People & Professions

People and Professions: Reported Sept. 24, 2017

Posted: Sep. 24, 2017 12:15 am

Appointments

Blessing Physicians Services has hired four physicians.

Jeffrey Cook, MD, is an interventional cardiologist practicing at the Blessing Health Center West Entrance in Quincy. He specializes in catheter-based treatment of heart diseases. He also treats insufficient blood circulation in the arteries of the legs, arms, kidneys and carotid arteries. Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology, Cook also has subspecialty certifications in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. Cook completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Arkansas, a cardiology fellowship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He has a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

James DiRenna, DO, family medicine, has joined the Hamilton-Warsaw Clinic. DiRenna is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He completed a residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and has a medical degree from North Texas State University.

Amy North, DO, family medicine, is working at Blessing Physician Services' Palmyra (Mo.) Clinic. She has a medical degree from Des Moines University and completed a residency with the SIU Healthcare Center for Family Medicine in Quincy.

Meghan Shaughnessy, DO, family medicine, has joined Blessing Physician Services at the Blessing Health Center West Entrance in Quincy. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine. Shaughnessy completed a residency at Advocate Christ Family Medicine Residency Program in Oak Lawn, and has a medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove.

Honors

Dianna Clair of Bowling Green, Mo., rent-assistance program director for North East Community Action Corp. in Bowling Green, was honored with a High Performance Management Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. A ceremony was held in July during a training conference in Oklahoma City. The presentation followed her successful completion of a two-day training course. Clair joined NECAC in 2007 as a housing assistance counselor and was promoted to her current position in 2011. She oversees a staff of 20 people in 12 counties.

Retirements

Debra M. Phillips, MD, has retired from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Quincy Family Medicine program as a professor of family and community medicine after 34 years of service. She was involved in the education of over 120 family medicine physicians, over 60 of which have practiced in the region. She helped found the East Adams County Clinic in 1991 and became chief medical information officer of Blessing Hospital in 2004, where she will continue. Phillips will now be professor emeritus of the SIU School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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