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2 JCMG WELCOMES Melissa Astin Ken Brooks 4 COVER STORY CT Lung Cancer Screening 6 YOUR HEALTH Joint Replacement Surgery 8 Disease Prevention Through Vaccinations

could save your life

0 CLINIC PROFILE 1 JCMG Laser & Vein MedSpa Grand Opening July 15

14 COMMUNITY IMPACT JCMG Awards $4,000 in Health Sciences Scholarships to Area Students

13 JCMG SHAREHOLDER Dr. Reggie Vaden Named JCMG Shareholder

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JCMG Vice President of Operations Jefferson City Medical Group is pleased to announce that Melissa Astin has been hired as the Vice President of Operations.

Astin comes to JCMG from Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she worked for 14 years for one of Arkansas’s largest independently owned multi-specialty groups, serving the last 10 years as Chief Administrative Officer. Her vast

experience in healthcare administration, strategic planning, revenue cycle management, clinically integrated network development and accountable care organization compliance make her a valuable addition to the JCMG administrative team. Astin received a Masters of Business Administration degree from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and obtained a Bachelor of Science

degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She and her husband, Dudley, and son, Kuper, recently moved to Jefferson City from Arkansas. “The physicians and staff at JCMG have been very welcoming. I’m excited for the opportunities that await me and my family, and look forward to getting involved in the community,” says Astin.


JCMG Chief Information Officer Library (ITIL) Foundation certification. In addition to information systems Jefferson City Medical Group experience, he has vast knowledge recently welcomed Ken Brooks, regarding strategic planning, business Chief Information Officer. process reengineering and quality Brooks brings 20 years of information management, which makes him a valuable technology and program management addition to the JCMG administrative experience to the group. He is a Project team. Management Professional (PMP) and According to Brooks, he looks forward Six Sigma Green Belt. He also has an to the opportunities that await him at Information Technology Infrastructure JCMG. “I’ve watched the healthcare

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industry for some time and understand the tremendous value and importance placed on the safety and security of patient data. I look forward to analyzing ways in which to optimize data and processes to make them most effective for the patients we serve and the providers that care for them,” says Brooks. He and his wife, Allyson, live in Jefferson City and have five grown children and three grandchildren.

• Two locations Open soon on the East End and inside the JCMG Medical Building (currently Extended Care) • Avoid exhaustive ER wait times and costly Urgent Care visits • Walk-in to Express Care for immediate, non-emergent health concerns 1735 ELM COURT / 1241 W. STADIUM BLVD. JEFFERSON CITY




JCMG Radiology in conjunction with JCMG Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonology is pleased to offer the latest technology in the fight against lung cancer: Low-Dose CT (computer tomography) Lung Cancer Screening. JCMG has the

early, five year survival improves to 54 percent. Unfortunately, only 15 percent of the lung cancer cases are currently found early. That is why early diagnosis with CT Lung Cancer Screening is so important! Recent healthcare guidelines recommend that long-term smokers receive screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT imaging. The guidelines are based on findings from a large study conducted by the National Cancer Institute that proved screening people at high risk for developing lung cancer with low-dose CT scans reduced death from lung cancer by 20 percent.

Who should be screened?

the radiation from a standard CT of the chest and takes less than 15 minutes. 2. What is the cost to me? Payment for low-dose CT scans of the chest are covered by Medicare and most major private insurance companies. 3. What if I have an abnormal finding? At JCMG, each CT scan is reviewed by a radiologist, a physician who specializes in image diagnosis. After review, the radiologist will discuss the results with your healthcare provider. Your provider will then discuss options for further evaluation and treatment if necessary. 4. What if something other than cancer is found on a low-dose screening CT scan of the chest? CT scans may detect other findings, such as infections or emphysema. This will be reported to your doctor as well. 5. How often do I need to have a CT Lung Cancer screening test? Lung cancer screening is recommended yearly as long as you meet the above criteria.

