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.
Roger McFarlin, MD Earns the 2013 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association
Roger McFarlin, MD recently earned the 2013 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association. The award honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural health care. “One of the biggest health care challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize physicians like Dr. McFarlin who have accepted this calling and gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an impact,” said Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director. Dr. McFarlin, who practices at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine in Hillsboro, has dedicated more than 40 years of service to his community.
Front Left: Rex Brown, CEO, Hillsboro Area Hospital; Roger McFarlin, MD; Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
Back Left: Shiloh Lipe, Physician Assistant; Margaret Vaughn, Executive Director, Illinois Rural Health Association; Doris McFarlin; Melinda Clark, CEO, HSHS Medical Group
The Friends of St. Mary’s Host a Gala to Celebrate 135th Year
"We are celebrating 135 years as a health care ministry in Decatur and the surrounding communities,” said Kevin F. Kast, President and CEO of St. Mary’s. “We look forward to providing exceptional care to our patients for another 135 years or more.”
During the gala campaign, the Friends of St. Mary’s raised more than $200,000 to support the needs of the hospital. Funds raised at the gala will help support the purchase of new hospital beds.
Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s Hospital Leaders Named to List of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”
Julie Manas, President & CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire (left); Joan Coffman, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls (middle); and Faye Deich, Chief Operating Officer at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire (right), have all recently been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s list of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know," which recognizes female leaders of hospitals and health systems across the country. The women featured in the list have demonstrated a proven ability to lead their respective organizations in midst of healthcare's challenging environment. They have demonstrated considerable skill and promise despite times of uncertainty and unprecedented change in the industry.
Community Leaders Show Support for Breast Health Awareness Initiative
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville has been spreading awareness about breast health and breast cancer screenings through community events, downtown pink ribbon decorations in Belleville and O’Fallon, an online Facebook campaign and much more. Recently, the St. Clair County Board, the City of Belleville and the City of O’Fallon joined the hospital by offering official Proclamations to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Annual Blessing of the Animals
During the Feast of St. Francis, St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur invited the community to participate in the annual Blessing of the Animals. More than 25 dogs and cats, along with their owners, attended the ceremony.
St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur Hosts Community Food Drive
Colleagues and physicians at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur helped collect and donate more than 13,000 pounds of food to the Community Food Drive, October 4.
Mobile Health Unit Comes to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield
The Lewis and Clark Community College Mobile Health Unit was at St. Francis Hospital on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to provide high quality, comprehensive exams and preventative services for adults 18-50 years of age. Dental exams and x-rays, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments are offered through the Mobile Health Unit at affordable prices.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Hosts Celebration and Farwell Reception
Ten Holy Cross Sisters, many of whom had served at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, were on hand when St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Breese hosted a celebration of gratitude and farewell Sunday, Sept. 8. Attending the 11 a.m. Mass and reception were (seated, from left) Sister Mary Angela Sackmann, Sister Mary Zita Klimek, Sister Mary Anthony Menting, (standing, from left) Sister Mary Anne Rose, Sister Dolores H. Hrdina, Sister Kathy Wiesneski, Sister Loretta Schreiber, Sister Joelle Mauer, Sister Pat Cormack and Sister Dorothy Niemann. .
Therese Pandl Nominated to Serve as New WHA Chairperson
Therese Pandl, President and CEO of HSHS Divsion - Eastern Wisconsin, has been selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association Nominating Committee to serve as WHA’s chair-elect in 2014 and chair in 2015. A member of the WHA Board since 2012, Pandl currently cochairs the WHA Enrollment Action Council.
Mary Starmann-Harrison Receives WHA Distinguished Service Award
Mary Starmann-Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), received the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award for her service to the health care industry, community and to the Association. WHA President Steve Brenton (right) presented the award to Starmann-Harrison at a WHA event held September 19 in Pewaukee. In presenting the award, WHA President Steve Brenton said Mary’s leadership is evident not only in the organizations she serves, but also is an asset to the communities where she lives. According to Brenton, she always has the “big picture” in health care in mind.
HSHS Colleagues Attend WHA Leadership Summit Meeting
On September 19, HSHS colleagues attended the WHA Leadership Summit Meeting in Pweaukee, Wisconsin. The purpose of the meeting is to highlight public policy issues affecting the provision of health care across Wisconsin and throughout the country, identify how the delivery of and access to health care is changing, and provide leadership and management practice tools and techniques to current health care leaders and managers.
