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Mercy Kids Mid Rivers Opens in Cottleville

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COTTLEVILLE, Mo – It’s here. Less than one year after the groundbreaking, Mercy Kids Mid Rivers in Cottleville, Missouri, opens today, Nov. 17. Mercy Kids Mid Rivers is a 25,000-square-foot center focused solely on pediatric outpatient care, making it the first of its kind in St. Charles County.

Services offered in the new location include the pediatric specialties of gastroenterology, neurology and sports medicine, along with child psychiatry and child/adolescent counseling services. Additional offerings include Mercy Kids Therapy and Development Center with autism-related programs, a pediatric rehabilitation gym along with educational and screening programs. Coming in January 2015, a pediatric walk-in clinic will provide care for those up to age 21.

In addition to specialty and walk-in care, the facility will be the new home for Mercy Clinic Pediatrics-Mid Rivers (formerly St. Charles County Pediatrics) with six Mercy Clinic pediatricians and two pediatric nurse practitioners.

“With this new location, we’ve followed through on our commitment to provide convenient access to general pediatric care but also specialty therapies, like behavioral health,” said Dr. John Mantovani, child neurologist and pediatric department chair for Mercy Children’s Hospital-St. Louis. “Ten to 15 percent of children benefit from therapy at some point, and Mercy Kids is unique in terms of such a comprehensive commitment to primary and specialty care as well as behavioral and developmental health.”

Beyond the name of the building, Mercy Kids refers to a new way of caring for children. Dr. Joseph Kahn, president of Mercy Kids added,  “Rather than caring for children only when they’re sick and need a hospital, Mercy Kids cares for the whole child, for their physical and emotional well being from conception through childhood, and adolescence and into adulthood.”

For more details about the new facility, please visit www.mercykids.org/cottleville.

Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.  It’s powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists.  Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.

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Mercy Kids Expands Footprint in St. Charles County

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Officials mark groundbreaking of Mercy Kids Mid Rivers
with a ceremonial first dig.

ST. LOUIS – When kids get sick, only the sickest ever spend time in the hospital. The others can usually be cared for in a doctor’s office, urgent care or other outpatient center.

Mercy is expanding in St. Charles County with a new 25,000-square-foot, pediatric outpatient center in Cottleville set to open in 2014. Officials from Cottleville, St. Charles County and Mercy gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Nov. 25. The new center is the latest addition for Mercy Kids.

“Mercy Kids is more than a hospital or a building – it includes a broad range of pediatric services and locations to meet the needs of children at every age,” said Dr. Joseph Kahn, president of Mercy Kids. “From immunizations to the latest therapies for autism to caring for kids with cancer, our physicians and other specialized caregivers work together to keep kids healthy.”

Mercy Kids Mid Rivers in Cottleville will offer general pediatric and pediatric sub-specialty care, after-hours pediatric convenient care, therapy and developmental services including autism-related services, outpatient behavioral health programs, a pediatric rehabilitation gym, and educational and screening programs to maximize children’s healthy.

“We want to provide the best care for kids in all Mercy locations,” said Dr. John Mantovani, child neurologist and pediatric department chair for Mercy Kids St. Louis. “While we have Mercy Children’s Hospital in Creve Coeur to provide care for children with more complex needs, most kids fortunately never need those services. Their care can be provided at the new Mercy Kids Mid Rivers and other out-patient Mercy Kids locations throughout the region. This focus on convenient and effective care fills the void for the thousands who never need to see the inside of hospital.”

Already, Mercy Kids in St. Louis is home to more than 150 pediatricians and pediatric specialists whose areas of expertise include everything from hematology and oncology to neurology, urology, gastroenterology, behavioral health, psychiatry and more.

“One of our primary goals is to provide care close to home for children whenever the need arises,” explained Dr. Mantovani.

Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.  It is powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists.  Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.

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AFib Patients Have New Option to Reduce Stroke Risk

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Lariat Team at Mercy

Lariat Team at Mercy Heart and Vascular.
From left: Dr. Anthony Sonn, Dr. Clark McKenzie, 
Dr. Mauricio Sanchez and Dr. Amit Doshi.

ST. LOUIS – Approximately 6 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition characterized by rapid and irregular heartbeat and a high risk of heart failure and stroke. One-quarter of all strokes in the elderly are attributed to AFib but there is now a new option for stroke prevention in the area.

On Feb. 13, cardiologists at Mercy Hospital St. Louis were the first in Missouri to perform a non-surgical procedure using sutures to tie off a left atrial appendage (LAA), which is the source of blood clots leading to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). 