only designated lung cancer screening program through the American College of Radiology available in Jefferson City. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the USA. More people die from lung cancer than from breast, colon, pancreas and prostate cancer combined. Most lung cancers are diagnosed late with a 5 year survival rate of only 3.9 percent. If diagnosed

Lung cancer screening is not appropriate for everyone. You may qualify if you are: 1. 55-77 years old 2. A current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years 3. Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years*. * Pack years = Maximum number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the total number of years smoked (Examples: 1 pack a day for 10 years = 10 pack years; 3 packs a day for 10 years = 30 pack years.) Frequently asked questions 1. What is a low-dose screening CT scan of the chest and what are the associated risks? A low-dose screening computerized tomography scan of the chest produces detailed images of the lungs and other structures located inside your chest. The radiation dose is 6 times less than

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The JCMG Lung Cancer Screening Program will be administered and supervised by Dr. David Burns. He is central Missouri’s only fellowship trained chest radiologist. Dr. Burns trained at the University of Colorado and at National Jewish Health Center in Denver, the #1 ranked respiratory hospital in the United States. Dr. Burns trained under one of the lead investigators for the national lung screening trial. Contact your JCMG healthcare provider or the JCMG Radiology department (573-556-7755) for additional questions. Additional information about lung cancer screening available at This site also includes a lung cancer calculator to help determine your individual risk.

Are you a SMOKER? Are you a current or former smoker between the ages of 55-77? Contact your JCMG CT Lung Cancer Screening could SAVE YOUR LIFE.

healthcare provider to schedule your screening. 573-635-JCMG (5264)


Success CliniC

let’s Collaborate to ReduCe Readmission Rates JCMG Cardiology is excited to introduce its Heart Success Clinic. The newly developed clinic is a best practice model, designed to help reduce hospital readmission rates by offering a nurse practitioner to work with primary care physicians in monitoring congestive heart failure patients. Sharlene Galbraith, RN, MSN, AGNP-C, is available in JCMG Cardiology on Tuesdays and Fridays to help facilitate timely patient follow-up visits, as well as, communication back to the primary physician regarding the patient’s condition. To schedule an appointment, please call 635-5264, ext. 5414.

Sharlene Galbraith RN, MSN, AGNP-C

1241 W. Stadium Blvd.




At some point in their lives, everyone experiences some type of joint pain. Many things can cause joint

pain including trauma (fractures and sprains), inflammatory conditions (gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus,) obesity, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. People want to know why their joints hurt and how they can make it better. The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis. Arthritis is damage of cartilage in the joint. Cartilage is the cushion on the end of the bones. According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, 52.5 million Americans have doctordiagnosed arthritis. It is projected by the year 2040, 78 million American adults will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The most common cause of arthritis is osteoarthritis (also called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease). This form of arthritis can be caused by many things including normal wear with aging, family history, genetics, and obesity. Your doctor can diagnose arthritis by examining the painful joint and taking an x-ray. On the x-ray, arthritis will appear as decreased space between the bones. Severe arthritis will show bone on bone contact on the x-ray. Arthritis is initially treated non-operatively with Tylenol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, injections into the joint, physical therapy, and assistive devices such as a walker or cane. None of these treatments will cure the arthritis or

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replace the damaged cartilage, but they can potentially alleviate the symptoms and improve quality of life. Joint replacement surgery should be considered when you have severe pain despite non-operative care. If the pain you’re having is disabling and interfering with your quality of life and your x-rays are consistent with severe arthritis, it is worth considering joint replacement surgery. The most common joints to require replacements are the knee, hip, and shoulder. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 600,000 total knee replacements, 300,000 total hip replacements and 53,000 total shoulder replacements are done each year in the United States. Joint replacement surgery is performed by making an incision over the joint and removing the arthritic edge of each bone. An artificial implant is then attached to the edge of each bone creating a new articulating surface. On average, patients can expect to be in the hospital one to three days after surgery. While there are a variety of techniques and implants used in replacing joints, no one technique or implant has been shown to be statistically superior to all the rest, and the majority of studies show good to excellent results in over 90 percent of the patients who undergo joint replacement surgery. If you have severe joint pain and want to see if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery, you should be evaluated by your local orthopaedic surgeon.


