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Community Health Needs Assessment

The mission of Greenville Regional Hospital is “caring for those you love.” In the past, Greenville Regional Hospital has employed many different methods to assess the health needs of the area it serves and has adjusted its services to meet those identified needs. Recent changes to federal laws governing not-forprofit hospitals now require most of those hospitals, including Greenville Regional Hospital, to conduct local Community Health Needs Assessments every three years and to report the completion of those assessments as part of their corporate tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service. Assessing community health needs through a review of available health data and discussion with area health care partners, local officials, community leaders, and representatives of the many groups served by the hospital gives Greenville Regional Hospital and its health care partners the opportunity to identify and address the area’s most pressing health care needs.


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Greenville Regional Hospital Board Member Retires

Randall Bergen leaves board after two years of service

GREENVILLE, Ill. (July 24, 2013) – Greenville Regional Hospital (GRH) has said goodbye to one of its board members. Randall Bergen served the board to further develop and grow the hospital.

When, two years ago, Bergen began searching for a way to give back to his community, he was asked to join the GRH board.

“It’s a really key organization in Greenville, and it needs to thrive,” Bergen said. ”I thought this was a great way to support the community.”

Now, at the time of his departure, Bergen is proud of the hospital’s mission and remains fully behind it with his support.

Though many things were accomplished during his time on the board, Bergen believes one of the best decisions the board made was hiring president and chief executive officer, Brian Nall.

“I think Nall has vision for the hospital,” he said. “I think he has the ability to get things done, and he is a person who genuinely cares about the hospital and wants to make sure it thrives.”

Acting also as the president of Greenville College at the time of his board membership gave him a stronger sense of perseverance for the sake of his students.

With pre-medicine being the largest program on campus and the college lacking an on-campus nurse or physician, it was vital to maintain a partnership with the hospital. GRH provides the healthcare the college lacks, as well as learning opportunities for the students.

To maintain that partnership, Bergen had to truly believe in the hospital, and because of his time on the board, he holds high hopes for the future of GRH.

“My hope is that Greenville Regional Hospital will be around for another hundred years,” he said. “It is an important entity in the city of Greenville, and its strength, in many ways, is the city’s strength.”

“We wish Randy Bergen great success in his new role with Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.  He was a valued contributor to Greenville Regional Hospital and we will miss him,” said Jeff Mollet GRH board chairman.

Greenville Regional Hospital Solidifies Agreement with Alden Network

The Greenville Regional Hospital (GRH) board of directors announced Friday that arrangements with Alden Management Services are being finalized and Alden will assume management of Fair Oaks Nursing Home on Monday, July 15.

“We are thrilled to solidify our agreement with the Alden Network,” said Brian Nall, Greenville Regional Hospital president and chief executive officer. “I have a lot of confidence in Alden and am pleased both sides worked so quickly and thoughtfully to make this decision final. I also appreciate the support from the city and county. Most importantly, I’m happy that together we were able to keep a much-needed service here in Greenville. The people here and in the surrounding communities need and deserve a great senior care facility.”

The decision, made during a specially-convened July 11 board meeting, will give the Chicago-based senior-living care provider the green light to begin caring for existing residents as they prepare for final lease arrangements with the hospital.

“We really look forward to providing our senior residents in Greenville a great experience,” said Robert J. Molitor, chief operating officer at Alden Management Services. “After visiting Greenville and meeting with the hospital board, we’re eager to begin a partnership in such an amazing community with true character and spirit.”

Through this transition Nall encourages the community to share questions or concerns about the process by emailing info@grhinc.org.

About Greenville Regional Hospital
Greenville Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit, full-service facility, providing residents of Bond and surrounding counties with inpatient, outpatient, emergency, OB/GYN, surgery, lab, X-ray, physical therapy, mental health services and more.  For a full list of services please visit www.greenvilleregionalhospital.com

About Alden Network
Alden has been serving the needs of seniors and those needing rehabilitation care for over 40 years. Services range across the continuum – from short-term rehabilitation and assisted living to memory care as well as skilled nursing and independent senior living. Today, Alden offers over 40 sites of care throughout the Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin.

Expert Surgeons and Hospitalists Join Greenville Regional Hospital Team

Jose Diaz, M.D. and Robert Osipov, M.D., now seeing patients in general surgery office; Chizoba Ngwube, M.D., expands hospitalists program

July 15, 2013 – Greenville, Ill. – Greenville Regional Hospital has added additional surgeons, expanding its breadth of healthcare offerings.

Robert Osipov, M.D., comes to Greenville Regional Hospital from Arizona, where he was on the General Medical Practice team at Phoenix’s  El Pueblo Medical Clinic. Prior to that, he was an attending pediatric surgeon at the Republican Children’s Hospital, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia.

Osipov is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and has been recognized both in the United States and Russia for excellence in pediatric and cardiovascular surgery. In addition to English, he is fluent in Assyrian and Russian.

Jose Diaz rejoins Greenville Regional Hospital Surgical Practice., Diaz originally started practicing at Greenville in 1992. Diaz is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society, and has been honored for his hyperbaric medicine research and outstanding surgical residency. He is a graduate of Washington University and the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

“Diaz and Osipov bring a wealth of experience to Greenville Regional Hospital, they bring the value of quality and consumer choice,” says Brian Nall, President and CEO, Greenville Regional Hospital.

Greenville Regional Hospital has also added a new physician to its hospitalist program, which now includes Chizoba Ngwube, M.D. Hospitalists coordinate care for patients throughout their hospital stay and organize appropriate post-hospital treatment as needed.

“Hospitalist physicians allow us to greatly advance our patient care capabilities, strengthening our core medical team” says Nall. “In addition, hospitalist M.D.s increase access to physician specialists, reduce patient wait times and healthcare costs by supporting general practice physicians and providing 24/7 care for inpatients.”

Ngwube, M.D. completed Family Medicine Residency training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also completed residencies with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga., and with Emory University in Atlanta. She is a graduate (MBBS) of the College of Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra, Nigeria.

“The healthcare of the Greenville community is in excellent hands with these medical experts and the others already in place,” says Nall. “We’re proud to welcome these outstanding healthcare providers to the Greenville Regional Hospital team.”

Visit www.greenvilleregionalhospital.com for more information, or call 618-664-6966 to schedule an appointment with a Greenville Regional Hospital Surgeon.

Greenville Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit, full-service facility, providing residents of Bond and surrounding counties with inpatient, outpatient, emergency, OB/GYN, surgery, lab, X-ray, physical therapy, mental health services and more.  For a full list of services please visit www.greenvilleregionalhospital.com

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL LEADER AT ILLINOIS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION’S SMALL AND RURAL HOSPITALS ANNUAL MEETING

In an effort to navigate the ever-changing world of health care and its impact on small and rural hospitals, Brian Nall, CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, joined more than 100 counterparts from throughout the state at the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting held June 18-20 in Springfield. Path to Transformation—Innovations in Rural Health Care focused on the future of health care, the impact of health care transformation on Illinois hospitals, health care governance, population health, and patient-centric health care.

“It was beneficial to gather with other healthcare professionals to discuss important topics like patient quality at IHA,” said Nall. “Collaboration is key at events like this. And the meeting allowed attendees to share ideas on how to better serve our communities.”

IHA’s Small & Rural Hospitals Constituency Section, 88 hospitals that have fewer than 150 acute care beds and/or are located outside a metropolitan statistical area, annually convenes to share ideas on how to better serve their patients and communities. These hospitals provide essential health care throughout Illinois and serve as leaders in their local communities. As significant economic engines, they employ nearly 16 percent of the state’s hospital workforce, around 38,000 people, and pump $2 billion into their local economies (salaries and benefits).

Funding for IHA’s Small and Rural Hospitals has been made possible by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant program.

The Illinois Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., is an advocate for more than 200 hospitals and health systems and the patients and communities they serve. For more information, visit www.ihatoday.org.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES NEW OFFERINGS IN CARE, SERVICES

(GREENVILLE, Ill.) Brian Nall, President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital (GRH), today issued the following statement regarding improvements and service offerings for guests and visitors this summer:

“We’ve been busy here at GRH working toward finalizing the lease agreement with the Alden Group regarding Fair Oaks nursing home. We’re already reviewing proposed construction recommendations from Alden based on their visit in early June and we’re excited about the plans. The improvements will enhance the quality of life for current and future residents of the nursing home and we’re still on course for their lease to begin on July 15.

“On a different topic, the hospital will be offering reduced-cost sports physicals for Greenville and Mulberry Grove students on July 1 at the Greenville High School gymnasium. Most school-sanctioned athletics require a sports’ physical prior to participation. The service costs just $30 and is performed by GRH nurse practitioners. Organized by Greenville Regional’s athletic trainers located at Greenville College, Greenville and Vandalia High Schools, the physicals will be offered again on July 15 and August 13 at locations to be determined.

“Lastly, I want to remind patients within our community of our amazing imaging services – including 4D ultrasound, digital mammography, CT and state-of-the-art MRI scanning. These services are available locally, at convenient times, at comfortable settings within the hospital. We’re proud to make available to Greenville and our neighbors the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology available in the area.

“Despite financial challenges within healthcare, Greenville Regional Hospital’s services continue to grow and attract some of the best doctors in the field.  We are making final arrangement for adding two more doctors to our Medical Staff.  We will share more very soon.  Our independent, non-profit hospital tackles these challenges head-on while still constantly improving the care and services Greenville residents expect and deserve.”

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY HOSTS THIRTIETH ANNUAL BOOK FAIR, JUNE 13 – 15

The 30th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair will be held June 13 – 15 in the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center, located at 1100 Killarney Drive.  The book fair will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 13; from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 13, adults and children over the age of 12 will be charged an “early-bird” admission fee of $8.  Cost of admission for adults and children over the age of 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 13 will be $4.  Children ages five to 12 will be charged 50 cents from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 13.  There is no admission charge for adults or children on June 14 or 15.

On Thursday, June 13th, the Greenville Municipal Band will conduct their weekly concert at the Book Fair location.  The performance begins at 7 p.m. on the First Christian Church Family Life Center parking lot.