St. Mary's Hospital in Streator Supports No Kid Hungry Campaign
Continuing their efforts to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, St. Mary’s Hospital held their own GO ORANGE day on September 17 to raise awareness for childhood hunger during September’s Hunger Awareness Month.
St. Mary's Hospital in Streator Donates Produce to Local Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
Since starting their garden in May, St. Mary’s Hospital has harvested nearly 550 pounds of produce and donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens in their community.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator Holds School Supply Drive
St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department held a School Supply Drive throughout the month of August. Over 70 pounds of supplies were collected and donated to the local elementary schools to distribute to those in need.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Donates Computers and Monitors to All Saints Academy
Thanks to St. Joseph’s, second grade students at All Saints Academy in Breese now have 10 personal computers and 18 monitors for projects and classes. On hand for the presentation were (standing from left) St. Joseph-Breese President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Klosterman and ASA Principal, Dr. Robin Booth. Students, who seemed eager to try out the new units, included (front row from left) Katy, Carson, Luke, (second row from left) Samantha, Alayna, Kenyon, (third row from left) Owen, Logan, Danica, Emma, Elise, Dawson, (fourth row from left) Trent, Dalton, Ava, Nick, Elijah, Urban, (seated) Landon, Mason, Garett, Anderson, Brock, Bradley, Justin and Ryann. The computers and monitors were installed at the All Saints Primary Building and previously had been used at the hospital. Additional computers have been/will be donated to other local schools.
St. Joesph's Hospital in Breese, IL Hosts Relay for Life Survivors Dinner
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese provided the food while colleagues, family and friends served the 2013 Relay for Life Survivors Dinner, this year at the Breese KC. A number of other colleagues were involved in other aspects of the Relay as well. The event raised over $105,000.
St. Joseph’s Hosptial in Breese Hosts the Southern Division Mission Integration Accountability Report Review
St. Joseph’s hosted the Southern Division Mission Integration Accountability Report Review in August, welcoming colleagues from St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, St. Anthony’s Memorial in Effingham and St. Joseph’s in Highland in person or via teleconference. Representing St. Joseph’s in Breese were (seated, from left) Sue Darr-UR, Paulette Evans-Patient Care Services, Helen Essenpreis-WIC, (standing, from left) Mark Klosterman-Administration, Jene Bieri-Professional Services, Rob Otrembiak-People Services and John Jeffries-Accounting. System and Division leadership also attended.
KidneyMobile Visits Breese, IL
Volunteers and colleagues from St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Fresenius and National Kidney Foundation of Illinois staff were on hand when the KidneyMobile visited the Breese KC Hall on August 22, 2013. 107 area residents took advantage of the screenings. Diabetes Educator Barb Voss coordinated this event as well as the visit by the KidneyMobile to Damiansville on June 20, which attracted 60 area residents.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is the first hospital in North American to use the CAREpoint™ Workstation Remote Control and secure messaging features
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is excited to be the first hospital in North America to use the General Devices’ CAREpoint Workstation v2.0 Remote Control feature and the e-Net Messenger secure messaging system. These state of the art features will allow St. Elizabeth’s and local area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to enhance communication and the quality of patient care by integrating all activities from the ambulance to the Emergency Room, and reducing the need for multiple phone calls and radio transmissions. The Remote Control feature (CAREpoint-RC) allows the Emergency Department (ED) to receive the EMS radio transmission and pertinent patient information without being at the actual workstation in the ED. iPads will be used that can be carried anywhere in the department or hospital and securely transmit EKG’s, pictures, vitals, and other patient information. Secure patient information will be readily available while EMS agencies are en-route which will allow staff to start preparing ahead of time to provide immediate and appropriate care when the ambulance arrives. In addition, the ED will receive earlier updates and warnings in order to prepare specialty physicians that may be needed, such as a surgeon, cardiologist, or stroke neurologist. Additional features allow for call recording and instant recall of the last message to confirm message, orders, and verify information at touch of the screen.
The New St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland is a Tobacco/Smoke-Free Area
Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland is dedicated to health and healing and committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all patients, visitors, colleagues, physicians and volunteers. As a demonstration of this commitment, the entire new SJH campus, just as at the previous facility on Main Street, is a “tobacco/smoke free” area.
The Wound Care Center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Introduces Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Now local residents who are having difficulties with non-healing chronic wounds have access to a new therapy service in Highland. The Wound Care Center at the new St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland offers hyberbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) – a treatment process that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury, for example.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols which are offered at the SJH Wound Care Center. Others include negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
Sacred Heart Hospital’s Monsignor Edmund Klimek passes away
Monsignor Edmund John Klimek, 85, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital, passed away on August 28, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital. Known throughout the Chippewa Valley and beyond as a deeply humble and spiritual man, Monsignor Klimek’s greatest joy was faithfully ministering to the sick, suffering and dying. In his quiet and unassuming way, he brought the compassionate love of Christ to all those he encountered. He was a good and holy man, and a dedicated servant of God.
