Boone Hospital Center breaks ground on our new campus

July 24, 2014

On Thursday, July 24, the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees broke ground on the new south campus medical plaza, located at the corner of Nifong Boulevard and Forum Boulevard.

When complete in 2015, the site will potentially be home to four buildings with a total of 125,000 square feet of space for health care services. The project will be completed in phases, with phase one to include the construction of an 80,000 square-foot signature building designed to reflect the architectural features of the new south tower on the main Boone hospital campus, which opened in 2011.

Rendering of Boone Hospital Center

Rendering of Boone Hospital Center South Campus

“Our goal is to grow with Columbia and our entire service area,” says Jim Sinek, Boone Hospital Center President. “The southwest portion of Columbia continues to expand, and there is a need for more convenient access to high quality health care services. We have nearly completed the programmatic plan regarding the services that will be provided at our south campus. Community needs assessment and input from numerous contingency groups have guided us on the services to be offered.”

The $20-million development will be located on 14 acres of land purchased by the Board of Trustees in 1989, when the growth of southern Columbia was already apparent. The Trustees selected Coil Construction to manage the project.

“Coil Construction is pleased to be a part of bringing Boone Hospital Center and its great reputation to the south part of Columbia,” says Randy Coil, owner of Coil Construction. “What a terrific use for the land the Trustees purchased almost 25 years ago and what a great addition to health care in our community.”

Lanes will be added to both Forum and Nifong Boulevards to accommodate the project. These upgrades will require the relocation of the memorial placed on Nifong in honor of Officer Molly Bowden, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

“We have been working with Officer Bowden’s family to ensure that a permanent and more appropriate memorial is established to recognize the sacrifice she made on behalf of our community,” says Fred Parry, Chairman of the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees. “We will be creating a pocket park with a reflecting pool, park benches and access to a walking trail that winds through the new development. This will be a wonderful tribute to Officer Bowden.”


Boone Therapy and Bioness: ‘It’s amazing what they do here.’

July 22, 2014

On Thursday, July 24, Boone Therapy will offer free screenings for those who have lost hand or leg function due to stroke, brain or spinal injury, or other neurological disorders. Read below to learn how Boone Therapy uses the Bioness to help a stroke patient regain her mobility and independence. 

When Karen Holbrook of Farber, Mo., realized she was experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, there was only one place she wanted to be: “I had to take a helicopter here, and I told them, ‘You get this in the air, and you land at Boone. If you land anywhere in-between, I won’t ride with you anymore.’”

On June 10, Karen was admitted to Boone Hospital Center. She stayed for approximately three weeks in the Rehabilitation Unit and received physical and occupational therapy to help recover lost function on her right side. During her therapy sessions, Karen was outfitted with a device, the Bioness H200 Wireless system.

Jess Stuart and Karen Holbrook

Occupational therapist Jess Stuart and Karen Holbrook use the Bioness H200 Wireless System during Karen’s therapy sessions.

Jess Stuart, an occupational therapist with Boone Therapy, explains, “The Bioness is a functional electrical stimulation unit that helps to facilitate movement that has been lost due to a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or other neurological disorders.”

The system can help some patients improve their range of motion and function, reduce muscle spasms, improve circulation and reduce loss of muscle in the affected area. Karen uses the device designed for the hand. There are also Bioness units for lost function in legs and feet. The H200 consists of a lightweight orthosis that is positioned to fit the hand and forearm. A wireless control unit communicates with the orthosis to send mild electrical impulses that switch on the nerves controlling the muscles in Karen’s hand and forearm. Jess also uses a portable device that allows her to program and track Karen’s activities with the Bioness.

Used in conjunction with an occupational therapy program, the device can help re-educate the muscles used for reaching, grasping and opening and closing her hand.  The lower extremity devices used with physical therapy programs help to re-educate the muscles used to elevate the foot during walking in order to prevent tripping.

“We first started working on Karen’s grasp,” Jess says. “She had a very weak grasp when she started. Now she can squeeze your hand with some power.

“We use Bioness devices in conjunction with other forms of therapy, for patients in the hospital and those that use our outpatient clinic in Broadway Medical Plaza 1,” she continues. “There are many activities we can do with it. I use it often for weight-bearing exercises with the hand, to rebuild sensory input to the shoulder and elbow.”

“Since she’s started me on that,” Karen says, “I’ve been able to straighten my elbow.”

