Welcome to HSHS Happenings – a photographic gallery of activities and events happening in our 13 Local Systems and HSHS Medical Group in communities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
HSHS Medical Group Launches Virtual Care
HSHS Medical Group has launched HSHS Medical Group Virtual Care, an innovative health initiative which uses technology to provide 24/7 medical care to patients using a computer or mobile device. Beginning today, patients can access Virtual Care through www.anytimecare.com.
Through a traditional phone call or online using a computer webcam, tablet or smart phone, patients connect with providers who can diagnose and treat issues that do not require emergency attention such as allergies, colds, flu, respiratory and sinus infections, bladder infections, bites and stings, fevers, headaches, pink eye, rashes, stomach flu, urinary tract infections, yeast infections and other health concerns.
During the virtual visit, the provider evaluates the patient, makes a diagnosis and determines a treatment plan, which might include calling a prescription into a pharmacy or referring the patient to an emergency department if the case is serious. All calls are private and completely secure. The cost of virtual care is $50 per visit.
With virtual care, health care becomes more convenient and less time consuming. Virtual care offers immediate access to a provider, eliminating the need to schedule an appointment or drive to a doctor’s office.
State of Illinois Approves HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital Plans to Build a Replacement Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital today received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB) to build a replacement hospital and ambulatory care center along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in St. Clair County. It was a unanimous approval of eight to zero votes.
St. Elizabeth’s was required to obtain a Certificate of Need to replace its current hospital, which was built in the 1950s, with a modern hospital that will be built on a 114-acre campus with an adjoining ambulatory care center.
St. Elizabeth’s replacement hospital will include 144 private patient rooms, an emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms, an advanced intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation. St. Elizabeth’s plans to offer a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services at the new facility, including cancer care, modern birthing suites, telehealth consultations featuring accredited stroke care, and award-winning heart care.
Construction on the $300 million project will begin in the weeks ahead and is expected to be completed within 26 to 30 months. For more information on the project, visit www.supportsteliz.org.
New Chapel at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Receives Blessing and Officially Opens to Patients, Visitors and Colleagues
The new chapel at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is now officially open to hospital patients, visitors, physicians and colleagues following a blessing ceremony and Mass on Monday, March 30.
Located on the first floor of the hospital near the main entrance, the chapel is essential to carrying out the faith-filled mission of the hospital and provides a special place of prayer, reflection, solace and thanksgiving to all. Our chapel is a treasured gift and we are pleased to share it with all, 24/7.
On Monday, The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, Bishop of Green Bay blessed the chapel, altar, tabernacle, liturgical vessels and liturgical vestments. More than 80 people attended the blessing and Mass including Hospital Sisters from Springfield, Ill., Green Bay and Chicago, executive leaders from Hospital Sisters Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System-Eastern Wisconsin Division, as well as colleagues, donors, auxiliary members, volunteers, physicians, board members and members of the Oconto Falls community.
The chapel at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital was made possible with more than $55,000 in donations from individuals, businesses, community members and the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The altar, ambo, tabernacle stand and credence table were designed and crafted by area resident, Glen Ziemer.
The Annual Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls Charity Ball
The annual Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Charity Ball event is a chance for the hospital to thank the community for its continued support, as well as raise money for hospital projects. The 44th annual event is set for Saturday, May 17, at Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls.
This fundraiser supports local health care in a special and fun way. Proceeds from the night will support special projects at St. Joseph’s Hospital including artwork for the new HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Office Building, a religious statue in line with the hospital’s Franciscan values and a passenger van to transport clients at L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center.
Astym® Therapy now offered at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Until now, the options for treating tendon pain and soft tissue problems were limited and not very effective. Often, people could suffer for months, even years, with pain and movement restrictions due to soft tissue dysfunction. Finally, a solution is now available that is highly effective and clinically proven – Astym® Therapy.