On June 18, 1968, he began his appointment as Administrator at St. Bridget Parish in Springfield, with residence and chaplain responsibilities at Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1972, Monsignor Klimek established the Pastoral Care Department at Sacred Heart Hospital. As an extension of his ministry to the sick and suffering, he also helped to establish the Saint Francis Food Pantry, Triniteam, and The Healing Place: A Center for Life’s Journeys.
On June 3, 2013, Monsignor Klimek was honored nationally as he received the Catholic Health Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” This award is conferred each year upon “an acknowledged leader of the health ministry who has inspired and mentored numerous others. The individual’s leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond.” Fittingly, Monsignor Klimek was the first hospital chaplain to receive this award. Monsignor Klimek is survived by his brother, Joseph (Dorothy) Klimek, and sister, Rose (Klimek) Pierzina, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Susan Klimek, his brother, Ernest Klimek, and his sisters, Pelchie (Klimek) Berens and Irene (Klimek) Hoffman.
SJH Announces Official Patient Move Day as August 22
The new St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland will officially opened its doors and begin the transfer of patients from its existing facility to the new SJH campus on Thursday, August 22. The new SJH campus – encompassing 125,000+ square feet that includes the new hospital facility and adjacent medical office building (MOB) - provides Highland and surrounding communities with a “state-of-the-art” healthcare experience. For more information on the new SJH, visit www.stjosephshighland.org.
Julie Manas named a Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEO to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review
Julie Manas, President and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s list of "130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.”According to the publication, the men and women named to the list are named based on their experience and achievements in the healthcare industry, as well as their professional involvement in the communities they serve. Also according to the publication, the nonprofit hospitals and health systems these individuals lead are recognized as some of the nation's top healthcare organizations in terms of clinical and financial performance.
St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates 50 Years With Successful Event
The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 50th anniversary by holding a “Pink Turns Gold” celebration at the KC Hall in Hillsboro on Saturday, August 3. More than 300 people attended the event which included dinner, entertainment and a “Donation Challenge” fund raising activity.Special recognition was given to all Auxiliary volunteers who were present during the evening. Hospital President/CEO Dan Perryman thanked the group for all they have done for the hospital and the community throughout the past 50 years. Acommemorative booklet was included at the tables as part of the pink and gold decorations. The table centerpieces were a variety of bright pink and gold wrapped boxes to represent the Auxiliary and their gifts of time, talent and treasures to the Hospital. The booklet was filled with interesting early facts about the group and photos from past years. Two tables of memorabilia were on display, which included scrapbooks and old photographs. Another huge accomplishment for the group over the past 50 years is the total donations given to the Hospital. Through hundreds of activities, such as golf tournaments, bazaars, home tours, bake sales, benefit shows, the Hospital Gift Shop sales, and so much more, the total donation to date is $477,000. These events involved hundreds of Auxilians who gave thousands of volunteer hours and were supported by local businesses and the community to help raise money for the hospital.
St. Francis Hospital Partners with National KidneyFoundation of Illinois to Offer Free Kidney Screening
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is teamed up with St. Francis Hospital to provide a free kidney screening on Wednesday, August 21 for all community members. The screening wasoffered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ KidneyMobile the nation’s only custom mobile unit that travels across the state screening individuals for kidney disease and its main causes: diabetes and high blood pressure. To date, the KidneyMobile has screened more than 35,000 people in Illinois.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese 2013 Mission Trip
Colleagues from St. Joseph's Hospital gained a better appreciation of the healing ministry of our sponsors, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, as well as the mission, vision and values of St. Joseph’s in Breese, after visiting the Sisters’ Motherhouse campus in Springfield this spring. The museum, which focuses on the Sisters' early history, the church, the Chiara Center retreat facility, Mission Outreach which redistributes medical supplies and equipment to third-world nations, and the cemetery were among the locations on the Hospital Sisters Motherhouse campus that was visited by a group this spring. The hospital's Mission Committee offers trips to Springfield each year.
Thank You to the 2013 Clinton County Fair Parade Group
Hat’s off to the St. Joseph-Breese (IL) volunteers and colleagues (from left) Dennis Ratermann, Donna Deien-Business Office, Liz Wade, Elaine Horstmann, Jackie and Don Reeves, who participated in this year’s Clinton County Fair Parade. And thanks to Judy Schrage (top) and Volunteer Services - the float looked great and really reflected the County Wide-Country Pride theme.