Use of the Bioness isn’t limited to therapy sessions; the devices can be safely worn every day for most activities. An occupational therapist or physical therapist helps with fitting the device and programming the proper impulse intensity suitable for the individual patient’s needs. They also teach the individual how to properly use the device during functional activities. Wearing the Bioness as she opens and closes her right hand, Karen says that the impulses are painless. She is working on getting a personal H200 unit to wear at home.

“More and more insurance programs are starting to cover Bioness systems,” Jess says. “Someone like Karen, who’s very devoted and determined with her rehabilitation, will definitely use it. For example, at home, she can use it to help her be able to open a door.”

Karen, who is determined not to let her stroke slow her down, says the Bioness and Boone Therapy have really been helping her, as part of the care she’s received since her helicopter landed at Boone Hospital Center. “I came to Boone because they specialize in stroke. It’s amazing what they do here.”

If you have trouble walking or using your hand as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain or spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, Boone Therapy can help you regain independence and get back into a more active lifestyle by utilizing various treatment techniques, including possible use of the Bioness wireless technology.

Boone Therapy will offer free screenings to see if Bioness is right for you on Thursday, July 24, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Boone Therapy at 573.815.3868.

If you are unable to make it to this screening, you likely would still benefit from an evaluation by a physical therapist or occupational therapist. Please call Boone Therapy to set up an appointment.


Independence Day Closures

July 4, 2014

Boone Hospital Center is always open to serve our community, however, some of our clinics and departments will be closed today.

On Friday, July 4, the following clinics are closed:

  • Boone Convenient Care
  • Boone Diabetes & Endocrine Center
  • Boone Family Practice
  • Boone Hospital Pain Management Clinic
  • Boone Infectious Disease
  • Boone Internal Medicine Associates
  • Boone Primary Care
  • Boone Pulmonary Medicine
  • Centralia Family Health Clinic
  • Mid-Mo Occupational Medicine
  • Moberly Specialty Clinic
  • Southern Boone County Family Care

The following Boone Hospital Center services will be unavailable:

  • Boone Appetit Café
  • Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice
  • Boone Therapy
  • Boonique Gifts
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Cardiac Diagnostic Center
  • Cashier
  • Diabetes/Nutrition Clinic
  • Harris Breast Center
  • Human Resources
  • Infusion & Treatment Center
  • Medical Records
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Patient Accounts
  • Wound Healing Center

Our WELLAWARE Fitness Center will be OPEN today until 12 PM

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!


Employee of the Month found her second family at Boone

July 2, 2014

Michelle Crane is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for July 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

“There is a never a dull moment in the Emergency Department,” says Michelle Crane, unit secretary. But she wouldn’t want it any other way: “I like the intensity. When the team goes into action to save a life, we’re all involved. We all have a role. It feels good to be a part of that.”

Michelle Crane

Michelle Crane

As unit secretary, Michelle serves as the hub for patient care in a critical area, arranging tests and screenings, entering data and physician orders, placing urgent phone calls, acquiring beds for newly admitted patients, and more. In such a fast-paced area of the hospital, her role is to be the calming entity and to keep things running smoothly.

“You have to keep calm for staff, patients and family members. Getting excited would only make things difficult,” Michelle explains. “You’ve got to keep your spirits up.”

Often, Michelle accomplishes this by remembering a poem her Dad taught her, Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” which opens “If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs…”

In addition to the Emergency Department, Michelle works for nursing support services and provides coverage for unit secretaries in other patient care areas. She joined Boone Hospital Center in October 2007 as a unit secretary in the Cardiology unit.

When asked what she loves most about working at Boone Hospital Center, Michelle immediately says it’s the people she works with. She especially enjoys working with Emergency Department manager Beth Eidson. “I hold such respect for her. Working for Beth is truly a blessing.

“You can’t beat the staff,” she continues “They’ve turned into my family.”

During a difficult time a few years ago, when Michelle’s father required hospice care immediately after she herself had been hospitalized and had used up her Earned Time Off, her Boone family donated ETO so that she could take care of her own family.

Both families mean a lot to Michelle. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Joel and grandchildren Oliver and Finn. She also volunteers at the Food Bank, tends to a plot in the Community Garden, and enjoys swimming, walking and biking on the Katy Trail.

She also walks seven-and-a-half miles from home to work and back and has even walked to work in the snow, including this years’ blizzards and the storm in winter 2011. “I’m from Rapid City, South Dakota,” she says. “So snow doesn’t scare me.”

