Thank You for Passing Senate Bill 2541

Anderson Hospital greatly appreciates our state legislators for returning to Springfield last week and taking critically needed action during this challenging and unprecedented time.  We are pleased to learn that the Illinois General Assembly unanimously approved final bipartisan legislation – Senate Bill 2541.  Special thanks to our local legislators, Representative Katie Stuart and Senator Rachelle Crowe for their support of this vital legislation that includes Medicaid funding, the Hospital Assessment Program, liability protection and telehealth.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your leadership and support for the reauthorization of the Illinois Hospital Assessment Program,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital President and CEO.  “Now more than ever, we must maintain the healthcare safety net and not impose any Medicaid cuts.”

According to President and CEO of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, A.J. Wilhelmi, even before the pandemic, one in four Illinoisans relied on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage to access needed services. “With the economy in a serious downturn, many more thousands of Illinoisans will need Medicaid,” said Wilhelmi.  “And with the very real prospect of future, multiple COVID outbreaks – including a possible second surge this fall and winter – it is critical that the state ensure hospitals and health systems have the resources they need to prepare for and deal with such extraordinary circumstances.”

More than 200 Illinois hospitals pay into the Hospital Assessment Program, triggering additional contributions from the federal government. The money is then redistributed to hospitals to offset the cost of treating patients on Medicaid. The joint federal and state health insurance system pays hospitals less than Medicare and commercial insurance.

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Limited Entrances to Hospital

As services resume with caution, two additional service entrances will reopen to patients with restrictions:

imaging centerThe Imaging Center at Anderson Hospital (starting Friday, May 8)

The Imaging Center Entrance at Anderson Hospital will reopen on Friday, May 8th, to imaging patients only.

  • Entrance will be open Monday – Friday only (Main Entrance will be required on Weekends).
  • Staff screeners will be located at the entrance to screen and admit entry.
  • Patients must be wearing masks to be admitted entry.
  • Patient’s family/support person will be instructed to wait in their vehicle.
  • Authorization by staff will be made for any patients requiring a support person to accompany them inside the facility (i.e. pediatric cases, patients with disabilities, etc.).
  • If support person is deemed appropriate, they will be screened prior to entry with temperature check and will be required to wear a mask. 

 

Surgery Center 08The Surgery Center at Anderson Hospital (starting Monday, May 11)

Elective surgeries will resume on Monday, May 11, thus requiring the opening of the Surgery Center entrance to surgery patients only.

  • Staff screeners will be located at the entrance to screen and admit entry.
  • Patients must be wearing masks to be admitted entry.
  • Patient’s family/support person will be instructed to wait in their vehicle.
  • Authorization by staff will be made for any patients requiring a support person to accompany them inside the facility (i.e. pediatric cases, patients with disabilities, etc.).
  • If support person is deemed appropriate, they will be screened prior to entry with temperature check and will be required to wear a mask. 

Elective Surgeries Resume

Following the guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Anderson Hospital is pleased to resume elective surgeries starting Monday, May 11th.   “It is our intent to run a full schedule,” said Dan Rojek, Anderson Hospital Director of Surgical Services.   “However, daily review of census and supplies may cause an adjustment in the schedule.”

In addition, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • As part of the Illinois Department of Public Health criteria, all elective surgery patients must receive COVID testing prior to case.  *Does not include emergency cases. 
  • The COVID testing will be ordered by the surgeon/physician through Anderson’s pre-op nursing staff.   
  • Patients will be scheduled at our pre-authorized Drive Thru Testing Site located at 2930 North Center Street in Maryville, 48 – 72 hours in advance of procedure.
  • Following COVID testing, patients will be asked to self-isolate until the day of surgery/procedure.
  • The Surgery Center entrance off of Vadalabene Drive (green canopy) will be open to surgery center patients only. 
  • Patients will have to wear a mask when coming to the hospital.
  • Patient’s family/support persons will be instructed to wait in their cars.
  • Preauthorization by staff will be made for any patients requiring a support person to accompany them inside the facility (i.e. pediatric cases, patients with disabilities, etc.).
  • If a support person is deemed appropriate, they will be screened prior to entry with temperature check and COVID symptom question checking. They will be required to wear a mask. 

Virtual Walk for American Heart Association

Join QuaranTeam Anderson for this year’s VIRTUAL  American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, May 16th, 2020! This event is usually a 1 or 3 mile walk, but participants can walk any distance from anywhere this year! There is no cost to register, but you may choose to donate or fundraise for the American Heart Association.  Follow the link below to get signed up!

Team name: “QuaranTeam Anderson”

Click HERE to Sign Up!

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Thank You Auxiliary Volunteers!

We are thankful, grateful and blessed to have an outstanding group of volunteers at Anderson Hospital.

While the stay-at-home order has not allowed them to volunteer on campus in recent weeks, many have donated their time and talents to support us outside the facility.   We miss you all and can’t wait to have you back with us again soon!

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 2019 and raised $76,000. Their annual donations are made possible through the Auxiliary Gift Shop, Medical Alert Service, Fundraising Events, Vending Machine Sales, and the newborn photos program.

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.”

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