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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.

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
Attorney General's Office

Last Thursday, the University of Missouri Health Care System announced it would be eliminating "refer and follow" privileges.

On the heels of this decision, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the results of his office's investigation into the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic and its handling of fetal tissue.  

Marshall Griffin has the story.

Today Paul Pepper and WHITNEY WRIGHT, Administrative Assistant at University of Missouri Health Care, talk about "Step Up with MU Health Care,' an eleven-week community challenge that encourages those participating to maintain an active lifestyle. Think you can (eventually) walk 15,000 steps in a day? Then take the challenge! At [3:53] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director at Voluntary Action Center, tells us how you can sponsor a family this holiday season. The program begins September 1st and signing up is as easy as a phone call. Watch! August 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACY BOCKLAGE, RN, about MU Health Care's recent Baby-Friendly Hospital certification. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is an "international initiative" of the World Health Organization and UNICEF that aims to encourage breast feeding rates. At [4:50] Columbia Access Television's JENNIFER ERICKSON and JOEL HERRON invite local bands to participate in CATV's music video contest! The top four groups will perform on stage at the Rose Music Hall in September. August 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with cardiologist DR. ARUN KUMAR, MU Health Care, about a 'revolutionary' new procedure for those who need a heart valve replacement, but cannot have one via traditional surgery. At [4:19] JULIE McNEILL, Foster Grandparent Program Manager for Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), and MARGARET McGEEHON, Volunteer Coordinator, invite those 55 and over (who are not working) to volunteer 15 hours a week to work with special needs children. Details on today's show! July 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON take a tour of the Missouri Cures website. If reading about the latest in medical findings interest you, you won't want to miss this segment! At [4:30] SHELIA ROBERTSON tells us about MU Health's 7-week Safe Kids Camp Amazing. Different themes each week will keep kids having fun while learning about staying safe. Space is filling up fast so call today! June 16, 2015

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A fight is brewing over a proposal by the Fulton Medical Center to build a 10-bed hospital in south Columbia.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Boone Hospital Center says the proposed facility isn't needed when there are several others already serving the area.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. SALMAN AHMAD, MU Health Care, about common summertime injuries. Don't spend this season in the ER - be aware and then stay safe with these tips! At [5:07] RONNYE GAYLE RANDALL, No Kill Columbia, tells us about "The Spay Neuter Project." Find out the impact they're already making in one short month! May 28, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, from University of Missouri Health Care's Mason Eye Institute, about age-related vision issues. Have you ever wondered what happens to our eyes as we get older, and what we can do about it? We've got the answers! At [4:57] ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI and RHIAN McLEAN, GreenHouse Theatre Project, talk about their latest production, "Don Juan." Find out the what, the when and - most importantly - the where! February 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's DR. JEFFREY LITT and KASSIE OLIVER, RN, about common injuries caused by cold weather, from frostbite to house fires, and how you can prevent them from happening to you. February 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with PAUL FOREMAN, MU Health Care, about asthma: the who, the what, the why and the risk factors. If you think you have asthma, please watch this interview! At [5:03] CHRIS FITZGERALD briefly explains the mission behind Clean Sweep Columbia and how you can get involved. January 14, 2015

University of Missouri Health Care

  When cleaning your house do you ever wish a robot was there to do it for you? Well, the University of Missouri health care system has that luxury. 

University of Missouri Health System

A 107-year-old rehabilitation hospital in the southwest Missouri town of Mount Vernon will close at the end of October.

Missouri Rehabilitation Center was founded by the state in 1907 to treat tuberculosis patients. Its mission has changed several times, and the state transferred ownership to University of Missouri Health Care in 1996.

MU Health Care announced the planned closing Monday, citing several years of low patient numbers and expanded access to long-term rehab care throughout the state. The Mount Vernon facility has 130 beds but had just 24 inpatients on Monday.

The Patient Care Tower Expansion at University Hospital was finished in March of 2013.  The eight-story, $190 million building earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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MU Health Care clinics have reached the top level of advanced electronic medical records. 

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This year, University of Missouri Hospital was one of many hospitals in the state penalized for not meeting Medicare’s readmission rate goals, which are used to judge the quality of patient care in a hospital. 

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of renovating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the  University Hospital building on Thursday. According to Interim Vice President Thomas Richards, the $19 million plan is necessary because the current state of the private patient rooms are not up to standards with the rest of the hospital.

“These existing patient rooms are highly outdated when compared to the new rooms in the patient tower, the new Orthopedic Institute, and the other renovated portions of the hospital,” said Richards.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • MU Health Care named one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the country 
  • Kirksville pays Environmental Protection Agency fine for not testing water
  • New licensing requirements for insurance counselors 
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  For the third year in a row, the American Hospital Association has named MU Health Care as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the country.

The recognition is given to hospitals that work to adopt the newest health-care information technology. Spokesperson Bryan Bliven says as the technology continues to evolve, the benchmarks of the Most Wired list changes every year.

“The gait is always rising,” Bliven says. “It’s very good to keep the designation and it’s a challenge each year and we’re really happy to meet it for the third year in a row.”

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Thirty-five MU Health Care employees will see their hours reduced in the coming year. At Boone Hospital Center, seven employees’ hours will be cut, while 13 full- and part-time employees will lose their jobs.

In Boone Hospital’s case, the layoffs came in a system-wide package. The hospital’s parent company, St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare, recently announced it is cutting 160 jobs from its hospitals. This is the first time BJC has ever made system-wide layoffs. June Fowler, vice president for corporate and public communications at the company, said several factors led to the layoffs.

“BJC is experiencing reductions in our reimbursement for the healthcare services that we provide,” Fowler said.  “We’ve also seen a decrease in inpatient hospitalizations.”

University of Missouri Health System opens new wing

Mar 19, 2013
MU Hospital

University of Missouri Health System officials and UM System President Tim Wolfe officially opened the new patient care tower at the MU Hospital at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning.

Women and Children's hospital

Update Feb. 22 11:16 a.m.: 

The following Boone Health centers will remain closed today: Boone Convenient Care, Moberly, Boone Family Practice, Boone Infectious Disease, Boone Primary Care, Boone Pulmonary Clinic, Moberly Specialty Clinic and the Wound Clinic. Staying open for Boone Health is Boone Convenient Care Columbia, Boone Internal Medicine Associates, Centralia Family Health Clinic, Southern Boone County Family Care Clinic and Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice.

Feb. 22 9:40 a.m.:

MU Health Care clinics are closed until Monday, Feb. 25. MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.

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In response to the winter storm, MU healthcare system officials activated the system’s command center to mobilize staff at 11:45 a.m. this morning.

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.