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness department now has three Astym-certified clinicians who have undergone the intensive training and study to become certified in Astym treatment, a new therapy that was scientifically developed to target the actual cause of the pain rather than just the symptoms. Caitlin Sudkamp, PTA, has been an Astym-certified clinician for three years and recently Kayla Semple, PT, and Jon Lankow, PTA, have been certified as well. St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is the only Physical Rehabilitation facility in Effingham that is certified to perform Astym Therapy.
James F. Dover Named HSHS Division President and CEO, Southern Illinois Division
James F. Dover, FACHE, has accepted our invitation to serve as HSHS Division President and CEO, Southern Illinois Division (SID). Dover will begin his services with HSHS on May 26.
In this role, Dover will lead the overall direction and strategy for the SID, which includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, the HSHS Medical Group, Prairie Cardiovascular and HSHS Home Care.
Dover has more than 30 years of leadership experience in health care, including the past 27 years in Catholic health care. He most recently served as Ministry Market Leader, Santa Clara County, California for Daughters of Charity Health System. In that role he served as President and CEO of O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy.
Letter of Intent for Affiliation with Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville, IL
We have signed a letter of intent to begin the process of exploring an affiliation with Greenville Regional Hospital (GRH). We will be undertaking the necessary due diligence in order to ensure the affiliation will best serve the long-term health care needs of patients in the region.
GRH is an independent, non-profit hospital, providing residents of Bond and surrounding counties with inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services. GRH’s medical staff includes employed physicians and more than 50 specialty physicians who see patients for consultation and treatment at GRH each month.
We’re excited that Greenville Regional Hospital is looking to join our family of care. We recognize that by more closely coordinating the care we deliver, we can increase access to care, continue to improve the quality of care, and deliver care more efficiently for residents living in Greenville and surrounding communities.
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Partners with St. Anthony High School to Offer Students a “Window to the Womb”
The ultrasound that expectant mother Elizabeth Roepke had at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital on February 10 was not the first ultrasound that she has had during her 26-week pregnancy. But this was the first ultrasound that she and her husband Thomas were joined by a variety of onlookers, namely 55 high school students from St. Anthony High School, who joined the Roepkes for a glimpse at what life in the womb looks like.
For the second year in a row, St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and St. Anthony High School partnered on a program called “Window to the Womb” which allows high school students an opportunity to see the development of life while in the womb. All the high school students are either part of the anatomy class or the junior religion class at St. Anthony High School, which has recently been studying morality, especially issues of respect for the dignity of human life. Three mothers in various stages of pregnancy volunteered to have ultrasounds that the students could observe.
Illinois Health Facilities Board gives approval to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Care Center
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board gave Certificate of Need approval to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s proposal to build a new Ambulatory Care Center on Tuesday, March 10, opening the door for the hospital to launch their newest facility which will provide enhanced outpatient services to area residents.
St. Anthony’s Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) will be combined with a medical office building and located on Temple Avenue in Effingham, adjacent to the hospital’s campus. The purpose of the ACC is to provide patients with an ideal ambulatory (or outpatient) patient experience by moving outpatient services that are best delivered in an easily accessible setting off the main hospital campus. St. Anthony’s ACC will relocate some hospital outpatient services that are located within blocks of each other to one centralized location for added convenience for area residents.
With the State’s approval, plans can now move forward with construction planned to begin this year, with anticipated completion date of June 2016.
Poettker Construction Company Presents a Donation to HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese
Vice President Finance Kimberly Luitjohan (center) and President Chuck Poettker (right) from Poettker Construction Company recently presented a donation to HSHS St. Joseph-Breese President and Chief Executive Officer Paulette Evans (left), in fulfillment of a $25,000 pledge to the Friends of St. Joseph’s in Breese.
Poettker Construction is a long-time supporter of the Friends, both in contributions and in time. Luitjohan joined the Friends Leadership Council in 2014 to help the group raise funds needed for the hospital’s continued success and growth. Poettker served two, three-year terms, on the Friends Board, from 2000 through 2006. In addition, the company will sponsor the June 6 Kicks ‘n Spokes Biathlon at the hospital HealthPlex Track and the June 12 Friends golf tournament at Governors Run in Carlyle.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Pediatric Therapy Services Offers Night at the Museum
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s S.P.O.T.S. (Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy Services) program is hosting Special Kids Night at the Museum for children with special needs.
