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Rend Lake Conservancy District Water Crisis: SIH Impact Update

For the health, safety and well being of our patients, visitors and staff, we’re adjusting schedules at our Williamson County and Franklin County locations today, Friday, May 18, due to ongoing water pressure and supply
issues associated with the Rend Lake water main break.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 Update

Herrin Hospital Impact:

  • Herrin Hospital has resumed normal operations

SIH Medical Group:

  • SIH Medical Group will be open regular hours on Monday, May 21 2018.
2:00 PM Update

Herrin Hospital Impact:

  • Elective surgical procedures will resume on Monday.

SIH Cancer Institute:

  • Radiation Oncology will resume treatment on Saturday, May 19 for patients with doctors Kao and Little. All chemotherapy infusion patients that have not already received treatments at St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital or Memorial Hospital of Carbondale have been rescheduled next week.

SIH Medical Group:

  • SIH Medical Group at Logan Primary Care in Herrin and West Frankfort will resume regular Prompt Care hours on Saturday, May 19. Saturday hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
9:00 AM Update

Herrin Hospital Impact:

  • All elective surgical procedures scheduled for today are being rescheduled. This includes endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopies and EGDs, and pain management procedures. The hospital is calling each of the patients affected by this decision.
  • Herrin Hospital remains open for all other inpatient, outpatient (lab services, imaging) and Emergency Department services.

Facility & Clinic Closures for Friday, May 18:

  • The SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville
  • Miners Memorial Health Center in West Frankfort
  • SIH Rehabilitation Physician Services (Drs. Terrence Glennon & Keith Burchill & Isaac Roberg, PA) in Herrin
  • Rehab Unlimited locations in Marion, Logan Park – Herrin, McLeansboro and West Frankfort
  • Laboratory Outreach at Benton Professional Building (203 Bailey Lane, Ste. 3)
  • Laboratory Outreach at Marion (3117 Williamson County Pkwy)
  • WORKCare Logan Park – Herrin (500 Lincoln Drive, Ste. D)- Scheduled and walk-in patients can be seen at WORKCare in Murphysboro (6 East Shawnee Dr.) and/or see a WORKCare provider at Primary Care in Harrisburg
Each of the following SIH Medical Group locations:
  • Logan Primary Care in Herrin and West Frankfort, including Prompt Care & Lab Services
  • The Breast Center in Marion
  • Benton Community Healthcare: Brian Harrison, MD and Diane Tomlianovich, NP
  • New Life Weight Loss Center in Herrin
  • SIH Medical Group Oncology: Alberto Cuartas, MD, in Marion
  • SIH Medical Group Ear Nose & Throat: David Mann, MD
  • SIH Medical Group Gastroenterology: Mack McCain, MD and Kristin Betz, NP, in Herrin
  • SIH Medical Group General Surgery at Herrin Medical Arts: Robert Brewer, MD, & Rodney Miller, MD
  • SIH Medical Group Urology: Don Arnold, MD and Aimee Belt, NP, in Herrin
  • SIH Medical Group Podiatry: Amanda Brazis, DPM, in Herrin
  • SIH Medical Group Internal Medicine: Pramote Anantachai, MD and Richard Kyle Buchman, MD, in Herrin
  • SIH Medical Group Infection Disease and Pulmonology: Linda Bobo, MD; Lori Ellett, NP; Kara Ferrell, NP & Raymund Pineda, MD, in Herrin

SIH Impact: Rend Lake Water Crisis

SIH is working diligently to provide seamless patient care while awaiting updates on repairs to the Rend Lake Conservancy District water main break that has impacted 60 communities in Franklin and Williamson Counties.

Here is a 1:45 PM update for Thursday, May 17, 2018:
  • Herrin Hospital has adopted water conservation protocols and remains fully operational. The hospital has ample water supplies and support with minimal impact to patient care.
  • The SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville is closed for the remainder of the day today and is canceling all appointments scheduled for Friday, May 18. Staff are calling each patient and redirecting their care to SIH sister hospitals and facilities as is appropriate. An earlier decision to open on Saturday, May 19 is on hold, pending the outcome of Rend Lake’s ability to restore water.
  • Rehab Unlimited’s Marion location will close today at 3:00 PM per a citywide directive to conserve water during this crisis situation.
  • Rehab Unlimited’s McLeansboro is closed today; a determination on tomorrow will be made later today.
  • At present, all SIH Medical Group facilities in the impacted counties (such as Logan Primary Care in West Frankfort and Herrin, Miners Memorial Health Center in West Frankfort) remain open through normal close of business today.
  • Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare’s Marion location, which includes the Cardiac Management Center, Cardiac Diagnostic Center and Prairie Cardiovascular physician clinic will close today at 3:00 PM. Staff is contacting patients.
  • SIH Outreach Laboratory Services in Marion (3117 Williamson County Parkway) and the Breast Center’s Marion location will also close at 3:00 PM today at the city’s request.