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book fair is one of the largest in the St. Louis area.  Last year the event had record sales of $15,560.  Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase medical equipment for Greenville Regional Hospital.

Over 30,000 items will be offered for purchase.  Books are sorted and placed in over 55 categories.

The majority of books sold at the event will be priced at $1 apiece.  All children 12 and under will receive a coupon for two free children’s books.

Special promotions will allow shoppers to purchase books at a discount.  On June 15, books will be reduced 50 percent from 9 a.m. to noon.  A “close-out special” between noon and 3 p.m. on June 15 will allow shoppers to fill a grocery bag with books of their choice for just five dollars.  From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 15, non-profit organizations may obtain books free of charge.

Jack Chism and Linda Hampton, both of Greenville, will again serve as co-chairs of the event.  Cynthia Wiegand and Chism’s wife, Susan, all of Greenville, are also members of the book fair planning committee.  These volunteers have been actively involved in the book fair throughout the years.  Chism and Hampton have provided leadership for numerous book fairs. Jennifer Ganzer, of rural Greenville, returns to the committee this year.  She has recruited volunteers to assist and will also be working throughout the event.

Hardback books, paperbacks, text books, religious books, antique books, CDs, DVDs, video cassette tapes, music cassettes, sheet music, and puzzles are being sought for the book fair.  Children’s books, video cassette tapes for youngsters, CD ROMS for children, western books, “thrillers,” science fiction books, cookbooks, DVD’s and audio books commonly referred to as “books on tape” are especially needed.

Items for the book fair may be taken to the lobby of Greenville Regional Hospital, Fair Oaks, the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, Capri IGA, the First Bank, the Bradford National Bank, the First National Bank, Midland States Bank, and National Bank, all in Greenville.  Collection barrels will be placed in seven Greenville churches including the First Christian Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the First United Methodist Church, the Free Methodist Church, the First Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Free Methodist Church, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Donations for the book fair may also be taken to Funderburk’s 66 in Pocahontas, the National Bank at Keyesport, and the First National Bank in Mulberry Grove.

Those who have books or items to be picked-up, in addition to persons wishing to work at the book fair, should contact Jack Chism at 618.664.2797.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL ADVANCES EFFORTS TO SAVE FAIR OAKS NURSING HOME

On Monday, May 20th, the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors approved moving forward with the Alden Network to lease, remodel and continue service at the Fair Oaks nursing facility. The Alden Network owns and operates several senior- living facilities in the Chicago area and is collaborating with the hospital to bring their unique approach to southern Illinois.

“Having the Alden Network express a sincere interest in Fair Oaks is great for our community. We’ve never relented in seeking a senior-care solution for Greenville and we’re excited about the possibilities that Alden provides,” said Jeff Mollet, chairman of the board. “We still have some contractual steps to go through before anything is finalized, but we’re encouraged and hopeful that this will become a reality for the community.”

“What excites us most is our seniors will receive unmatched quality of care,” said Brian Nall, Greenville Regional Hospital CEO and president.  “After meeting with Alden and touring their facilities, it’s obvious that they provide an exceptional standard of living for their residents. The seniors in Greenville and the surrounding area deserve that level of care.”

Based on the current proposal, Alden will invest $3 million to remodel and refurbish the facility.  This includes not only addressing issues such as mechanical repairs, flooring, light fixtures, new beds and furniture, but also upgrades to the resident experience, including a new hair salon, ice cream parlor, therapy room, meeting room, flat screen televisions, remodeled wardrobes and remodeled dining rooms. A staff architect for the Alden Network has already been on site to begin planning for the renovation.

“This process will likely take a few weeks to finalize. Until then, we will continue to provide Fair Oaks residents with the best care possible,” said Nall.

A STATEMENT FROM GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD CHAIRMAN JEFF MOLLET

Thursday, May 23 was a difficult day at Greenville Regional Hospital, when we had to say goodbye to 12 talented and dedicated people on our staff whose positions have been eliminated.  These job eliminations include salaried employees, hourly workers and directors. There were no position reductions directly related to patient care.

Today’s challenges in the healthcare system are well known: soaring costs, dwindling revenues, and delayed payments from the state. Medicaid cuts to Illinois hospitals alone will total
$11 billion over the next decade. Greenville Regional Hospital itself lost $430,000 in funding this year and is expected to lose another $852,000 in funding next year. Thursday’s job eliminations will help recover approximately $400,000 annually.

The process leading to this decision has not been easy. The Greenville Regional Hospital board, made up of 11 volunteers from our community, has been aware of the financial challenges facing the organization.  We reviewed several different scenarios to address these issues. None of the options were painless but based on the hospital’s determination to continue providing the highest quality care to its patients, this scenario – with downsizing in positions not directly related to patient care – is the course of action the board believes is necessary to continue living up to its mission for the residents of Greenville.

Every member of our family of employees is important to us; together, we serve 80,000 patients annually. We are committed to doing everything possible to support our colleagues in their transition. Although painful, these reductions are needed for the hospital to survive and continue serving as a vital resource for so many in our community.

Additional information about the hospital and its leaders’ commitment to serving the healthcare needs of our area will continue to be provided in the days and weeks ahead.

HEALTH FAIR 2013 A SUCCESSFUL EVENT

Approximately 2,500 people attended Greenville Regional Hospital’s annual health fair, held Friday at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.  1,420 blood tests were performed at the event.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors participated in the thirty-third annual event, which many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

A health fair, by definition, is an event where health testing and information are made available to the community.  The event is not designed to replace regular visits with your physician.  It can be, however, an excellent tool for the early detection of illness or potential health problems.

Participants were offered the opportunity to have comprehensive blood tests performed at discounted prices.  The blood tests include a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, offered for $35.  The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,450, a savings of 98 percent.

A special price of only $45 was offered for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test.  This combined test normally costs $1,566, a savings of 97 percent.

Greenville Regional Hospital offered a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair.  This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and was available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10.  The actual value of the A1C test is $114.

Vitamin D testing was available at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair.  The test, normally valued at $193, was available for $15.  Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Many individuals who have participated in the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair have learned of personal health problems by taking advantage of the comprehensive blood tests.  Several individuals credit the test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseases that showed no symptoms.

Blood test results will be mailed to participants in four to six weeks.  Those with life-threatening blood test results have already been contacted.  Participants are urged to keep one copy of the blood test results for their personal records and take the carbon copy to their primary care physician for review.

Many blood test recipients commented on the short wait times for the blood tests again this year.

In addition to the low-cost blood tests, fourteen free health tests were also offered at Health Fair 2013, including screenings for cataracts, and glaucoma; hearing, vision, pulmonary function, and hand grip-strength testing; height, weight, body fat composition, and blood pressure screenings; video ear inspections; digital foot scans; spinal muscle tension readings; and oral health screening.

118 Health Fair attendees participated in vision screening.  73 were referred to their eye doctor for a follow-up consultation.  304 video ear inspections were conducted, with 38 referred for follow-up.  240 hearing checks were performed.  128 participants were encouraged to seek additional consultation.  198 individuals were screened for glaucoma, with 13 referrals.  148 cataract tests were performed, with 9 recipients referred for follow-up.  48 oral health screenings were administered.  3 patients were referred to their dentist.  250 pulmonary functions tests were performed, with 62 referrals.  Nearly 300 visitors took advantage of free height and weight screenings.

Bone density testing, available for $5 at the health fair, once again proved to be a popular offering again this year.  148 bone density tests were conducted at Health Fair 2013.

Health Fair organizers credited several groups with the success of the event.  Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Legislative Affairs & Volunteer Services Alan Gaffner praised the hard work of over 300 volunteers that were involved this year.  “This is a very large event and a great deal of planning goes into it,” said Gaffner.  In addition to the volunteers involved in health fair planning and set-up, many receive special training and assist in conducting various health tests and screenings.  Volunteers will assist with mailing health fair results in the coming weeks, as well.

Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Marketing, Communication & Advancement Ryan Mifflin said, “We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort put into the health fair by each and every hospital staff member, volunteer, and exhibitor who participated.  This is truly a community effort and many organizations play a role in its success.”

In order for medical professionals, exhibitors, and volunteers to offer continuous health testing and services, lunch was donated by area businesses.  Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Judy Debatin coordinated the food contributions.

Businesses providing donations included: the Bond County Senior Center, Bradford National Bank, Buchheit’s, Capri IGA, Casey’s, the Corner Café, Cunetto’s, CVS, Dairy Queen, Domino’s, First Bank, First National Bank, Funderburk’s, the Greenville Regional Hospital Food & Nutrition Services Department, Huddle House, Joe’s Pizza, Kahuna’s, KFC, LuBob’s, Mario’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Midland States Bank, National Bank, Subway, and Wayne’s Produce.

Participants from Bond and surrounding counties attended Health Fair 2013.  As usual, many attendees traveled from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area to participate in the health fair.  Addresses registered represented approximately an 80-mile radius around Greenville.  One former Bond County resident who has retired to Florida made his annual trip back to visit Greenville and participate in the Health Fair, and another regular Health Fair participant, from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, maintained her annual attendance.

REMINDER! Health Fair Blood Test Pre-Registration Begins Monday, March 25

Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2013 Friday, April 5th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church, located at 310 South Second Street.

This year marks the thirty-third year for the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, an event many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will be participating.  Fourteen free health tests, an optional low-cost comprehensive blood test, a combination comprehensive and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a hemoglobin A1C blood test, Vitamin D blood testing, and a wide variety of health information will be available at the Health Fair.  Nursery facilities and childcare services will be offered.

A comprehensive blood test, which includes a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, will be offered for $35 at the Health Fair.  The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,450, a savings of 98 percent.

It is recommended that the comprehensive blood test be taken annually.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take the blood test offered at the Health Fair.

A special price of only $45 will be charged for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test.  This combined test normally costs $1,566, a savings of 97 percent.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA test annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, however, should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65.  Men at even higher risk, or those with several close relatives with prostate cancer at an early age, could begin testing at age 40. Depending on the results of the first tests, they might not need more testing until age 45.

Greenville Regional Hospital will offer a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair.  This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and is available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10.