This is an opportunity for children, ages 2-10 with special needs, to take part in the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire with S.P.O.T.S. pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapists who will be available for support during the children’s experience at the museum.
Prairie Heart Institute Earns ACE Accreditation
The Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital became the first Cardiac Cath Lab in Illinois to achieve ACE accreditation. ACE, an independent organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), offers independent evaluation and monitoring of facilities that provide cardiovascular care. Prairie and SJS colleagues partnered with ACE to ensure that every aspect of their operation met or exceeded nationally accepted best practices in interventional cardiology care. During the review process, the team at Prairie Heart earned kudos for how they care for heart patients.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Receives Matching Grant to Help Young Behavioral Health Patients
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital was recently awarded with $100,000 matching grant from The Otto Bremer Foundation to help address the behavioral health needs of children ages 18 years and younger. It will match money already raised locally by the Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital until May 2016. Since last May, $50,000 has been raised by local contributors. Sacred Heart has expanded these types of services and their efforts have helped many children and families face the challenges associated with mental illness.
HSHS St. John's Hospital Receives Grant to Help Heart Failure Patients
HSHS St. John’s Hospital received AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s grant of $205,564 to support the Tele-Heart Pathway program. This program uses daily tele-health remote monitoring, support, education and evidence-based medication adjustments to better manage heart failure patients at home and prevent readmissions. The grant will allow St. John's to enroll 120 additional patients through December from throughout downstate Illinois. It is designed to serve outpatients. SJS has traditionally used tele-health remote monitoring only inpatients following discharge.
Having Faith at HSHS St. Francis Hospital's Family Birth Center
This family, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was traveling along Interstate 55 on February 9 when mom Destiny suddenly went into labor – 11 days early. The baby’s due date was February 22 and the family was driving back home after visiting relatives in Joliet, Illinois. The couple said they drove for several hours before having to stop at the Carlinville exit to call for help. Dad Arthur Morgan said he called 911 and emergency medical service providers immediately brought the family to HSHS St. Francis Hospital. Just 30 minutes after the family arrived at the hospital, little seven-pound Faith was born at 11:30 p.m. in the Family Birth Center.
Elaine Fisher, MD, with Litchfield Family Practice Center, was the family practice physician on call that evening who delivered the baby. Family Birth Center Manager, Elisa Feldmann, RN, said, “It was a very exciting night for all of us. Dr. Fisher arranged for the couple to have a car seat, and our nurses provided Faith with baby clothes and blankets for their trip back home. We were all happy to help!” Faith has two brothers at home, Corey Moore, age two, and Prince Moore, 11 months.
Pictured are Arthur Morgan, baby Faith Morgan, and Destiny Moore.
HSHS St. John's Hospital Certified as Level I Trauma Center
Effective January 1, 2015, HSHS St. John’s Hospital will serve as a Level 1 Trauma Center.
The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Center will be staffed by experienced, on-site surgeons, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The surgeons will care for trauma patients in the hospital’s advanced surgery center that offers the latest technology and modern amenities designed with the comfort of patients and their families in mind.
Aviation services provided by Air Methods Corporation
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese Nearing Completion with New Medical Facility in New Baden
A new HSHS St. Joseph's medical facility at 211 East Hanover Street (Illinois Rt. 161) in New Baden will open incrementally over the next two months. Offered will be scheduled physician appointments (currently available), X-Ray, Physical Therapy and Lab (end of February) and Immediate Care 365 for walk-in medical visits (beginning of March).
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Office Building in Chippewa Falls Opens
After nine months of construction, the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Office Building has been completed. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Office Building, located on the former site of the St. Francis Convent on the hospital’s campus, is a 25,600 square-foot facility that will house HSHS Medical Group-Family Health, hospital outpatient Rehabilitation Services, hospital Occupational Health and Medicine, and a retail pharmacy.
