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Anderson Receives State Approval for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

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Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Anderson Healthcare today announced that the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has granted Certificate of Need approval for a 34-bed acute rehabilitation hospital to be constructed on Anderson Healthcare’s Goshen Campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. This hospital will be the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the Central and Southern regions of Illinois.

            Anderson Rehabilitation Hospital is a joint venture between Kindred and Anderson Healthcare. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer of 2020. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of Anderson Rehabilitation Hospital and Anderson Hospital will provide any medical support services.

The hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions resulting in a loss of function or disability such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, orthopedic or musculoskeletal conditions, amputation, and other disabling conditions. The new hospital will have all private rooms, with 12 beds specific to brain/stroke injury care. The new hospital will replace a 20-bed hospital-based acute rehabilitation unit at Anderson Hospital that Kindred has managed since 2004.

“We look forward to expanding our existing relationship with Anderson Healthcare to build and operate this facility, to address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the state,” said Russ Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred Healthcare. “We are proud to create another quality-focused partnership and expect this collaborative effort to deliver the kind of excellent patient care that helps our inpatient rehabilitation business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”

“Throughout its history, Anderson Healthcare has responded to the needs of Madison County and Southern Illinois residents. Each new service and every expansion has been in direct response to community needs,” said Keith A. Page, President and CEO of Anderson Healthcare. “Our quality services are evident not only by our accreditations, certifications and designations but by our continued growth. Together with Kindred, we are proud to offer this level of care to patients requiring high-level rehabilitation.”

Medical Staff Presents Scholarships

One of the best things about being a community hospital is when we get the chance to “give back” to the community.  Our Medical Staff does that every year through the scholarship program they created for area students seeking education and careers in healthcare!

This year a total of 5 students earned scholarships worth $1,000 each to be used for their education seeking healthcare careers.

The Medical Staff awarded scholarships to:

Rebekah Kuhl

Troy, Illinois

St. Louis University

Occupational Therapy

Kevin Schrader

Collinsville, Illinois

SIU School of Medicine

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Sydney Schwegel

Bunker Hill, Illinois

SIU School of Medicine

Medical Doctor

Kennison Adams

Edwardsville, Illinois

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Medical Doctor

Samantha Bassler

St. Jacob, Illinois

Goldfarb School of Nursing

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Pictured left to right are: Dr. Michael Mulligan, Sydney Schwegel, Dr. Kelly Geldmacher, Samantha Bassler, Dr. Thomas Hulsen, Rebekah Kuhl, Dr. Laura Bird and Dr. Charles Lane.

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Local Boy Scout Brings Light to Hope Monument

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This young man is working hard to earn his Eagle Scout rank -- the highest rank and honor within the Boy Scouts.  Nicholas Branding, 12, of Granite City and Troop 1046 recently earned his Life Scout rank and stands one badge away from earning Eagle Scout.  He will achieve the rank by completing his Eagle Scout-Service Project, which Anderson Hospital is the beneficiary.  Nicholas’ project involves installation of lighting and refreshing landscaping around Anderson Hospital’s Angel of Hope Monument.  

The monument, unveiled in 2016, is a solemn place that offers anyone facing grief a place of comfort and solace.  The Share Group, a support group for those whose lives have been touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life, helped raise funds for the monument and holds events there each year. 

Nicholas’ project is very personal.  His sister, Natalie, was stillborn at Anderson Hospital when he was just 3 years old.  Since then his family has been involved with the Share Group and continues to visit the monument where a brick paver memorializes Natalie.  “This is my way to honor my sister,” said Nicholas.  His project will allow the monument to shine even in the darkest of nights.

Earning merit badges is no small feat. The rank of Eagle Scout requires 21 badges with 13 specific to the rank.  Most Scouts approach the Eagle Scout rank well into their teens.  At the young age of 12 (almost 13) Nicholas has earned 40 merit badges!  One of the Boy Scout laws is, “A Boy Scout must be reverent.”  As “reverence is an attitude of honoring life,” Nicholas is doing just that.

Nicholas plans to work on the project over the summer with hopes to unveil the finished project before the October 5 Day of Remembrance event.