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Auxiliary Presents 2018 Donation

Anderson Hospital's Auxiliary presented the Hospital with its annual donation during the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting held January 8.  The donation, which reflects funds raised in 2017, totaled $107,000.  This annual donation is made possible through the Auxiliary Gift Shop,  Life Line Program, Fundraising Events, Vending Machine Sales, and the newborn photos program.

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The Auxiliary has over 200 active members and is an integral part of Anderson Hospital.  Volunteers gave nearly 40,000 hours of service to Anderson Hospital in 2017.


Active Volunteers provide direct services to the Emergency, O.B. and Outpatient Surgery
Departments, as well as being “on call” from the Volunteer Office.  They manage information desks at public entrances including those at the Cancer Center and Wellness Center.  Volunteers  are the sole proprietors of our hospital’s Gift Shop managing staff, purchasing inventory, and all inventory management.

“The Auxiliary remains as dedicated and instrumental as ever in the continuing operation of Anderson Hospital,” said Keith A. Page, Anderson Hospital President.  “We thank them for their many hours of service and commitment to making a difference in Anderson Hospital.”

Flu's Impact on Anderson Hospital and Community

This year’s severe strain of the influenza virus is shaping up to create one of the worst flu seasons in recent history.  To put this season’s flu epidemic into perspective locally, Anderson Hospital compared flu stats from the months of December in 2016 and 2017.  In 2016, there were 49 positive flu swabs out of 351 collected at Anderson Hospital.  In 2017, there were 1179 positive flu swabs out of 4848 collected.  “That’s a 96% increase in the number of positive flu swabs and a 93% increase in the number collected,” said Doris Driscoll, RN, Infection Control Nurse at Anderson.  “The other part of this story, besides the sheer numbers, is the acuity of the patients is much higher this season.”

Because of the widespread flu and other illnesses, we are currently experiencing limited bed capacity to accommodate patients.  The Emergency Department is also experiencing large surges of patients.   “While near peak census, available beds continue to fluctuate as patients are discharged and admitted,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer.  “We’ve taken proactive steps to manage this influx of patients by thinking outside the box.”

One of those measures includes instituting a Manpower Pool.  “We are requiring that all management staff report any available staff members that can be utilized in another department,” said Robin Steinmann, Administrative Director of Human Resources.  “Our employees, both clinical and nonclinical, may be asked to assist in patient care areas and/or other departments.” 

“Any employee who is deployed to another area to assist staff will receive an orientation/training from that department that will allow them to help in the most efficient and safe way possible within their skill set,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer.  “This is yet another example of how our hospital works as a team to provide the best patient care possible!”

Our community can help too!  Please respect the visitor restrictions we have in place.  The restrictions protect our patients and staff from outside germs, and they protect visitors from leaving the hospital with germs!    With the influx of patients in our ER, we have seen entire families coming in for one patient to be seen.  By doing this, you risk exposing well people to sick people.   By keeping the ER visit to just the patient and their designee, you can greatly reduce the spread of germs.

As with any non-life threatening illness or injury, please consider using one of our four ExpressCare locations.   Our Glen Carbon and Collinsville locations have an online scheduling option and information on all four locations can be found on our website @ andersonhospital.org

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Current Visitor Restrictions due to Flu

Anderson Hospital must sometimes implement temporary visitor restrictions during the flu season.   Due to recent increased cases seen in our ER and admitted patients, as of December 27, we are taking these precautionary steps as advised by the Illinois Department of Public Health:

  • No visitors displaying flu-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
  • No visitors under age 18 allowed on patient floors
  • Visitors in the Pavilion for Women are limited to baby's sibling(s) and 4 others as determined by the mother.

"Patients are recovering from various illnesses, so we cannot risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses," said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer at Anderson Hospital.  "We regret any inconveniences, but the health of our patients is our priority."

Please check back before visiting to see what restrictions may be in place due to this year's widespread Flu cases.

 

Thank You to our Gala Sponsors!

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Sponsorships like these make our Gala possible!  Thank you for supporting the mission and vision of Anderson Hospital and its Foundation.

Audience Appeal ($20,000.00)

  • Prairie Farms Dairy

Presenting ($10,000.00)

  • The Bank of Edwardsville
  • UMB Bank

Ambassador ($5,000.00)

  • Anderson Hospital Medical Staff
  • General & Laparoscopic Surgical Associates PC
  • Highland Physicians, LTD
  • Korte Construction
  • Lockton Companies
  • Maryville Radiology
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Millennium Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC
  • Sandberg  Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
  • Scott Credit Union
  • Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Schumacher Clinical Partners
  • Thompson Coburn LLP

Diplomat ($2,000.00)

  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • Center for Advanced Orthopedics
  • HeplerBroom, LLC
  • Linda Cassens
  • Rite Hospital Systems/Shaeffer Electric Company
  • St. Louis Nephrology & Hypertension Specialists, LLC
  • St. Louis University Department of Pathology
  • The Heart Care Group
  • Tri-City Neurology Associates, LTD

Best Wishes on Your Retirement Ella Ahrens!

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Ella Ahrens, RN, began her career at Anderson Hospital on December 20, 1976, as an OB Nursery Nurse.   She described the days leading up to opening as exciting.  “We cleaned, stocked our departments and even had scavenger hunts so staff could easily find their way around the hospital,” she explained.  “It was the first and only time that all the staff of Anderson Hospital had Christmas Day vacation!”   The OB Department was located on the second floor right above the main entrance featuring beautiful skylights which flooded the nursey with natural light.  Ella said she wishes she could go back and visit that space one more time, thinking how small it was compared to the Pavilion for Women of today. 

Ella had the privilege of caring for the very first baby born here 17 minutes after midnight on January 7th, 1977.  Jennifer Shadwick, was born to Kathy and Garry Shadwick of Troy, Illinois.  “I remember being given a flashlight to use the restroom because some of the electricity was not yet hooked up,” reminisced Mrs. Shadwick during an interview in 1997.  “And the cafeteria had not been finished, so hospital food was not an option.” 

In the past 40 years, Ella has since played a nursing role in all aspects of the obstetrics department.  “I’ve worked in the nursery, labor and delivery, postpartum, even made a home visit,” said Ella.  “I’ve come full circle.  I’m back in the Nursery where I love it the most.”   Her love of working in the nursery was clearly visible as a new father rolled in his baby girl and Ella took over with her skills appearing second-nature. 

Think of all the life events that happen over 40 years.  Ella was engaged, married, had children and even lost loved ones under her tenure at Anderson.  “Anderson has played a major part of my life,” she said.  “I am proud of our OB’s reputation in our community and even prouder of being a part of an amazing team of co-workers.” 

Today marks Ella's last day at Anderson as she begins a much deserved new chapter of her life:  retirement!  Best wishes Ella!!!!