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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!

A peek inside the SIH Cancer Institute


A Room With a View

Using nature’s elements to inspire healing is most recognized in the 4,050 square feet of the new Infusion Therapy Services. The area is surrounded by a large expanse of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful natural landscape of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Preserve. A man-made pond and walking paths are also in view.

The natural light filters into the space while patients receive their intravenous treatments. The amenities of Infusion Therapy Services are intended to provide a warm, welcoming, comfortable and healing environment for patients, their loved ones, as well as staff.

Patients have opportunities to receive treatment in private setting, or in open “pods” that allows for interaction with other patients. Each infusion station includes a comfortable recliner, access to wi-fi, and individual TVs. Seating for family members at each patient station encourages family involvement in the patient healing process.

Staff members have access to state of the art technology and work space that will improve the level of care patients receive, while maintaining patient privacy.


New radiation technology helps doctors treat patients more accurately with fewer visits.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a radiation treatment for the body that utilizes a specially designed coordinate system to find the exact location of a tumor in the body. It is extremely precise and involves the delivery of a few high dose radiation treatments, usually five or less. For patients with brain tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) will be available. SRS delivers treatment in a way similar to SBRT, but it is usually accomplished with a single treatment.

“Undergoing radiation treatment is challenging enough without considering the travel time for other appointments. This center will immediately improve that aspect,” said radiation oncologist, Michael Little. “Perhaps, even more so, it’s a message of hope for the people of southern Illinois.”

According to Lori Cohen, Radiation Oncology Manager, it saves patients from several weeks of daily visits, and by having the technology local, it saves them from going to St Louis for treatment.

The two radiation therapy machines will feature SBRT, SRS, and Rapid Arc therapies as well as the conventional therapies of IMRT and 3-D Conformal.

Radiation oncologists, Drs. George Kao and Michael Little, will both now see patients at the new SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville exclusively.

“23 years ago, one of my patients told me, “Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day,’ said Kao. “I’ve remembered that quote watching this dream of the cancer center become real—a place where patients are treated with respect and kindness; and while getting best cancer treatment in the area.”

You’re invited to the Grand Unveiling of the region’s own comprehensive cancer center built for the community, by the community.

Friday, February 20at 11:30am – 6:30pm
1400 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL

Self-guided tours available during the open house. Ribbon cutting takes place at 12:30 pm.

View the event on Facebook

Salukis Black Out Cancer

A father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a childhood friend. For the third consecutive year, SIH and Saluki Athletics have teamed up to honor family and friends in their battle against cancer at the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game on Saturday, September 27 at 6:00 pm.

What started with former Saluki football stand-out Mike McElroy’s vision to engage his team mates “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, 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 ticket and t-shirt sales directly benefit the SIH Foundation’s Hope is Home campaign for a new cancer center now under construction in Carterville; a center designed to provide comprehensive treatment under one roof and spare southern Illinoisans cumbersome and costly travel to and from other treatment facilities.

To get a real 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 open on this official website until 8:00 pm on Monday, September 15.

Visit to bid

Your Care Needs Are Being Answered – Memorial Surgery Expansion

“It’s time to expand the facility to give our patients what they deserve and to give our specialists adequate space and technology to take care of patients,” said Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Administrator Bart Millstead, as leaders broke ground Thursday, August 7 on a $52 million modernization and expansion.

Construction Overview

  • Expansion of the operating rooms from 7 to 10
  • Eight additional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds
  • Replace Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit
  • 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 Millstead, Memorial 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. “This project is one that will answer the call for patients, physicians and staff as well,” said Southern Illinois Healthcare President and CEO Rex Budde.

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. Chief of Surgery, David Clutts, MD, mentioned these physicians also bring technologies that require more room. “What seemed like a lot of operating room (OR) space 14 years ago now looks very crowded,” said Clutts. “This project will create a much better environment for the staff, the patients and their families.”