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
- 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
Dr. Eugerie A. Hanley, M.D.
444 Four States Drive, Suite 1
Galena, KS 66739
Dr. Michael L. Hearndon, DO
444 Four States Drive, Suite 1A
Galena, KS 66739
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Need more information on Mercy divisions throughout southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas? See the Mercy directory here.
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.
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