McCarter Visits HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese
Members of the HSHS St. Joseph-Breese Administrative Team (clockwise from foreground), Director of Finance John Jeffries, President and Chief Executive Officer Paulette Evans and Director of Quality and Risk Management Jan Robert, met recently with Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter (R-54th District), of Lebanon who was visiting constituents during the legislature’s Christmas break.
There was no set agenda for the meeting but topics discussed included physician loan forgiveness programs and availability of grants for medical students, funding for care of Illinois Public Aid patients who have insurance coverage through managed care policies, rural health clinics and upcoming provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s Hospitals Name Chief Medical Information Officer
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s hospitals are pleased to welcome Christopher J. Pensinger, M.D. as Chief Medical Information Officer.
Dr. Pensinger has spent the majority of his career with Fairview Health Services, a multi-hospital, primary care, and specialty clinic system based in Minneapolis. During his tenure with Fairview Health Services, Dr. Pensinger cared for his family practice and hospital patients while also providing clinical IT leadership. He played a leading role in Fairview’s rollout of a single Electronic Health Record across Fairview’s eight hospitals.
Helen Essenpreis Named HSHS St. Joseph-Breese Chief Nursing Officer
A 38-year member of the HSHS St. Joseph-Breese staff has been named the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. Helen Essenpreis of Breese assumed her position Monday, Jan. 26, taking over for Paulette Evans of Carlyle. Evans had served as CNO for the past 15 years until being named hospital president and Chief Executive Officer in October.
HSHS St. Francis Hospital Presented $5,000 from Montgomery County Cancer Association
Pat Cailey, Treasurer of the Montgomery County Cancer Association, (left) is shown presenting a check for $5,000 to Patti Fischer, President and CEO of HSHS St. Francis Hospital. The donation will be used to provide mammograms for women in need of financial assistance in order to receive this vital test. "We are most grateful for this generous gift from MCCA and for their efforts that benefit the residents of our service area," stated Fischer.
St. Clare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Donates $10,000 to Chapel Campaign
Friends of St. Clare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it is one step closer to its mission of opening a chapel inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital thanks to a $10,000 donation from the St. Clare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The chapel is located on the first floor of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital where the gift shop was once located and is expected to open this winter.
St. John’s Hospital Hosts Community Open House at its New Surgery Center
St. John’s Hospital recently completed its new, patient-focused surgery center. The 150,000 square-foot surgical hub is one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation, designed with the needs of the patient in mind. Each of the 16 operating rooms are 725 square feet (double the size of existing suites) and equipped with the most advanced technology and surgical tools.
On Sunday, March 30, close to 800 members of the public toured the new facility at an open house. During their visit they saw the new spacious and smart surgical suits. They learned about one-stop check-in/registration, new pre-anesthesia rooms, MAKOplasty and daVinci robotic surgeries. They also learned about the digital technology integration system, automated surgery lighting, state-of-the-art sterilization system, the kid-friendly pediatric surgery area, and the private post-operative rooms. Families had the opportunity to play life-size Operations games and walk away with their own standard-size Operation game to play at home.