Vitamin D testing will be available for $15 at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair.  Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Those planning to have any blood test performed should not eat for at least 12 hours before the test, except for water, black coffee, or plain tea.  No diet drinks or juice should be consumed and no chewing gum should be used.  Prescribed medication should continue to be taken.  Diabetics should follow their normal therapy.

Results of the blood tests will be mailed to each participant in four to six weeks.

Pre-registration for Health Fair 2013 will begin Monday, March 25th at seven locations throughout Bond County.  Pre-registration will be held in Greenville on March 25th at the First United Methodist Church, 310 South Second St., from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and at First Bank, 200 West Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held on March 25th and March 29th at National Bank in Keyesport from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held on March 25th, 29th, and April 1st at the Pocahontas Village Hall, 101 West Kavanaugh Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Mulberry Grove Fire House, 1897 IL Rt. 40, from 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the Sorento Municipal Center, 105 East Taylor St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held daily, Monday through Friday, March 25th through April 3rd, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.

While pre-registration is not a requirement, it is necessary for individuals planning to receive a blood test prior to 2:30 p.m.  Those who have not pre-registered for a blood test will be accepted after 2:30 p.m.  Those who have not pre-registered, however, may take the free health tests and visit the booths and displays at any time throughout the day.

Greenville Regional Hospital’s annual Health Fair is one of the largest in the St. Louis area.  Last year’s event maintained attendance of approximately 2,800 – 3,000.  Approximately 3,700 blood tests were performed in conjunction with Health Fair 2012.

For more information on Health Fair 2013, visit Greenville Regional Hospital online at www.GreenvilleRegionalHospital.com and click on “Health Resources” or call 618.664.1230, x3060.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY PRESENTS SECOND-HIGHEST DONATION OF $315,000…EXCEEDS $4.5 MILLION IN TOTAL GIVING

Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary members presented a donation of $315,000, to Greenville Regional Hospital officials, the second-highest contribution in the group’s history.  Only the record-setting donation of $325,000, given in 2010, was larger.  Representatives of the hospital accepted the gift during the Auxiliary’s quarterly general membership meeting, held on March 14th.

The charitable contribution meets or exceeds the $300,000 level for the fourth time.  This year’s donation exceeds the $4.5 million mark in total giving.

Since its formation in 1957, the auxiliary has donated $4,603,016 to Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks, the hospital’s adjoining skilled nursing facility.  Fundraising milestones achieved by the auxiliary include surpassing the $1 million mark in giving in 1999, the $2 million level in 2004, the $3 million plateau in 2008, and now the $4 million mark in 2012.

For the eleventh consecutive year, receipts from a booth at the annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar were designated for cancer awareness and/or treatment.  The “In the Kitchen/For Women Only Booth”, generated approximately $570.  The booth’s proceeds will be used by the Greenville Regional Hospital Mammography Department.

Over the past 12 years, the Auxiliary has primarily designated its contributions for support of the Greenville Regional Hospital expansion project, completed in 2004; the expansion and renovation of the hospital’s laboratory, opened in 2007; and the expansion and renovation of the hospital’s Imaging Services Department, partially completed in 2008.

The Auxiliary’s most recent gift surpassed the $250,000 plateau for the eighth consecutive year.  The donation went above the $200,000 giving level for the eleventh time and moved beyond the $100,000 mark for the 16th consecutive year.

Accepting the check from Auxiliary President Boyd Vieregge was Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Brian Nall and Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Mollet.

(L to R) Linda Royer, Historian; Sharon Alger, Treasurer; Pam Tompkins, First Vice President; Mary Gayle Nevinger, Corresponding Secretary; Vickie Beaver, Second Vice President; Lida Vieregge, Recording Secretary; Nancy Machmer, Immediate Past President; Boyd Vieregge, Auxiliary President; Brian Nall, Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO; and Jeff Mollet, Chairman of the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The Auxiliary’s gift will be used to purchase two state-of-the-art 4-D ultrasound units for the hospital’s Imaging Services Department, a colon scope for the Surgery Department, an infant security system for the Family Birth Center.

Greenville Regional Hospital Imaging Services Director Paul File was present at the Auxiliary’s meeting and expressed appreciation to the group for their contribution.  File explained that traditional 3-D ultrasound could provide an accurate look at the height, width, and depth of an object, but 4-D ultrasound technology could also showcase movement, providing a much higher quality image of a developing baby.

The equipment can also be used to perform echocardiograms for adults as well as children, including newborns, and for diagnostic testing of the vascular system.

File noted that as a result of the Auxiliary’s contribution, patients at Greenville Regional Hospital could receive exams with the same top-notch equipment found in any large hospital in St. Louis.

The colon scope purchased with the Auxiliary’s gift will be used to perform colonoscopies in the Greenville Regional Hospital Surgery Department.

The infant security system purchased by the Auxiliary includes the ability for the Family Birth Center to place a small tag on the ankle of each infant delivered in the unit.  The tag is monitored at the Family Birth Center nurses’ station and will cause an alarm to sound if the infant is moved in close proximity to an exit.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Twenty-two fundraising events were sponsored by the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary in 2012.  Traditional fundraising activities, in addition to new projects, were held last year.

Sales at the Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop in 2012 set a record.  Proceeds totaled $338,954, and increased $23,729, or 7.5 percent, over 2011.  The 2012 total exceeds the previous record of $335,968, set in 2009, by $2,986.

The organization’s annual holiday bazaar, held last December, had the fifth-highest proceeds in its history, totaling $36,054.

The Auxiliary’s annual book fair, held in July, raised record-setting revenues of $15,560.

The Auxiliary Gift Shop, located inside Greenville Regional Hospital, donated profits of $11,507, following sales of $31,594.

Other events conducted by the Auxiliary in 2012 included contributions to the “Light a Luminary for a Loved One or Friend” project, which generated approximately $3,680.  Two bake sales raised $2,845.  Pinochle flights raised $512

Among the new fundraising events were a linens sale, with proceeds of approximately $5,000, and a shoe sale, which totaled $9,069.

Four new book sales and the sale of homemade apple butter during Apple Day in Greenville were among Auxiliary activities sponsored last year.  Along with the traditional Auxiliary projects, fundraising events initiated in recent years were continued in 2012, including two cookouts on the Thrift Shop parking lot that raised $3,594, as well as chocolate sales, Seeds of Blessing basket sales, and Miche Bag sales.

GRATITUDE EXPRESSED

Following the acceptance of the gift, Nall expressed appreciation to those in attendance.  He commented that since arriving in Greenville, he has been, “amazed at what you do.”  Board Chairman Mollet praised the group and encouraged them to, “keep doing what you’re doing.”

BUSINESS MEETING

The general membership meeting was conducted in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room.  Reports on the operation of the auxiliary in 2012 were presented during the meeting and new officers were introduced.

Newly installed officers for 2013-2014 include: Vickie Beaver, Second Vice President, and Donna Bristow, Recording Secretary.

Sharon Alger, will continue to serve in the role of Auxiliary Treasurer.  She was reelected for a one-year term.

In 2012, Vickie Beaver served as Second Vice President for a one year, unexpired term.  Through the years, Beaver has worked as a Health Fair volunteer.

Donna Bristow will begin a fourth term as Recording Secretary, having served three previous terms in that role.  Bristow has served has served as chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Candy Shoppe Booth for approximately thirty years.

Sharon Alger completed her first year as Treasurer in 2012.  She previously served as the Auxiliary’s Recording Secretary.  She is the longtime chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Jewelry Committee, providing leadership in that position for over ten years.

Officers continuing to serve are Boyd Vieregge, President; Nancy Machmer, Immediate Past President; Pam Tompkins, First Vice President; Mary Gayle Nevinger, Corresponding Secretary; and Linda Royer, Historian.

The term of Lida Vieregge, Recording Secretary, expired this year.

Auxiliary membership for 2012 included approximately 700 individuals.  Dodie Johnson will continue to serve as the Auxiliary’s Membership Chairman.

Officers & Committee Members: (Front Row, L to R) Dodie Johnson, Membership Chairman; Marilyn Jackson, Thrift Shop Committee; Sharon Alger, Treasurer; Donna Bristow, Recording Secretary; Linda Royer, Historian; Shirley Whiteside, Thrift Shop Committee; and Mary Gayle Nevinger, Corresponding Secretary. (Back Row, L to R) Pam Tompkins, First Vice President; Lida Vieregge, Thrift Shop Committee Co-Chairman; Nancy Machmer, Immediate Past President & Thrift Shop Committee Co-Chairman; Boyd Vieregge, President; Nancy Snyder, Thrift Shop Committee; Joyce Keillor, Thrift Shop Committee; and Vickie Beaver, Second Vice President.

HOST/HOSTESS PROGRAMS

Information was provided Thursday evening on the Auxiliary’s Lobby Host/Hostess Program and the Surgery Host/Hostess Program.  Under each program, Auxiliary volunteers are present during evening and weekend hours in the hospital’s main entrance area and on weekdays in the hospital’s Surgery Department.  Volunteers greet visitors and patients and provide assistance and information.

Vickie Beaver reported that there were 34 volunteers serving in the Lobby Host/Hostess Program in 2012.  Those volunteers donated a total of 654 hours, Monday through Friday, and a total of 735 hours on weekends.  100 volunteer hours were offered on holidays.  Volunteer hours in the Auxiliary’s Host/Hostess Program totaled 1,489.

21 volunteers participated in the Surgery Host/Hostess Program, working an average of 5.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.  In 2012, 1,144 hours of service were recorded.

Combined service totals for the Lobby Host/Hostess Program and the Surgery Host/Hostess Program indicated 55 individuals donated 2,633 hours.

GRH TO PRESENT HEALTH FAIR 2013 ON FRIDAY, APRIL 5th

Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2013 Friday, April 5th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church, located at 310 South Second Street.

This year marks the thirty-third year for the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, an event many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will be participating.  Fourteen free health tests, an optional low-cost comprehensive blood test, a combination comprehensive and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a hemoglobin A1C blood test, Vitamin D blood testing, and a wide variety of health information will be available at the Health Fair.  Child care services will be provided by hospital volunteers.

