Prairie Education and Research Cooperative is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on medical education and research in an effort to improve our overall health care environment. By participating in research, both locally and non-locally, we are improving treatments and discovering better technologies that will improve the quality of life for those in our community and beyond. Our participation includes our involvement in current clinical trials (Local Site), developing protocols and providing data management for current and future trials (MultiCenter), doing outcomes research, as well as wound and angiographic analysis (SynvaCor). In addition, PERC provides continuing medical education (CME) opportunities to our health care professionals so that they are kept abreast of these treatments and technologies and are well educated and qualified to care for their patients; one such opportunity is the Prairie Vascular Fellowship. PERC is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and closely aligned with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd. For more information, please contact 217-492-9100.
The Prairie Education and Research Cooperative is a not for profit organization that focuses on medical education and research in an effort to improve the overall health care environment.
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Physician Initiated/Outcomes Research
Seeking to support HSHS physicians in outcomes research endeavorsLearn More
A focus on the needs of small to mid-sized medical device companiesLearn More
Provides services for continuing education for HSHS Colleagues and clients outside of HSHSLearn More
Founded in 1983
Jenny Chambers MBA, MHA, Executive Director
Jenny graduated in 1994 from Lincoln Land Community College’s Associate Degree Radiography Program and began her career in the Cardiac Cath Lab. Over the course of 13 years, Jenny worked in three different cath labs throughout the Midwest before settling back down in Springfield. In 2007, she accepted a position as the Cath Lab educator, which she held for five years. During this period she finished her Bachelor’s in Health Care Leadership, Master’s in Health Care Administration, and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. In 2012, Jenny became the manager of the Cath Lab/OPCL at St. Johns, which she held for three years. During this period, she became the Chest Pain Center coordinator and led the hospital through a successful CPC accreditation, assisted in a successful ACE accreditation, and completed Lean Performance Improvement Change Leader training, being the process owner of five different successful improvement projects. In March of 2015, Jenny became the Executive Director at Prairie Education and Research Cooperative, and is committed to fostering PERC’s mission to provide patients and physicians with the research and education opportunities that will improve tomorrow’s quality of life.
Quality Assurance and Compliance
Prairie Education and Research (PERC) is committed to meeting customer requirements, enhancing customer satisfaction, and improving the quality of research and education through continual improvement of its processes, products, services and the quality management system. Our organization has been compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 since 2009.
PERC is governed by a Quality Management System (QMS) and Quality Operating Procedures (QOP), as well as, individual department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). All employees are required to review and train on these policies on an annual basis.
All vendors doing business with PERC are internally tier-reviewed on a bienniel basis and must qualify based on the vendor’s acceptable work performance/relationship with PERC. We are continually seeking feedback from our customers and patients via scheduled phone calls, letters, surveys and email correspondence. We have a 24 hour hotline available to report any compliance or quality issues that might arise. We conduct internal audits of our work product, as well as, facilitate any external audits performed by Sponsors, Review Boards or governmental agencies.