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eMag APRIL 2014 • JCMG.ORG


Largest baby show in Central Missouri, April 6


2 COVER STORY Baby Bonanza

4 DOCTOR TO PATIENT Cutting-Edge Treatment with personal care

6 MEDICAL NEWS 8 CLINIC PROFILE A Head to Toe Solution: St. Mary’s Cancer Laser nail treatment for Center at JCMG fungal nails

11 EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Heather Schrimpf






THIRD ANNUAL Baby Bonanza, April 6 Welcoming a new baby into your family doesn’t come with an owner’s manual to guide you step-by-step. Fortunately for parents and grandparents, a great resource is right here in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City Medical Group, St. Mary’s Health Center, and Whaley’s Mommy & Me are hosting the Baby Bonanza 2014 on Sunday, April 6, from 1-4 p.m. at Capitol Plaza Hotel. The big event will feature a ballroom full of exhibit booths all focused on providing information and products useful to new parents. Last year, exhibit booths included local pediatricians, baby stores, savings programs, breastfeeding education, photography, chiropractic care, baby food, educational toys and much more. In addition, the event also features four educational sessions, including a daddy bootcamp session for dads; a fitness demonstration for moms and babies; presentation on “Labor and Delivery 101” by Jodi Berendzen, MD, and Amanda Rodemann, DO, Women’s Clinic of JCMG; and “Vitamin K and Vaccines” by Brian Conley, MD, St. Mary’s Pediatrics Clinic. A baby crawling contest is also a popular attraction at the event. If you have a fast crawler and would like to enter the contest, stop by the baby crawling contest table during the event to sign up for a heat. The crawling contest finale will be at the end of the Baby Bonanza. Another popular component of Baby Bonanza 2014 is the baby product and fashion show. Sponsored by Whaley’s Mommy & Me, the show helps soon-to-be parents learn about all the new baby products on the market, including maternity wear, baby wear, diaper bags, baby seats, strollers and more. New this year will be the announcement of the News Tribune/Women’s Clinic of JCMG Cutest Baby Contest at the Baby Bonanza. This event is $5 general admission, no RSVP needed and all proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. For more information on the event, including times of speaker presentations, crawling contests, and fashion show, go to or call (573) 761-7175. 

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Sunday, April 6 1-4 pm Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City

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Largest Baby Show in Central Missouri! Baby Product & Fashion Show Crawling Contest Lots of Exhibitors & Great Prizes! $5 Admission, Proceeds Benefit March of Dimes

Special Events: 1:30 p.m 1:35 p.m

Daddy Bootcamp: A “Real” Session for Dads Fitness demo class for moms & babies Nicci Howard, CPT, CSN, HeartStrong

2:20 p.m.

Labor and Delivery 101 Amanda Rodemann, DO, Women’s Clinic of JCMG Jodi Berendzen, MD, Women’s Clinic of JCMG

2:45 p.m.

Whaley’s Mommy & Me Product & Fashion Show

3 p.m.

News Tribune Cutest Baby Contest Winner Announced

3:20 p.m.

Vitamin K & Vaccines Brian Conley, MD, St. Mary’s Pediatrics Clinic

Sponsored by:

Baby Crawling Contest: Great prizes for the top finishers! Great fun for everyone! 1:15 p.m. Crawling Contest (Heat 1) 2:00 p.m. Crawling Contest (Heat 2) 3:45 p.m. Crawling Contest Grand Finale

Media sponsorship provided by KRCG-TV

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CUTTING-EDGE TREATMENT with personal care Beverly Figg knew that something was terribly wrong. It was only after persistent tests by a JCMG gastroen-

There’s no question he was instrumental in the fact that I’m alive today.” Dr. Rolando Breier JCMG oncologist

Beverly Figg Oncology patient

Visit JCMG’s information desk for your complimentary magnet.

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terologist, and Rolando Breier, oncologist-hematologist, that the wrong had a name -- multiple myeloma, a very rare cancer of the blood that destroys bones and damages organs. Dr. Breier gently guided Beverly on a path toward healing. “Dr. Breier is incredibly compassionate. He sits down with you and looks you in the eye and answers all your questions,” says Figg, a Jefferson City attorney. He arranged for her to be treated by a specialist in St. Louis, Dr. Ravi Vij, well known for his research and treatment in this rare type of cancer. His plan for her involved chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant using new, healthy stem cells her own body was prompted to produce. Beverly was relieved that the chemotherapy and the posttransplant care could be administered locally by Dr. Breier, who followed her well-being closely. “He’s friendly. He’s attentive. He was incredibly interested in how the treatment was going and whether it was effective,” she notes. It turns out, the treatment was effective in stopping a cancer that has been fatal for many patients. Beverly says, “I would not be alive but for this cutting-edge treatment that Dr. Breier and Dr. Vij gave me.”