SIH Foundation 2018 Gala – Helping Our Southern Illinois Neighbors

The 2018 SIH Foundation Gala will benefit SIH Patient & Community Support Funds. SIH Patient & Community Supports Funds were established to assist patients in need during cancer/medical treatments and to further the efforts of providing quality patient care throughout southern Illinois.

Come Join the Party!

The party begins at 6 pm in the SIU Student Center International Lounge and Ballrooms on Friday, April 13th. This will be an evening filled with live music from NashVegas Allstars, gourmet hors-d’oeuvres and food stations, incredible open bar options, and fantastic auction items!

To register visit! Questions? Call Paula Frisch at 618.457.5200 ext. 67013


100% of Gala proceeds will benefit SIH Patient & Community Support Funds. When you donate to the SIH Foundation you are touching people’s lives!

FAMILY FRIENDSHIP FUND has assisted over 13,000 patients since 2002 totaling $456,000. This fund was established to help SIH patients facing a financial emergency up discharge from a SIH medical facility. We are able to help those patients with an emergency need such as transportation home, prescriptions given at the time of discharge, emergency lodging, clothing, or meals.

COACH KILL FUND has assisted over 1500 patients since 2007 totaling $589,000. The fund was established as a result of Coach Jerry Kill’s personal experience with cancer. The fund is assisting with such expenses as fuel to and from cancer treatments, co-pay’s, cancer-related medical bills, prescription assistance, nutritional needs, transportation costs and medical equipment related to cancer treatment.

CANCER CARE PATIENT SUPPORT FUND has assisted over 160 patients since 2016 totaling $22,000. The fund was established in 2016 by the SIH Foundation to assist patients of the SIH Cancer Institute with such expenses as fuel to and from cancer treatments, co-pay’s, cancer-related medical bills, prescription assistance, nutritional needs, transportation costs and medical equipment related to cancer treatment.
To learn more about these funds, please visit

2017 Workers’ Compensation Symposium

Join us on March 9th, 2017 at John A. Logan College for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Symposium to learn best practices from experts in prevention and injury–navigation management.

Learn About:
  • Early Intervention and Injury Management Programs in the workplace
  • Legal benefits of utilizing an Occupational Health Program
  • How local safety experts deal with Workers’ Compensation issues
  • How to determine the cost of your injured worker through the Preferred Provider Program
  • Understanding when to use investigative services and the benefits
Space is limited. Register by February 24th at

Professionals who will present at the 3rd annual Symposium include:

Shawn Biery
Biery is a veteran workers compensation and employment defense attorney who utilizes lifetime background including Marine Corps experiences conducting desert warfare training to determine strategies for handling of workers compensation matters and employment issues as well as overall general litigation defense.

Richard Knight
Rick, as he is known to his friends, is a 37 year veteran law enforcement officer. He served approximately 9 years in the U.S. Army Military Police and as a covert investigator working economic crimes with the U.S. Army CID Command. After this service, he served in local law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff and a local community Police Officer in Northeast Arkansas. For approximately 26 years he served in the U.S. Marshals Service in various positions and served as a Protective Services Threat Investigator. Following his retirement, he worked as an Asset Protection Manager for Wal-Mart Corporation where he provided instruction to employees in the area of safety to reduce injuries to employees and maximize savings to employers.

Trenton Kessler
Kessler holds a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology specializing in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has previously worked with the SIUC Baseball team and several local High School and College athletic programs. Trenton currently focuses on ergonomics, Job Demands Analyses, and Early Intervention Programs.

Clint Becker
Becker is a graduate of SIU with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He has served as a Safety and Security Engineer at Aisin Manufacturing Illinois since 2005. His job duties include ergonomic and hazard analysis, compliance, and development of safety programs, training, accident investigation, and administration of the workers compensation program.

