Effingham Mayor Jeff T. Bloemker recently signed a proclamation designating October 2017 as HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Month.
The month was named in honor of HSHS St. Anthony’s 140th Anniversary of the opening of the first St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham. On September 15, 1877, St. Anthony Hospital was opened by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, named after St. Anthony’s Parish which had so generously invited them to come to Effingham. The proclamation commends the Board of Directors, colleagues, Medical Staff and volunteers of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, for consistently ensuring outstanding and compassionate health care for fourteen decades. It also underscores St. Anthony’s approach to health care, which combines the compassion and human touch of more than a century of caring with the most advanced technologies available today, with its colleagues embodying their Promise to serve all with Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.
Joining the Mayor as he signed the proclamation were representatives from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Administrative Staff, including Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO; Ryan Jennings, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Bill Hawley, Director of Finance; Shawna O’Dell, Director of Post-Acute Care; and Michael Wall, Director of Philanthropy.
In 1875, three Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis arrived in Effingham from Germany at the invitation of Father Weis, Pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, to serve the poor and the sick in the area. Shortly thereafter, the Hospital Sisters built a hospital at the request of and with the support of the Effingham community, opening in 1877. St. Anthony Hospital was rebuilt in 1954 after a tragic fire in April 1949, with the new hospital being dedicated as “St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital,” named “Memorial” in honor of those who died in the fire five years earlier.
Photo Caption: Effingham Mayor Jeff T. Bloemker, (left), signed a proclamation designating October 2017 as HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Month. Joining the Mayor for the signing from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital were, standing left to right, Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO; Bill Hawley, Director of Finance; Michael Wall, Director of Philanthropy; Shawna O’Dell, Director of Post-Acute Care; and Ryan Jennings, MD, Chief Medical Officer.