Bradley Sloan, D.O.

JCMG Family & Sports Medicine

Dr. Sloan provides care for family medicine patients and nonoperative orthopaedic treatment, as he’s done locally for the past 18 years. Dr. Sloan brings with him the ability to offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a treatment used for a variety of common orthopaedic conditions to stimulate and optimize the body’s ability to heal chronic conditions. With the addition of Dr. Sloan, JCMG Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will offer same-day orthopaedic care access for patients needing to be seen for injuries. Dr. Sloan is a Diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He completed a primary care sports medicine

fellowship at Front Range Orthopedics in Colorado Springs. His family practice residency and internship were completed at Capital Region Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I’m excited for the opportunity that awaits me at JCMG. I’ve had the utmost respect for my physician colleagues and I look forward to our collaboration in caring for patients,” says Dr. Sloan.

To make an appointment, please call 635-8000.

These new additions to our medical team are accepting new patients:

Raj Karuparthi, M.D. Cardiology

Jason Dundulis, M.D. Gastroenterology

Shadi Haddadin, M.D. Oncology/Hematology

635-JCMG (5264) Clint Harris, M.D. Pain Management

William Klutho, MD






Vaccines are one of the great achievements of modern medicine. Humans have benefited from vaccina-

tions for more than two centuries, following the smallpox vaccine that was first discovered by Edward Jenner in the 1790s.1 This scientific breakthrough eventually allowed for the eradication of this deforming and deadly disease. Through continued progress, vaccines are now capable of preventing other significant diseases that can lead to pneumonia, meningitis, seizures, deafness, paralysis, congenital birth defects, missed school and work, hospitalizations and death. Vaccines have greatly reduced the number of infant and early childhood deaths due to infection, which was once the leading cause of mortality in this age group.

To emphasize the dramatic impact vaccinations have had let’s look at a single disease. Measles remains an uncommon disease in the United States. In 2014, the United States saw the largest outbreak in recent history with 667 confirmed cases, followed by the multistate outbreak in 2015 originating from one of the Disney theme parks.2 Worldwide, however, measles is the highest cause of vaccine preventable death. During that same 2014 year there were 114,900 global deaths due to measles, with a large portion of these being children less than five.3 In this era it seems unimaginable that a disease that many pediatricians have never seen in the United States is killing hundreds of thousands worldwide. For this reason the World Health Organization (WHO) along with other organizations such as UNICEF and The American Red Cross have established a global initiative to eradicate measles in multiple high risk areas worldwide through preventative vaccination.3 Research continues today to expand prevention of disease through vaccination. Through such efforts there are now two vaccines that can even prevent cancer. By vaccinating against Hepatitis B and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) we are able to prevent many cases of liver and cervical cancer respectively. The multivalent HPV vaccine that is currently available is capable of protecting against over 90 percent of viruses that cause cervical cancer.4 Additional vaccine research continues for diseases such as HIV, RSV, and Zika virus. For family’s with teenagers it is important to note that in the last year the state of Missouri has passed legislation now requiring vaccination against meningitis prior to entrance into 8th grade and 12th grade.5 This change follows recommendations from both the Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics and is consistent with already existing practices of JCMG pediatrics. For a list of current immunization schedules or any questions regarding vaccines please ask your doctor or review current recommended guidelines available at 1. Stern, A M, Markel, H. “The History Of Vaccines And Immunization: Familiar Patterns, New Challenges” Health Aff May 2005 vol. 24 no. 3 611-621 2. “Measles Cases and Outbreaks” Measles (Rubeola); Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated April 7, 2016. 3. Measles Fact Sheet. World Health Organization. factsheets/fs286/en/. Reviewed March 2016. 4. Joura, et al. A 9-valent HPV vaccine against infection and intraepithelial neoplasia in women. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015 Feb 19;372(8):711-23 5. “2016-2017 Missouri School Immunization Requirements” Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Immunizations. Reviewed August 2015.

