Terry Gander, physician assistant, has joined Memorial Medical Clinics in Carthage and will begin seeing patients at the beginning of December primarily at Memorial Medical Nauvoo Clinic in Nauvoo. Gander is a Wisconsin native and recently worked as a locum tenens physician assistant for Advance Care Providers in Wisconsin. He completed the bachelor of science physician assistant program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in May 2009, and he is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Teresa Hays of Palmyra, Mo., has been named the admission/marketing coordinator for Willow Care Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Hannibal, Mo. Hays will be responsible for managing the facility's inquiry and admission processes. She will coordinate facility tours, personal visits and assessments, and implement effective facility sales and marketing programs. Hays earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Hannibal-LaGrange College in 2002.
Tammy Carlin has been named trust administration associate at Mercantile Bank. She joined the bank in 1989 as a secretary for the Trust Department. As additional duties were added, her title changed to administrative assistant. Carlin will work directly with the trust officers in administration of accounts. She is a graduate of Gem City Business College.
Tanya Wietholder has been named trust operations associate at Mercantile Bank. She joined the bank in 2002 in the Accounting Department and worked in public accounting for seven years before joining Mercantile. In her new position, she is responsible for securities settlement and reconciling of trust accounts. Wietholder received an associate's degree in applied science from John Wood Community College.
Kathleen Hibbard, a physical therapist with First Choice Physical Therapy, recently attended a continuing education course "Toxic People --Living and Working With High Conflict Individuals." The program was designed to help health care workers recognize and deal more effectively with individuals with disorders of personality, mood, thought and impulse control. Participants learned how trauma and stress can alter the brain and impair social reasoning. Health professionals learned to list several skills they can use to interact more effectively with high-conflict people.
Dr. Joseph Kim and Dr. May Kim, faculty members of the SIU Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program, attended the 2012 American Academy of Family Practice Scientific Assembly Oct. 16-20 in Philadelphia.
Dr. Tom Miller, Rhonda Kewney and Shirley Longlett, faculty members of the SIU Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program, attended the 33rd Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Sept. 27-30 in Chicago. They attended the presentation "Enhancing Relationship-Centered Care through Physician Self-Awareness and Reflection."
Debi Moore, Donny Moore, Janet Nutt and Carla Gosney of Moore Insurance Advisors recently completed a four-day TWFG Agency training in Houston, Texas. The Moore Advisors learned the various lines of coverage available through The Woodlands Financial Group, which works with more than 200 insurance companies to give clients the best coverage available for their money. The Moore Agency offers complete coverage in home, auto, life, business insurance and financial services.
Dr. Eric Welch, formerly of Hannibal, Mo., was an invited speaker at the European Summit held Nov. 5-6 in Berlin. Welch's presentation was titled "Managing to Make Diversity Positive." Welch is head of Talent Management and Organizational Development at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. He is responsible for training, performance management and organizational design and development for NATO Headquarters International. Welch and NATO have created a manager's charter as well as management, leadership and executive development programs in order to maximize the positive and minimize the negative aspects of diversity.
Dr. Erik J. Meidl, an internist with the Hannibal Clinic, recently attended two conferences. The first, the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society annual Fall Clinical Conference, was held in Overland Park, Kan.Some of the topics included current guidelines and goals for blood glucose management in patients with type 2 diabetes, advanced cardiac imaging, and pulmonary artery hypertension. Meidl also attended the University of Missouri Columbia Cardiology Clinical Update on Sept. 29. Meidl is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined the Hannibal Clinic in 1996 after completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an internship and second year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.
Dr. Bryson Mchardy recently attended the annual meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association. It involved the uses of health information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. The meeting included sessions on policy issues, new trends, and other important happenings with thought leaders and others in the field. Mchardy is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He attended the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and completed his residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine recently honored 60 of its employees for their years of service at campus facilities in Springfield, Decatur and Quincy. Quincy employees honored were Linda Savage, office manager, family and community medicine, 20 years of service; and Brenda Martin, reimbursement coding specialist, family and community medicine, 15 years of service.
Retiring board member Jack Martin has been honored by F&M Bank and Trust Company. Martin studied architectural engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He then went to work as a registered engineer with his father at Martin Construction. Martin Construction built many of the churches, libraries and schools in this region. Retired now, Martin has served as a volunteer at Hannibal Regional Hospital and the Mark Twain Museum. Martin served the bank, which has locations in Hannibal, Monroe City, O'Fallon, Palmyra and Shelbina, Mo., and Springfield, St. Louis and Quincy, for 25 years.
David Palmer, John Wood Community College professor of humanities and philosophy, has been honored by the Illinois Community College Faculty Association. The association presented Palmer with a certificate of recognition at its annual Teaching Learning Excellent Conference in Springfield on Oct. 25 and 26. Palmer has served on the executive committee of the ICCFA for the past 12 years. He held the position of treasurer from 2007 to 2012. Palmer's responsibilities included communication with vendors, member schools, faculty grant recipients and student scholarship winners. During his tenure as treasurer, he expanded the number of student scholarships and faculty research grants awarded by the ICCFA. The ICCFA is a statewide organization representing community college faculty that promotes teaching and learning excellence and professional development.