A comprehensive blood test, which includes a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, will be offered for $35 at the Health Fair.  The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,450, a savings of 98 percent.

Many Health Fair participants have learned of personal health problems by taking the comprehensive blood test.  Several individuals credit the Health Fair comprehensive blood test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseas­es the individuals were not aware of.

It is recommended that the comprehensive blood test be taken annually.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take the blood test offered at the Health Fair.

A special price of only $45 will be charged for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test.  This combined test normally costs $1,566, a savings of 97 percent.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA test annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, however, should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65.  Men at even higher risk, or those with several close relatives with prostate cancer at an early age, could begin testing at age 40. Depending on the results of the first tests, they might not need more testing until age 45.

Greenville Regional Hospital will offer a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair.  This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and is available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10.

Vitamin D testing will be available for $15 at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair.  Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Those planning to have either comprehensive test performed should not eat for at least 12 hours before the test, except for water, black coffee, or plain tea.  No diet drinks or juice should be consumed and no chewing gum should be used.  Prescribed medication should continue to be taken.  Diabetics should follow their normal therapy.

Results of the blood tests will be mailed to each participant in four to six weeks.  Last year, approximately 3,700 blood tests were performed in conjunction with the Health Fair.

Pre-registration for Health Fair 2013 will begin Monday, March 25th at seven locations throughout Bond County.  Pre-registration will be held in Greenville on March 25th at the First United Methodist Church, 310 South Second St., from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and at First Bank, 200 West Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held on March 25th and March 29th at National Bank in Keyesport from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held on March 25th, 29th, and April 1st at the Pocahontas Village Hall, 101 West Kavanaugh Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Mulberry Grove Fire House, 1897 IL Rt. 40, from 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the Sorento Municipal Center, 105 East Taylor St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration will be held daily, Monday through Friday, March 25th through April 3rd, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.

While pre-registration is not a requirement, it is necessary for individuals planning to receive a blood test prior to 2:30 p.m.  Those who have not pre-registered for a blood test will be accepted after 2:30 p.m.  Those who have not pre-registered, however, may take the free health tests and visit the booths and displays at any time throughout the day.

Greenville Regional Hospital’s annual Health Fair is one of the largest in the St. Louis area.  Last year’s event maintained an attendance of approximately 2,800 – 3,000 individuals.

Health Fair tests conducted free of charge include: cataract screening, hearing, vision, glaucoma, body fat composition screening, pulmonary function, and oral health screening.  Video ear inspections and hand grip-strength testing will be performed.  Height, weight, and blood pressure readings will also be taken.  Digital foot scans and spinal muscle tension testing will be available for free at the Health Fair.

Bone density testing will be provided at a cost of $5.  In-home colon-rectal hemocult test kits will be offered at the Health Fair for $5.  This test is designed to test for the presence of blood in a stool specimen, which can be an early sign of colon cancer or other diseases.  Individuals over 40 years should conduct the test annually, or as often as recommended by a physician.

Other information and services provided during Health Fair 2013 include child fingerprinting, performed by the Greenville Police Department; free therapeutic shoulder mini-massages; the collection of used eye glasses for the Greenville Lions Club; and information on living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, presented by representatives of Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks.

For more information on Health Fair 2013, visit Greenville Regional Hospital online at www.GreenvilleRegionalHospital.com and click on “Health Resources” or call 618.664.1230, x3060.

GRH Health Fair 2013 To Be Held Friday, April 5th

Save the Date!  Greenville Regional Hospital’s Health Fair 2013 will be held Friday, April 5th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AWARDED HFAP ACCREDITATION

Greenville Regional Hospital has been awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s quality and safety standards.

“Greenville Regional Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Greenville Regional Hospital met or exceeded standards in every case.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Brian Nall. “By awarding us accreditation, HFAP has recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. Quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”

HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information, go to: www.hfap.org.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES 2013 NEW YEAR BABY

Greenville Regional Hospital welcomed the first infant born in their Family Birth Center in 2013 early on the morning of Friday, January 4th.

Elysia Michael Lawson was born at 12:55 a.m. to proud parents Samantha Alexander and Justin Lawson, both of Highland.  Elysia weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Elysia joins his big sister, Kendyl, who was one year and four days old when her little brother was born.  Kendyl had the honor of being the last baby born during the year of 2011 at the hospital where she was delivered.

Maternal grandparents are Bart & Sherry Alexander, of Highland.  Paternal grandparents are Elizabeth Walker, of Dix, IL, and Bruce Frie, of St. Jacob.

Certified Nurse Midwife Deb Morris, of the Greenville Family Wellness Center, delivered the New Year’s Baby.

“Deb was great, we loved her,” said Samantha Alexander.  “The service at the Family Birth Center was excellent.  The staff are very personable and friendly and you can tell the babies are well taken care of.”  Justin Lawson added, “This was the best experience we’ve had at a hospital.”

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the first infant born during the New Year at Greenville Regional Hospital was welcomed with a variety of gifts for baby and parents.  Gifts contributed this year included an assortment of infant items from the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center; a $50 American Express Gift Card from the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary; a Baby Bible and assortment of books from the Greenville First Christian Church; several children’s books from the FCC Preschool; a $25 gift certificate, courtesy of Capri IGA; a $100 Visa Gift Card donated by Bradford National Bank; the use of a “Welcome New Baby” stork lawn display from Johnson Signs & Designs; assorted gifts from the First National Bank; a $25 Watson’s Drug Store gift certificate, donated by the Bond & Fayette County Shopper; a necklace and fashion tote bag from Marian Embry, Independent Distributor with Premier Designs, Inc.; a year of free baby immunizations and assorted newborn items from the Bond County Health Department; country music CDs from WGEL Radio; a baby bank, picture frame, and photo album donated by Watson’s Drug Store; a personalized, engraved baby photo frame from Sew Unique Embroidery; a certificate for a Big Mac every week for a year, courtesy of Greenville McDonald’s; and 126 diapers donated by Greenville Regional Hospital OB-GYN Specialist Dawn McDaid, M.D.

(L to R) Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary President Boyd Vieregge; Justin Lawson; Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center Staff Tammie Mosley, RN; Sandy Dugan, LPN, Nurse Manager Alyssa Eller, RN; and Morgan Walker, RN. (Seated) Samantha Alexander and 2013 New Year’s Baby Elysia Michael Lawson.

Patients are seen at the Greenville Family Wellness Center by OB-GYN Specialists Christina Dothager, M.D. and Dawn McDaid, M.D. and Certified Nurse Midwives Deb Morris and Liz Nolker.

Located at 150 Healthcare Drive, on the campus of Greenville Regional Hospital, the Greenville Family Wellness Center offers the full range of obstetrical and gynecological service.  Staff members from the practice deliver infants at the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center.

For information on the Greenville Family Wellness Center or to schedule an appointment, call 618-664-9830.

For information on the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center, call 618-664-1230, x3450.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN PHIL SIEFKEN GIVEN RURAL PHYSICIAN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Greenville Regional Hospital physician Dr. Phil Siefken, of Greenville Medical Associates, has been selected by the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) as one of five Rural Physician of Excellence honorees.

Dr. Phil Siefken

Every year, the IRHA honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare.  According to the IRHA, one of the biggest challenges across the nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings and the organization feels it is important to recognize those who have accepted this calling and gone out of their way to make an impact.

Phil Siefken, M.D., of Greenville is the son of retired Greenville College professors Dr. Hugh and Marie Siefken.  Dr. Siefken, a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, began seeing patients at Greenville Medical Associates in the summer of 2006.

A reception will be held to honor Dr. Phil Siefken on Monday, November 26th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room.  The reception is a come-and-go event, with the IRHA award presentation to be held at 11:45 a.m.  Refreshments will be served and the community is invited to attend.

In addition to the 2012 Rural Physician of Excellence Award, Dr. Siefken will be presented with a copy of a Congratulatory House Resolution, introduced by Representative Paul Evans and a Senate Congratulatory Certificate on behalf of Senator Kyle McCarter.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Greenville College, Siefken attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis.

Following residency, Dr. Siefken worked at an inner city clinic in Indianapolis called HealthNet.  Prior to his arrival in Greenville, he was an associate professor at Indiana University where he received two teaching awards and served as Director of the Pediatric Residency Continuity Clinic.  In this role, Dr. Siefken oversaw 30 faculty pediatricians in their outpatient education of 19 residents at 17 office sites.

Dr. Siefken sees patients at Greenville Medical Associates, along with Drs. Richard Funneman and Kelsey Hopkins and Certified Family Nurse Practitioners Christy Forbes, Charlotte Hall, Kathleen Johnson, and Donna Swain.  Greenville Medical Associates is located on the campus of Greenville Regional Hospital.  For more information, call 618.664.2531.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES BRIAN NALL AS NEW PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Brian Nall, of St. Maries, Idaho, as President & Chief Executive Officer of Greenville Regional Hospital.

Brian Nall, FACHE

Nall most recently served as President & Chief Executive Officer at Benewah Community Hospital in St. Maries, Idaho since 2005.  He also served as Chief Financial Officer at Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon, Idaho.  Prior to that, Nall worked as an accountant and controller in a healthcare setting.

Brian Nall is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  In 2011 he was appointed Chairman of the Idaho Hospital Association, where he has been a board member since 2007.  Nall holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Healthcare from American Intercontinental University.

Nall and his wife have two children.

“We are very pleased that Brian has decided to join our organization,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Board Chairman Jeff Mollet.  “We believe that he has the experience and leadership skills to meet the challenges facing our hospital in today’s changing healthcare environment.  We are excited to welcome him to Greenville.”

The role of President & CEO at Greenville Regional Hospital has been filled since June by Michael Zilm, of St. Louis, MO, on an interim basis.

Zilm will remain with the hospital for a period of time in a consulting role to ensure a smooth transition as Nall assumes leadership.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, the medical staff, and all employees of Greenville Regional Hospital, I would like to thank Michael Zilm for his service over the past few months,” said Mollet. “Michael effectively led the organization through a transitional period and now we have another great leader in Brian Nall as Greenville Regional Hospital enters its next chapter.”