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Do you need a new DOCTOR?

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Call JCmg’s Patient Care liaison:

1.855.JCMG.DOC 1241 W. Stadium Blvd., JefferSon City

Helping patients find the right physician is a priority at JCMG - and we’ve just made it easier. Our new patient care liaison is available to assist patients in finding the right family physician to fit their individual needs. If you’re looking for a new, high quality provider — we can help!




JCMG Laser & Vein Medspa marked it’s official first day of business at 2511 West Edgewood Suite A, in the space formerly occupied by The Entertainer on June 4th. We are excited to welcome

this new facility to our family of clinics offering signature care in the Mid-Missouri area. JCMG Laser & Vein Medspa is an expansion of the current Laser & Vein Center. The medspa will offer a space dedicated to the Laser & Vein Center’s current aesthetic services as well as house a day spa offering massage, body treatments, manicures, pedicure, and waxing. In addition, state of the art Sunlighten full spectrum infrared saunas and VersaSpa sunless tanning is now available. This new facility allows us to expand our current offerings in a space designed to make you feel relaxed and pampered. So, whether you want to enhance your appearance with medically based treatments and physician directed skin care or just relax and be pampered there is a place for you. Dr. Chandra Prasad and team currently offer complimentary consultations for all medical esthetic services or you can drop by our new retail space and learn about our products and procedures at your convenience.

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The new facility is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit for more information and to learn about their current promotions. The JCMG Laser & Vein Center continues to offer full service vein care at our current location at 2511 W Edgewood, Suite H. The staff of the new JCMG Laser & Vein Medspa at 2511 W. Edgewood Suite A, would also like to invite all JCMG employees to participate in additional savings throughout the months of July and August. All employees currently receive a 10 percent discount on all services and products everyday! For the months of July and August employees can receive the following additional discounts: 25 percent off all products in our new retail space, buy two get one free on our VersaSpa tanning and our new infrared sauna and 25 percent off massages in our new spa area. Or stop by for a tour and be entered to win in a drawing for a month of unlimited tanning or infrared spa treatments. Join us for our ribbon cutting on July 15th at 4:30 and stick around for our after party. Details to come!


the new JCMG Laser & Vein Medspa!

Services aesthetics

Now offering a full Spa experience in their expanded location plus all the services you already know and love.

Take Advantage

of the New Spa Sneak Peek ProMotioN

• Skin care • Hair removal • Liposuction • Cellulite reduction • Botox® • Fillers • Ultherapy • Tattoo removal • Spa services

Purchase one spa service and receive another spa service for HALF OFF. Choose from manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, VersaSpa tanning and the NEW InfraRed Sauna. Must be used in the same visit. Valid through July 2016

Call or visit us online: 573-761-LASR (5277)

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2511 W. Edgewood, Suite H (Creektrail Center) Jefferson City


Cancer July 29th 2 - 4 pm



Guest Speaker:

Dr. Krishna Mettu JCMG Sleep Medicine Sleep Disturbances Join us for an uplifting cancer support group for patients, family, friends and all those affected by cancer. We’ll address different topics each month, enjoy snacks and be encouraged.

We are your support team. 1241 West Stadium Blvd. Jefferson City, MO 65109 12    SUMMER 2016

