QUINCY -- Blessing Physician Services will soon add a third rural clinic to its lineup.
The Kahoka (Mo.) Medical Clinic, its providers and staff will join Blessing Physician Services (BPS) on March 1. BPS will manage the clinic.
Established in 2005 as part of the Blessing Health System, BPS is a multi-specialty practice group that serves residents of West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa.
BPS operates medical offices in Quincy, plus rural clinics in Warsaw, Ill., and Palmyra, Mo.
"Blessing Health System believes people should not have to leave their home community to get the level of health care they deserve," said Maureen Kahn, president and chief executive officer of the Blessing Health System. "However, changes in the health care delivery and reimbursement systems are making it nearly impossible for rural, independent providers to continue to deliver the care their communities need. BPS wants to stand with (the Kahoka Clinic medical personnel), providing them and their team with the support needed to meet the health needs of Clark County area residents for many years to come."
Dr. John Beckert established the Kahoka Medical Clinic practice in 1970.
"I've had success working with Blessing for the last 47 years," Beckert said. "I've managed the clinic for all those years. Now I'm going to work for the clinic and Blessing will manage it."
Beckert assures his patients he has no plans to retire.
Scott Koelliker, executive vice president of BPS, said the transition process "will be as seamless as possible."
"Patients should notice nothing more than cosmetic changes to the clinic." Koelliker said. "The caring the clinic provides will not change."
Campbell given DAISY Award
Sara Campbell is Blessing Hospital's DAISY Award winner for December.
Campbell, who lives Ursa, is an RN who works in 6 South Pediatrics at Blessing. She was nominated by the Marie Woods, the mother of 10-month-old Makenna, to whom Campbell provided care.
In her nomination, Woods said, "My husband, who never comments much, said, ‘She cares, doesn't she?' Sara left a lasting impression on him."
Through the international DAISY Award program, patients or their family members, visitors, doctors, hospital staff members and volunteers are eligible to nominate nurses. DAISY stands for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System."
"I never felt like the care she provided was just another task, but another step to get Makenna well and home," Woods said. "Sara held Makenna and provided the most important nursing skill there is -- a caring touch."
DAISY Award nomination forms are located on all nursing units throughout Blessing Hospital, other locations on the 11th Street campus and on the internet at blessinghospital.org/daisy.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The Blessing Cancer Center is encouraging parents to speak with their family's health care provider about the cancer-preventing vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes nearly all cervical cancers, but can also lead to cancers of the anus, mouth/throat, penis, vagina and vulva, plus genital warts.
The recommended age for vaccination is 11-12 years of age for all boys and girls. This is the same age at which children receive the Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations to protect them from meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. The Blessing Cancer Center recommends that all parents of pre-teens talk with their child's provider if they have any questions about the vaccine.
All women are also encouraged to have regular Pap smears with their gynecological care provider. Pap smears can detect precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix and opening to the uterus.
The American Cancer Society said women should begin cervical cancer testing (screening) at age 21. Women aged 21 to 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years. After age 30, that frequency can go to every five years.