Colonoscopy Screening Who’s doing your exam? Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Research shows that colonoscopy saves lives. Studies have shown that colonoscopy by Gastroenterologists (GI specialists) is superior to that of other physicians due to their training and experience. GI specialists are less likely to miss precancerous polyps and have fewer complications. The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screening begin at age 50. Men and women with a family history of the disease or other risk factors should begin screenings earlier. At the JCMG Outpatient Surgery Center and St. Mary’s Health Center, Anesthesiologists and Certified Nurse Anesthetists provide sedation for patient comfort and safety. When your doctor recommends colorectal screening, make sure your colonoscopy is scheduled with a fellowship trained, board certified GI specialist. Make sure to ask, “Is my doctor a board certified gastroenterologist?”

JCMG’s GI Specialists are Board Certified:

Sara Echelmeyer, M.D.

Richard Jennett, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Joseph Wang, M.D.

To make an appointment with a board certified GI specialist, please call 635-5264. 1241 w. Stadium Blvd.

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A HEAD TO TOE SOLUTION: Laser nail treatment for fungal nails BY J.P. MCALEER, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., JCMG PODIATRY

Lasers are now commonplace in medical offices and facilities worldwide. Once found scantly throughout

the medical community, these medical grade lasers are being adapted and modified for different applications. Hair reduction, skin resurfacing, scar reduction and vein ablation are only a few of the many procedures available to patients in need of the services. Through clinical trials and research, these high powered tools have evolved and are now being used for applications once thought to be cost prohibitive. The next generation of lasers are allowing physicians to offer treatments to patients which improve quality of life and overall satisfaction.  One example of an area of laser science that is rapidly expanding is in the treatment of podiatric nail conditions. Nail pathology comprises approximately 10% of all dermatologic conditions. These diseases of the nail progressively worsen over time and affect many individuals as they enter their ‘golden years’. Fungal nail infections make up about 50% of all nail disorders. This problem, which affects approximately 30 million Americans, can have a significant psychological toll due to the associated social stigma. The problem is more common in the toenails than the fingernails due to the warm moist environment in which the shoes confine the feet. Fungal nail infections, also referred to as onychomycosis, can cause significant pain and discomfort. The infectious process is typically initiated by a traumatic event which lifts the nail plate

from the underlying soft tissue. This inciting event, coupled with the introduction of fungal organisms found in our environment, predisposes one to developing an active infection. Once the infection has been established, the fungal organisms begin to proliferate causing the physical and cosmetic changes we associate with the nail pathology. These changes include thick, discolored, yellow/brown nails, which harbor debris between the nail plate and the soft tissue. Nail shape changes occur and the nail borders tend to become incurvated, which can lead to ingrown nails and bacterial super infections. The nails also become very difficult to cut with traditional instruments. These problems are most severe in the diabetic patient population and can lead to complications and the possibility of lower extremity amputations.  Treatment for this problem is available and it is recommended that it not be delayed. Long term presence of the infection can lead to permanent changes of the nail plate due to scarring and damage of the matrix where the nail tissue originates.  Laser treatment has been adapted to eradicate both superficial and deep fungal nail infections without the use of harsh oral medications. This option is highly effective and utilizes a 1064Nd:Yag laser to generate a concentrated wavelength of light to target and kill the infection. Laser treatment is safe, painless and fast. The treatment heats the nail infection and triggers an apoptotic auto-destruct sequence in the fungal infection, thus halting the spread of the disease as the nail grows out. It is

Laser treatment has been adapted to eradicate both superficial and deep fungal nail infections without the use of harsh oral medications.

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With the spring and summer seasons right around the corner it is time to get sandal ready. recommended that all 10 nails be treated due to the fact that fungal spores can colonize nails that do not appear to be clinically infected when observed with the naked eye. Typically, at least two treatments are required one month apart to maximize the result of the procedure. The average treatment time is approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed in-office without the need for any anesthesia. This option frees patients from having to concern themselves with the potential side effects associated with the longterm use of oral anti-fungal medications.   Discolored and deformed nails can be very embarrassing. Many patients avoid open toe shoes because of the changes to the nail plate and matrix. With the spring and summer seasons right around the corner it is time to get sandal ready. These procedures can be scheduled at JCMG Podiatry and are performed at the JCMG Laser and Vein Center. 


Helping you get back

on your feet.

Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Specialists

Conservative & Surgical Care for All Ages X-Ray, MRI, CT Scans on Premises Same Day or Next Day Appointments Available

William Duke, DPM

Jody P. McAleer, DPM

PODIATRY 1241 W. Stadium Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 556-7724

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Open House, April 26 One Team. One Location. Focused on You. That’s the

concept behind the new cancer center scheduled to open in April. St. Mary’s Cancer Center at JCMG provides a comprehensive cancer program designed to treat the entire person, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of patients’ loved ones. This centralized location makes it easier for our patients and families to access the most advanced technology in cancer treatment—close to home! St. Mary’s Cancer Center’s alignment with JCMG allows quick access to a wide-range of specialists — radiologists, hematologists, radiation and medical oncologists, pulmonologists, and breast, colon and thoracic surgeons, among others — offering a collective experience that fosters exceptional health care to patients. Our expert physicians, nurses and oncology professionals are your advocates throughout the treatment process.  Our team walks patients step-by-step from their new diagnoses throughout the healing process. Plus, we offer a dedicated resource center onsite for patients and families to learn more about cancer and treatment.

St. Mary’s Cancer Center at JCMG brings exceptional, integrated care from the most respected physicians, all in one building, with the most advanced technology in cancer treatment. It’s the latest step in a collaboration that is raising the bar in cancer care right here in our community. Cancer services include: • Medical oncology/ hematology with boardcertified physicians • Highly-trained oncology nurses • Infusion therapy • Dedicated, full-time radiation oncologist • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy with image guided CT simulation • Advanced minimallyinvasive surgical services • Lung cancer screening • MRI breast cancer screening • State of the art medical imaging including MRI, CT, and PET/CT

• Ultrasound-guided breast, thyroid, and lymph node biopsies • CT biopsies of the lung, liver, pancreas, lymph node and other solid organs • EGD/colonoscopy • Palliative care & pain management • Nutritional support • Support groups • Dedicated onsite resource center • Oncology social workers • Outpatient psychology services

You’ve got a lot of

Richard J. Wilson Cancer Resource Center Located within the Cancer Center is a special room dedicated to helping patients and families get the information they need about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, healing and living. The Richard J. Wilson Cancer Resource Center is named in honor of a supporter of JCMG and St. Mary’s Health Center, Dick Wilson. We admired his positive spirit and encouragement. He was a great banker, financial advisor and friend. His untimely death to cancer has inspired us to empower others with information and support. Resources include: brochures, books, access to the Web and health databases, which are approved by our medical staff; and iPads for patients to use during treatment within the Cancer Center.

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living to do.

Community Ribbon Cutting &

OPEN HOUSE Dedication & Blessing

Saturday, April 26 9am - 11am 1241 W. Stadium Blvd.

Register to Win an iPad! Event is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed.

Dr. Douglas Laux, JCMG oncologist

Dr. John Bechtel, St. Mary's radiation oncologist

Dr. Rolando Breier, JCMG oncologist

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You don’t have to live with it Do bladder control issues keep you from the activities you enjoy? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of women suffer from an overactive bladder and urinary incontinence. The good news is that many advances have been made in the treatment of female bladder problems and fecal incontinence. You no longer need to live with bladder or stool control issues. We can help you!

556-7717 1241 W. Stadium Blvd.

Bladder Treatment Center & Women’s Healthcare Located inside the Women & Children’s Center. Robert Ferris, MD

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dr. Ferris has completed extensive training in urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. He is a clinical faculty member of Boston Scientifics’ Pelvic Floor institute. He helps to train physicians throughout the country.





Q: How long have you worked at JCMG? A: Nearly two years. Q: What’s the favorite part of your job? A: “My patients, of course! They make my job so rewarding. We also have a great team environment in Oncology. It makes my work day enjoyable.” Q: Do you have any hobbies? A: “CROCHETING! About a year ago, I asked my grandma to teach me how to crochet so that I could donate hats to our patients. Since then it’s turned into a big hobby of mine.” One could say that it’s more than a hobby at this point. Heather has her own business cards for Crochet Creations and fills at least five to six orders, in her spare time, during the week.

“I love MU sporting events - basketball and football - we attend them all.”

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment? A: “I just graduated with my BSN and I plan to become Oncology certified in the fall.” Long term plans include obtaining her master’s degree.

Crochet Creations

Q: What are your thoughts about the new cancer center? A: “I’m very excited about the cancer center and the new direction of care we’ll be able to provide. I’m also excited to learn about additional aspects of care for cancer patients, such as radiation oncology.” Q: What is your favorite quote? A: “I don’t really have a favorite quote. I try to tell all my patients to stay positive, we’ll get through this together.” Heather updates the white board in Oncology with an inspirational quote and general chemo tip each week.





