you don’t miss a beat.

Same Day Sick Appointments at Missouri Baptist Medical Clinics

Have you become very sick during the week and had difficulty getting an appointment to see a doctor?  We have the solution to your problem.   Missouri Baptist Medical Clinics offer same day sick appointments for patients.  Robyn Hedges, Family Nurse Practitioner, at the Sullivan Medical Clinic specializes in that category of patients.  By calling for an appointment to see Robyn, during the week, you can avoid an expensive Emergency Room or Urgent Care copay verses an office visit copay. 

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Recognized at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital promoted its awareness with an educational exhibit by the hospital cafeteria on March 19.  Dr. Dixon Scott, Gastroenterologist and Medical Clinic Staff manned the display to answer questions for those stopping by.

MBSH gets football player back in the game

Football is Joey Ridgon’s life passion.  The 17-year-old Sullivan High School senior played varsity football all four years of his high school, starting for the last three years as a running back. After the 2013 season, Joey received two awards: first team all-region and second team all-conference. It was a feat that seemed nearly impossible following a major knee injury that he sustained during the 2012 season.


Quilt Raffle Winner Drawn

The Hospital Fund Raising Committee with the help of the Auxiliary and Karen Rohrer, sold hundreds of raffle tickets for a beautiful State Flower Quilt.  The quilt was skillfully made by Mary Ruble of Sullivan several years ago.  She was well known in the area for her many beautiful handmade quilts.   Following her death, her family donated it to the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital for fundraising.  With the quilt being a patriotic State Flower Quilt, the date set for the drawing to take place was February 17, President’s Day. The lucky winner of the drawing was Dema Schatz of Bourbon, MO.  

Missouri Baptist Foundation Cruise Fund-raiser a Tremendous Success

With the overwhelming support of local community individuals and businesses, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s Foundation Cruise Dinner was a tremendous success again this year!  Over 200 strikingly dressed guests arrived at the Sullivan Eagles Hall to embark on the Cruise for the evening.  Upon arrival, each passenger was checked in and shown to their Captain’s or First Class table.  The theme chosen for this year’s event was “The Love Boat” so the Hall was attractively decorated to resemble a formal Cruise banquet with the ship’s captain.  Each table was exquisitely set for the meal with beautiful rose floral arrangements fashioned by Watson’s Florist.   Soothing music played in the background as the crew and guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while socializing with the other travelers on the evening’s journey.  Appetizers and hall rental were made possible with the help of a generous donation from the Bank of Sullivan.   Additional tables along the walls displayed many interesting silent auction items that the voyagers could place bids on.  There were also a wide variety of tempting desserts to place claims on for the live auction later in the evening.  For a Bon Voyage memory of the evening, guests were invited to have their photos taken holding a “Welcome Aboard” life preserver by Jenna Lochner, Megan Andreasson and Jacob Andreasson.

New Registration Process begins at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital on February 15

On February 15th, Missouri Baptist Sullivan will launch a new software system for registration and scheduling patients. You may be asked to verify and possibly repeat some of your information, such as address, date of birth, insurance company, and more, because the new system may not have all of your information populated.

Do You Need Health Insurance?

You are probably hearing a lot about new health insurance laws.  As of January 2014, most Americans are now required to have health insurance.  Depending on your income and family size, you may even be able to get reduced health insurance costs.  The good news is you have more health insurance options than ever before.  New health insurance plans must cover basic health needs like doctor visits, prescription medications, and hospital stays.  BJC hospitals, including Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, are part of the new Marketplace in the Coventry PPO.  Keep this in mind if you want to keep seeing your current doctors at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and other BJC hospitals.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Announces New Board Chairman

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has elected Mike Hoffman as its new chairman. A Board member since 2007, Hoffman succeeds Melvin King, who retired last month after serving as a Board member for more than 12 years.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Nurse serves at HALO Vice President

“I cried my first visit to the pound,” says Amy Gallo, MBSH Critical Care Nurse.  The Sullivan, MO animal pound was full of stray and abandoned pets.  “I have a huge place in my heart for homeless animals.  I was determined to help them find forever homes, so about six years ago, I joined HALO,”  (Home At Last Organization)


An integral part of Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is the Skilled Nursing (SWING) bed program -- a family- and patient-focused program that strives to restore patients to their maximum level of functioning following a hospital stay.  The swing bed program fills a void for patients being discharged from the hospital after an acute illness or injury who still need medical care.  It may be physical rehabilitation, IV antibiotics or extensive wound care; in some cases patients who go home and are followed by home health, and are not progressing as planned, may qualify to be re-admitted as a swing bed patient within 30 days of that discharge. 

First 2014 Health Talk Lecture at MBSH: “Silent Killers”

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s first “Let’s Talk Health Over Lunch” for the year took place on Tuesday, February 11.  With February being American Heart Month, the most appropriate topic to discuss was “Silent Killers” presented by Dr. Musa Modad, Internal Medicine physician and Mike Whitaker, Cardiac Rehab Manager.

MBSH Foundation provides another Elliptical for the Rehab Center

The Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Foundation purchased another Precor Elliptical exercising machine for the Sullivan Sports, Fitness and Rehab Center.  This Elliptical offers 15 different types of workouts for the individuals using it.  Another nice feature is a built-in television for patients to watch during their strenuous workout sessions, making the time seem to pass by quickly. 

MBSH Cardiac Rehab promotes “Go Red for Women”

Every year, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Cardiac Rehab Department promotes heart health during the month of February with various campaigns and educational displays.  On February 7, which was the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” day, promoting an educational movement about women and cardiovascular disease, the rehab staff offered blood pressure screenings and had an educational table set up near the cafeteria.  Employees and visitors of the hospital were given information about heart health and shown the effects of food choices on the heart and circulatory system.  During the noon promotion, 61 individuals were given blood pressure tests.