Indeed, it would take more than a blizzard to keep Michelle away from her job. She says, “It makes a world of difference when you wake up in the morning and tell yourself, ‘I get to go to work today.’”


Employee of the Month gets hospital staff “running back up to 100%”

June 2, 2014

Tyler Compton is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for June 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

Whenever Tyler Compton is called upon to fix a computer, one concern is first and foremost in his mind.

Tyler Compton

Tyler Compton

“Our first question is ‘Is the patient being taken care of?’” he says.

When Boone Hospital Center employees experience any computer problems, they contact a centralized Customer Support Center, which then assigns work tickets to the appropriate team. As part of desktop support, Tyler, an Information Services Senior Customer Support Technician, handles a combination of hardware and software issues. He might pick up a broken computer and take it back to IS to repair it, fix something on the spot or, most often, remote into another machine to resolve issues.

Tyler had come to Columbia in 2012 to return to school at the University of Missouri when he was notified about a three-month contractor position at Boone Hospital Center. The assignment and the opportunity to gain experience appealed to him. The three-month contract was extended to eight months, during which time Tyler was asked if he wanted to work in IS as a full-time employee. In October, he officially joined the Boone Hospital Center team.

Tyler enjoys working in the IS department and the friendly and supportive environment there. This month, he will start the summer semester at University of Missouri to complete his degree in computer science and information technology.

Tyler enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, racquetball and gaming while not at work. He is currently teaching himself computer programming in his free time as well.

When asked what he likes best about working at Boone, Tyler says, “Working with people and working with computers is what I want to do. I can’t picture myself in an office, working eight hours a day, not talking to anyone. I love my job.”

He also likes that the work he does helps others, not just employees with computer issues, but Boone Hospital Center patients, as well.

“At the end of the day, that’s what we’re here for – to get staff running back up to 100%, so they can take care of the patients.”


Memorial Day Closures

May 23, 2014

Boone Hospital Center is always open to serve our community, however, some of our clinics and departments will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

On Monday, May 26, the following clinics will be closed:

  • Boone Convenient Care
  • Boone Diabetes & Endocrine Center
  • Boone Family Practice
  • Boone Hospital Pain Management Clinic
  • Boone Infectious Disease
  • Boone Internal Medicine Associates
  • Boone Primary Care
  • Boone Pulmonary Medicine
  • Centralia Family Health Clinic
  • Mid-Mo Occupational Medicine
  • Southern Boone County Family Care

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The following Boone Hospital Center services will be unavailable:

  • Boone Appetit Café
  • Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice
  • Boone Therapy
  • Boonique Gifts
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Cardiac Diagnostic Center
  • Cashier
  • Diabetes/Nutrition Clinic
  • Harris Breast Center
  • Human Resources
  • Infusion & Treatment Center
  • Medical Records
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Patient Accounts
  • Wound Healing Center

Our WELLAWARE Fitness Center will be open from 6 AM to 12 PM

Regular hours for all of the above will resume on Tuesday, May 27.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!


“Amazing attitudes and compassion”: A father’s gratitude

May 16, 2014

By Daniel and Amy Neale

Daniel, of Columbia, shared his story using our online submission form. Click here to share your story.

Our son Cooper was born at Boone Family Birthplace at 37 weeks on April 22, 2014 by emergency C-section and was in the ICN until the following Saturday, April 26.

Amy Neale with son Cooper

Amy Neale with son Cooper

First off, we would like to tell you how much we enjoyed the staff and what a great job they did. Dr. Merrihew showed a great level of care and went above and beyond to keep us posted throughout the first night and following days. She was great at explaining our son’s level of care and steps involved. She showed great dedication to the care of the patients, families and the ICN.

Two of your staff members stood out above the rest: Emily Kvitle was great with our son and very knowledgeable as well as able to answer any question we had clear and thoroughly. She showed a great compassion for the children and was on top of their care. Molly Jaecques really left a lasting impression with us – she was absolutely amazing. My wife had a placental abruption while Molly was her nurse. When Molly discovered this, she was perfectly calm and handled the situation with total confidence. Her actions and level head kept my wife calm during what could have been a very upsetting situation. She showed amazing skills and knowledge while keeping a smile and pleasant atmosphere. We cannot say enough great things about Molly.

These two are great assets to the family birthplace, and while their skill set may be replaceable, their amazing attitudes and compassion for the care they give is not. Please recognize and pass along our greatest and most sincere gratitude to these two outstanding individuals.


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