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Curators Hear MU Health Care Success, Translational Precision Med Plans

Sep 20, 2018

MU Health Care celebrated a solid year, and the Translational Precision Medicine Complex received support from the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday.

MU Health Care broke the $1 billion mark in net patient revenue for the first time in fiscal year 2018, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright said in his annual update during the board's meeting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. That's a $200 million annual increase. 

Extra weight may affect the heart's normal operation, but DR. ANAND CHOCKLINGAM, MU Health Care, says that shedding those unwanted pounds by simply dieting isn't the answer. August 28, 2018

After a surprise announcement, Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON talks about their latest show, "Ripcord," opening this Friday and running for two weekends! | Also, KARLA WASHINGTON invites anyone "caring for an aging loved one" to MU Health Care's 2nd annual Family Caregiver Conference on August 16th in Columbia. (3:58) August 8, 2018

MU Health Care to Discuss Opioid Program

Jul 26, 2018

MU Health Care representatives will get together with 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler on Monday afternoon to talk about the status of a medication-assisted opioid recovery program.

Leslie Porth, senior vice president of strategic quality initiatives for the Missouri Hospital Association, and emergency room physician Jonathan Heidt will meet with Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, and other stakeholders in the Opioid State Targeted Response program, according to a news release from the association.

Stay safe this Fourth of July! Even sparklers can reach temperatures of about 2k-3k degrees. MU Health Care's DR. JONATHAN HEIDT says about half of those injuries from sparklers involve children age 5 and under. Also, director MATT SALTZBERG says MU Theatre Department's production of "Dance on Bones" is more than just a play, it's an experience. Don't miss this "theatre jazz odyssey" during its short run starting tonight! (4:27) June 27, 2018

If you've got a "stable heart," MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM encourages you to try turning your ordinary exercise routine into combination of maximum intensity for four minutes, followed by moderate intensity for four minutes. And don't forget to smile. June 8, 2018

Support the League of Women Voters by attending a special showing of 'Bye Bye Birdie' at Columbia Entertainment Company this Wednesday! Plus, learn how to discuss politics without shouting at an upcoming workshop. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, PETER CALLAN tells us about his job as director of talent acquisition and development at MU Health Care, which has, once again, been named one of the top 150 health care organizations to work for in the U.S.! (4:53) June 4, 2018

Self-screening for various forms of skin cancer is as easy as A-B-C-D-E. DR. KARA BRAUDIS, MU Health Care, takes us through the process step-by-step. If you'd rather have a professional do it (for free!), stop by Ellis Fischel Cancer Center next Thursday afternoon. Watch for details! Also, KBIA Health and Wealth Desk reporter REBECCA SMITH tells us how she's empowering rural Missourians to tell their own health-related stories, both the good and the bad, and the impact it's having on the medical community. (4:41) May 4, 2018

MU Health Care Plans to Increase Its Range of Services in Mid-Missouri

Mar 22, 2018

Plans for a more connected Missouri health care system and two new local clinics were topics of discussion at a Board of Curators meeting Wednesday.

MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright and UM System President Mun Choi presented plans in front of the MU Health Affairs Committee on ways to increase connections between central Missouri medical centers, provide more at-home care for residents and build a more “streamlined” MU Health Care structure of governance, as Choi described it.'

“We must think more broadly than we historically have,” Curtright said.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist at MU Health Care, talk about how to cope with 'perceived stress'. He says, "Every day, we all have so many challenges...how we deal with it is often determined by our own mindset and our perception of reality." Dr. Chockalingam's advice? Let your subconscious do all the worrying for you. February 26, 2018

Boone Hospital, MU Hit Pause Button on Partnership Talks

Jan 25, 2018

Talks of a partnership between Boone Hospital Center and MU Health Care have ended for the time being.

Boone's board of trustees and MU Health Care issued a joint statement by email on Thursday morning announcing that after 18 months of negotiations they have decided to pause exclusive negotiations.

The trustees and representatives of MU have been talking behind closed doors regularly about a possible collaboration as the 2020 expiration of Boone Hospital Center's lease with BJC HealthCare approaches.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KARLI URBAN, M.D., MU Family and Community Medicine, about the upcoming Family Caregivers Conference. Karli says this will be a great way to learn about resources in the community and to network with others in a similar situation. Watch for details! At [5:15] KAT DAKE invites everyone to the Jefferson City Art Club's special art exhibit this Saturday at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Tour works of art by JCAC members that showcase Missouri's many native plants and wildlife! June 29, 2017

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

Representatives from MU Health Care and the University of Missouri School of Medicine gathered Tuesday to celebrate the start of emergency room expansion at the university hospital with a ground breaking ceremony, turning dirt over in a small trough near the hospital’s entrance.


Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMI HARRIS, RN, about the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. May is 'Stroke Awareness Month,' and so MU Health Care wants us all to know what it means to think 'FAST' - it could save your life. At [3:28] actress LACEY WILLIAMS and director BRIAN HARPER invite everyone to come see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. In describing this fun, family-friendly show, Brian says that there's "no serious message; it's the cartoon strips on the stage." The curtain goes up on June 8th in the Capital city! May 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, Division Chief of Urology, MU School of Medicine, about the importance of donating organs. April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month, and Dr. Wakefield tells us that there are over 120,000 patients waiting for a lung, a heart, a kidney or even intestines. Becoming a donor is straight forward - find out how! At [3:53] KEITH POLITTE invites everyone to TEDxCoMo this Thursday at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia! The theme is 'Citizen', and the featured speakers will share "ideas worth spreading." (That's according to their website.) We talk about who's coming, including an 11-year-old "genius," and more - watch! April 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with PEGGY PLACIER about two upcoming public forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. Up first is a Legislative Town Hall February 2nd at the Columbia Public Library. Peggy says that all the Boone County State Legislators will be there! Then, on February 13th (also at the library), there will be a discussion over the topic: "What's the Relevance of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in the Digital Era." Watch for details! At [4:17] TARA FLYNN, M.D., Mizzou Urgent Care, tells us how one should decide whether quick care, urgent care or the emergency room is the right choice for your situation. Tara says, "a lot of it is on the severity of symptoms." February 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about the grand opening of the Billy J. Palmer Health and Training Center in Columbia! After two years of fundraising, this building - which features space for the community and for those with developmental disabilities (that are served by Woodhaven) - is finally set to open tomorrow! At [2:13] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, talks about a brand new procedure 20 years in the making! Dr. Jarstad  explains how 'Bladeless laser cataract surgery' works with the help of a video that takes us inside this "painless" procedure - watch! October 20, 2016

Ben Brady / KBIA

MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital opened its new Women’s Imaging Center today. The Imaging Center is now the second center in Columbia that will have both screening and diagnostic services for women.

MU Health Care staff celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lobby of the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The center will provide services such as 2-D/3-D screening mammographies, diagnostic bone densitometry and ultra sound-guided biopsy. Previously, all of these services were located in different parts of the hospital but now they are in one location.

Megha Garg, an associate professor of radiology at the MU School of Medicine, said the consolidation of all those services into one location is one of the biggest benefits of the imaging center.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHRISTELLE ILBOUDO, MU Health Care, about the continuing spread of the Zika virus. Zika has actually been around since the 1940s, but has only recently entered the Americas thanks to a new strain, the Asian strain; Dr. Ilboudo says, "the Asian strain is the one that is causing more trouble and is creating that trouble in populations that have never seen Zika before." There are still a lot of unknowns, but it remains a fascinating conversation. Watch! August 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's KRISTIN BARNES, RN about fall prevention. Feeling dizzy? Low blood pressure? You might be a risk! Follow Kristin's easy-to-do tips to prevent a fall in your home. At [4:07] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, and BRANDON McSHAFFREY, Director, "Of Mice and Men," discuss that play, on stage now, as well as the rest of the summer season! June 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHADD KRAUS, MU Health Care Emergency Medicine, about fall injury awareness and prevention. According to Dr. Kraus, "falls are most common in elderly people (65+)...it's the leading cause of death." If that's you, find out ways to prevent such an accident from happening! At [4:21] KERRI BURROWS introduces us to the new executive director of Second Chance, KATHLEEN McKINNEY. Kathleen is a longtime volunteer with Second Chance - find out what the organization means to her and her plans for the future! May 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN McNEELY, RN, from MU Health Care, about simple ways to stay safe while driving in inclement weather. (Just remember the three Ps: plan, prepare and prevent.) At [4:20] DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, tells us why it's important to make sure your indoor dog stays warm while outside this winter - the answer may surprise you. Watch! December 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. JOHN JARSTAD, MU Health Care, about new advancements in cataract surgery: "The latest thing is this new multi-focal lens...it can change focus for driving, to computer, all the way up to reading without glasses." At [4:14] ED HANSON, Artistic Director at Talking Horse Productions, invites everyone to see their version of 'one of 2012's top ten plays to see in New York': "Rapture, Blister, Burn." Ed says it's a "brilliant, brilliant script" - find out why! December 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE THOMPSON, MU Health Care, about "Tiger Tot Mommies," a support group for mothers that meets twice a month and features helpful tips on a wide range of topics, such as the benefits of cloth diapers to baby yoga. Their next meeting is coming up! At [4:28] R. PAUL CRABB and STEVEN THARP invite everyone to a performance by the MU Choral Union, featuring the University Philharmonic, University Singers and the Columbia Youth Choral - 300 performers in all - this Thursday at Jesse Auditorium! Find out how it all came together. November 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, do NOT talk about tomorrow night's "Healthy Ways to Dine Out" informational program (it's FREE to all at the Columbia Public Library); instead, watch for Rambo's takeaway about eating more fish. At [4:30] MU Health Care's DR. MARK WAKEFIELD talks prostate cancer. Should you be screened? Maybe not. Find out why "active surveillance" is now a popular term used when individualizing patient treatment. October 20, 2015

Rebecca Smith / KBIA

On the heels of a decision made last Thursday that could leave Columbia - once again - without a doctor able to perform abortions, about 1000 people gathered on the University of Missouri campus Tuesday to voice their support of Planned Parenthood.

Speakers at the event ranged from a religious leader, to politicians, to MU graduate students and Planned Parenthood leadership. This event was a part of a national “Pink Out Day” and similar events were being held around the country.


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