“I’m looking forward to working alongside the hospital board and staff to provide the community the quality hospital and personal healthcare it deserves,” Nall said.  “With our boys finishing up high school and soon transitioning into college, our family is starting a new phase of life.  We are excited that this new opportunity will also allow them to chase after some of their dreams.”

Brian Nall will start his role as President & CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital on November 1st.

LOCAL RESIDENT CONTRIBUTES TO EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

After learning about a contribution from the local Marine Corps League to Greenville Regional Hospital for the purchase of emergency pediatric equipment, Greenville resident Jim Stever decided he, too, would like to contribute to the effort.

The gift from the Military Order of the Devil Dogs Untamed Dogs Pound 351, part of the Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League 1174 of Greenville, was designated to offset the cost of purchasing one of three PEDS Emergency Bags.  “A PEDs bag is a tool useful in cases involving pediatric patients,” explained Greenville Regional Hospital Clinical Coordinator Marc Scholes.  “This bag organizes emergency equipment based on the size of the child being treated.  The bags utilize a color-coded measuring system and are divided appropriately to ensure that children are treated with the appropriate-sized equipment and accurate doses of medication.  Having the materials divided in this way results in faster care delivery to the patient.”

In addition to the three PEDS Emergency Bags, Greenville Regional Hospital plans to purchase six Adult Emergency Carts, for use throughout the hospital in emergency situations.  Scholes explained, “These emergency carts hold life saving drugs and equipment.  The ability to have all of these necessary items maintained in a wheeled cart expedites response time to the location of a patient emergency.”

After contacting the hospital and learning of equipment needs, Stever expanded his initial contribution to cover the purchase of the two remaining PEDS Emergency Bags as well as two Adult Emergency Carts.

“We wish to thank Mr. Stever for his donation, which will allow us to purchase equipment that will enable our staff to respond effectively to emergency situations that may arise in the hospital,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Interim President & CEO Michael Zilm.  “We depend on support from the communities we serve to be able to purchase and maintain equipment that can truly make a difference in the lives of our patients.  Mr. Stever’s generosity, as well as the generosity of everyone who supports Greenville Regional Hospital, is most appreciated.”

Greenville resident Jim Stever (center) presents a check to Greenville Regional Hospital Clinical Coordinator Marc Scholes (left) and Interim Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Michael Zilm (right).

Stever’s contributions were made in memory of Delores J. “Dee” Stever and in honor of her children, Martha, Mike, and Mary; in memory of Melvin Eugene “Gene” Stever and in honor of his children Teresa, Angie, and Mitchell; in memory of Melvin “Dag” and Gladys Stever; and in honor of Jennifer L. (Stever) McGill and James R. “JR” Stever.

Greenville Regional Hospital plans to purchase four additional Adult Emergency Carts, each of which cost $1,500.  Individuals or groups interested in contributing towards the purchase of a PEDs bag may contact Ryan Mifflin, Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Marketing, Communication, and Advancement at rmifflin@grhinc.org or 618.664.1230, x3006.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL FAMILY BIRTH CENTER UNVEILS DEDICATED C-SECTION SUITE

Greenville Regional Hospital recently unveiled a surgery suite specifically designated for cesarean section operations.  New operating rooms were constructed during the hospital’s 2004 expansion project, freeing up a former surgery suite for use by the Family Birth Center.  The C-section room is located immediately adjacent to the hospital’s Family Birth Center and according to the department’s Director, Deb Devore, RN, “is always set up in case of emergencies.  Greenville Regional Hospital is always looking for every opportunity to enhance patient service and safety.”  Scheduled cesareans are also now performed in the Family Birth Center’s operating room.

“One of the tremendous benefits of having a dedicated Cesarean Room,” said OB Specialist and Chief of the Greenville Regional Hospital Medical Staff Dawn McDaid, M.D., “is that mother’s now get to recover from their surgery directly in the Family Birth Center.  Previously, mothers recovered in the surgery recovery area while their baby and their partner went back to the OB unit.  By recovering in the Family Birth Center, mothers are able to interact with their newborns sooner.  This quicker interaction between mother and baby results in enhanced bonding time, touching, and breastfeeding.”

In addition to McDaid, infants are delivered in the Family Birth Center by OB Specialist Christina Dothager, M.D. and Certified Nurse Midwives Deb Morris, CNM, and Liz Nolker, CNM, all of the Greenville Family Wellness Center.

Located at 150 Healthcare Drive, on the campus of Greenville Regional Hospital, the Greenville Family Wellness Center offers the full range of obstetrical and gynecological care.  Staff members from the practice deliver infants at the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center.

Patients can be seen by Greenville Family Wellness Center staff from the very beginning of their pregnancy.  “Our emphasis is on giving the patients the best experience possible, according to their wishes,” said Dr. McDaid.  Greenville Regional Hospital provides the option of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) deliveries and water birth deliveries.

With a focus on patient privacy and comfort, the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center offers private “LDRP” rooms to expecting families.  LDRP is an acronym for Labor, Delivery, Post-Partum, and Recovery.  Mothers can spend their entire labor, delivery, and post-partum period in the same private room that is furnished and decorated to reflect a home-like setting.  The rooms feature private bathrooms and showers with seats.  “Another unique feature of our Family Birth Center,” said Devore, “is that we offer telemonitors, which allow expecting mothers to get out of bed and walk around the Family Birth Center wing, while nurses can still monitor them.  Activity and movement just before delivery is scientifically proven to speed up the delivery process.”

Following the birth of their child, parents are treated to a complimentary celebration dinner, consisting of steak or chicken and sparkling grape juice, served in an ice bucket with champagne flutes, along with a pink or blue flower. Each infant’s footprints are placed in pink or blue ink on the Family Birth Center walls.

For information on the Greenville Family Wellness Center or to schedule an appointment, call 618-664-9830.

For more information about the Greenville Family Birth Center or the Prepared Childbirth Classes, contact Greenville Regional Hospital at 618.664.1230, x3450.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DEVIL DOGS CONTRIBUTE TO GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL PEDS EMERGENCY BAG EFFORT

The Military Order of the Devil Dogs Untamed Dogs Pound 351, part of the Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League 1174 of Greenville, recently made a contribution to Greenville Regional Hospital.

“The Military Order of the Devil Dogs is the ‘fun and honor society’ of the Marine Corps League,” said Mary Price, of Greenville.  Price serves as historian for the local Marine Corps League.  “The Untamed Dogs Pound raises funds to benefit various charities, including children’s’ wards in hospitals.”

Devil Dogs members Ray Hughes, of Sorento, Lester Blankenship, of Greenville, and Dan Betts, of Pocahontas, presented a $225 check to Interim Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Michael Zilm and Greenville Regional Hospital Clinical Coordinator Marc Scholes.  The funds will be used to purchase one of three PEDs Emergency bags.  “A PEDs bag is a tool useful in cases involving pediatric patients,” explained Scholes.  “This bag organizes emergency equipment based on the size of the child being treated.  The bags utilize a color-coded measuring system and are divided appropriately to ensure that children are treated with the appropriate-sized equipment and accurate doses of medication.  Having the materials divided in this way results in faster care delivery to the patient.”

Each PEDs Emergency bag costs $205 and Greenville Regional Hospital plans to purchase two more bags for use.  Individuals or groups interested in contributing towards the purchase of a PEDs bag may contact Ryan Mifflin, Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Marketing, Communication, and Advancement at rmifflin@grhinc.org or 618.664.1230, x3006.

For information on the Military Order of the Devil Dogs Untamed Dogs Pound or the Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League, call Ray Hughes at 217.456.8561.

BOYD VIEREGGE ELECTED GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY PRESIDENT

Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary made history Tuesday evening by electing the first male president of the organization.

Boyd Vieregge, of rural Greenville, assumed the leadership role during the Auxiliary’s General Membership Meeting.

Vieregge has previously served as Second Vice President of the Auxiliary, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Steering Committee, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Public Auction Booth, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Collectible Booth, and Co-Chairman of the Apple Butter and Peach Butter Projects.

Vieregge regularly volunteers as a Surgery Department Host and a Health Fair volunteer.

“If there is work to be done on behalf of the Hospital Auxiliary, Boyd willingly offers his assistance,” said Auxiliary Treasurer Sharon Alger, during the installation ceremony. “Boyd has served the Auxiliary with dedication, skill, and generosity.”

As Auxiliary President, Vieregge will lead the quarterly meetings of the organization’s officers and general membership. He will serve as a liaison between the various fund raising projects and volunteer service opportunities.

Also recognized Tuesday evening was outgoing Auxiliary President Nancy Machmer. “Nancy has sacrificially offered her time, resources, and talent to the Auxiliary for the past five decades,” commented Alger. “Nancy is creative, organized, and faithful to the mission of the Auxiliary. She is currently Co-Chair of the Thrift Shop Committee. Her other assignments have included Chairman of the For Women Only Booth and What’s In the Kitchen Booth.”

Tuesday marked the conclusion of Machmer’s second term as president. She was first elected to the position in 2006. As Immediate Past-President of the Auxiliary, Nancy will serve for two years on the Auxiliary’s Executive Committee and will assist the organization’s President, officers, and volunteers.

Michael Zilm, Interim President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, addressed Auxiliary members in attendance. Zilm highlighted the hospital’s great potential, noting the facility’s physical plant as an asset. Zilm said he had, “…very good, very positive feelings about Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville as a community, and all of the people I’m working with.”

Zilm provided a brief update on happenings at Greenville Regional Hospital and thanked the Auxiliary for their dedication and hard work. “The Auxiliary is a part of the hospital and a part of this community,” said Zilm. “Your level of support speaks volumes about Greenville Regional Hospital.”

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL EARNS ACR ACCREDITATION

Greenville Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Greenville Regional Hospital recently upgraded to a new full field digital GE Senograph Essential Mammography unit. This new unit includes many state of the art components including full digital imaging and integrated Computerized Aided Detection (CAD) to provide the highest quality exams available.

Greenville Regional Hospital has five skilled radiologic technologists on staff and have extended hours for patient convenience. Mammography services are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Greenville Regional Hospital Central Scheduling at x3090.