JCMG Board Room, First Floor Take back entrance elevator to level 1 573-556-7718


DR. REGGIE VADEN Named JCMG Shareholder Reggie Vaden, MD, FACS, Jefferson City’s only colorectal surgeon, has earned the status of JCMG shareholder. Shareholder status in JCMG is conferred by a vote of the board of directors. It requires that the physician have a growing medical practice and a high level of achievement in their medical field. Other factors include professional excellence, patient satisfaction, and collegial working relationships with their peers. JCMG physicians and staff value Dr. Vaden’s contribution to the group. In addition, her patients speak volumes about the care she provides. Here are a few recent comments: “Dr. Reggie Vaden was my doctor in 2014 and saved my life. She is the best.” “Dr. Vaden is a great doctor and a wonderful human being. We are blessed to have her at JCMG.” “Dr. Vaden was great! Last year, I was diagnosed with stage one colon cancer and had surgery where a portion was removed and I’m cancer free.” Dr. Vaden joined JCMG Surgery in June 2014. She has a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her fellowship in colon and rectal surgery were completed at the University of Texas-Houston, and an internship and residency in general surgery were fulfilled at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vaden is board certified in general surgery and rectal surgery. She performs a wide range of minimally invasive and open surgeries, such as the removal of the gallbladder, appendix and repair of hernias. With her specialty training in colon and rectal surgery, she performs surgeries, such as the removal of colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, correction of rectal prolapse, and ulcerative colitis. Becoming a shareholder is an accomplishment in which Dr. Vaden takes pride. “It is an honor and privilege to work with such great physicians, in caring for patients, at JCMG. I have enjoyed getting to know the community and look forward to the opportunities that await me,” Dr. Vaden commented.

It is an honor and privilege to work with such great physicians in caring for patients.

Dr. Thompson congratulating Dr. Vaden on becoming a shareholder. JCMG eMAG  13



in Health Sciences Scholarships to Area Students Jefferson City Medical Group is pleased to announce that five area students, pursuing nursing or premedicine degrees, were recently awarded scholarships by the group. The JCMG Health Sciences Scholarships were established in 2009 because of the increasing demand for physicians and nurses due to the aging population and increase in

life expectancy. Since that time, the group has invested $32,000 in the medical education of area students. All scholarship winners reside within the JCMG service area. JCMG is very interested in encouraging students to work in the healthcare field and hope that they will return to their hometown after they receive their medical education.

This year’s winners include:

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Daniel Gernander, son of Erik and Emily Gernander, Jefferson City, is a recent graduate of Jefferson City High School. He will major in chemistry (pre-medicine) at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Kyle Schulte, son of Christopher and Theresa Schulte, Jefferson City, is a recent graduate of Blair Oaks High School. He will major in biomedical engineering (pre-medicine) at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Whitney Hake, daughter of Brad and Christy Hake, Jefferson City, is a recent graduate of Helias Catholic High School. She will major in biochemistry (pre-medicine) at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

Amanda Myers, Henley, is a nursing student at Lincoln University. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Dr. Nathan Granneman and Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Lenz Dr. Granneman is a Family & Sports Medicine physician. Nathan Granneman, MD, completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky. His family medicine residency and medical degree were obtained at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Nathan Granneman, M.D. Family & Sports Medicine

Kathleen Lenz, APRN, BC, received her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She received her post masters certificate from Graceland University and her master’s as well as her bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia. They join K. Thomas Papreck, MD, Timothy Ryan, DO, Jack R. Uhrig, MD, and Eric Horning, MS, MPAS, PA-C, and are all accepting patients. You can learn more about each of them by visiting,

Kathleen Lenz, APRN, BC Nurse Practitioner

To schedule an appointment, please call 660-886-3364 and we will be happy to help you establish care with one of our high quality providers.

660-886-3364 2303 south hwy 65 marshall, mo

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Q: How long have you worked at JCMG? A: Almost four years Q: What do you do at JCMG? A: I am a medical assistance in Oncology and Hematology Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: I like to participate in Crossfit, Strong Woman Competitions, and mixed martial arts. I enjoy time spent with my family, adventures, and seeing/trying new things I’ve never done before. Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you? A: My life has been one non-stop sport! I enjoyed ice skating, soccer, basketball, track, and cross country into college. In 2009, I joined the military and became a cook then a combat medic. More sports followed including, MMA (cage fighting), Crossfit, and Strong Woman Competitions. I actually just competed in the United States Strongman Nationals a few weeks ago! I have four beautiful kids, Adriana - 12, Elijah - 10, Alexa - 8, and Urijah - 2. The older three are all very active in sports. Stay posted! I’m looking to get back in the cage soon! Q: What is your favorite quote or book and why? A: Keep Alert, Stand Firm in your Faith, Be Courageous, Be Strong, Let all that you do be done in Love. Too often, I think we get swept away with the everyday stresses in life. We forget to tell people we appreciate them and our families how much we love them. We waste time on things we don’t really care about instead of doing the things we love. We lose our confidence; forget who we really are, and the goals we should be working towards. This quote is a constant reminder to me of what I should be doing and working towards. Q: Is there anything else that you’d like to share about yourself? A: I would just like to take the time to thank everyone who made me who I am today. Our chemo patients teach me everyday what being strong really means, and to appreciate life to the fullest. I think it’s important to always remember where you came from and to continue to learn new things every day. As stated in my favorite country song, “Always stay humble and kind.”