With the patient under general anesthesia, the physicians guided two catheters into the patient’s heart to seal the LAA with a pre-tied suture loop. Each procedure is completed by a team including an electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist along with supporting clinicians. The team consists of electrophysiologists Mauricio Sanchez, MD and Amit Doshi, MD and interventional cardiologists Anthony Sonn, MD and Clark McKenzie, MD, all with Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular.

“The technique is a safe alternative for AFib patients at high risk for stroke who can’t be on blood thinners due to history of bleeds or a high fall risk,” Dr. Sanchez said.

“This procedure has the potential to save many lives,” Dr. Sonn said. “AFib patients who can’t be on blood thinners to prevent stroke risk now have an option. Before this procedure, they would be on an aspirin a day and take their chances.”

The majority of AFib patients take warfarin because left untreated, AFib can cause life-threatening blood clots leading to stroke. Approximately 25-30 percent of patients with AFib have contraindications to the drug – such as concerns of falling or imbalance in elderly patients – and, for those who can take it, only about 55-60 percent receive warfarin.

Those who do take warfarin must rigorously manage the drug’s level in their blood. High levels can cause excessive or internal bleeding, even after minor falls, bruises, or cuts. For some, this management regime can mean monthly tests over the course of many years. In eliminating the need to take warfarin, the LAA procedure can reduce the need for frequent medical visits. 

Mercy is also in the second phase of the PREVAIL clinical trial - one of the leading trial sites nationally - comparing the WATCHMAN® Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device to long-term warfarin therapy, another option for some patients with AFib. This phase of the trial allows all patients who meet the criteria to have the WATCHMAN® Device implant without being randomized to warfarin therapy alone.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center; a comprehensive children's hospital; a surgery center; and a 120-bed skilled nursing center.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In Mercy’s east Missouri region, services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.

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Mercy Breaks Ground Near Winghaven Community

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Representatives from Mercy, the City of O'Fallon and

the Missouri House of Representatives gathered to

break ground at the Winghaven site.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - Mercy is taking another step into St. Charles County with the groundbreaking of a new building near Winghaven, 2223 Technology Dr., in O’Fallon, Mo., on Monday, Dec. 10.

The 16,500-square-foot facility will be home to Mercy Clinic pediatric and adult primary care doctors as well as lab and x-ray services. It is scheduled to open summer 2013.

“We want to make health care more convenient, and closer, for our patients in St. Charles County,” said Donn Sorensen, Mercy East region president. “This gathering is symbolic of our commitment to creating a new model of service and medical care in the communities we serve.”

This year, Mercy opened an outpatient center at Zumbehl Road in St. Charles and a Mercy Clinic office in Wentzville.

Mercy’s goal is to enhance health care in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties and to bring services closer to patients and co-workers who live in the area. Approximately 2,200 Mercy co-workers live in the three counties, with some 50 Mercy Clinic physicians currently practicing in 10 locations. Mercy also has two urgent care facilities, an imaging center, rehabilitation services, an endoscopy center and a maternal and fetal health center in the region.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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Mercy's Commitment to St. Charles County

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Mercy Zumbehl Road facility

ST. LOUIS - Mercy made a commitment to residents of St. Charles County to provide more convenient access to its services. The largest symbol to date of that commitment, Mercy Zumbehl Road, opened Sept. 17, at 1820 Zumbehl Rd. The facility includes offices for family and internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac diagnostic services, OB/GYN, imaging and laboratory services.

This new location also marks a first within Mercy serving as a prototype for new facilities in the area and across Mercy’s four states. Elements such as a covered canopy area for drop off and pick up, an open gallery-style waiting area for check in and a central kiosk with access to MyMercy, wider corridors and larger exam rooms were incorporated to make the experience with Mercy as easy and comfortable as possible.

“We are listening to our patients, visitors and co-workers and using what we hear to plan,” said Don Kalicak, regional vice president of development at Mercy. “In the coming months, more Mercy locations are scheduled to open in response to requests for Mercy services closer to home.”

In addition to more locations for pediatricians, primary care and specialty physicians, Mercy’s expansion in St. Charles County will include extended hours in many Mercy Clinic practices. The planning of these Mercy facilities continues with the help of input from community members through community roundtables held in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties.

Mercy’s goal is to enhance health care in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties and to bring services closer to patients and co-workers who live in the area. Approximately 2,200 Mercy co-workers live in the three counties, with some 50 Mercy Clinic physicians currently practicing in nine locations. Mercy also has two urgent care facilities, an imaging center, rehabilitation services, an endoscopy center and a maternal and fetal health center in the region.