Stillwaters Cancer Support Services Annual Food Fight
The HSHS Eastern Wisconsin culinary team recently competed in the Stillwaters Cancer Support Services annual Food Fight. The team competed against seven culinary teams from other Wisconsin health systems. The team was led by Matt Heuver, of St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and assisted by Fazli Ademi of St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay and Steve Godard with the HSHS Support Team. The team had one hour to create and prepare a meal which had to meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guidelines for a Healthy Meal and fall below $5.00 total food cost. Their creation was a Pecan Wood Smoked Hazelnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin which was topped with syrup extracted from the bark of local Shagbark Hickory Trees. This dish scored well with the judges and landed the team within a few points of the top prize.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Supports Effingham Community School District Unit #40 Students with Donation for Educational iPads
Taylor Sidwell (left), a kindergarten student at the Early Learning Center (ELC), shows Theresa Rutherford (right), St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s President and CEO, the app she is using on an iPad. St. Anthony’s has donated funds to Effingham Community Unit School District #40 to purchase more iPads for educational use at the ELC, Effingham Junior High, Southside School, and Central Grade School to integrate technology into the classrooms on a more regular basis.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Launches “Robot” Telemedicine Program to Provide Quick Access to Specialty Stroke Care
To ensure access to advanced specialty care for all patients in the community and surrounding rural areas, St. Joseph's Hospital is now a remote site for a stroke telemedicine program. Telemedicine technology electronically transmits medical information via remote devices in order to maximize resources, increase efficiency and maintain high levels of care. Specialty physicians use real-time web-based video and audio technology to evaluate and interact directly with the patient and the emergency department physician remotely, thus giving patients in the Highland area immediate access to neurology specialists.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Blesses the New St. John’s Surgery Department
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki blessed the new St. John’s Surgery Department during a ceremony on Tuesday, March 18. The 150,000 square-foot surgical hub is one of the most advanced surgical centers in the nation. This major milestone for St. John’s Hospital in addition to the completion of four newly renovated patient floors is part of a $172 million renovation project to continue to elevate health care for the residents of Central Illinois.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Hosts Art of Heart Care Show
Everyone’s heart was a winner at the “Art of Heart Care” student show hosted by St. Joseph’s in Breese through March 20 at the hospital HealthPlex. All five county high schools were invited to participate; students from Carlyle, Central and Mater Dei submitted a total of 50 entries. Local artist Jamie Lynn (Geragosian) Howe judged the show, picking three Best of Show entries, and visitors voted the first week for his or her favorite. Show winners included (standing, from left) Paige Blankenship with “Hearts Afloat,” Charles Massie with “Rhythm of Art,” Taylor Kuhl with “The Heart Sees What’s Invisible,” Lexi Kohnen with “Live It” and Carlie Heimann with “Health is Wealth.” In judging the show, Howe commented she was very impressed and inspired by all the students that entered this year. The Art of Heart Care was part of the hospital’s initiative in February to increase awareness of heart health.
Dan Perryman, FACHE, Named President and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur
Dan Perryman, FACHE, has been appointed to serve as President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL. Perryman has been President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, IL since 2006. In that time he has completed an $11 million construction project including a new Surgery Center, renovated Emergency and Maternity Departments and improved both quality indicators and colleague engagement scores. Perryman will begin serving full-time as President and CEO of St. Mary’s on March 31st.
Mobile Health Unit to Provide Dental Services
Lewis and Clark Community College's Mobile Health Unit (MHU) will visit St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in an effort to help those in need of dental care.
“Since transportation can often be an issue for those in need of oral healthcare, the MHU will travel to Litchfield to offer assessment and preventive services,” said Lewis and Clark Dental Hygiene Coordinator Michelle Singley. Dental exams and x-rays, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments are offered through the Mobile Health Unit at affordable prices. Medical cards will be accepted and patients will not be refused service for inability to pay. Follow up treatment will be required when the Mobile Health Unit returns the next week. “Once the dentist and dental hygienist complete the examination and treatment plan, dental hygiene students will have the opportunity to provide the treatment for these patients – a valuable learning opportunity,” Singley said.
The Mobile Health Unit, partially funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is staffed with professional dental providers to provide high quality, comprehensive exams and preventive services for adults 18 to 50 years of age. “We travel throughout the Lewis and Clark Community College district and beyond to provide dental services to those who don’t always have access to the health and dental services they need,” said Mobile Health Unit dental hygienist Laurie Paul, RDH, who is helping to coordinate the effort.
The St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Auxiliary Hosts Used Book Sale
The St. Joseph-Breese Auxiliary hosted another successful used book sale at the Breese American Legion. Proceeds from the sale brought the monetary total of books sold throughout the year to $15,746.32.
