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Urgent Care clinic in Marion is now open

SIH is excited to announce that the new Urgent Care clinic in Marion is open. The clinic is located at 2808 East Outer Drive in front of Walmart and is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. SIH Urgent Care is a place where individuals can get medical treatment in a non-emergency situation when their primary care doctor isn’t available. The clinic treats illness and symptoms like allergies, abrasions, burns, cuts, infections, sprains, vomiting and other minor illnesses and injuries. Patients are able to control their experience through online check-in, which allows them to reserve a spot online.

Patients are also able to view current wait times and choose an arrival time that works for them, including “next available.” They are then able to wait at home, at work or wherever they are most comfortable. Patients are sent a text message reminder on what time they should arrive at the urgent care clinic. Reserving your appointment is easy to do- just visit and click on the red button. Then enter the proper contact information, select an appointment time, then click “confirm.”

In addition to services for individuals and families, SIH Urgent Care offers workplace-related healthcare services through SIH Work Care. Employers in or near Southern Illinois can take advantage of a wide array of occupational health services from workplace screening and testing to workplace incident management.SIH Work Care
relocated from Logan Park and is in the same building as SIH Urgent Care in Marion.



Celebrating Roger Jones, MD

On Friday, August 24th, we will honor and celebrate family physician, Roger Jones, MD. He has dedicated the last 34 years taking care of southern Illinoisans.

Originally from southern Illinois, Dr. Jones pursued a career in medicine. He began medical school in 1979 at SIU. He then completed his residency training at SIU Family Medicine in Carbondale. In 1984, he joined Dr. Brian McElheny in practice at the Olden Hage Hughes building in Carbondale where he helped patients for the next 34 years.

Dr. Jones and his wife have been married for 44 years, have three beautiful daughters, six grandchildren with two more on the way. They look forward to spending more time with family, traveling in their motor home, sailing and making more award winning wine!

We invite you to please help us celebrate and honor Dr. Roger Jones.

Friday, August 24
5:00 – 7:00 PM The Wedding Garden at Garden Grove Event Center
1215 E Walnut in Carbondale

SIH Phlebotomy Program

Interested in applying for the SIH Phlebotomy Program?

The SIH Phlebotomy Program provides students with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. The course contains 8 weeks (40 hours) of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by 120 hours of a clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital or clinic. In order to begin the externship portion of the program, the student must pass the exam. The hours of the externship are site-specific but are usually completed over the space of one month, Monday-Friday.

Do you have the following traits?

  • You are compassionate and caring.
  • You are responsible and organized.
  • You are motivated and confident.
  • You have a good eye and steady hands.
  • You have a desire to work in the medical field.
  • You have excellent customer service skills.
  • You love science.


The 2018 Fall Phlebotomy Program begins on September 22nd. All items need to be completed and returned by August 1st:

Marion Outreach Laboratory
3117 Williamson County Parkway
Marion, IL 62959

Click here to download the application.Questions? Please contact

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.