Medical Alert Service

Anderson Hospital’s CareLink program allows anyone living at home to quickly and reliably summon help at the toch of a button 24 hours –a-day.

Anderson Hospital’s CareLink program is administered by volunteers through our Auxiliary.  The program consists of three parts:

Electronic equipment placed in your home, which is linked to your telephone, and your Personal Help Button are used to summon emergency assistance.

An Emergency Response Center where trained personnel provide 24-hour monitoring every day of the year.

People who have agreed to respond to your call for help.  They should be able to arrive in 5-10 minutes.  If the monitoring staff can make NO voice contact with you, and NO responder can be reached, the police will be sent to your home.

There is a nominal monthly rental/monitoring fee, plus a one-time installation charge of $65 which is non-refundable.

CareLink Pricing:

Installation of unit:         $65 (non-refundable)

Unit Types:
Landline Unit:  $30 per month
Cellular Unit:  $39.95 (with $60 one-time fee to activate cellular connection)
Mobile Unit:  $39.95 (with $60 one-time fee to activate cellular connection)

For more information contact the CareLink office at 618-391-6720.

Click here for a detailed brochure.


In Memoriam: Coert Shepard

On Sunday June 17, 2018, Coert Shepard, past President and Chief Executive Officer of Anderson Hospital, passed away at the age of 86.

Coert was instrumental in the planning and opening of Anderson in 1977 serving as the Vice-President of Finance; he also held the same position at Christian Welfare Hospital, the sponsoring organization for Anderson.  He assumed the position of President and CEO in 1986 after Dan Hicks, Anderson’s President passed away.

As President from 1986 to 2003 Coert oversaw the expansion of the Pavilion for Women and the addition of the Physician Office Building at Anderson.  He worked to solidify the hospital’s financial strength during the challenging early years of the hospital and positioned it for the growth that has since been Anderson’s hallmark.  After his retirement, Coert served as Treasurer of the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary for several years.

Coert was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Hospital Association and President of Region 4 during his tenure and also served on the Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council. Coert was a mentor and friend to many at Anderson Hospital and will be missed by the hospital staff and his family including his wife, Donna Shepard, Clinical Manager of Anderson’s Home Health department and his granddaughter, Crystal Reiff, Education Coordinator.

Please keep Coert’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank You to our EMS Providers

May 20-26 is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, an observance designed to recognize and celebrate the enormous contributions EMS professionals make to our community. This year’s EMS Week theme is “EMS Strong — Stronger Together” and heralds how EMS providers, regardless of service or system, work together daily to help save lives.

EMS Week celebrates the pivotal role EMS providers play in the healthcare community delivering urgent and vital care often under immense pressure.    

Anderson Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services System consists of a variety of professionals, all dedicated to answering the call and making a difference in their patients’ lives. Members of emergency medical services teams — whether career or volunteer, public or private — engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. They also give back to their communities far more than they take.

Please join us in thanking them for ALL they do.


Nursing Scholarships Winners

The Professional Practice and Development Council is a shared governance nursing council that is comprised of nurse representatives from all nursing departments.  The council focuses on continued nursing education and professional development.  The Nursing Scholarship Program was developed to reward Anderson Hospital staff for their continued growth toward degrees in nursing or advancing their current nursing degrees.  The Professional Practice and Development Council fundraises throughout the year to  fund scholarships to give back to nursing. 

This year, two recipients were awarded the $500 scholarships.  The recipients were Mahaila Potter, Critical Care Tech in ICU/IMU, and Deborah Godar-Shank, RN in Obstetrics.


 Pics of Scholarship awardees collage

Mahaila is attending Goldfarb College of Nursing and will graduate with her BSN in August of this year.

Deborah is attending SIUE and will graduate with an advanced degree through the RN to BSN program.