Homecoming: Hannah Farmer’s passion for medicine comes alive in Ruleville

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Hannah (Schlatter) Farmer has a passion for medicine, and she also has a love for her home.

One of the newest additions to the North Sunflower Medical Center staff, the 2007 Indianola Academy graduate has been combining those two loves in her new position as a nurse practitioner in Ruleville.

“I wanted to live here, where I was born and raised,” Farmer told The E-T in a recent interview.

Farmer was always community-minded growing up.

She was raised on the baseball and soccer fields of Indianola, coached for the most part by her father, Ron Schlatter, who helped found the IA soccer program and coached the program to multiple state championships.

The daughter of Ron and Lynn Schlatter, she is one of five siblings.

“I was always at the baseball field or at the soccer field,” she said.

Farmer was part of one of the IA state championship teams during her sophomore year.

When her father suffered a stroke two years ago, Farmer stepped up and helped coach the IA girl’s soccer team during the fall of 2018.

She’s also worked with other community leaders to help revive and maintain the youth soccer program in Indianola.

As a child, she was exposed to the medical field, through her father, who ran the lab at South Sunflower County Hospital for three decades, she said.

During her high school years, she worked summers at the hospital in medical records.

After graduating, she went to Mississippi Delta Community College, where she studied to become a registered nurse.

She moved on to the Mississippi University for Women where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Farmer followed those studies up by attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s program to become a nurse practitioner.

Farmer studied family medicine at UMMC, but when she applied for and got the job as a nurse practitioner at NSMC, it did not take long for her to find her calling.

She has spent the last couple of months at the Sunflower Diagnostic Center, focusing on women’s health.

“It didn’t really cross my mind, going into women’s health (in school), and when I got over here, they needed somebody, and I went over there,” Farmer said. “I’ve only been there since January, but I have loved it.”

Farmer said it has been rewarding coming home and serving the people of her home county, particularly women through things like mammograms, bone density scans and pap smears.

“It’s definitely a big need for women’s health, making sure every woman has their mammogram, has their pap smears,” she said. “Those are things that are very easy we can do to catch cervical cancer and breast cancer.”

Farmer said serving the people of Sunflower County and the Delta drives her to do the best job possible for her patients.

She recommends that people get their annual checkups, as well as diagnostic screenings.

Farmer said it is also important for patients to follow up with doctors after they are diagnosed with conditions or if something is suspected.

“It’s a way we can get things under control and manage issues,” Farmer said.

Here are a few things to know about the Sunflower Diagnostic Center

Sunflower Diagnostic Center offers Mammograms, Sonograms, Ultrasound, Bone Density & yearly gynecological screenings, as well as, removal of skin lesions including moles, skin tags, skin cancers and scar treatment. Sunflower Diagnostic Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Health Insurance, Private Pay and participates in the BCCP (Breast & Cervical Cancer Program). Have your provider call (662) 756-4000 today to schedule your appointment.

3D Mammography

Sunflower Diagnostic Center provides the latest diagnostic technology available through 3D digital mammography. Sunflower Diagnostic Center is the first center in the delta to feature the 3D state-of-the-art system, Selenia 3D digital mammography from Hologic, offering the state-of-the-art Tomosynthesis imaging.

Sunflower Diagnostic Center is proud to be able to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection. 3D Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. Our radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow our radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

North Sunflower Medical Center is a healthcare organization that is proud to offer the services of Sunflower Diagnostic Center, whose primary mission is offering high quality, acute health care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to the Mississippi Delta.

Over half of the U.S. News and World Report top 20 hospitals offer Hologic 3D Mammography technology. More than five million women to date in the United States have already been screened with this life-changing technology, which is now available in 50 states and in over 50 countries.

Bone Density Scans are recommended for:

• Postmenopausal women

• Depo Shot for birth control

• Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Type 1 Diabetes

• Chronic Liver Disease

• Using Steroids or Glucocorticoid for 3 months

• Women age 65 and older

• Men age 70 and older

• Height loss of ½ inch or more within one year

• Total height loss of 1 ½ inches from your original height

Call today to set up your appointment: (662) 756-4000

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