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Supreme Court upholds ‘individual mandate’ in health care law

Missouri News Horizon
Washington D.C.
- The United States Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine is constitutional as a tax.

BREAKING NEWS: Mercy and Patients First Complete Merger

Mercy and Patients First officials signed the closing documents June 28 in the boardroom at the former Patients First building. Pictured seated from left are Dr. David Chalk, president of the new division of Mercy Clinic, and Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy’s east Missouri region. Standing are Kevin Goodwin, chief operating officer for the new division of Mercy Clinic, and Terri McLain, president of Mercy Hospital Washington.

WASHINGTON, Mo. – This morning Mercy offically announced the merger of Mercy and Patients First Health Care.

Mercy Cancer Center Opens at Patients First in Washington

WASHINGTON, Mo. – The new Mercy Cancer Center is open in the Patients First building in Washington and ready to serve patients.

The former David C. Pratt Cancer Center in Washington and the Patients First Cancer Center have merged care teams and services to create the Mercy Cancer Center at 901 Patients First Drive in Washington.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, Mo. – Stroke – or “brain attack”– is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Mercy recognizes May as National Stroke Awareness Month as a time to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke and ways to prevent them.

Mercy Co-workers Raise $1,313 for Diabetes

Pictured standing from left: Step Out Walk for Diabetes participants and Mercy Hospital-Washington co-workers Cindy Martin, Margie Aguado, Sara Cunningham, Vicki Hughes and Linda Hussey. Sitting from left: Kimmy Kern, gift basket prize winners Jackie Daugherty and Mary Salois, and Irene Krause.

Washington, MO – Several co-workers from Mercy Hospital-Washington walked to raise money for diabetes at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 14. The group raised $1,313 for the organization.

Parents beware, flu season is here

WASHINGTON, MO – High fever, aches and pains, and that general feeling of yuckiness are common complaints these days at Mercy Clinic Pediatrics in Washington. It’s a clear sign that flu season may be a bit late this year, but it has arrived.

"You are what you eat", MU discusses Food Culture

By Jerett Rion,  COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of the most important decisions humans make every day is what they put in their mouths. 

Mercy Cardiology offers health advice for Acute Coronary Syndrome

WASHINGTON, Mo. – Acute Coronary Syndrome is one of the most common forms of heart disease, and also one of the most preventable. If caught early and treated, it can stop a heart attack from happening.

Mercy Bariatric center offers support group

WASHINGTON, MO – The Mercy Bariatric Center is offering the New Beginnings Support Group, a monthly support group that offers information and support to people who are considering or have undergone weight loss surgery. Family members are welcome to attend as well.

Mercy Tops Nation’s Integrated Health Care Networks

MIDWEST ­U.S. – Two Mercy health systems are again ranked in the top 10 of the IMS Integrated Healthcare Networks, as reported in Modern Healthcare, a leading national health care magazine.

Mercy to Co-sponsor Community Blood Drives in January

Washington, Mo. –Mercy Hospital Washington works with area schools, churches, businesses and other organizations to collect life-saving blood products from generous donors. Donations provide life support for Mercy patients. Upcoming events include:

Making High-tech Health Care Available to Rural America

USDA awards Mercy half-million-dollar grant, benefitting a dozen rural hospitals across four states

MIDWEST U.S. – For the second time in a year, the USDA awarded Mercy a $500,000 telemedicine grant, which will ultimately provide greater access to health care in some of Mercy’s most rural communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

MyMercy Brings Peace of Mind – Just Ask a Mom

Pictured above:  MyMercy user and Union resident Stacy Langan with her son Grayson.

MU Veterinarians find infections faster by monitoring Blood Compound‏

Blood test for dogs could lead to similar human test; severe infections kill more than half of patients.

Sorensen Named to Executive Committee Of American Medical Group Association Board

Happy Thanksgiving from MDC – celebrating 75 years of serving nature and you.

Three New Physicians Join Mercy

William Harris, DO, has joined Mercy Clinic Surgical Specialists in Washington. Dr. Harris is an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Harris received his doctor of osteopathy at Kirksville Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and completed his residency at Warren General Hospital Orthopedic Surgery in Ohio.

Do you know someone who is hurting bad? Here are suicide prevention hotlines

by Jeff Noedel
CNL Publisher

There have been a few suicides in the area lately.  They always seem to go in cycles.  I (Jeff Noedel, Publisher) personally know the feeling of desperation and hopelessness that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide.  I barely survived the early days of my divorce and loss of custody of my kids in 1994.  I can remember the night I almost did it.

Mercy continues to innovate through use of technology -- Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment for Strokes Wherever You Live

Mercy rolls out telestroke program across four states

Midwest U.S. – David and Karin Richardson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last April. Thanks to Mercy’s new telestroke program, it appears they’ll be able to celebrate No. 26 next year.

American Cancer Society seeks to put tobacco tax hike on 2012 ballot

Missouri News Horizon
– The price of smoking in Missouri could soon see a substantial price increase if a new voter-driven petition effort is successful.

This week, the Secretary of State gave approval to a group led by the American Cancer Society to begin circulating a petition that would put a four-cent per cigarette tax increase on ballot.

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