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Parkland Health Center Team Honored as 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Award Recipients

(FARMINGTON, MO – October 15, 2021) – On Friday, October 15, the entire staff of Parkland Health Center was presented with the prestigious Tom Karl Excellence in Healthcare Award for their immeasurable contributions to healthcare in our community throughout the past year. This annual award was created in 2016 to recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement in healthcare in our region.

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The Value of Compassionate, Quality Care Close to Home

Farmington resident and retired elementary school teacher Anna Simpson finds the care she needs at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. As part of BJC HealthCare, board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Melissa Rooney also sees patients at Parkland Health Center’s Cancer Center, ensuring world-class medicine close to home. On the advice of Dr. Rooney, Simpson went to Parkland to get her annual mammogram. “Screening is such a critical tool in the fight against cancer. It had been 18 months since Anna’s last mammogram, so I encouraged her to schedule one,” said Dr. Rooney. “Better yet, she didn’t need an order for the test – it was a convenient walk-in test.

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The New Normal: When a Child’s Unexpected Diagnosis Changes Everything

Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is caused by an insulin deficiency and is usually diagnosed in childhood. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 1.6 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, it’s a condition with warning signs that can easily be overlooked, and patients can become critically ill very quickly, especially in an otherwise healthy child with no family history.

That was the case for eight-year-old Aron Vandeven of Bonne Terre, Mo. Aron’s mother Donna, along with his care team, recently shared his story to help raise awareness for other families in our community.

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