Brittanny’s beautiful children.

Brittanny trains hard to ensure she’s ready for her next challenge JCMG eMAG  17


SSM Health Mission Exceptional Provider Awards APRIL

Congratulations to Dr. Reggie Vaden, JCMG Surgical Specialists, for being awarded the SSM Health Mission Exceptional Provider Award for April. She was nominated by patients, staff and fellow physicians:

“My mom has been treated by Dr. Vaden for rectal cancer. This has been a very trying Reggie Vaden, M.D. time for our family, but all the doctors here JCMG Surgical Specialists and associated with her treatment have been very considerate and caring. Dr. Vaden has shown great compassion to our mother and to us during her treatment and rehabilitation; may God bless her for her kindness. We expected the great care and treatment, but it was the TLC that put Dr. Vaden’s service over the top for us all.” Staff commented, “Dr. Vaden is certainly technically competent, but she also demonstrates the virtues of compassion and empathy to her patients; her patients love her.”


Congratulations to Dr. Krishna Mettu, JCMG Sleep Medicine, for being awarded the SSM Health Mission Exceptional Provider Award for May.

Congratulations Congratulations to Dr. Donald Miller, IM, on completing the necessary requirements to obtain recertification by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Critical Care Medicine.

Congratulations to Lora Folz, MD, JCMG Pediatrics, for being nominated for the 2016 Zonta Women of Achievement award. Congratulations to James Weiss, MD, Thomas Robbins, MD, and George Carr, MD, JCMG Family Medicine, and Andrew Weiss, MD, JCMG Ophthalmology, for being named Jefferson City’s best doctors in the recent News Tribune Reader’s Choice awards.

James J. Weiss, MD

Thomas Robbins, MD

George Carr, MD

Andrew Weiss, MD

He was nominated by patients, families, staff and fellow physicians: “Dr. Mettu is very compassionate and caring—he immediately makes you feel comfortable. He is extremely knowledgeable Krishna Mettu, M.D. and willing to take the time to really listen JCMG Sleep Medicine to his patients. Dr. Mettu has changed my life since diagnosing my sleep apnea. I feel so much better and I know I have Dr. Mettu to credit that to.” “Dr. Mettu gets it, he sees it, and he acts accordingly to improve your sleep, which let’s face it, affects your entire life. He verified what I already knew—I needed some good sleep and he gave me the tools to get that. He even followed up with me after the study. Can you credit one person for significantly enhancing your life with his diagnosis, well yes, that’s Dr. Mettu! Thank you Dr. Mettu.”

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JCMG PEDIATRIC EXTENDED CARE NEW HOURS Please note that JCMG Pediatric Extended Care hours will change effective August 1. The new hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

We’re mothers


doctors nurses...

Congratulations Dr. Lora Folz

Women of Achievement Nominee

we’re the women of JULY/AUGUST EVENTS July 12-29 “Pack a Back Pack” School Supply Drive & Competition Benefits the Salvation Army in Jefferson City A drop box for supplies will be available in the Lobby or cash donations may be given to EIC members.

July 19 Employee Quarterly Meeting 7 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 4 p.m. Employee Training Room/Lounge Employees are encouraged to attend one session. Refreshments will be provided to those in attendance.