The used book sale would not be the success that it is without many helping hands. Carolyn Gnaedinger (seated) of Pocahontas chairs the year-round effort. Auxilians on hand opening day included (standing, from right).Theresa Gnaedinger, Lois Voss, Linda Coach, Kathy Deiters, Jackie Schmitz, Norma Tucker, Dottie Wellinghoff, Dan Renschen, Jean Baun, Art Housman, Mary Thoele, Stan Varel, Josie Timmermann, Jamie Voss, Don Reeves, Volunteer Services Secretary Yvonne Ratermann, Marilyn Gnaedinger and Lisa Gallager. With them is (far left), Volunteer Services Director Judy Schrage who said the event had good attendance all four days.
The event offered over 30,000 items including books, DVDs, videos, etc. The Auxiliary is now collecting books for their 2014 sales; donations may be left in the atrium area of the hospital’s Physician Office Building.
Dr. Charles Lucore Named President and CEO of St. John's Hospital
Charles Lucore, MD, MBA has been appointed to serve as President and CEO of St. John’s Hospital. Dr. Lucore has been a practicing physician with Prairie Cardiovascular since 1992. He will be among the 7% of Illinois hospital CEOs who are physicians.
Since 2012, Dr. Lucore has served as Vice President and Chief Clinical Integration Officer for the HSHS Central Illinois Division (which includes St. John’s; St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur; St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield; St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator; St. John’s College of Nursing; and HSHS Medical Group). In that role he oversaw physician alignment initiatives, assumed administrative responsibility for St. John’s radiology services and operating rooms, led quality and safety initiatives that resulted in multiple “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group, and was instrumental in expanding Prairie Cardiovascular services to hospitals across the region.
“Almost Home” Program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Helps Patients Transition from Hospital to Home
Not all patients are the same, and neither is their recovery. Depending upon the injury, illness or other circumstances after an initial hospital stay, a patient may require additional care in a specialized environment where experience, compassion and personal attention can lead to quicker recuperation. That’s where the “Almost Home” Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland can help a patient rest easier, heal faster – and make the transition to return home as soon as possible.
The ‘Almost Home’ Program at SJH is a rehabilitation therapy program designed for patients who have specific conditions, diagnoses or need extra treatment stemming from certain medical procedures. St. Joseph's Hospital has the expertise to help patients heal quicker, and the comfort and convenience of a brand new hospital environment that makes patients feel as if they’re already home. Combining health care services that address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient, the “Almost Home” Program utilizes a “patient-centered” philosophy that addresses both internal and external healing.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Buys Land from New Baden Chamber of Commerce to Open New Priority Care
St. Joseph-Breese President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Klosterman (left) and New Baden Chamber of Commerce President Scott Meinhardt (right) formally sign sales documents transferring nine-tenths acres of land just north of Illinois Routes 160 and 161 from the Chamber to the hospital for a new Priority Care. Expected to open late spring or early summer in a temporary building, the facility will offer walk-in care for all ages plus some laboratory services.
St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart Hospitals Host Day of Dance, Get Community Moving
St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals teamed up to host the Chippewa Valley’s fourth annual GO Dance event on Sunday, March 9, at the Heyde Center for the Arts. Attendees participated in a fun afternoon of music and dance, including: Tai Chi with One Tree Martial Arts, Hip Hop with Life Fitness Center, Freestyle Dance with Excite Wellness, Zumba with the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA, and the Franklin Method with Evolve Wellness.
Local professionals also offered health screenings including blood pressure, sleep assessment, Body-Mass Index, stroke and cancer; and several physicians answered questions at “Ask the Doc” booths. St. Joseph’s Hospital’s food service professionals Thomas Sahr, food service director, and Heather Krieger, registered dietitian, provided a healthy cooking demonstration and discussed the benefits of quinoa and healthful cooking oils. The open-house format allowed participants to see local dance and fitness teams demonstrate their style, and were encouraged to join along.