Friends of St. Joesph's Hospital in Breese, IL Host Golf Outing
Everyone pitched in at the Friends of St. Joseph's Hospital's golf outing including (from left) Barb Strieker-Administration, Helen Essenpreis-Women and Infants Center, Mary Foraker-Medical Imaging and Geralyn Kruep-Lab. Thanks to the many colleagues, volunteers, physicians, board and committee members and the community who supported the event which netted an estimated $18,000.
Partners of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippwea Falls Announce Scholarship Winners
Scholarships were presented at the annual meeting. Scholarships are made available with permanent endowments supplemented by Hospital Partners’ projects and are in the amount of $1000 each. Scholarships were given to: Adam Krouse (Cadott), Kjirstin Martell (Chippewa Falls), Morgan Ewings (Cornell), Molly McLoone (Stanley), Ashley Nimtz (Bloomer), and Lauren Lube (Chippewa Falls).
Photo from left: Kjirstin Martell, 2013 Chippewa Falls Senior High School graduate; Adam Krouse, 2013 Cadott High School graduate; Ashley Nimtz, 2010 Bloomer High School graduate currently attending UWEC; and Molly McLoone, 2013 Stanley-Boyd High School graduate. Morgan Ewings and Lauren Lube are not pictured.
Bassam Maalouf, MD, joins St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff
Bassam Maalouf, MD, who specializes in hematology/oncology, has joined the Medical Staff at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Dr. Maalouf received his medical degree from Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Wichita, Kansas, and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Navi Arora, MD, joins St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff
Navi Arora, MD, who specializes in internal medicine, has joined the Medical Staff at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. Dr. Arora received his medical degree from the Medical University of Americas in the West Indies and completed his residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. Dr. Arora has joined Prompt Care and will be practicing with his parents, Drs. Narinder and Arvinder Arora.
Pain Management Specialists at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese
Beginning in August, Kui Yang, MD (left) and Gregory Randle, MD, partners in Vigilant Anesthesia Care & Pain Management, Ltd., of Glen Carbon, will provide specialized pain management options for physicians and their patients.
The practice offers an additional source of specialized treatment when standard therapies have been exhausted. Their goal is to work with patients and physicians to create a customized pain management program by utilizing cost-effective streamlined procedure-based services. Offered will be procedures for acute and chronic low back and neck pain, lumbar and cervical radiculopathy, herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, post-laminectomy syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, post-herpetic neuralgia, neuropathic pain, headaches and arthritis pain.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham Diagnostic Center in Altamont Provides Convenient Testing Close to Home
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s is now open at 3 Do It Drive, Suite A, offering full-time diagnostic services to the residents of Altamont and the surrounding area. St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Center – Altamont is the hospital’s seventh Diagnostic Center offering convenient testing close to home.
Testing available at St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Center in Altamont includes X-rays, EKGs, Lab and Ultrasound, including 4D OB Ultrasound for no additional fee. A 4-dimensional ultrasound creates live action images of the unborn child, allowing the mother to see her baby in detail. Any patient that has a physician’s order for routine or stat testing of one of these tests can use the Diagnostic Center in Altamont. X-ray, Lab and EKG orders are available on a walk-in basis.
New St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Emergency Department to Open August 22
Pictured are two trauma rooms located within the new St. Joseph's Emergency Department on the new hospital campus. Located between the two trauma rooms are break-away glass doors that will allow physicians and other clinical staff easy access between the trauma rooms in the event of multiple trauma patients are brought to the new St. Joseph's Emergency Department.
Highland Priority Care to Relocate to New St. Joseph’s Hospital Campus on August 22
Highland Priority Care will relocate to the new St. Joseph’s Hospital campus and begin seeing walk-in patients there at 7a.m. on Thursday, August 22. Pictured is the Highland Priority Care registration desk located at the pedestrian Emergency entrance in the new hospital.
Local Photographers’ Work Chosen to Adorn New St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland
St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland is building a new hospital that is an innovative model of healthcare that puts patients' needs first. The facility will open in August, and thanks to many local photographers, the new hospital and Medical Office Building (MOB) will have beautiful artwork adorning its walls.
Earlier this year, SJH sponsored a photo contest seeking artwork from local photographers – both amateurs and professionals. The response was outstanding with more than 500 entries submitted. There were 265 photos selected for print from the contest. The artwork throughout the hospital and MOB are printed on metal in 24x36 and 30x40 prints.