Mercy Clinic practices located at 1820 Zumbehl Rd., include:

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 130A

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 130B

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 120A

Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular Zumbehl, Ste. 120

Mercy Clinic Women’s Health Zumbehl, Ste. 120

Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 1,700 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and, Oklahoma. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit mymercy.net

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the United States and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a 460-member multispecialty physician organization. 

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Mercy Clinic Adds New Doctors

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ST. LOUIS - Mercy Clinic, the multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Mercy Hospital and Mercy Children’s Hospital, recently added new doctors.

Byron Baptist, MD, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Creve Coeur, 12855 North Outer Forty Dr., Ste. 280. He earned his medical degree from Our Lady of Fatima University in Manila, Philippines, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Carisa Barnhill, DO, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Eureka, 20 Legends Parkway in Eureka. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed an internal medicine residency at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Christopher Blanner, MD, a family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - O’Fallon, 300 Winding Woods Dr., Ste 222, in O’Fallon, Missouri. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at Truman Medical Center Lakewood in Kansas City, Missouri.

Margaret Edwards, DO, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Clayton-Clarkson, 15945 Clayton Rd., Ste. 320, in Ballwin. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Cristina Fernandez, MD, a family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Piper Hill, 107 Piper Hill Dr., Ste. 150, in St. Peters. She earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also completed a family medicine residency. 

Hilel Frankenthal, MD, a pediatric critical care physician, joined Mercy Clinic Children’s Critical Care where he will care for patients in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital at Downstate in Brooklyn, New York, and a pediatric critical care fellowship at The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois

Nicholas Greiner, DO, a family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Hazelwood, 801 Hazelwest Dr. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Layla Hajjafar, MD, MSc, a gastroenterologist, joined Mercy Clinic Digestive Disease - Lake St. Louis, 200 Brevco Plaza, Ste. 208, in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. She completed an internal medicine residency at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she also completed both a gastroenterology and a liver transplant fellowship.

Abhilasha Jarori, MD, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and will care for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. She earned her medical degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she also completed an internal medicine residency.

Zeina R. Karam, MD, a nephrologist, joined Mercy Clinic Nephrology - Washington, 901 Patients First Dr., in Washington, Missouri. She earned her medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed an internal medicine residency at Saint Louis University and a nephrology fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Thomas H. Landon, MD, an urologist, joined Mercy Clinic Urology - Washington, 901 Patients First Dr., in Washington, Missouri. He earned his medical degree from Finch University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed an urologic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gregory P. McLennan, MD, an urologist, joined Mercy Clinic Urology, 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste 6011B in St. Louis. He earned medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed a urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Carl N. Peters, MD, a family medicine physician, joined Mercy Urgent Care and will be caring for patients at Mercy Urgent Care locations throughout the St. Louis area. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri and completed a family medicine residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center/University of California-Davis at Travis AFB, California.

Jason A. Shanker, DO, an emergency medicine physician, joined Mercy and will care for emergency room patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed an emergency medicine residency at CHRISTUS Spohn in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Amanda J. Sileo, DO, a family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Wentzville, 1502 West Meyer Rd., in Wentzville. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed an internal medicine residency at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Srikanth Thalakoti, MD, a child neurologist, joined Mercy Clinic Child Neurology, 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 5009B, in St. Louis. He earned his medical degree from the Gandhi Medical College in Pradesh, India. He completed a pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and a child neurology fellowship at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Margaret Whitcraft, MD, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Clayton-Clarkson, 15945 Clayton Rd., Ste. 320, in Ballwin. She earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Elizabeth Williams, MD, an internist, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine, 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 507A, in St. Louis. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

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Mercy Kids Autism Center Program Changing Lives

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Watch how the Mercy Kids Autism Center
Intensive Early Interverntion Program is changing lives.

Mercy Kids Autism Center’s Intensive Early Intervention Program has helped many kids since its inception three years ago. The program meets four mornings a week and has a curriculum based on principles from the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Each child receives a special, individualized treatment program designed by Mercy experts, including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, behavioral analysis and nutritional guidance. 

The program, and its planned growth, was recently highlighted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Click here to read the full article.

For more information about the Mercy Intensive Early Intervention Program at the Mercy Autism Center, please click here. If you're interested in helping grow the program, please call Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis at 314-251-1800 or click here.

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Care to Learn Names Mercy's Sorensen Chairman of Board

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ST. LOUIS – Care to Learn named Donn Sorensen, Mercy St. Louis regional president, chairman of its St. Louis Board of Directors. Sorensen helped pave the way to bring Care to Learn to the St. Louis area.

