As the Joplin Family Y prepares to celebrate 130 years of serving our community, we take time to reflect on our beginnings and recognize the positive impact we have made in our community. On February 11, 1891, a small group of citizens gathered to start the Joplin Family YMCA. Within a month, rooms for this new organization were acquired above a bakery on Main Street. This group of community leaders were called to serve our community through the Y by putting Christian principles into action. That is what we have strived to do ever since.

The Y has faced many challenges over the years, and continues to be a resilient organization. The past 18 months have deeply tested this resilience with a global pandemic, economic crisis, social unrest, and racial injustice. Ys across the country rose to these challenges and stayed strong, just as we did here in Joplin.

We found new ways to serve our community during a time when we had to pause our traditional programming and services. We remained focused on our purpose of strengthening our community. Our Y staff and volunteers worked tirelessly through this time, providing safe spaces for our kids to learn, offering child care so our essential workers and frontline staff could have peace of mind, and we continued checking in on our vulnerable neighbors and friends. We know this community is strong and resilient. Over the past 130 years, we have been through so much together. Through economic downturns, major wars, health crises, and natural disasters, we stand together as a community. The Y has been and will continue to be here when our community is hurting. We are here to lift everyone up, to provide a sense of comfort and security, and to help lead us forward.

Over the past 130 years, our buildings may have changed, but our mission remains the same: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Our cause has not wavered. We are here to strengthen the Joplin community through our focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Each day, we work side-by-side to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and reach their highest potential.

We continue to build on all these experiences and innovations over the past 130 years. We are wiser and better because of them. We move forward together as a community, and we will continue to revitalize our Y for future generations. We are hopeful. We are resilient. We are the Y.

 

Submitted By:
Juan “Cookie” Estrada
CEO of the Joplin Family YMCA

A variety of health care organizations have come together to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve. The Jasper and Newton Counties Community Health Collaborative, working with partners across the region, issued a Regional Health Assessment in 2019 to evaluate the health of our community and set a shared vision for action.

This group is now looking to update that assessment for 2022 and need your help.

Partners involved with this effort are asking for public feedback on local healthcare needs and experiences in the survey, which you can find here.

Questions are simple and are available in English and Spanish.

The group aims to use this systematic, data-driven assessment to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness.

Local Partners leading the work include Freeman Health System, Jasper County Health Department, Joplin Health Department, and Mercy Hospital Joplin.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has been instrumental in the organization of the project.

The resulting Regional Health Assessment will allow decision-makers to have a more holistic and up-to-date picture with which to strategically address community health concerns.

References:

Ryan Talken, Director
Joplin City Health Department
417.623.6122

Tony Moehr, Administrator
Jasper County Health Department
417.358.0480

This month’s update from Mercy Hospital Joplin includes:

  • Information on Pain Awareness Month in September
  • Spotlight on Mercy Clinics, featuring Mercy Clinic’s Pain Management
  • Onsite employer flu shot clinics
  • An update on COVID-19 vaccination boosters for immunocompromised individuals

September is Pain Awareness Month

Chronic pain from headaches, a back disorder, or other ailments don’t have to rule your life. If persistent pain interferes with your ability to be active, sleep, or enjoy time with family and friends, you can find help at Mercy.

We start by evaluating the source of your pain. Based on what we find, a team of experts will work together to develop a pain management plan that’s designed to meet your specific needs. As you go through your treatment program, we’ll keep your doctor in the loop about your progress.

Mercy’s specialists know how to help you manage chronic pain. We are experienced in treating conditions such as:

  • Post-surgical back pain
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Shingles and its complications

At Mercy, you’ll find that effective pain management also means we provide compassionate care. We listen to and address all your concerns — body, mind, and spirit — so you can heal completely. The sooner you move past your pain, the sooner you can return to a normal, active life.

Mercy Spotlight Clinic: Mercy Clinic Pain Management

Here to help serve our patients.

Mercy Clinic Pain Management — Carthage
3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way
Carthage, MO 64836
417.359.1829
www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-clinic-pain-management-carthage

Dr. Eugerie A. Hanley, M.D.
444 Four States Drive, Suite 1
Galena, KS 66739
877.783.4441
www.mercy.net/doctor/eugerie-a-hanley-md

Dr. Michael L. Hearndon, DO
444 Four States Drive, Suite 1A
Galena, KS 66739
877.783.4441
www.mercy.net/doctor/michael-l-hearndon-do

There are proven strategies and technologies for dealing with pain. At Mercy Clinic Pain Management, we know how to help. Our experienced team of medical specialists have successfully treated patients by helping them learn how pain changes their brain, body, and their life.

Get Your Flu Shot — Not the Flu!

Let Mercy Pharmacy come to your employer site to administer flu shots to employees in late September and October. This is the last chance for onsite flu shots!

Mercy can file your health insurance plan, pharmacy plan, or employer-paid billing.

Contact Angela Kennedy at 417.529.8495 or angela.kennedy@mercy.net for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Mercy is now administering COVID-19 booster vaccinations for immunocompromised patients. It must have been at least 28 days since initial two-dose series. Mercy is only giving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at this time, so patients must have received Pfizer for the initial two-dose series.

Below are the CDC guidelines for the additional dose. Those that qualify can schedule online at mercy.net/covidvaccine or walk in the hospital clinic side, Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine?

Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

People should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

Mercy Directory

Need more information on Mercy divisions throughout southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas? See the Mercy directory here.

 

About Mercy: 

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy is one of the nation’s most highly integrated, multi-state health care systems, including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners and 40,000-plus co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.

Reference:

Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-2728

Freeman Health System has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Find out more about Freeman and this award here