Local Physician Receives DOT Certificationas Medical Examiner from NRCME
Amit Garg, MD, board certified family practice physician and co-director of St. Mary’s Hospital Occupational Health and Wellness program, recently received his DOT (Department of Transportation) Certification from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
The NRCME is a federal program that establishes requirements for health care professionals who perform physical qualification examinations. Beginning in May 2014, new regulations will require that all drivers be examined by a NRCME-certified provider. These regulations will impact all businesses and industries that have commercial drivers, including truck and school bus drivers. Key examination areas undergoing change include cardiovascular health, neurological exams, psychiatric conditions and sleep apnea evaluations.
Eau Claire SWAT Team Uses Vacant Hospital Convent for Training
The Eau Claire County regional SWAT team will use St. Joseph’s Hospital’s former convent building for training from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The building, a two-story brown house, is located across from the hospital’s main entrance and the Healing Garden. The hospital’s address is 2661 Highway I.
The training exercises likely will involve forced entry through exterior doors – an exercise difficult to replicate without the use of a building.
Brian Klostermann, MD, Family/Sports Medicine Physician Joins Medical Staff
Brian Klostermann, M.D., board-certified in family medicine - with an additional specialization in sports medicine - has joined the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Medical Group . In addition, Dr. Klostermann is accepting new patients and will hold office hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 8a.m. – 4p.m. at 30 Apex Drive, Suite 2, Highland, through August 21 until his office moves into the new St. Joseph’s Hospital medical office building.
St. John's Hospital in Springfield Opens New 8th Floor
St. John's Hospital opened the new 8th floor to patients on Tuesday, July 2. The floor is the second to open as part of a patient tower project to renovate four floors of the current hospital. This $41 million construction project will create all private rooms and specific nursing units on floors six through nine in the patient tower.
The 44-bed floor includes a 20 bed Neurology unit for general neurology or intermediate care neurology patients. Two beds are dedicated as the Epilepsy monitoring unit, providing 24 hour video EEG capability. The other 24 beds providing care to Trauma patients as well as general and intermediate medical level of care patients.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Auxiliary AwardsGrants-in-aid to Health Care Career Students
Taking the occasion of their 45th annual meeting, the St. Joseph's Auxiliary presented $1,000 grants-in-aid to 16 healthcare career students. Recipients included (seated, from left) Clare Chiarolanza, Elizabeth Henrichs, Alyssa Hitpas, Haley Johnson, Alison Kalmer, Shannon Mensing, (standing, from left) Sarah Pollmann, Ashley Rakers, Brooke Restoff, Alexandria Robben, Macey Smith, Paige Varel, Kari Wiegmann, Lindsey Wiegmann, Erlca Zurliene and (not pictured) Kayla Toennies. With them is (far right) Nancy Renschen, Auxiliary Scholarship Committee chair. Each grant is given in memory or honor of an Auxiliary member or friend. Funding is from the Auxiliary’s Lights for Scholarship campaign, donations, memorials and a benefit walk in September at the hospital HealthPlex Fitness Track.
Sister Linda Noe is New Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital
Sister Linda Noe is the new Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois for 15 years. She has a master’s degree in theology with a focus in pastoral care. Sister Linda grew up in Modesto, Illinois. In her early twenties she traveled to California and worked there in the insurance industry for about 20 years. She came back home and settled in Carlinville where she has served at Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Church as the Director of Religious Education for the past 2 ½ years. As the new hospital chaplain, Sister will be on hand to serve the spiritual needs of patients, family members, and hospital colleagues.
St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Thirty two members of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary were recognized for service as officers, chairpersons or giving over 100 hours of their time in volunteer work to the hospital. The ceremony was held in the convent garden at the old St. Francis Hospital which stood on South State Street in Litchfield. The group contributed 2,671 hours in 1964 and 1,113 in 1963. This was the first recognition awards ceremony for the group which formed in March 1963. The group is shown wearing their signature cherry color pinafore, white blouse, white shoes and name tag – which was the approved auxiliary uniform at that time.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Dedicates New Medical Campus
Peggy Sebastian, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland (left), escorts Daren J. Zehnle, Priest Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois (center), and Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois (right), through the new hospital campus on Sunday, June 23 during an official blessing and dedication ceremony officiated by Bishop Parocki. The $63 million facility is expected to start receiving patients in late August. Construction on the new campus began in the spring of 2012.
Supportive Care Coalition Congress in Anaheim, California
Larry Schumacher and Mary Starmann-Harrison (center, right) join Roxanne Harling (left) and Ann Derrick at the Supportive Care Coalition Congress on June 2-4 in Anaheim, California where Roxanne and Ann gave a poster presentation that coverd St. John's Palliative Care Program.