GRH Mammography Techs (L to R) Mitzi Spainhour, Jamie Ruot, Tonya Goodwin, Kim Cole, and Amanda Walk

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee On Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES VICKI KLOECKNER AS DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Greenville Regional Hospital has announced the appointment of Vicki Kloeckner, of Breese, as Director of Human Resources.

Vicki F. Kloeckner

“Vicki will be a great addition to our Leadership Team,” said Michael Zilm, Interim President & CEO at Greenville Regional Hospital.  “She has an extensive background in human resources and we’re excited to welcome her.”

Kloeckner has served as human resources manager at corporations in St. Louis as well as VNA-TIP HomeCare in Centralia.  Most recently, she served as the senior human resources generalist at The Maschoffs in Carlyle.

Vicki Kloeckner earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Illinois State University in Normal and will receive her Master of Business Administration from McKendree University in Lebanon next month.

With over 470 employees, Greenville Regional Hospital is the largest employer in Bond County with an annual payroll of $16.4 million.  Over half of Greenville Regional Hospital’s operating expenses consist of salaries and benefits for its employees; funds that turn over an aver­age of five to six times before leaving the community.  The Illinois Hospital Association estimates that this results in a $74.5 million impact on the local economy.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN FEATURED IN UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PUBLICATION

Greenville Regional Hospital Physician Kelsey Hopkins, M.D., a member of the Greenville Medical Associates staff, was recently featured in the “Advancing Rockford News”, an alumni publication by the University of Illinois College of Medicine:

Kelsey Hopkins, M.D.

HOPKINS: AN “OLD TIME” DOC

Reprinted with permission from the “Advancing Rockford News” (Summer 2012/Vol. 3, No.1), a publication of the University of Illinois College of Medicine

Practicing in rural Greenville, Illinois provides Dr. Kelsey Hopkins with a wide and rewarding range of opportunities to impact the lives of the people in his community.

In addition to his services as a family practice physician, including referral to specialists in larger cities, he also has had the chance, along with his associates to teach a new anatomy course offered to honors students at Greenville College.

It feels like just the right fit for Hopkins, a 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s Rural Medical Education (RMED) program, who dreamed as a teenager of “becoming an old-time country doc that did a little bit of everything in a small town.”

Hopkins, a native of Maple Park, in DeKalb County, moved to Greenville where, he said, his schedule went from “busy” on his first day to “full” within two months.  “It hasn’t even been two years since I’ve been in Greenville,” he said, “and the medical community feels that we could benefit from at least one more primary care physician, without even considering that at some point in the future some of the doctors may retire.

“Greenville is similar to most rural communities in Illinois in that it is medically underserved.”  Some examples, he said, are deficiencies in primary and specialty care physicians, scarcity of mental health services and the lack of ability for primary care physicians to have face-to-face peer interaction with specialty physicians in discussing patients’ conditions.

Hopkins said Greenville, a town of about 7,000 people 60 miles east of downtown St. Louis, is like most rural communities in that it has many uninsured and underinsured people, even though many of them are employed.  The financial burden of healthcare, he said, is a large barrier to that population seemingly making them less likely to seek early treatment for acute or chronic illnesses or to receive preventative care.

Hopkins said the most common chronic medical conditions he sees are COPD, obesity, chronic pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, tobacco use, and neuropathy.

While he said those conditions are likely typical for most rural and urban communities, “it seems that rural patients often have multiple complex medical problems, and therefore need longer office visits for me to effectively administer and coordinate high quality care.  As a result, my ability to always see a larger volume of patients in a day is diminished so that I never lose focus on this quality of care.”

Hopkins’ interest in the RMED program was fueled by a presentation he attended while an undergraduate at the University of Illinois in Champaign and he felt the program would allow him to meet his life goals.

“One of the greatest things about the RMED program,” Hopkins said, “is that it has the exceptional ability to take medical students who already have an appreciation for rural life and educate them with a well-rounded curriculum to further their understanding of rural medical health issues, while developing them into highly capable physicians who will be successful in rural medical practice.”

He said aspects of the program such as monthly meetings to learn more about rural life and culture as well as healthcare issues and challenges faced by rural residents, a focus on how a rural primary care physician can impact a small community, and a 16-week Community Oriented Primary Care research project were so beneficial “that I felt ready to start residency with more than half of my senior year of medical school remaining.”

Hopkins also was able to connect with a primary care residency with a rural focus and chose Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, because it also provided a rural track for his medical training and he credits both programs for his success.

“Despite the variables that may negatively impact one’s ability to give quality healthcare in a rural setting,” Hopkins said, I believe well-trained rural physicians will always be able to directly provide quality healthcare in the office or at the bedside.”

Dr. Hopkins recently served as a guest speaker at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s Rural Medical Education program.

Greenville Regional Hospital Interim President & CEO Michael Zilm said, “We were pleased with the newsletter article and how it brought to light the importance of family physicians in small, rural settings like our market area.  We are proud of our local physicians and very appreciative of their dedicated efforts to serve the residents of the communities we serve.”

Dr. Kelsey Hopkins sees patients at Greenville Medical Associates, located on the campus of Greenville Regional Hospital.  Other members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Medical Staff see patients at the McCracken Dawdy Hall Family Practice Center and the Greenville Family Wellness Center’s OB-GYN and Behavioral Health Services practice, all also located on the hospital campus.  Specialty physicians see patients Monday through Friday in the Greenville Regional Hospital Outpatient Specialty Clinic and the hospital’s Emergency Department is staffed by a physician around the clock.

For information on Greenville Regional Hospital physicians, contact Ryan Mifflin, Director of Advancement & Communication at rmifflin@grhinc.org or 618.664.1230, x3006 or visit www.GreenvilleRegionalHospital.com.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SEEKING DONATIONS OF BOOKS FOR TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL BOOK FAIR, JULY 19-21

The 29th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair will be held July 19 – 21 in the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center, located at 1100 Killarney Drive. The book fair will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19; from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

An “early bird” admission fee will be charged from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 19. There is no admission charge for adults or children on July 20 or 21.

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book fair is one of the largest in the St. Louis area. Last year the event had sales of over $13,300 which were the second-highest in the history of the activity. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase medical equipment for Greenville Regional Hospital.

Over 30,000 items will be offered for purchase. Books are sorted and placed in over 55 categories.

All children 12 and under will receive a coupon for two free children’s books.

Special promotions will allow shoppers to purchase books at a discount. On July 21, books will be reduced 50 percent from 9 a.m. to noon. A “close-out special” between noon and 3 p.m. on July 21 will allow shoppers to fill a grocery bag with books of their choice for just five dollars. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 21, non-profit organizations may obtain books free of charge.

Jack Chism and Linda Hampton, both of Greenville, will again serve as co-chairs of the event. Cynthia Wiegand and Chism’s wife, Susan, all of Greenville, are also members of the book fair planning committee. These volunteers have been actively involved in the book fair throughout the years. Chism and Hampton have provided leadership for numerous book fairs.

Hardback books, paperbacks, text books, religious books, antique books, CDs, DVDs, video cassette tapes, music cassettes, sheet music, and puzzles are being sought for the book fair. Children’s books, video cassette tapes for youngsters, CD ROMS for children, western books, “thrillers,” science fiction books, cookbooks, DVD’s and audio books commonly referred to as “books on tape” are especially needed.

Items for the book fair may be taken to the lobby of Greenville Regional Hospital, Fair Oaks, and the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.

Those who have books or items to be picked-up, in addition to persons wishing to work at the book fair, should contact Jack Chism at 618.664.2797, or Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Legislative Affairs and Volunteer Service Alan Gaffner at 618.664.1230, x3222.

MICHAEL ZILM APPOINTED GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO

The Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Michael E. Zilm, of Kirkwood, MO, as Interim President & Chief Executive Officer of Greenville Regional Hospital, effective Monday, June 4th.

Interim Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO Michael Zilm, FACHE

“Mr. Zilm is a distinguished healthcare professional with extensive hospital operations experience in both large and small institutions,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Mollet.  Zilm has served as president of several St. Louis area hospitals including St. Joseph Hospital (Carondelet Health System), SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, and St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO.  In recent years, Zilm has provided interim management and consulting services to healthcare organizations.

Michael Zilm earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Illinois State University and his Master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from St. Louis University.  Zilm is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Zilm’s wife, Wendy, works as a Registered Nurse in home care in Kirkwood.

Morris L. “Buddy” Bond, who has served as Interim President & CEO at Greenville Regional Hospital since December, will assume the position of Senior Executive Consultant and will work with Michael Zilm over a 30-day period to ensure a smooth transition of CEO leadership.

The Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors continues its search for a permanent President & Chief Executive Officer.

TWO CARDIOLOGISTS JOIN GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY CLINICS

Greenville Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of two cardiologists to its Outpatient Specialty Clinics.

Mark R. Stampehl, M.D. obtained his Master of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his Doctorate of Medicine from St. Louis University.  He conducted his residency and fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Since 2003, Stampehl has served as a Captain in the Medical Corps for the United States Army/Army National Guard, and he has been a part of the staff at the Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston as an Emergency Center Attending Physician since 2007. He also served as Internal Medicine Clinical Instructor at the Baylor Medicine of College.

Shailesh Nandish, M.D. completed his medical degree at the Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. He performed his residency at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL with an emphasis in Internal Medicine. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Following his residency, Nandish served as Medical Director at Danville VA Medical Center, as well as Staff Physician at Marion VA Medical Center, both in Illinois. In each of these roles, he monitored and implemented quality patient care, as well as serving as a lead physician. He also served on the faculty at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. He currently is conducting his Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Mark R. Stampehl and Dr. Shailesh Nandish, both part of Prairie Cardiovascular, based in Springfield, IL, will be joining Dr. Robert Trask in seeing patients in rotation on Mondays in the Greenville Regional Hospital Outpatient Specialty Clinic.

