Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Mike Parson appoints fifteen to various boards and commissions

Governor Mike Parson announced fifteen appointments to various boards and commissions. Bryan Atkins, of Rea, was appointed to the Board of Probation and Parole. Mr. Atkins served as the Sheriff of Andrew County from 2009 until his retirement in 2020. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Andrew County. He also formerly […]

Scott Thoreson

Carroll County Memorial Hospital announces new Chief Executive Officer

Carroll County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors announces Scott Thoreson has accepted the position as CCMH’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2021. “We had an extremely difficult decision to make due to the number of highly qualified candidates we interviewed,” said Rex Buhrmester, CCMH Board of Directors president. “Jeff has set this hospital […]

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Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities extend partnership with StationMD

The Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities launched a partnership with StationMD to ensure that all 15,000 Missouri residents with disabilities who are on a Medicaid Waiver have 24/7 access to a doctor anytime they need it. After nine months of successful utilization of StationMD’s specialized telehealth service across the state, the […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial, Hedrick Medical Center adjust visitor guidelines to one visitor, per patient, per day

Saint Luke’s Health System, including Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital, has adjusted their Level-4 visitor guidelines in the Emergency Departments. These guidelines now allow one visitor per patient in our Emergency Departments. Level-4 guidelines previously restricted all visitation in the Emergency Departments. The facilities will continue operating at Level-4 visitation visitor guidelines, restricting […]

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Glen Briggs steps down as chairman of Local Emergency Planning Committee

Due to a technicality, Glen Briggs reports he’s stepping down as the elected chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Grundy County, but Briggs says he will continue as the Grundy County Emergency Manager. Due to what was called rule changes implemented by the Missouri Emergency Response Commission, the emergency planning committee chairman can […]

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Audra Beverlin named Wright Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Quarter

Audra Beverlin, a patient access representative at Wright Memorial Hospital, was honored as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2020. Jennifer Dixon, Director of Nursing, presented the award to Beverlin at a ceremony held in her honor on February 10. The Employee of the Quarter Award recognizes an employee who […]

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Missouri Hospital Association honors Carroll County Memorial Hospital with 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Carroll County Memorial Hospital was one of many health systems honored with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Hospital Association. “I am honored to be able to present the Missouri Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award to all Missouri hospitals for their Above and Beyond commitment to service during this very difficult year,” said […]

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Grundy County Commission to consider mask order after meeting with numerous health professionals

Representatives from Wright Memorial Hospital, the Grundy County Health Department, and Grundy County Ambulance discussed a possible mask order with the Grundy County Commission the morning of December 8th. Wright Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Hamilton said she does not think communities understand the stresses on hospital staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. She explained there […]

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Livingston County mask mandate and fines not enforceable until adopted by Chillicothe City Council at next meeting

Livingston County Health Center Administrator Sherry Weldon has provided more information about the mask mandate going into effect on November 20th to slow the spread of COVID-19. The executive order from the health center, Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly, and Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas requires persons at least seven years old to wear face masks or […]

Breast Health

Women are skipping breast exams; fighting cancer complicated by COVID-19

(Missouri Independent) – Amid a battle with breast cancer, Kari Rawley found herself combating a second potentially fatal condition — COVID-19. The Kansas City resident thought she had done everything right to help herself in her immunocompromised state. Her family wore masks and practiced social distancing, but after a small going away party for her […]

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Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

(Missouri Independent) – President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place […]

Dr. Alex Garza of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

Video: ‘The virus is winning’: Health officials call for statewide mask mandate in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson needs to issue a statewide mask mandate and “safer-at-home” policy to prevent the state’s health system from becoming overwhelmed, Dr. Alex Garza, the incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said Friday. “Unfortunately, as has been painfully obvious to even a casual observer, we are […]

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Clarification on hospitalizations from COVID-19 at Wright Memorial and Hedrick Medical Center

Saint Luke’s Health System Marketing and Public Relations Director Jordan Ferguson reports Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton and Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe saw a combined total of 34 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the third quarter of 2020. So far in October alone, which is the fourth quarter, the two hospitals have had a combined 33 […]

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Thirty four COVID-19 hospitalizations reported between Wright Memorial Hospital and Hedrick Medical Center

There have been 34 COVID-19-related hospitalizations total at Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton and Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe since July. That information comes from Saint Luke’s Health System Marketing and Public Relations Director Jordan Ferguson, who notes 33 of those hospitalizations have been in October alone. Ferguson says hospitalizations reported by the Livingston County […]

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Trenton City Council discusses, then requests more information on potential increases in water and wastewater rates

The Trenton City Council listened, had a discussion, then requested more information on potential increases in water and wastewater rates to go toward financing possible future projects described as needed sooner than later at Trenton. Comparison of water and sewer rates were provided on some two dozen communities, some with higher rates, others with lower […]

Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center

Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center officially opens for services on July 6th

Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center will officially open for services on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 1433 Lulu Street in Trenton, Missouri. Life Options Green Hills is a pregnancy medical center that will serve clients throughout the Green Hills area. As a pregnancy medical center, Life Options will meet the needs of individuals, […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Saint Luke’s Health System updates inpatient visitor guidelines

The Saint Luke’s Health System has updated its inpatient visitor guidelines previously established at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Saint Luke’s Health System includes Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton and Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe. The health system is now limiting visits to one visitor per patient at a time. Previously, no visitors […]