St. Joseph-Breese Auxiliary presents $80,000 for Friends of St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese
St. Joseph's Auxiliary officers, representing the over 400 members of the organization, presented $80,000 to hospital Chief Executive Officer Mark Klosterman (center) on Volunteer Day during National Hospital Week. Officers included (seated, from left) Theodora Wilke, Joann Timmermann, (standing, from left) Arlette Szczepan, Mary AuBuchon, Judy Poettker, Kathie Heimann, Maggie Jakel, Marianne Wade and Katie Schrage. With them were (far left and right) Director of Volunteers Judy Schrage and Volunteer Services Secretary Yvonne Ratermann. The presentation was the highlight of the afternoon reception held to recognize and thank all the hospital volunteers. The Auxiliary’s next major activity is the annual meeting in late June which will include presentation of scholarships and election of officers.
Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Receive $5,000 Donation from Scott Credit Union Challenge Grant
Adam Koishor, Chief Marketing Officer for Scott Credit Union (left) and Frank Padak, President and CEO for Scott Credit Union (right) present Maryann Reese, President and CEO for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with the Challenge Grant check for $5,000. Scott Credit Union matched each dollar donated to the Friends of St. Elizabeth’s for their Spring Campaign, up to $5,000. The Campaign, which continues to run through June 30, 2013, has been received well by the community. Proceeds from the Campaign will be used to support philanthropic projects that are of greatest need at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Spinning classes offered at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese HealthPlex
St. Joseph’s in Breese recently offered a sample Spinning class to introduce the newest offering at the hospital HealthPlex. Certified Spinning Instructor Stephanie Boyce of Greenville (standing) spent the first few minutes making sure everyone’s stationary bike fitted properly including that of HealthPlex Exercise Specialist Jeremy Richter of Breese (left) and Breese resident Michael Klein.
HSHS Colleagues Attended The Illinois Hospital Association's Small and Rural Conference
HSHS colleagues attended the Illinois Hospital Association's Small and Rural Conference in June. HSHS Medical Group, St. John's and Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois shared exhibit space, which featured an interactive display on telestroke capabilities at St. John's. Pictured (l-r) Michelle Oliver, St. John's Hospital; Dr. Gurpreet Mander, SIU School of Medicine; Kim Sojka, HSHS Medical Group.
Sisters Tour St. Josesph's Hospital in Highland, Illinois
Sister Monica Laws (left) and Sister Mary Beth Culnan (right) tour the new St. Joseph's Hospital. The new 25 bed Critical Access Hospital is designed to promote healing and wellness with an emphasis on outpatient treatment and therapy. The new hospital encompasses 91,000 square feet with additional room to allow future growth and expansion opportunities for outpatient services. The medical office building is designed to accommodate the relocation and recruitment of Highland physicians and other health care related providers such as a pharmacy, medical equipment, home care, chiropractics, massage therapy, acupuncture, and optometry.
Belleville Hospitals' Golf and Tennis Classic Memorial Hospital CEO Mark Turner and St. Elizabeth's Hospital CEO Maryann Reese accept checks for $40,000 each to benefit the communities served by both hospitals at the 30th Annual Belleville Hospitals' Golf and Tennis Classic. Additional donations from the event are still being calculated.
Belleville Hospitals' Golf and Tennis ClassicMaryann Reese, St. Elizabeth's Chief Executive Officer, Illinois State Senator James Clayborne, and Dr. Shelly Harkins, St. Elizabeth's Chief Medical Officer pose for the camera at the Belleville Hospitals' Golf and Tennis Classic.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese and the Community Say Farewell to Sister Loretta Schreiber
John Bono, former Business Office Manager at St. Joseph’s, kept the jokes coming when the hospital and the community said Happy Retirement to Sister Loretta Schreiber. Physicians, colleagues, volunteers and retirees from St. Joseph’s, along with friends from St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and the community packed the hospital cafeteria to say farewell.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Exchanges Mercury Thermometers for Digital Units
Over 150 mercury thermometers were replaced with digital units during an exchange program this spring at St. Joseph's Hospital. The event was held to commemorate Earth Day and was a reflection of the hospital's Franciscan heritage, according to Mission Committee co-chair Helen Essenpreis (left) and Purchasing Director Carl Kuhl (right). With them is former Purchasing Director Richard Pehle (center) of Lebanon who took advantage of the swap to pick up a new digital thermometer.