July 17 JCMG Family Night at the Pool 7:30–9:00 p.m. ~ Memorial Park Aquatic Center EIC is treating JCMG physicians and staff, and their guests, to an evening of swimming fun. Admission is only $1 (swimmers & non-swimmers) payable at the gate.

August 16 Blood Drive 8:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Employee Training Room All presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals commemorative T-shirt.* Schedule your appointment at, use sponsor code: CARDS or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

More information about the events listed above may be found on the JCMG Intranet. JCMG eMAG  19


JCMG WELCOMES NEW EMPLOYEES APRIL NEW EMPLOYEES (FRONT L TO R): Tina Roush (ORTHO), Carson Peters (HSK), Kylene Jackson (WC), Mikahla Lewis (WC), Michelle Bolten (LVC), Jamie Verslues (CS/PA/Referral), Dawn Heet (TRANS), Rodney Wolfe (HSK), LuAnne Wekenborg (CARD) (BACK L TO R): Aubrey Phillips (LVC), Melissa Astin (ADMIN), Natalie Thode (CBO), Taliaa Pendergrass (POD), Joan Weber (CBO), Cherita Taylor (CBO)

MAY NEW EMPLOYEES (FRONT L TO R): Cara Kirchhoff (FHC), Sheila Roan (ORTHO), Natalie White (LVC), Mandy Nilges (LVC), Tabatha Gray (LVC), Jenica Deppe (OSC), Virginia Shetler (LVC), Alyson Campbell (HR/FLP) (BACK L TO R): Macey Morris (IM), Lauren Rhea (CBO), Keri Drinkard (OSC), Amanda Peters (DERM), Angela Honse (LAB), Brittany McCann (CS)

JCMG was once again the top Corporate fundraising team at the 2016 March for Babies.

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The JCMG Oncology/Hematology/ Infusion staff participated in the 2016 Relay for Life.

Dr. Saira Babar was presented with recognition from Humana Medicare Advantage for her participation, as well as, attaining quality initiative goals for her patients.


At the 2016 Baby Bonanza, Jamie & Dr. Berendzen represented Women’s Clinic of JCMG. Below is a look at some of the other exhibitors and participants. The 5th annual Dribbling Strong Against Cancer basketball game was a great success which included cheerleaders who performed during halftime (above). Congratulations to the physicians’ team (below) who came out victorious and had the honor of receiving the Dribbling Strong traveling trophy.

Brittanny (JCMG Oncology/ Hematology) and Rhonda (SSM Health Cancer Center at JCMG) serve ice cream sundaes to staff during a Relay for Life fundraiser.

After 37 years, Marla Schaefer retired from JCMG Family Medicine. We wish Marla well in retirement.

Carol Mize, JCMG Switchboard, was given a retirement reception by the JCMG Centralized Services staff for her 18 years of service




How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Retirement Readiness


Life is full of unexpected frustrations. Running late, spilling

coffee on yourself or getting into an argument can start your day off on the wrong foot. The good news is that you can control your mood and prevent these obstacles from ruining your entire day. The most important thing you can do is to focus on the positive. Studies show that when you’re positive, you have 23 percent fewer health-related effects from stress, you’re 31 percent more productive, you’re 40 percent more likely to receive a promotion and your creativity levels triple. Here are a few ways to turn a bad day around:


Based on calculations done in many studies, the average person needs to save between

12–15 percent of their salary throughout their working career to retire with near the same standard of living they enjoyed while working. The JCMG Plan, in most years, will provide about 6 percent for participants deferring 6 percent of their salary. That is a total of 12 percent. That is close to “on track”; however, consider increasing your deferral percentage 1 percent per year to get to the overall 15 percent number or higher. Small increases make a big difference over time.

• Pinpoint the concrete reason for your frustration and address it immediately. • Write down or recite three things you are grateful for. • Choose not to be a victim of your frustration. Make a conscious effort to be positive. • Set realistic expectations for your day. Negative emotions can be contagious. It is worth taking control of your mood—not just for yourself—but for those around you.

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