Care to Learn was founded in 2008 to quickly meet the needs of students in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene. The group provides immediate assistance for emergent needs such as food, clothing, hygiene products and transportation. In just six years, Care to Learn has fulfilled more than 350,000 requests with chapters in 13 Missouri school districts including Springfield R-12, the state’s largest fully accredited school district.

Representatives from the City of St. Charles School District, Warren County R-III (Warrenton) and Hazelwood School District recently met with Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt to establish the first Care to Learn chapters in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

“The Care to Learn program has been enormously successful in supporting the underserved in Springfield, Missouri, and we expect that it will be highly beneficial to children in need in our community as well,” Sorensen, regional president for Mercy, said. 

Today, more than 50 percent of students in the St. Louis area are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch (a recognized indicator of poverty). Care to Learn will work with existing service providers, local businesses and community members to make certain that St. Louis area students have the resources they need to be successful in school.

Additional founding board members are TV sportscaster Joe Buck, retired Cardinals player Jim Edmonds and NFL Rams player Chris Long. Other founding Board members are currently being sourced. For more information on Care to Learn, go to www.caretolearnfund.org.

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Mercy Clinic in St. Louis Adds New Doctors

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New Mercy Clinic doctors in July.
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ST. LOUIS - Mercy Clinic, the multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Mercy Hospital, recently added new doctors.

Urologists Luis Anglo, MD, and Keith Steinbecker, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Urology. The office recently moved to the David C. Pratt Cancer Center, 607 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 3100.

Alison Ball, DO, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Technology Drive, located at 2223 Technology Dr., Ste. 40 in O’Fallon, Missouri. Dr. Ball earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Thomas Bayer, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Bayer earned his medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Joshua M. Behlmann, DO, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Urgent Care centers with locations throughout the St. Louis area. Dr. Behlmann earned his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Kathleen Garcia, MD, internal medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Palliative Care, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 6017B. Dr. Garcia earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Craig Karpman, MD, pulmonologist and critical care physician, joined Mercy Clinic Pulmonology, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 228A in St. Louis. Dr. Karpman earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine – Columbia in Columbia, Missouri. He completed an internal medicine residency along with pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Jeffrey McCollum, MD, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Urgent Care centers with locations throughout the St. Louis area. Dr. McCollum earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Lekshmi Misra, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Misra earned her medical degree from the Amrita School of Medicine in Kochi, India, and completed an internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Justin Newstadt, MD, pediatrician, joined Mercy Children’s Hospitalists and provides care for hospitalized patients at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Dr. Newstadt earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed a pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jason Y. Rhee, MD, trauma surgeon, joined Mercy Clinic Trauma and General Surgery, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 560A in St. Louis. Dr. Rhee earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He completed a general surgery residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and a surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bhavani Tummala, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Tummala earned her medical degree from Katuri Medical College in Guntur, India, and completed an internal medicine residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Philadelphia.

Jennifer York, MD, pediatric critical care physician, joined Mercy Clinic Children’s Critical Care and cares for patients hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Dr. York earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and completed a pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mercy Raises its Profile with St. Charles Sports

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Donn Sorensen with Andrew Haines.

Donn Sorensen (right) with Jamie Rivers, head coach and
general manager of St. Charles Chill.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Minor league teams St. Louis Ambush Indoor Soccer, St. Louis Attack Indoor Football and St. Charles Chill Hockey have two things in common, they’ll all play at the Family Arena and they’ve all chosen Mercy as their Official Medical Provider.

The Ambush, presented by Simmons First National Bank, is a Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) expansion franchise scheduled for its first game Nov. 22. The Attack is part of the new X-League with the season beginning in the spring. Both are part of Missouri Sports Holdings.

“We’re confident that Mercy will provide excellent health care to our teams as they have to our community for decades,” said Andrew Haines, managing member of Missouri Sports Holdings.

The Chill, part of the Central Hockey League, drops the puck for the first game on Oct. 19. As a way to give back to the community Mercy and the Chill are providing free tickets to the inaugural game to St. Louis area youth hockey leagues.

“It's an honor and privilege to partner with Mercy, an organization that shares our goal of giving back to our community,” said Patrick Armstrong, executive vice president, St. Charles Chill. “Knowing the care of our players and employees is in the hands of the great Mercy team allows us to focus on the game.”

“Offering these teams the expertise of Mercy doctors not only provides them great medical care, but will keep their players in the game for the community to enjoy,” said Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy’s east region. 

 

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