Monsignor Edmund Klimek Honored with Catholic Health Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award
For a lifetime of contributions to the Catholic health ministry, Monsignor Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital, last night received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Catholic Health Association of the United States. The award was given during the Catholic Health Assembly in Anaheim, California. The prestigious award annually recognizes a person who has devoted much of her/his life to Catholic health care and who has inspired and mentored numerous others. The individual's leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond.
St. Clare Food Pantry Receives Diocesan Grant
The St. Clare Food Pantry in Litchfield, which is funded by St. Francis Hospital, received a $4,500 grant from the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope. The grant was submitted by Paula Endress, Director of Development at St. Francis. Becky Gudgel, St. Clare Food Pantry Coordinator, and Paula Endress attended an awards luncheon at the Pastoral Center in Springfield where they received the award. The grant money will be used to purchase food from the Central Illinois Food Bank. Pictured, left to right, are Becky Gudgel, the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, and Paula Endress.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls Provides Community Garden for Those in Need
St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Green Team has been planning for its own community garden to feed those in need. For a small plot fee, individuals and families whose budgets do not allow for fresh produce, or who struggle to put food on the table, have the opportunity to grow their own at St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Community Garden. Service organizations also are welcome to rent plots and are asked to donate their harvest to local food pantries through St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Nurse/Health Occupations Instructor at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Helps Save the Life of Local Man
JoEllen Armstrong (left), Health Occupations Program instructor and nurse, visits with Dave Willenborg, the man whose life she helped save by performing CPR on him when he collapsed in St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s parking lot on March 6, 2013. Although Dave Willenborg doesn’t remember anything about that day, he is so thankful that due to Armstrong’s quick response, he is here today.
Rosemary Ludwig Receives the 2013 Nurse Exemplar Award
Sacred Heart Hospital presented the 2013 Nurse Exemplar Award to Rosemary Ludwig, RN, OCN, from the hospital’s Regional Cancer Center. The peer-nominated award is Sacred Heart Hospital’s highest nursing honor and recognizes an extraordinary nurse who exhibits excellence in caring for patients and families, provides personalized patient care, and has a superior level of knowledge and skill.
David Nayak, MD Named St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Physicians' Values Award Winner
David Nayak, MD, was recently named St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Physicians’ Values Award recipient. This is the fourth year for this award, given to the physician who most represents the hospital’s four Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.
Margie Sams Named 2013 St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Colleague Values Award Winner
Margie Sams, RN, Nurse Liaison, Surgical Services, (center) was named this year’s Colleague Values Award recipient. Each year, the Values Award is given to the person who most represents the hospital’s four Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Sams was selected for the award for showing care and concern to patients, their families, the physicians, clinical and non-clinical staff, and just going above and beyond in all four Core Values as well as in many other ways.
Sister Mary Anthony Celebrates Her 60th Jubilee
Sister Mary Anthony Menting, an administrator at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese from 1971 to 1992, will celebrate her 60th Jubilee this June at the Holy Cross Sisters in Merrill, Wisconsin. The Holy Cross Sisters sponsored the Breese facility from 1921 to 1986 when sponsorship was transferred to the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.
Sister Mary Zita Klimek Celebrates Her 50th Jubilee
A Holy Cross Sister, Sister Mary Zita Klimek, Dietary Supervisor at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese from 1970 to 1988, will celebrate her 50th Jubilee this June in Merrill, Wisconsin. During her tenure, Sister Mary Zita saw the demands on the dietary department expand as both the number of patients and number of colleagues increased.
Sacred Heart Hospital Celebrates Monsignor Klimek’s 60th Ordination Anniversary
Monsignor Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital, will be celebrating his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this year. Monsignor Klimek was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1953 by Bishop John Treacy. His first assignment was at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids and Holy Rosary Parish at Sigel. He also taught religion and sociology at Assumption High School, and was the guidance counselor and athletic director. He was named Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence in 1961. On June 18, 1968, he began his appointment as Priest Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital.
St. Francis Hospital Opens New Surgery Center
St. Francis Hospital has announced that the new Surgery Center addition will open for business on Monday, May 20, 2013. The hospital broke ground on October 2, 2011 for the new Surgery Center/ER addition. The $10.8 million project was finished in early 2013. The Surgery Center features four surgery suites, with two specifically designed for endoscopic and specialty procedures. The facility has all private preoperative and postoperative rooms to accommodate family members and a spacious waiting area. The amenities in the facility offer greater privacy and comfort to patients and their family members. In addition, the newly remodeled Emergency Department will open for public access. The new ER features a centralized nurse/patient monitoring area and state-of-the-art medical equipment. Doctors and nurses will monitor patients’ vital signs and cardiac tracings from one convenient area. Mobile diagnostic equipment will allow physicians to more quickly identify symptoms and prescribe treatments.
