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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.

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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.”