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Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHRISTELLE ILBOUDO, MU Health Care, about the continuing spread of the Zika virus. Zika has actually been around since the 1940s, but has only recently entered the Americas thanks to a new strain, the Asian strain; Dr. Ilboudo says, "the Asian strain is the one that is causing more trouble and is creating that trouble in populations that have never seen Zika before." There are still a lot of unknowns, but it remains a fascinating conversation. Watch! August 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's KRISTIN BARNES, RN about fall prevention. Feeling dizzy? Low blood pressure? You might be a risk! Follow Kristin's easy-to-do tips to prevent a fall in your home. At [4:07] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, and BRANDON McSHAFFREY, Director, "Of Mice and Men," discuss that play, on stage now, as well as the rest of the summer season! June 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHADD KRAUS, MU Health Care Emergency Medicine, about fall injury awareness and prevention. According to Dr. Kraus, "falls are most common in elderly people (65+)...it's the leading cause of death." If that's you, find out ways to prevent such an accident from happening! At [4:21] KERRI BURROWS introduces us to the new executive director of Second Chance, KATHLEEN McKINNEY. Kathleen is a longtime volunteer with Second Chance - find out what the organization means to her and her plans for the future! May 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN McNEELY, RN, from MU Health Care, about simple ways to stay safe while driving in inclement weather. (Just remember the three Ps: plan, prepare and prevent.) At [4:20] DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, tells us why it's important to make sure your indoor dog stays warm while outside this winter - the answer may surprise you. Watch! December 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. JOHN JARSTAD, MU Health Care, about new advancements in cataract surgery: "The latest thing is this new multi-focal lens...it can change focus for driving, to computer, all the way up to reading without glasses." At [4:14] ED HANSON, Artistic Director at Talking Horse Productions, invites everyone to see their version of 'one of 2012's top ten plays to see in New York': "Rapture, Blister, Burn." Ed says it's a "brilliant, brilliant script" - find out why! December 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE THOMPSON, MU Health Care, about "Tiger Tot Mommies," a support group for mothers that meets twice a month and features helpful tips on a wide range of topics, such as the benefits of cloth diapers to baby yoga. Their next meeting is coming up! At [4:28] R. PAUL CRABB and STEVEN THARP invite everyone to a performance by the MU Choral Union, featuring the University Philharmonic, University Singers and the Columbia Youth Choral - 300 performers in all - this Thursday at Jesse Auditorium! Find out how it all came together. November 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, do NOT talk about tomorrow night's "Healthy Ways to Dine Out" informational program (it's FREE to all at the Columbia Public Library); instead, watch for Rambo's takeaway about eating more fish. At [4:30] MU Health Care's DR. MARK WAKEFIELD talks prostate cancer. Should you be screened? Maybe not. Find out why "active surveillance" is now a popular term used when individualizing patient treatment. October 20, 2015

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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

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

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
KBIA

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.

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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.

Original post:

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.

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