Quality Service Awards

Family Medicine Employee of the Month for March Bridget Wankum

Employee of the quarter Nicole Oneill-Judd Student Technologist in Imaging

Nominated by a coworker for the following reason: Nicole was performing x-rays on 4 year old Kallie Buechter, when the patient needed a restroom break. The patient and her mother went to the restroom and shortly afterward, her mother came screaming for help. Nicole responded immediately and found the little child choking and turning blue, not breathing. Nicole quickly performed full CPR and revived Kallie, who was taken to JCMG Extended Care and then admitted to the hospital. Here Kallie presents Nicole with a bouquet of flowers in gratitude for saving her life.


Now Available

Online & Mobile App Prescription Refills

Stop by and talk to a pharmacy team member for more information or go to:

April 3 – Ferris Famous BBQ March of Dimes activities

Congratulations to the following employees who have received Signature Care Customer Service cards since the last issue: Lisa Cook, Michelle Hoeller, Evelynn McVicker, Courtney Schlup. Thank you to Shannon Cofer, Colette Lee, and Norma Thompson for a job well done.

11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m., JCMG Orthopaedic Center Parking Lot Dr. Ferris and his grilling partners will be grilling hamburgers, bratwurst & hot dogs, with chips, cookie and a drink. Cost $5.

April 9-11 – Easter Basket Silent Auction

A silent action on artfully-designed Easter baskets will begin Wed., April 9 in the JCMG Lobby. Bidding will end at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11.

April 12 – Spring Photos

9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Cost is $25; Package includes 4 edited poses on CD. CDs will be delivered week of April 21. Additional prints/packages may be ordered. Appointments required—please call Stephanie at Ext. 5210.

April 12 - EIC Easter Party

For employee and physicians at JCMG 9:30-10:00 a.m. – registration 10:00 a.m. – group activities begin in the Lobby Registration is required by April 4 using JCMG Intranet link. Activities include: Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, cookies & juice, storytelling, duck pond, kids body art, book walk, and coloring.

April 15 - Employee Quarterly Meeting

7:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 4:00 p.m. Employee Training Room/Lounge Employees are encouraged to attend one of the sessions. Refreshments will be provided.

April 18 - Quarterly Cleaning Day

Employees are asked to help the housekeeping staff tidy up their areas. Employees cleaning that day may wear jeans to work.

April 26 - JCMG Heart Walk Team Trivia Night and Dinner

6:00-10:00 p.m., American Legion Hall 1423 Tanner Bridge Road, Jefferson City You may register individually or as a team. Dinner is $10, trivia is $10, or the combo is available for $15 per person. Teams/tables of eight are $80 for trivia or $120 for dinner and trivia.

HoUrS :

8 am - 6 pm


9 am - 2 pm

Weekends & most holidays

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


JCMG’s March of Dimes activities are in full swing. A bake sale raised $591.65 and St. Patrick’s Day pancakes raised $481. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their help and baked items for the bake sale. A big thank you also goes out to Mike Kehoe and Joe Machens Capital City Ford for providing the supplies and handiwork to make our “Patty Cake” event a huge success!

JCMG recently welcomed the following new employees: Nicole Richey, AUD; Jackie Ritter, ENT; Jill Campbell, Pharm; and Angela Whittle, WC.

Lyle Rosburg, JCMG Chief Financial Officer, is also a Cole County deputy. He and his sidekick, Reserve K-9 Unit Snoopy, read to local school children recently. Following the book, “Officer Buckle and Gloria,” the duo put on a dog and deputy show!

Representatives from the JCMG Fitness & Wellness Committee participated in a health fair at Scholastic.

Dr. Joyce Wilson, JCMG orthopaedic hand surgeon, and her husband, Steve, and their four little girls were featured in the March/April issue of HER. JCMG HEAD TO TOE HEALTHCARE  13




With recent news about data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels many are wondering what steps they can take to protect themselves. While these ideas are certainly not an exhaustive list, they are simple and easily implemented.


An active lifestyle controls your weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves your mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and increases quality of life. What are you waiting for – get moving.

• The best protection is detecting issues early by monitoring your accounts and looking for unfamiliar charges or transactions. Don’t necessarily wait for paper statements, most accounts have online access. • Check your credit reports for fraud at —one report free from each agency once a year. • Use smart habits to protect yourself, like not clicking on links in emails from unfamiliar senders, logging out of online accounts and shredding records.

• Inactivity puts you at risk for breast/colon cancer, diabetes, and ischemic heart disease. • At least 30 minutes of physical activity every day is recommended. • Exercise is medicine.

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