HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital encourages everyone to stay safe in the winter weather this season. When recommended by local weather and safety experts, stay inside and off the roads.

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security is offering the following safety tips as part of a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower everyone to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

  • If venturing outside is a must, dress warmly.

  • Know the area’s risk for winter storms since severe storms can leave communities without utilities.

  • Gather emergency supplies in case there is the chance there will be a few days without power.

  • Be sure to sign up for local weather alerts.

  • To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, only use generators and gas grills outside and away from windows.

  • To reduce the risk of a heart attack, avoid overexertion when shoveling snow and take breaks when necessary.

  • Be sure to check on the elderly and those with young children. They are the most susceptible to the risks extreme cold brings.

  • Frostbite and hypothermia are a few of the health-related risks the cold brings. Frostbite begins with the loss of feeling and color to the extremities. Make sure to wear gloves and cover any exposed skin if it is necessary to venture outside. Go to a warm place if frostbite occurs.

  • Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95° F. Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, confusion, slurred speech, etc.

This year winter has started off as cold and snowy. As weather experts forecast continued precipitation, we encourage everyone to stay safe during winter storms by preparing ahead of time and knowing how to recognize and respond to cold weather-related health risks.

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, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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Andrew Dilbeck

HSHS Illinois
Office: 217-464-5610

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