GO Dance is a community-based event hosted by St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals.
Mayor Designates Heart Health Month
Effingham Mayor Mervin D. Gillenwater recently signed a proclamation designating February 2014 as Heart Health Month.
The proclamation states that since cardiovascular disease, which are disorders of the heart and blood vessels, is the number one cause of death in the United States and since February is designated as American Heart Month by the American Heart Association to increase awareness of heart disease, signs and symptoms, prevention and treatment options, the Mayor proclaims February as Heart Health Month. With the proclamation, the Mayor urges all citizens to take steps to improve their heart health.
Joining the Mayor as he signed the proclamation were Lisa Brown, RN, Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants; Vicki Macklin, Community Relations Associate; and Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s staff members Scott Fish and Jenny Schaefer, Registered Vascular Technicians, and Pam Mayhaus and Linda Taniges, Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s Secretaries.
David Carlson, MD, Named Chief Physician Executive
Dr. David Carlson has been appointed to serve as Chief Physician Executive. Dr. Carlson will begin his service with HSHS on March 24. In his role as Chief Physician Executive (CPE), Dr. Carlson will work collaboratively with HSHS leadership on quality, patient safety, clinical system delivery innovation, and physician leadership and training initiatives. He will have executive responsibility for System Quality, HSHS Medical Group and continued physician alignment through the HSHS Care Integration Strategy.
Damiansville Student Collects Scarves and Money for St. Joseph's Hospital-Breese Cancer Care Closet
Matthew and Evelyn Fuehne (left and center) help big sister Grace (right) deliver the donated scarves and cash she collected through her “Scarf It For Cancer” campaign for the Cancer Care Closet at the St. Joseph-Breese HealthPlex. Grace created the campaign as part of her preparation to be confirmed this spring at St. Damian’s Catholic Church in Damiansville. During the campaign, Grace collected a bin full of new and gently used scarves as well as $100 for the Friends of St. Joseph's Hospital to benefit cancer care. The three are the children of Steve and Gwen Fuehne and grandchildren of Rita “Butch” Fuehne, Matt and Linda Coach, all of Damiansville.
Available by appointment, the Cancer Care Closet is two facilities. Half is the official American Cancer Society closet where women undergoing cancer treatment can receive a new hat, a wig specially made for cancer patients and a Personal Health Manager, all free from the ACS. The other half houses the hospital's Wig Loan program where anyone suffering hair loss can get free wigs, hats, turbans and scarves. New and gently used wigs are donated by the community and cleaned by Kaskaskia College cosmetology students. More than 250 hats created and donated during the past several years by the Clinton County Homemaker's Extension and other local craftspeople are also available.
New PET/CT Technology at St. Joseph’s Hospital Offers Improved Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
On Monday, January 27, the level of “advanced technology” increased thanks to a new medical imaging service that will elevate SJH’s Cancer Care Program – as well as other health care services.
SJH will offer patients a powerful new diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT. This hybrid technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging services in one imaging session to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers while increasing patient comfort.
The combined PET/CT machine allows physicians to rapidly perform both scans in one session without having to move the patient. This means physicians can precisely overlay the metabolic data of the PET scan and the detailed anatomic data of the CT scan to pinpoint the location and stage of tumors.
St. Francis Hospital’s Food Pantry Receives Donation From Victory Lane Ford
Becky Gudgel (center), the hospital’s St. Clare Food Pantry Coordinator, is shown receiving a check for $1,060 from the Hebenstreit family: Alec Hebenstreit, Chelsey Hebenstreit, Stephanie Hebenstreit and Gene Hebenstreit. Gene and Stephanie Hebenstreit, owners at Victory Lane Ford in Litchfield, coordinated the “Drive 4UR Community” in October 2013 which helped raise $20 for every test drive. Gudgel said, “Thank you to all the individuals who participated in the event by taking a test drive.
