Illinois Congressman John Shimkus recently visited HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital to meet with Aaron Puchbauer, president and CEO of HSHS Good Shepherd, along with Sara Jimenez, division director of marketing, communication and advocacy; Julie Edwards, HSHS director of outreach and telemedicine; and John Peipert, chief nursing officer at HSHS Good Shepherd.

The congressman toured the newly renovated emergency department and radiology unit. A telehealth demonstration was provided by Dr. Naim Khoury, neurosurgeon at St. John’s Hospital, and Mike Queary, emergency department manager at Good Shepherd.

“Congressman Shimkus was instrumental in securing the USDA Rural Utilities Service Distance and Learning Telemedicine Grant, which helped purchase the telehealth stroke robot for the HSHS Good Shepherd Emergency Department,” Puchbauer said. “The telehealth stroke robot allows Good Shepherd to utilize the resources available throughout the HSHS system, providing top-level care to all patients.”

Photo: Congressman Shimkus and the administrative team

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About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org

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