For information on either, or to schedule an appointment, contact Prairie Cardiovascular at 217.788.0706.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL UPDATES ONLINE PAYMENT CAPABILITIES

Greenville Regional Hospital has updated its ability to accept online payment.  The hospital’s website (www.GreenvilleRegionalHospital.com) is now able to accept electronic checks in addition to Mastercard and Visa payments.  Online payments can be made with a debit card as long as the card bears the Mastercard or Visa logo.  In addition to paying hospital bills, patients may pay their physician bills on the website.

“To make payments online, access the Greenville Regional Hospital website, www.GreenvilleRegionalHospital.com,” said Lisa Frey, Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Patient Financial Services.  “In the upper right hand corner you will see the “Pay your Hospital Bill” and “Pay your Physician Bill” options.  Users should select the appropriate payment and follow the prompts.  You will need your account number from your statement to process your payment.  It is a very easy and user friendly system.”

Hospital officials expect additional enhancements to the website soon, including recurring payment options and viewing of online bills and statements.

“Technology is changing rapidly,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Advancement & Communication.  “To make sure we offer the best care and customer service to those who seek treatment here, we want to keep up with advances in technology.  Our newly re-launched website is just one way we’re doing that.”

HEALTH FAIR 2012 A SUCCESSFUL EVENT

Approximately 2,800 to 3,000 people attended Greenville Regional Hospital’s annual health fair, held Friday at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.

1,425 blood tests were performed at the event Friday.  Thus far, approximately 2,700 blood tests have been administered in conjunction with the annual Health Fair.  Additional testing will continue at a number of satellite Health Fair events at large employers throughout Bond County.  A final number of blood tests performed will be announced in mid-April.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors participated in the twenty-ninth annual event, which many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

A health fair, by definition, is an event where health testing and information are made available to the community.  The event is not designed to replace regular visits with your physician.  It can be, however, an excellent tool for the early detection of illness or potential health problems.

Participants were offered the opportunity to have comprehensive blood tests performed at discounted prices.  The blood tests include a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, offered for $35.  The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,407, a savings of 98 percent.

A special price of only $45 was offered for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.  This combined test normally costs $1,521, a savings of 97 percent.

Greenville Regional Hospital offered a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair.  This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and was available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10.  The actual value of the A1C test is $114.

Vitamin D testing was available at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair.  The test, normally valued at $193, was available for $15.  Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Many individuals who have participated in the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair have learned of personal health problems by taking advantage of the comprehensive blood tests.  Several individuals credit the test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseases that showed no symptoms.

Blood test results will be mailed to participants in four to six weeks.  Those with life-threatening blood test results have already been contacted.  Participants are urged to keep one copy of the blood test results for their personal records and take the carbon copy to their primary care physician for review.

Many blood test recipients commented on the exceptionally short wait times for the blood tests again this year.

In addition to the low-cost blood tests, fourteen free health tests were also offered at Health Fair 2012, including screenings for cataracts, and glaucoma; hearing, vision, pulmonary function, and hand grip-strength testing; height, weight, body fat composition, and blood pressure screenings; video ear inspections; digital foot scans; spinal muscle tension readings; and oral health screening.

158 Health Fair attendees participated in vision screening.  90 were referred to their optometrist for a follow-up consultation.  Over 250 visitors participated in the height and weight screenings.  330 video ear inspections were conducted, with 47 referred for follow-up.  273 hearing checks were performed.  144 participants were encouraged to seek additional consultation.  241 individuals were screened for glaucoma, with 5 referrals.  47 oral health screenings were administered.  And 130 cataract screenings were performed.

Bone density testing, available for $5 at the health fair, once again proved to be a popular offering again this year.  165 bone density tests were conducted at Health Fair 2012.

Health Fair organizers credited several groups with the success of the event.  Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Legislative Affairs & Volunteer Service Alan Gaffner praised the hard work of the 275-300 volunteers involved.  “This is a very large event and a great deal of planning goes into it,” said Gaffner.  In addition to the volunteers involved in health fair planning and set-up, many receive special training and assist in conducting various health tests and screenings.  Volunteers will assist with mailing health fair results in the coming weeks, as well.

Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Advancement & Communication Ryan Mifflin said, “We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort put into the health fair by each and every hospital staff member, volunteer, and exhibitor who participated.  This is truly a community effort and many organizations play a role in its success.”

In order for medical professionals, exhibitors, and volunteers to offer continuous health testing and services, lunch was donated by area businesses.  Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Judy Debatin coordinated the food contributions and lunch preparation.

Businesses providing lunch donations included: Alco, Bakery Nook, Bond County Senior Center, Bradford National Bank, Buchheit, Capri IGA, Casey’s General Store, Country Kitchen, Cunetto’s, CVS, Dairy Queen, Domino’s Pizza, First National Bank,

Funderburk’s 66, the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Greenville Regional Hospital Food & Nutrition Services, Hibachi Buffet, Huddle House, Kahuna’s, KFC / Taco Bell, Lu Bob’s, Mario’s Pizza, McDonalds, Midland States Bank, Powhatan, Prairie Farms, Subway, and Wayne’s Produce.

Participants from Bond and surrounding counties attended Health Fair 2012.  As usual, many attendees traveled from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area to participate in the health fair.  Other communities represented included Springfield, Teutopolis, and Girard, in Illinois, and Rosedale, Indiana.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL JOINS NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO PROMOTE PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Greenville Regional Hospital has announced its participation in the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Be Aware for Safe Care.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012, is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff.

This year’s theme: “Be Aware for Safe Care” focuses on the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the US and worldwide.

Greenville Regional Hospital will engage staff, patients, and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety. The campaign seeks to make patients, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety. While efforts of the past decade have brought improvements, recent studies indicate that much work remains to be done—and can be done most effectively through the involvement of all parties.

“Be Aware for Safe Care” emphasizes the fact that safety issues impact everyone. “The more we work together to promote patient safety, the more we all benefit from a safe healthcare system,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president, National Patient Safety Foundation. NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

“As a proud partner of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Greenville Regional Hospital is excited to announce its participation in Patient Safety Awareness Week,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Interim President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Morris L. Bond.  “The goal of this week is to raise awareness of our patient safety activities and develop lasting partnerships among our staff, patients and our community.

“Greenville Regional Hospital will kick off this week by distributing buttons, posters, table tent cards and patient and family resources throughout the hospital. During the week there will be a number of special activities, including targeted educational outreach to our community and our patients.  We will use this occasion to celebrate our successes, lessons learned and commitment to our patients while creating awareness.

We are proud of the work that each of our staff members do every day to make Greenville Regional Hospital the leading healthcare provider in our community.”

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.

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Greenville Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit 42-bed, full-service facility, providing residents of Bond and surrounding counties with inpatient, outpatient, emergency, OB, surgery, physical therapy, and mental health services.  Residential opportunities, including short-term rehabilitative and long-term skilled care, as well as independent senior living options, are available at the 108-bed Fair Oaks Nursing Home, and the Emerald Pointe apartments and town house development.  Physician services include family medicine, cardiology, OB-GYN, sports medicine, nephrology, ears/nose/throat, gastroenterology, oncology, sleep disorders, pulmonary medicine, surgery, and urology.  Founded in 1960, Greenville Regional Hospital is the largest employer in Bond County and is supported by more than 700 members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Join Greenville Regional Hospital for Dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge and a Performance by the Ambassadors of Harmony

Greenville Regional Hospital invites you to join us for dinner at Pere Marquette in Grafton and a live performance by The Ambassadors of Harmony at Lewis & Clark Community College.

This special trip will take place Saturday, March 3rd.  The group will depart from the hospital parking lot at 2:30 p.m.

Our guests will enjoy a family-style chicken dinner at the Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL, followed by a live performance by the Ambassadors of Harmony – part of the Alton Concert Series at Lewis & Clark Community College.

Pere Marquette Lodge offers a full service, casual dining experience that combines the best of Midwestern home-style fare with rustic elegance. The dining room features natural materials including a 700 ton stone fireplace, massive poles made of douglas fir, cypress and western cedar, beautiful limestone walls and picturesque views of the Illinois River and Pere Marquette State Park.

The Ambassadors of Harmony has an extensive a cappella repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel, folk, and light jazz music, with a continuing commitment to preserving and singing in the barbershop harmony style. Their music appeals to audiences of all ages.

SPECIAL REDUCED COST: $69 per person

Fee includes the above offerings/admissions, transportation, dinner, gratuity, and taxes.

Space is limited.  Reservations must be placed by Friday, February 24th.

To reserve your seat, please contact Greenville Regional Hospital Executive Assistant Shane Hobbs at 618.664.1230, x3003 or shobbs@grhinc.org.  Submit your payment, to Greenville Regional Hospital / 200 Healthcare Drive / Greenville, IL 62246.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO PRESENT HEALTH FAIR 2012 ON FRIDAY, MARCH 16th

Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2012 Friday, March 16th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church, located at 310 South Second Street.

This year marks the thirty-second year for the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, an event many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will be participating.

Fourteen free health tests, an optional low-cost comprehensive blood test, a combination comprehensive and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a hemoglobin A1C blood test, Vitamin D blood testing, and a wide variety of health information will be available at the health fair.

Childcare services will be provided by hospital volunteers.

A comprehensive blood test, which includes a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, will be offered for $35 at the health fair. The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,407, a savings of 98 percent.

Many health fair participants have learned of personal health problems by taking the comprehensive blood test. Several individuals credit the health fair comprehensive blood test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseas¬es the individuals were not aware of.

It is recommended that the comprehensive blood test be taken annually. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take the blood test offered at the health fair.

A special price of only $45 will be charged for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test. This combined test normally costs $1,521, a savings of 97 percent.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA test annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, however, should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65. Men at even higher risk, or those with several close relatives with prostate cancer at an early age, could begin testing at age 40. Depending on the results of the first tests, they might not need more testing until age 45.

Greenville Regional Hospital will offer a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair. This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and is available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10. The actual value of the A1C test is $114.

Vitamin D testing will be available at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair. The test, normally valued at $193, will be available at Health Fair 2011 for $15.

Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Pre-registration for Health Fair 2012 will begin Monday, March 5th at seven locations throughout Bond County. Pre-registration will be held in Greenville on March 5th at the First United Methodist Church, 310 South Second St., from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and at First Bank, 200 West Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration will be held on March 5th and March 9th at National Bank in Keyesport from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration will be held on March 5th, 9th, and 12th at the Pocahontas Village Hall, 101 West Kavanaugh Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Mulberry Grove Fire House, 1897 IL Rt. 40, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the Sorento Municipal Center, 105 East Taylor St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration will be held daily, Monday through Friday, March 7th through the 16th, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.

While pre-registration is not a requirement, it is necessary for individuals planning to receive a blood test prior to 2:30 p.m. Those who have not pre-registered for a blood test will be accepted after 2:30 p.m. Those who have not pre-registered, however, may take the free health tests and visit the booths and displays at any time throughout the day.

Health fair tests conducted free of charge include: cataract screening, hearing, vision, glaucoma, body fat composition screening, pulmonary function, and oral health screening. Video ear inspections and hand grip-strength testing will be performed. Height, weight, and blood pressure readings will also be taken. Digital foot scans and spinal muscle tension testing will also be available for free at the health fair.

Bone density testing will be provided at a cost of $5.

In-home colon-rectal hemocult test kits will be offered at the health fair for $5. This test is designed to test for the presence of blood in a stool specimen, which can be an early sign of colon cancer or other diseases. Individuals over 40 years should conduct the test annually, or as often as recommended by a physician.

Other information and services provided during Health Fair 2012 include free child-safety gun locks and child fingerprinting, performed by the Greenville Police Department; free therapeutic shoulder mini-massages; the collection of used eye glasses for the Greenville Lions Club; information on living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, presented by representatives of Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks; and a demonstration of the Lifeline In-Home Emergency Response Sytem, also provided by Greenville Regional Hospital.

For more information on Health Fair 2012 please contact Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair Information Representative Melissa Stricker at 618.664.1230, x3060 or mstricker@grhinc.org.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES 2012 NEW YEAR’S BABY

Jackson Lee Armbruster was the first baby born in 2012 at the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center.

Jackson was born at 8:08 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th.  The infant weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 19 inches.

Proud parents are Jimmy and Rachel Armbruster, of Livingston.  Jimmy is employed as the Helpdesk Technician in the Greenville Regional Hospital Information Technology Department.  Rachel is a stay-at-home mom.

Maternal grandparents are Randy Stewart, of Donnellson, and Beth Stewart, of Plymouth, IL.  Paternal grandparents are James Armbruster, of Pawnee, and Vicky Armbruster, of Donnellson.

Jackson joins big sister, Haley, age three.

The baby was delivered by OB-GYN specialist Christina Dothager, M.D., of the Greenville Family Wellness Center.  Family Birth Center Registered Nurses Cami Glisson, Dee Morgan, and Heather Beyers assisted in the delivery.

The infant was delivered by Dr. Dothager via a VBAC procedure.  VBAC, which is an acronym for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, is a new offering at Greenville Regional Hospital, which allows mothers who have previously had a cesarean delivery to deliver subsequent children naturally.

Jimmy Armbruster complimented the Family Birth Center, saying, “It couldn’t’ have been any better, honestly.  Everything was great.”  Rachel Armbruster added, “We had a wonderful experience at Greenville Regional Hospital.  The OB staff and Dr. Dothager were great.  We are blessed to bring our son into this world with GRH.  Thank you!”

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the first infant born during the New Year at Greenville Regional Hospital was welcomed with a variety of gifts for baby and parents.  Gifts contributed this year included an assortment of infant items from the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center; a $50 US Savings Bond, courtesy of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary; a $50 gift card, provided by Bradford National Bank; a baby bag and an assortment of infant items, from Jennifer Voss with Thirty-One Gifts; a fashion tote bag and Classique silver plated bracelet, from Marian Embry, Independent Distributor with Premier Designs, Inc.; a piggy bank and infant spoon, courtesy of Dick Horner and Evan Finke at the Greenville Country Financial office; a complimentary one-hour facial for the new mom from All About You Day Spa in Vandalia; country music CDs from WGEL Radio in Greenville; free immunizations for the first year and assorted baby items, courtesy of the Bond County Health Department; a basket, stuffed animal, and candle warmer, from Vicki Miller with Scentsy; a baby Bible from the Greenville First Christian Church; and a bank, courtesy of First National Bank in Greenville.

Patients are seen at the Greenville Family Wellness Center by OB-GYN Specialists Christina Dothager, M.D. and Dawn McDaid, M.D. and Certified Nurse Midwives Deb Morris and Liz Nolker.

Located at 150 Healthcare Drive, on the campus of Greenville Regional Hospital, the Greenville Family Wellness Center offers the full range of obstetrical and gynecological service.  Staff members from the practice deliver infants at the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center.

For information on the Greenville Family Wellness Center or to schedule an appointment, call 618-664-9830.

For information on the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center, call 618-664-1230, x3450.

(Standing, L to R) Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center Registered Nurse Cami Glisson; Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Immediate Past-President Joyce Keillor; OB-GYN specialist Christina Dothager, M.D.; and Jimmy Armbruster. (Seated) Haley, Rachel, and newborn Jackson Lee Armbruster.

AREA BUSINESSES INVITED TO HONOR FIRST BABY BORN AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL IN 2012

Greenville Regional Hospital is inviting area retailers and businesses to recognize the first infant born at the hospital in 2012 by contributing a gift or item commemorating the occasion.  Donated gifts, gift certificates, or commemorative items may be provided for the infant and/or family members.

All area businesses and retailers are invited to participate in the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center 2012 New Year’s Baby Recognition Program.  Items related or unrelated to the participating retailers and businesses may be given.  It is not necessary that gifts be offered personally.  Gifts and gift certificates may be taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for presentation to the infant and family.  Donated items and gifts may also be picked up by the family in the place of business, or gifts may be mailed to the infant’s home.

Those honoring the first baby will be recognized in a special acknowledgment which will be published in The Greenville Advocate.

Businesses and retailers who wish to be included in the 2012 New Year’s Baby Recognition Program are urged to contact Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Advancement & Communication Ryan Mifflin at rmifflin@grhinc.org or 618.664.1230, x3006.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES HAND SURGEON LISA SASSO TO OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY CLINIC

Greenville Regional Hospital has announced the addition of hand surgeon Lisa Sasso, M.D. to the hospital’s roster of Outpatient Specialty Clinic physicians.  Dr. Sasso is now seeing patients at Greenville Regional Hospital every other Tuesday.

Dr. Sasso practices at the Southern Illinois Hand Center in Effingham, which is the only practice in the area dedicated solely to the care and treatment of the hand and upper extremities.  She will take over the Greenville office hours of Dr. Patrick Stewart, also of the Southern Illinois Hand Center.  Dr. Patrick will still see patients in his Effingham office, while Dr. Sasso will provide care to Stewart’s former patients at Greenville Regional Hospital.

Dr. Sasso’s areas of interest include traumatic and reconstructive hand and wrist surgery, as well as diagnosis and management of work and non-work related problems such as tendonitis and compression neuropathies.

Dr. Sasso specializes in minimally invasive single portal endoscopic carpal tunnel release which requires only one stitch for closure.  She will will treat patients for issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel, trigger thumb/finger, fractures, ligament injuries, arthritis, skin lesion, and more.

After graduating with honors from Loyola University in Chicago, Dr. Sasso attended the Rush University Medical School, also in Chicago.  Dr. Sasso completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago and a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Sasso is a member of the American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society, and Utah State Medical Society.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lisa Sasso at Greenville Regional Hospital, contact the Southern Illinois Hand Center at 217.347.3003.

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO HOLD THIRD ANNUAL TELETHON AS PART OF YEAR END CAMPAIGN

Greenville Regional Hospital has announced that the organization’s third annual year-end telethon is currently in progress.  Through the end of the year, volunteers will be contacting individuals by telephone, seeking financial support for Greenville Regional Hospital.

“We are so excited about this project,” said telethon coordinator Pat Bond “With the success of our past telethon efforts, we know this is going to be a wonderful opportunity to educate the members of our community concerning health care and its importance.”

Greenville Regional Hospital’s 2010 telethon netted just under $100,000 in financial support.  “These much-needed funds were utilized by Greenville Regional Hospital to ensure that we remain on the cutting edge of medical technology,” said hospital President & CEO Bill Bruce.  “Funds raised through last year’s telethon were used to purchase several new pieces of equipment in our Surgery and Emergency Departments and to help fund an electronic medical record system at Greenville Regional Hospital and the physician practice offices on our campus.  These additions and enhancements allow us to continue to provide our patients with quality medical care.”

Bond said, “Many volunteers give of their time and effort to this project, and we are so grateful for each of them!”

A confirmation letter and postage-paid envelope will be sent to everyone considering a gift.  Credit card transactions can be processed during the telethon.

“The volunteer callers will have information about how gifts will be used and will be prepared to answer questions from our potential donors.

“This project is truly a community effort,” said Bond.  “Our volunteers are made up of general supporters of the mission of the hospital, members of the Utlaut Memorial Foundation, our board of directors and extended family members, and hospital staff members and auxiliary and hospital volunteers.  They represent communities from throughout Bond and surrounding counties”

Volunteers will be calling between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m.

Financial contributions can be sent to Greenville Regional Hospital at 200 Healthcare Drive, Greenville, IL 62246, attention Office of Advancement & Communication.

All monetary donations to Greenville Regional Hospital are tax-deductible.  “Making a gift in honor of or in memory of a friend, family member, or coworker can be a tribute to those who are special in our lives and keeps their memory alive,” said Bond.  “We respect your wishes with recognizing these individuals in the Greenville Advocate and on the hospital’s Donor Wall, located adjacent to the Greenville Regional Hospital Outpatient Specialty Clinic.”

Membership in the Utlaut Memorial Foundation is attained when an individual or family’s lifetime cumulative giving crosses the $1,000 threshold.  “We encourage you to project your giving total toward attaining foundation status, which offers benefits for your consideration,” said Bond.

For information on the Utlaut Memorial Foundation, how to support Greenville Regional Hospital, or other planned giving options, contact Ryan Mifflin, Director of Advancement & Communication at 618.664.1230, x3006 or rmifflin@grhinc.org.