St. Mary's Green Team Sponsors a Technology Recycling Event
The Green Team at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur sponsored a Technology Recycling Event to celebrate Earth Day. Colleagues on campus brought their recyclable electronic device from home for disposal.
Jody Puckett Named 2013 Employee of the Year by Effingham County Chamber of Commerce
Jody Puckett, Director of Facilities and Support Services, was named the 2013 Employee of the Year by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. Jody received her award at the Chamber’s Employee Appreciation Luncheon on May 3. Jody was nominated for the award for the way she demonstrates our four Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Jody is a hands-on Director who puts the patients’ safety and care first by reaching out to everyone and everything around her.
Area Schoolchildren Enjoy Tour of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital at Annual Children’s Health Fair
Over 400 students from kindergarten through second grade from 10 area schools enjoyed attending St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s 14th annual Children’s Health Fair held recently at the Effingham Knights of Columbus building. The children followed “Ted Bear,” who had fallen and injured his arm, through kid-size versions of St. Anthony’s Emergency Services, Diagnostic Services and Surgical Services departments. A healthy food store educated the children by building a food plate from the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. St. Anthony’s Physical Rehabilitation department staff taught exercises to motivate the children to keep moving for better health. A hand washing demonstration was offered, and the kids also stopped at the Safety Station and received information on prescription drug and sun safety.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Hosts Hawaiian Golf Tournament
The Friends Leadership Council at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese have pulled out their best Aloha shirts, donned a lei or two and are getting ready for their 23rd annual six-person golf scramble and dinner on Friday, June 14, at Governors Run Golf and Country Club in Carlyle. Assisting with the event are (from left) Kurt Rickhoff of Albers, event co-chair Craig Revermann of Breese, Jill Timmermann of Breese, Friends Council Chair Bryan Marsh of Trenton, Ann Schroeder of Germantown, Michele Maue of Breese, Irene Kruse of Bartelso and event co-chair Tim Schleper of Breese.
Germantown Junior Girl Scout Troop Make Blankets for Pediatric Patients
The pediatric patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese will all be warm thanks to the Germantown Junior Girl Scout Troop #8443. Troop members (seated, from left) Erica Schomaker, Jessie Timmermann, Chloe Book, Morgan Huelsmann, Emma Hemker and Rachel Netemeyer, presented 11 hand-tied fleece blankets to the hospital. Accepting the blankets were (standing, from left) Andrea Toennies and Marilyn Peters. The girls picked out coordinating fabric for the front and back of each blanket, made the necessary cuts and tied the knots all the way around.
John Lamoureux, MD Named 2013 Physician of the Year
On May 6 at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Colleague Service Awards banquet in Eau Claire, Julie Manas, president & CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, announced that John Lamoureux, M.D., medical director of the rehabilitation department at Sacred Heart Hospital, has been named the hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2013. Dr. Lamoureux has practiced at Sacred Heart Hospital for 31 years. The Physician of the Year award honors Dr. Lamoureux for his life-long commitment to quality care.
Michaelene Nye Named the 2013 Recipient of the Father Klimek Healing Presence Award
On May 6 at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Colleague Service Awards banquet in Eau Claire, Julie Manas, president & CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, announced that Michaelene “Mike” Nye, registered nurse and certified sexual assault nurse examiner, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Father Klimek Healing Presence Award. Nye has worked at Sacred Heart Hospital as a registered nurse in the emergency department for 31 years. "Through her ability, sensitivity and compassion, Mike has consistently demonstrated a way of caring that embraces the sacredness of every human being,” said Father Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Physical Therapy Patient at St. Joseph's Hospitalin Breese Recognized for Achievement
Standing proud with St. Joseph's Physical Therapy colleagues cheering him on, Gene Mattern of Carlyle (center) demonstrates his ability to walk again after months of therapy. Mattern was unable to walk 10 feet when he started therapy but with his determination and assistance from his therapist, he is now able to ambulate over 400 feet and continues to improve. Attending Mattern’s celebration were hospital Physical Therapy colleagues (from left) Janet Dinkelman, Tina Mickelson, Meaghan Weedon, Maggie Timmermann, Kaci Cruthis, Sue Jansen, Courtney Hollenkamp, Department Director Lynn Rinella, Lori Winkeler, Kurtis Chapman, Megan Korte and Chelsey Gauch.