Year in Review

New JCMG Orthopaedic Center provides state-of-the-art care

Leadership: Richard B. Jennett, MD, president; Michael Craighead, MD, chief operating officer

Employees: JCMG has 555 employees and physicians, which includes 67 physicians, 1 professional counselor, 13 nurse practitioners, 2 physician assistants and 155 nursing staff (RNs, LPNs, MAs).

History: Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG) was launched in 1993 with just 11 physicians. Today, the organization is one of Missouri’s largest multi-specialty groups with 67 physicians and 24 medical specialties. JCMG coordinates the care of 70,000 patients in central Missouri. In addition to becoming a major provider of quality health care, the organization has a substantial impact on the local economy. JCMG is one of Jefferson City’s 10 largest employers, and with its continuing commitment to state-of-the-art buildings and technology, it’s been estimated that JCMG has a local economic impact of more than $146 million.

The large, state-of-the-art JCMG Medical Building provides the convenience of one-stop, comprehensive patient care, while other JCMG clinics are located elsewhere in Jefferson City, as well as in Linn and California.

Services: Specialties include Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, ENT and Sinus Surgery, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Laser & Vein Center, Neurology, Obstetrics, Oncology/Hematology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Podiatry, Professional Therapy, Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, Surgery, and Travel Medicine.

Radiology services include digital mammography, MRI, CT, x-ray, DEXA scans, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy. Other on-site services include outpatient surgery, the JCMG HealthMart Pharmacy, infusion, laboratory, Weight Treatment Center, Bladder Treatment Center & Women’s Healthcare, clinical research, sports medicine and outpatient rehabilitation provided by St. Mary’s Health Center, durable medical equipment by OptionCare and optical services by Lens-Mart Optical.

JCMG also offers Extended Care, where patients can be seen without appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and most holidays. Patients pay the same co-pay as a clinic visit, which is less expensive than urgent care.

Achievements in 2010: The new state-of-the-art JCMG Orthopaedic Center opened on the JCMG campus in September, uniting all the best in musculoskeletal care under one roof. The three story center houses JCMG’s orthopaedic, sports medicine and physical medicine physicians, as well as St. Mary’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

As only the seventh site in the country to install a top-of-the-line GE wide bore MRI, JCMG was featured in an international magazine and became a show site for GE, the worlds’ largest manufacturer of medical equipment. JCMG’s experience with the new MRI was featured in GE’s Signa PULSE magazine, which is seen by health care professionals around the world. The new, wide-bore MRI enables early detection of the most subtle lesions and cancer and enhances comfort for claustrophobic and larger patients.

JCMG expanded into obstetrical care last year when Women’s Clinic of Jefferson City joined JCMG. The clinic is located at 200 St. Mary’s Medical Plaza and includes four physicians and a nurse practitioner providing care in obstetrics and gynecology: Lorraine Dodson, MD; Sarah Dunn, DO; Brian Stephens, MD; Brandi Nichols, MD; and Heather Wildebrandt, WHNP.

New physicians joining JCMG in 2010 were: Leon Robinson, MD, surgery; Sara Echelmeyer, MD, gastroenterology; and Brandi Nichols, MD, obstetrics/gynecology.
Also joining JCMG were Susan Lange, RN, MSN, ANP, nurse practitioner in cardiology, and physician assistant Michelle Dean, PA-C, RD, MS, in orthopaedics and sports medicine.

As an inclusive organization, JCMG strives for diversity on our medical and support staff to better serve the health care needs of the entire community.

JCMG received the top accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. By submitting to the voluntary accreditation process, JCMG ensures that the quality of its services and performance measures up against national standards.

Since 2008, JCMG has offered the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace at Work” course for employees to help them be fiscally fit.

To better communicate with patients and the public, JCMG launched a new user-friendly website ( and Facebook page. The website enables visitors to search for and learn about physicians and specialties, patient information, up-to-date articles on various health topics from JCMG providers, locations, directions and maps. Electronic bill payment is also now possible through the website. The Facebook page allows daily interaction.

Personnel Achievements: Earning shareholder status in 2010 were Indumathi Baskar, MD, internal medicine, and Ubeydullah Deligonul, MD, cardiology.
Christopher Case, MD, endocrinology, presented his research, “Effect of Multidisciplinary Supervised Weight Loss on Quality of Life,” at the Annual American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Barb Prasad, of the Laser and Vein Center, attended a medical laser safety officer training course presented by the Board of Laser Safety.

Megan Burch, CBO, was certified as a radiology coder.

Lory Feeler, DO, family medicine, was uniquely honored when a new medical clinic in the Dominican Republic was dedicated in her name. She has made numerous medical mission trips to that country over the years to improve the lives of the Dominican people. At the ground-breaking for a new medical clinic, it was announced that it would be named the Dr. Lory Feeler Center for Health.

Community Involvement: It was a year of many awards as JCMG stepped up involvement in community activities. JCMG received the Corporate Award from Lincoln University for its civic commitment to the community, including care provided to students in the campus health center.

The Heart Walk team raised more money than any other team for the American Heart Association with “Go Red” Day, dinner and trivia night, salad luncheon and dessert auction.

Activities that raised more money than any other team for the March of Dimes included a chocolate-covered strawberry sale, spring photos, Easter Basket Silent Auction, denim days, gardening gift certificates and scrapbook event.

JCMG supported the United Way of Central Missouri with various fundraising activities that increased donations by 37 percent. Employees also participated in “Days of Caring” and “Food 4 Kids.”

JCMG was the presenting sponsor of the UCP Easter Seals annual “Deal or No Deal” fundraiser, which continues years of support for this charity.

The Relay for Life team hosted fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The third-annual Fun Walk Run was held for the community. JCMG earned the platinum-level Start! Fit-Friendly Company Award from the American Heart Association.

JCMG supported the Characterplus program in Cole County by sponsoring banners used in local schools for the next three years.

Local Project Graduation and other school activities receive support from JCMG as well.

Employees participated in several drives, including school supplies and shoes and socks for the Samaritan Center, blood for the Community Blood Center and the American Red Cross, 745 pounds of food and monetary donations for the Central Missouri Food Bank, scrubs for Dreams to Reality and the bell-ringing holiday campaign for the Salvation Army.

Doctors and staff donated to Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. to help meet the needs in Haiti following the earthquake.

Free community seminars were given on congestive heart failure by Wendell Williams, MD, cardiology, and women’s bladder health by Robert Ferris, MD, gynecology.

JCMG awarded $1,000 scholarships to a Lincoln University nursing student and three high school pre-med and pre-nursing students in Cole County.

Trends and Forecast: JCMG continues to be an economic development engine for the region by investing millions of dollars in buildings and technology and recruiting world-class physicians. New physicians who will start later this year include specialists in family medicine (for the California clinic), gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopaedic-hand surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery and radiology.

With JCMG’s mission of head-to-toe care, patients can meet their medical needs conveniently in one group. As health care grows increasingly complex, a large, independent, multi-specialty physician group is vital to the community. Doing what is best for patients will continue to be JCMG’s top priority.