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.


Foundation Looking for Gala Sponsors

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Anderson Hospital Foundation is preparing for their annual Gala to be held Saturday, January 20th at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.

In preparation, the Foundation is looking for Sponsors and Donors in support of the Gala.


There are 3 ways you can help:

  1. Become a Sponsor
  2. Donate an item to our 5 auction packages or our silent auction
  3. Donate cash to purchase items for our 5 auction packages or our silent auction

Become a Sponsor

Presenting: $10,000

  • Presenting table of 12 at event
  • Speaking opportunity at event
  • Listing on event signage
  • Listing in Program

Ambassador: $5,000

  • Table for 10 at event
  • Listing on event signage
  • Listing in program

Diplomat:  $2,000

  • 4 tickets to event
  • Listing in program

Donate to our 5 Auction Packages or our Silent Auction:

We will offer 5 auction packages. Our guests will put tickets into a box for a package they would like to win.

Donate an item for our silent auction:

Men’s Package # 1 Hockey Tickets, Cardinal Tickets, Golf Passes or any other sports tickets, Sports

Memorabilia, pizza, wings gift cards, anything men related or money towards one of these items.

Women’s Package #2 Nail gift cards, massage gift cards, hairstyle gift cards, styling products, gift cards to

to area stores, anything women related or money to purchase one of these items.

Family Package #3 Birthday Parties, Family related event tickets, restaurant gift cards or any other family

related item., or money to purchase one of these items.

Trip Package #4 Money toward a trip, money toward airfare, money toward a car rental or any travel related item.

Gift Card Package #5 Gift cards for restaurants or any service


For more information or to become a sponsor or donate: 
Contact LORI ST. JOHN at [email protected] or call 618-391-6426.