Matt McLaughlin
McLaughlin has worked at Aisin Light Metals for over a year. He serves as their Safety and Environmental Specialist.

Diane Summerlin
Summerlin is Senior Safety & Environmental Engineer at General Dynamics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. As the Sr. Safety and Environmental Engineer at General Dynamics in Marion, she focuses on occupational safety, ergonomics and hazardous waste.

Candice Cotter
Cotter has worked at Knight Hawk Coal since 2002 and served in Human Resources 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 2010.

Bonnie Sprague
Sprague serves as the Human Resources Benefits Coordinator at Centerstone of Illinois. She has been employed with the agency since 1991 and worked in Human Resources since 1998. Bonnie has an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Southeastern Illinois Community College and obtained PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Bonnie also served on the advisory board at Southern Illinois Healthcare during the inception of WorkCare.


Walk This Way

In an effort to encourage people to get more exercise, Southern Illinois Healthcare and University Mall have teamed up on a new walking for fitness promotion.

A formal kickoff is set for Thursday, September 1 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the University Mall in front of SIH The Place, along with a free breakfast. Participants can set individual goals and are eligible to receive prizes. Upon registration, walkers receive a tee shirt, free blood pressure monitoring services and invites to monthly meetings featuring guest speakers and free refreshments. The Strutter’s program is open to anyone age 18 or older.

“It’s a great option for a cool indoor place to log your steps in the summer and a warm “freeze free” zone in the cold of winter,” said SIH Senior Membership Program Manager Mona Kerns.

University Mall Manager Debra Tindall characterizes the combined effort as a “great fit” for many individuals from the regional community. “We offer year-round access, regardless of inclement weather, and with bus transportation, it’s easy to get to the mall to log your steps,” said Tindall.

Of note, participants are not required to log their steps solely at the mall; steps can be logged and counted from any location.

For additional registration details, call (877) 480-4040.

Salukis Black Out Cancer

A father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a childhood friend. For the fifth consecutive year, the SIH Foundation and Saluki Athletics will team up for something very special: the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game on Saturday, September 17. 

What started with former Saluki football stand-out Mike McElroy’s vision to engage his teammates “in something bigger than themselves,” has since grown in size and significance, as members of the football Salukis don black Under Armour® jerseys bearing the name of someone impacted by cancer on game day. Over the years, businesses, schools and communities have rallied together to bid on a jersey for a particular namesake. 

From bidding on a Black Out Cancer jersey to purchasing commemorative t-shirts and attending the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game, SIH employees, southern Illinoisans and Southern Illinois University alums have sent a clear message that while cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives, we will do our part to battle the disease on our own turf. Proceeds from the Black Out Cancer jersey bids and a percentage of t-shirt sales directly benefit the SIH Cancer Institute. 

To get a sense and feel for the impact this game has on the young men who wear these jerseys and the friends, family and community that unite around them, visit Jersey bidding is now underway on this official website until 8:00 pm on Monday, September 5.

Here’s a “flashback” to the 2013 Salukis Black Out Cancer football game, featuring the players and the families with the namesake jerseys in honor of loved ones battling or lost to the disease:

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Expansion 2016

June 30 will mark the grand opening of a significant expansion project at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to better meet the needs of patients in the southern Illinois region.

Expansion 2016 Grand Opening
Thursday, June 30, 2016
11:30 Ribbon cutting
RSVP not required. Parking available on the 3rd Floor of the parking garage with shuttle service.

Several years ago, leaders, board members and staff took a hard look at what the future might have in store for the region, and discussed what the needs of our patients would be. “It was evident, we must invest to progress,” said CEO Rex Budde. “Our patients deserve to have healthcare that’s easily accessible and they deserve the nature of that care to be top-notch.”

Construction Overview

  • Expansion of the operating rooms from 7 to 10
  • Renovations and additional space for post anesthesia recovery unit, surgical prep area and pre-operative holding.
  • New Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Additional private inpatient rooms
  • Construct shell space for future expansion of medical/surgical beds
  • Modernization of the pharmacy and central sterile processing

The project is the answer to demands on the hospital, which has operated at 90% capacity for some time. According to Bart Millstead, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Administrator, the hospital has been forced to turn away an average of two patients a day due to lack of space to care for them locally.