The St. Clare Food Pantry helps thousands of individuals within our two counties. This donation from the Hebenstreit family will help us to continue our mission of helping others in need. Victory Lane Ford has been a true champion toward our food pantry. They have had numerous food drives at the dealership to help raise awareness of our mission, and their staff volunteers to help unload our delivery truck – every week! Their generosity is greatly appreciated.” The Drive 4UR Community is sponsored by Ford Motor Company and is designed to raise needed funding for local community groups and nonprofit organizations. This is the second year that Victory Lane Ford has coordinated the event to benefit St. Francis Hospital’s St. Clare Food Pantry.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Center for Interventional Pain Management named Guardian of Excellence by Press Ganey
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital’s Center for Interventional Pain Management was recently named a winner of the 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
Each year, Press Ganey Associates, Inc., who conducts the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys, highlights outstanding work of their clients who strive to improve the patient experience and raise the bar on performance annually. The company honors a select group of its clients with awards that recognize efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient care, to provide a positive and collaborative environment for employees and physicians, and ultimately to deliver exceptional patient experiences. Award winners are recognized at Press Ganey's National Client Conference.
The Center for Interventional Pain Management received this award for reaching the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction, annually based on one year of data. This means that their patient satisfaction scores were higher than 95 percent of other Press Ganey clients. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience.
Hundreds Attend Prevea Oostburg Health Center Open House
The community of Oostburg and Prevea Health celebrated the opening of the Prevea Oostburg Health Center with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Nearly 250 people were in attendance, including Oostburg residents, village leaders and the leaders of Prevea Health. The event offered everyone the chance to tour the health center and speak with providers about the services they offer. The Prevea Oostburg Health Center is the first of its kind for the Oostburg community, offering family medicine, lab and X-ray services. It also provides employer medical services for Oostburg Concrete and the Oostburg School District.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital invests in Hydrotherapy:An Alternative Pain Management Option for Mothers in Labor
St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center is pleased to announce the recent addition of Hydrotherapy services to the Mother Child Center, becoming the only birthing center in the Belleville area to offer the alternative pain management option.
A new specialized tub, which was as a capital purchase for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 2013, allows healthy mothers to be immersed in warm water to promote relaxation and decrease pain in the early stages of labor. The water provides soothing stimulation of nerves in the skin, promoting increased blood flow and reducing pain causing signals. Hydrotherapy can also increase uterine blood flow, decrease maternal blood pressure and shorten labor.
It’s a Boy for the 2014 St. Joseph-Breese New Year’s Baby
A laundry basket full of goodies awaited the 2014 New Year’s Baby at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, this year Chandler Michael Lee Mansker, newborn son of Roxann Easley and Doug Mansker of Salem. Helping with the welcome and presenting gifts were (standing, from left) Dee Morrison, a St. Joseph-Breese Auxiliary member, Mary L. Heeren, hospital Communications Coordinator who presented the gifts from St. Joseph’s in Breese and organized the welcome, and R. Joe Richter representing the Breese Lions who presented a $100 cash certificate. This year’s New Year’s Baby arrived at 7:16 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, exactly on his due date.
New Year’s Baby of 2014 Born at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital proudly welcomed Harper Lowe as the first baby born at the hospital in 2014. She was born at 2:39 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at St. Anthony’s, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and 18 inches long. Harper’s proud parents are Heidi and David Devers of Mattoon, Illinois.
St. Anthony’s Women and Children’s Care presented Harper’s parents with a basket of gifts in celebration of her birth and being named St. Anthony’s 2014 New Year’s Baby.
Montgomery County Cancer Association Donates $5,000 to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield
Pat Cailey, center, Treasurer of the Montgomery County Cancer Association, is shown giving a check for $5,000 to hospital representatives Dan Perryman, President and CEO and Paula Endress Director of Development. The donation will be used to provide mammograms for women who are in need of financial assistance in order to receive this vital test. "We are most grateful for this generous gift from MCCA and for their tireless efforts that benefit the residents of our service area," stated Endress.