Anderson Hospital Phone Service Returned to Normal

UPDATE:  Phone service was restored by AT&T early this morning 5/18/23. 

Thank you for your patience.


As of 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 17:

We apologize for the inconvenience.  AT&T is on site working on the issue that is affecting all incoming calls of Anderson Hospital and neighboring businesses.

We have set up a temporary main number that will take you directly to the Operator... please call 618-205-3903 to speak with the Operator.

Volunteer Luncheon Returns for 2023 Appreciation Week

On Friday, April 21, Anderson Hospital held its Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in recognition of National Volunteer Week at the Leclaire Room in Edwardsville.  We were so excited to be able to celebrate our Auxiliary volunteers IN PERSON once again! 

Volunteers were treated to a delicious meal from Bella Milano and amazing entertainment from the Edwardsville High School Choir’s acapella voices of Bel Canto and AcaFellaz!

The Auxiliary presented the hospital with its annual donation during the event.  The donation, which reflects funds raised in 2022, totaled $75,000.  This annual donation is made possible through the Auxiliary Gift Shop and fundraising events the volunteers hold/sponsor throughout the year.

Today, the Auxiliary has over 100 active volunteer members and is an integral part of Anderson Hospital. 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 and CEO.  “We thank them for their many hours of service and commitment to making a difference in Anderson Hospital.”

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Anderson Medical Group Providers Honored

Three Anderson Medical Group practices RECEIVE EXCELLENCE IN HEALTHCARE AWARDS

Three Anderson Medical Group practices were recently recognized by PRC, a leader in the healthcare intelligence space.  PRC is the the nation’s only privately-held healthcare research and consulting organization.

The Excellence in Healthcare Awards recognize organizations and individuals who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement, and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients.

“It is an honor to recognize these practices with Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and these providers have shown their commitment to making their practice a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine, and a better place for patients to be treated.”


Congratulations to the winning practices:

Tibor C. Kopjas, MD / Internal Medicine – Top Performer Award

This designation is based on the percentage of patients who rate the provider as “Excellent” for the Overall Quality of Care question.  Top Performers reach the 100th percentile.

Justin B. Hill, MD / Family Practice – 5 Star Award

This designation is based on the percentage of patients who rate the provider/practice as “Excellent” for the Overall Quality of Care question.  5 Star Awardees reach the 90th percentile or above.

Rodney L. Lupardus, MD / Family Medicine – 5 Star Award

This designation is based on the percentage of patients who rate the provider/practice as “Excellent” for the Overall Quality of Care question. 5 Star Awardees reach the 90th percentile or above.

To learn more about the 2022 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit


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Watch for Nesting Geese at Hospital Entrance 2

Our Canadian Geese couple are back again this year!  They are once again nesting in the landscaping near Parking Lot Section 5 at Hospital Entrance 2.  Please note:  it is illegal to remove geese or to destroy, move, or disturb their active nests.

Be aware geese are prone to aggressively protect their nesting area!  Please give them plenty of space as you use our Hospital Entrance 2.  As always, please watch your speed as you utilize the parking lot in that area.

The goose will sit on her nest 28 days (till around May 8) until all goslings are hatched, the family quickly moves to the closest pond for protection of the babies. 

When is nesting season and where do geese typically nest?

Nesting season begins early March and can continue through late May. Nesting spots can be next to a pond or a half mile away. Geese typically like to nest where approaching predators can be easily spotted. Against buildings and parking islands have become favorite spots in urban areas.

Humans are not the enemy

Because humans are not perceived as predators, establishing nests next to or above doorways, sidewalks, busy bike paths, golf greens, playgrounds and parks has become all too common.

The Migratory Bird Treaty

Keep in mind that the Canada Goose is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty. Once eggs are present in the nest, you cannot disturb the nest or harass the goose and gander until you have obtained the proper permit from your state division of wildlife.  

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Celebrating and Honoring the Gift of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Each April, National Donate Life Month, is held as an observance focusing national attention on organ, eye and tissue donation. National Donate Life Month is about the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honoring donor heroes, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.

Today, Anderson Hospital and Mid-America Transplant Services, along with special guests, raised the Donate Life flag to celebrate and honor the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.  We were honored to have the family of our Donate Life Flag Pole Memorial area present and sharing the story of their son and brother, Anthony Don Cato, for which the memorial honors. 

His story is best told through the pen of his mother, Jan, who wrote the following story back in 2016, and continues to share with others today:

“Anthony Don Cato blessed our lives for 24 years.   Anthony, our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, passed away on March 26, 2008.  We all miss him very much everyday   He was strong, brave, courageous, creative, fun, and adventuresome and always kept us entertained.   Anthony influenced us all in many ways!  He showed us how to love and filled our lives with joy, excitement and many wonderful memories.    

Those that knew Anthony realized he lived life with a passion!   Whatever he loved, he put his heart and soul into it.   A few examples of those passions were skate boarding, riding motorcycles and a love of animals.   He rescued several dogs, those that society did not accept, he loved and cared for them and then shared them with us;  Bones, from starvation and mistreatment;  Sandy, the 3-legged American Bulldog.  Even the night of his passing, he had rescued a dog.  

When he received his driver’s license at the age of 16, he chose to sign up to be an Organ, Eye, Tissue Donor.  He was not merely checking a box on a form, but making a commitment.   As a family, we shared our decision about donation, knowing one another’s wishes gave us comfort but never imaged we would be impacted by this important decision.  Anthony twin sister, Ashley, was a transplant nurse and he was proud of her work and career choice to help others.  He enjoyed working with and hanging out with his brother, Tyson. 

Anthony’s donation gifts have helped improve the lives of 29 people.   We are proud of him as he has shared unselfishly his gifts to folks he did not know.   Recipients of organs are fully aware of their gifts.  However, many times the gifts of tissue/bone needed to make repairs, a cornea for transplantation, or heart valve for replacement are not recognized by the recipients.  We are hopeful that through education and communication of these types of gifts to the recipients, they will make a commitment to the Donate Life program.   We trust that Anthony’s influence and story will reach so they may consider donation. 

Anthony passed through the doors at Anderson Hospital and they helped him honor his commitment to Donate Life.   Our family greatly appreciates the support and honoring of Anthony by all Anderson personnel.   We are especially gratefully for the vision of this memorial and all efforts to bring it to fruition by Jean Day, past Director of Emergency Services.   She worked tirelessly with her team and was truly committed to this memorial and the Donate Life program.

As Anthony’s family, friends and the medical community, we all continue to carry Anthony’s influence on as we share his story.

These influences are Anthony’s Power of One:

  1. Anthony’s personal commitment to donation and the influence he had on others during his lifetime.
  2. Anthony’s generous gifts to help others and his influence on them to Pay It Forward and sign up for Donate Life.
  3. Anthony’s influence through the sharing of his story by family and friends to consider supporting Donate Life.

We never know how we can help one another.   Donate Life is an excellent way to do so and we encourage a discussion with your loved ones on your wishes.    

We all have the Power of One…..the choice to help others by committing to the Donate Life Program.”   

For more information on the Donate Life Program, this link to MidAmerica Transplant Services is an excellent source of additional information:


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