In addition, Memorial is expected to see a 40% increase in ICU utilization and a 17.5% increase in medical/surgical utilization over the next five years.

The recruitment of additional physicians and specialists has led to more complex surgical cases at the hospital, in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT and many more.

“We’ve seen the demand for our specialty services increase over time,” Millstead continues. “Patients want access to expert care that is close to home. We want to make sure their needs are met.”

Huck’s Ride for the Fund

100% of all proceeds benefit the Coach Kill Fund

Get your bikes, jeeps, trucks, or cars ready to ride for the 3rd Annual Huck’s Ride for the Fund! The ride will be held on July 9 in honor of Andrew McKinney. Please visit to sign up today!

100% of all proceeds benefit the Coach Kill Fund, helping cancer patient’s right here in southern Illinois.

This year’s ride will take you throughout beautiful southern Illinois with stops being at Huck’s – Carterville, Giant City State Park – Makanda, Ferne Clyffe State Park – Goreville and Farmers State Bank-Harrisburg. The ride begins and ends at Black Diamond Harley Davison. After the ride ends be sure and stick around for the after ride Rally with Coach Jerry Kill. The after ride Rally will be located at the Black Diamond Warehouse.


For just $10 you can enter to win a trip to beautiful Costa Rica. This vacation for 2 includes a five-night stay at a four star resort, daily buffet breakfast and round trip air fair. The winner will be drawn at the after ride Rally but does not need to be present to win. Get your tickets now at


8:30am-10am at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Store

After Ride Rally

Catered by Great Boars of Fire
Hear Coach Jerry Kill speak
1:00pm-3:00pm at the Black Diamond Warehouse

Poker Card Draws

Huck’s-Carterville, Giant City State Park-Makanda, Ferne Clyffe State Park-Goreville, Farmers State Bank-Harrisburg (2 draws)


Single Rider online $25 | event day $30
Two riders (same bike) online $40 | event day $50
Vehicle (2 people) online $40 | event day $50
Rally Ticket only (for non riding participants) $15

What is included in cost?
  • Registration
  • Snacks and drinks along the ride
  • After-ride meal
  • Entertainment at the rally with Coach Jerry Kill

To register online in advance or to buy raffle tickets visit Hope to see you there!

For more information, call Paula Frisch at 618-457-5200 ext. 67013 or email

2016 Workers’ Compensation Symposium

Join us for Southern Illinois Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Symposium to learn best practices from experts in prevention and injury-navigation management.

Implementing & Managing the Ultimate Workers’ Compensation Program

March 10, 2016 is our second Workers’ Compensation symposium. This free event is an opportunity to meet with industry professionals and learn about a wide array of concerns that affect all employers.

March 10, 2016
John A. Logan College
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Topics include:
  • How to integrate employee wellness into your workplace
  • Choosing the right workplace injury/ workers’ compensation form, policy and procedure
  • How to get an end result in a chronic pain case
  • How to determine the cost of your injured worker through the Preferred Provider Program
  • Understanding the current Illinois Law and how it affects implementing your workers compensation program
  • Understanding the legal and employee care guidelines to successfully manage your injured employee


RSVP before February 24, 2016


Eric Justin, MD, MPH, MBA
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Lockton Companies

Deborah Pape, PhD
Performance and Process Improvement Associates

James Atchison, DO
Medical Director, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Pain Management &
Professor of PM&R at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Elizabeth Kerr
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships,
HFN and IL Workers’ Compensation Preferred Provider

Brandon Phelps
State Representative 118th District

Tom Margolis
Corporate Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Visit to register and to view the complete symposium agenda and speaker biographies.

Nurse Practitioner Week

This week we celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week. According to The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), almost 916 million patients visit Nurse Practitioners each year and report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive. By providing high-quality care and counseling, NPs can lower the cost of health care for patients. Patients who see NPs often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.

Nurse Practitioners must complete a master’s degree or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. They undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. Self-directed continued learning and professional development is also essential to maintaining clinical competency.

Debbie Davis, Nurse Practitioner at Primary Care Harrisburg says, “As a nurse practitioner, I have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of my patients, their families and ourselves. I might forget your name but I will never forget how I made you feel.”

Be sure and thank your Nurse Practitioner this week!