Flu's Impact on Anderson

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


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!


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!!!!

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Secret Santa Benefits Local Families

One of the most admirable aspects of our Anderson Healthcare family is how wonderfully generous it is! Whether it’s donating to food or clothing drives, helping co-workers through a crisis, or giving to victims of natural disasters, our staff members never cease to give.

Our annual “Secret Santa” project is no different.  Over the years we’ve had the privilege to make Christmas a little brighter for local families in need.  Making that happen has been the job of “Head Elf” Amy Grulke and her fellow “elves” in Case Management.   None of these families would benefit without their continued dedication to this project… or yours!   Will you join us this year as a “Secret Santa” to make the season bright for these three families?  Here's what's on their list:

Family #1

7 year old boy

  • Size 14/16 in shirts
  • Size 10-12 Husky pants
  • Size 6 boys shoes
  • XXL or size 18 in underwear

This child could really use pants, shoes, socks and gloves
Some things he likes: Dinosaurs, Pokemon, Monster Trucks, Hotwheels, arts/crafts, Legos

12 year old girl

  • Size XL in womens/juniors shirts
  • Size 15 in Juniors pants/jeans
  • Size 7 underwear
  • Size 8 shoes

This child could really use pants, shoes, and gloves
Some things she likes: Horses, Legos, stuffed animals, art painting Barbies, music, nail polish and hair accessories, body spray and lotions 

Mom in this family could use pants (size 26), shoes (size 9), socks, winter coat or heavy jacket (size 26/28).

Family #2

8 year old boy

  • Size 10 pants and shirts
  • Size 3 ½ in shoes

 He likes Paw Patrol, Legos, Sponge Bob. He would  like any kind of toys appropriate for an 8 year old.

 Family #3

4 year old girl

  • Size 4t-6t clothes
  • Size 10 shoes (has narrow feet)
  • Coat size 4t-5t
  • Needs socks, underwear (size 4t) and pajamas
  • Likes dresses/skirts and leggings

Favorite color is Blue

Likes Elsa from Frozen, Minnie mouse, Barbie, dress up clothes, and other “girly” things

6 year old girl

  • Size 7/8 clothes
  • Size 1 shoes
  • Coat size 7/7x
  • Needs shirts (likes sparkles and designs), socks, underwear (size 8) and pajamas
  • Likes dresses/skirts and leggings

Likes all colors

Likes Num Nom toys, Shopkins toys, Play Doh kits (with tools to create things), crafts, jewelry and other “girly” things


This family could use a set of pots and pans, dish clothes/towels, oven mitts for kitchen.  Shower curtain rug and trashcan for bathroom.  Ironing board.  They have a queen size bed and the girls have twin size beds. Could still use bedding

All of the families have a connection to Anderson Hospital (employee, family of employee, etc.).  As always, donations of gift cards or cash are accepted.  All cash donations will be converted to gift cards for food, gas, etc.  

Items can be dropped off at the Care Coordination office on the 3rd floor of Hospital 2, 8am-4pm. 

You can also email/call Amy Grulke to arrange another time to drop off. 

Items will be collected until Monday, December 11.